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Finance Manager


THE ORGANIZATION

For 20 years, FishWise [1] has worked closely with the seafood industry to foster leadership in sustainability. We believe that the seafood industry not only has serious impacts on the health of oceans and the welfare of its workers but also the potential to make an enormous contribution to the health of our planet and its inhabitants. Through our partnerships and extensive networks, FishWise offers pragmatic approaches and credible guidance for companies, NGOs, and governments to tackle some of the toughest challenges in sustainable seafood. By addressing environmental issues in fisheries and aquaculture production, improving traceability, and catalyzing industry action toward social responsibility and decent work for all workers, FishWise aims to sustain ocean ecosystems and the people who depend on them by transforming global seafood supply chains.

FishWise achieves measurable impact through:

  • Direct Supply Chain Engagement: FishWise works in partnership with individual companies across the seafood supply chain to advance each organization’s specific efforts to address environmental, social, illegal fishing and traceability risks in their business and across their supply base.
  • Collective Industry Engagement: FishWise works with coalitions of industry, NGOs, and other stakeholders to drive and scale change across groups of supply chain actors. This includes directly convening groups or supporting and collaborating with preexisting groups.
  • Governance Reform: FishWise works in strategic partnerships to inform governments and regulatory bodies responsible for setting the rules all supply chain actors must follow to ensure compliance and accountability for all.
  • Forward-thinking: We stay on the cutting edge of the dynamic field of sustainable seafood, creating actionable solutions for and with our business and NGO partners.
  • Advocates: We use our voice to create and advance the work of others, raising awareness of urgent topics through dialogue with organizations of diverse voices and critical opinions.
  • Passionate: We care about the wellbeing of workers and the health of the world’s oceans, and our passion inspires action and global change.
  • Solution-oriented: We value the importance of working with different stakeholders to set ambitious yet achievable goals.
  • Collaboratively: We partner with a wide range of companies and organizations to create and achieve shared goals together. Collective action is an essential component of lasting change.
  • Innovatively: We are bold and curious, using new skills and solutions to solve intractable problems in order to translate an ideal vision of the world into a reality.
  • Inclusively: We celebrate diversity and foster a supportive environment for all employees.
  • Transparently: We are committed to being open and honest about decision-making.
  • Manage the improvement and implementation of financial policies and procedures for the organization in line with nonprofit and funder requirements.
  • Oversee the routine generation of timely and accurate internal and external financial reports, including monthly and annual financial statements.
  • Provide financial analyses, reports, and forecasts to management.
  • Advise management in financial decision-making and systems development and improvement.
  • Oversee the accuracy of the organizational accounting records and maintain the chart of accounts.
  • Establish and monitor adequate internal controls, including a timekeeping and payroll system.
  • Monitor security of the organization’s financial assets.
  • Supervise and contribute to month-end closings and bank reconciliations.
  • Draft, review, and update project award and subaward documents and budgets as needed.
  • Support the annual budget preparation process.
  • Manage the employee expense reports review process.
  • Direct completion of the annual audit and tax returns.
  • Ensure timely review, approval, and payment of, project invoices.
  • Responsible for financial reporting for grants, contracts, programs, etc.
  • Work with staff as appropriate in achieving financial management goals.
  • Act as the liaison to the Budget and Finance Committee to the Leadership Team.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, or related field and a minimum of 8 years of relevant experience.
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) preferred.
  • Demonstrated progression in financial leadership and supervisory roles with at least five years of experience managing the finances of a $5+ million nonprofit organization, preferably international with a mix of funding sources including government, foundation, and earned income.
  • Knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), USAID Acquisition Regulation (AIDAR), and 2 CRF 200.
  • Strong knowledge of general ledger, banking, job cost accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, fixed assets, and nonprofit taxes and registrations.
  • Proficient in the use of financial software programs and Microsoft Office applications.
  • Thorough understanding of nonprofit accounting and Generally Accepted Accounting Standards (GAAP).
  • Familiarity with Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGS) is desirable.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and balance day-to-day tasks with strategic, long-term goals and timelines.
  • Adept at presenting complex financial information in a clear manner to board members, senior management, staff members, and others.
  • Excellent customer service orientation.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate diplomatically in a diverse, multi-cultural environment.
  • This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities at this time but does serve as a coach and mentor for other positions in the organization.
  • Salary range: $68,000 - $78,000. Selected candidates will have the opportunity to advance through the range based on satisfactory performance and time in the position.
  • This is a full-time position that can be based either out of our home office in Santa Cruz, CA or remotely.
  • Competitive benefits package including, medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, parental leave, flex-time, and matching retirement contributions.
  • Customary work hours: 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday, 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M PST. Flex-time can be discussed upon hiring.
  • Evening and weekend work will sometimes be required.
  • Occasional business travel and personal transportation are required.

FishWise is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse candidate pool. We recognize diversity as important to accomplishing our work and view diversity as encompassing differences in race and gender, as well as age, the nation of origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, job skills, education, and geographic location.


  1. https://fishwise.org/about-us/mission-and-vision/

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