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Manager of Finance and Operations

Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK)

Full Time
Posted August 18, 2021


ELK (Environmental Learning for Kids) is an inclusive non-profit organization that develops inspired and responsible leaders through science education and outdoor experiences for underserved, urban youth ages 5-25.  ELK Inspires youth to have high expectations of themselves by exposing them to the outdoors and engaging them in service learning projects. For many of the youth ELK serves, it’s their first experience with the outdoors.  ELK Educates youth through science and environmental education embedded in all programs and activities to further students’ understanding and attitudes toward science, the outdoors, their communities, college, and careers.  ELK transforms youth by endowing them with increased academic skills, civic and community leadership, environmental stewardship, and employment opportunities.


Job Summary

The Finance Manager and Operations Manager maximizes the effectiveness and smooth functioning of the organization through comprehensive administrative support and overall financial management of a complex non-profit organization, interfacing with others both internally and externally.  This position is directly related to the general business operations and is critical to running all aspects of the organization, working closely with ELK’s leadership, staff, and Board of Directors to increase the effectiveness of organizational policies and processes, and to ensure the financial sustainability of the organization through budgeting, fiscal responsibility, and fundraising.  Areas of functional expertise include: accounting/budgeting, data management and database administration, human resources, process management, administrative support.

Some evening and weekend work is required in meeting position responsibilities.


Major Duties and Responsibilities

Finance and Office Management – 90% of employee’s time

  • Performs day-to-day accounting processes including accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, and cash management. Assists with monthly closing process including review of outside Accountant’s work.
  • Serve as staff contact for annual audit and 990 preparation.
  • Facilitates the annual budget creation process and audit process.
  • Perform Grant Management process including grant spending tracking, billing, and reporting.
  • Perform various Human Resource functions and duties, including but not limited to payroll, hiring, orientation, benefits administration, and maintaining the ELK employee handbook. Proactively works to maintain a positive and inclusive workplace.
  • Responsible for organizing and coordinating general office operations and procedures in order to ensure organizational effectiveness and efficiency
  • Serves as IT coordinator for ELK, solving simple workstation level problems and coordinating outside vendors and volunteers for larger projects. Proactively plans for organization’s IT needs.
  • Serves as database administrator for organization-wide databases
  • Maintains comprehensive filing system for the organization, including legal and personnel matters.

Other Duties – 10% of employee’s time

  • Provides direct support to program staff as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications

Education:  Bachelor’s degree in Finance or Accounting preferred or equivalent experience.

Experience:  2-3 years of administrative experience, including at least 1-2 years of accounting experience.  Prior experience working with some type of Board.  Experience successfully completing projects with minimal oversight. Must have high level of attention to detail, flexible work style, and be very self motivated. Mission driven individuals with professional and/or personal experience with ELKs mission of cultivating a passion in science, leadership, and service in a diverse community of learners.

CBI/FBI Background check required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of standard office practices and procedures.
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills to be able to communicate effectively with diverse groups of people and partners including knowledge and skills in business English, grammatical construction, spelling, punctuation, arithmetic and vocabulary.
  • Strong Microsoft Excel experience with spreadsheet design, formatting, and use of functions/formulas.
  • Familiarity with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles including bookkeeping, financial statements and budget preparation, analysis and tracking, using QuickBooks.
  • Excellent organizational, scheduling, multi-tasking and problem-solving skills. Must be able to anticipate and plan for needed steps to meet deadlines.
  • Resourceful and able to work independently with minimal direction and supervision.
  • High level of professionalism, discretion and commitment to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to develop good team relationships with coworkers, Board and key stakeholder groups.
  • Ability to learn quickly and function effectively in fast-paced and time-sensitive environment.
  • Interest in ELK’s mission and learning more about science and natural resources of Colorado through ELK’s educational programs; enjoy spending some time with children/youth.


  • Subsidized Medical, Dental, Vision, insurance for the employee
  • Optional participation in Flexible Spending Account
  • Optional participation in group retirement plan with discretionary match
  • Generous Vacation, Sick, and Personal leave


Compensation: $50,000 - $60,000 based on experience

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