The Chesapeake Conservancy seeks an experienced nonprofit accounting professional to serve as Director of Finance. This position is a member of our Senior Management Team and reports directly to the President & CEO. This individual will lead financial operations and financial strategy for the organization as well as perform day-to-day accounting functions. The ideal candidate should be detail oriented, possess a CPA or relevant experience, be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, have knowledge of nonprofit financial management, and have experience managing multiple funding sources and federal contracts or grants.


Financial Management

  • Planning:  Work with Management Team to develop financial forecasts to ensure organization’s near-term stability and assess future growth potential.
  • Budgeting: Lead annual budget development process in collaboration with Management Team.  Manage budget revisions during fiscal year.
  • Reporting: Prepare monthly financial reports for Management Team and Finance and Executive Committees, and quarterly financial reports and forecasts to be presented by President & CEO to the Board.
  • Grant Budgets:  Assist Management Team in development of grant budgets and reports. Help ensure their consistency with organizational budgets and forecasts.
  • Federal Grant Management: Oversee federal contracts financial management in accordance with procedures and policies.


  • Compliance:  Monitor and update Accounting Policies and Procedures to ensure high-quality internal controls and compliance with GAAP standards
  • Systems: Maintain accounting systems, overseeing all accounts, ledgers and transactions.  Prepare payroll, including management of payroll vendor, and maintain all personnel records. Oversee processing of revenue, payables and receivables, and employee expense reporting. Maintain accounting software.  Provide input for systems improvements and/or migration.
  • Book-keeper:  Supervise accounting support (in-house or contract), including assignment of tasks, as well as review of work products and processes.
  • Audit: Manage preparation for annual audit, including interactions with auditors, preparing audit schedules and draft financial statements. Ensure timely completion of audit drafts, final audited financial statements and 990.
  • Cash:  Maintain cash flow projections to provide effective cash management and early warning for potential cash flow challenges.  Manage cash balances, including contributions to Board reserves.  Manage staff credit cards.
  • Grants Management: Track receivables and spending for all grant funds to ensure proper expenditure of funds and accurate financial reporting to funders.

Human Resources

  • Benefits: Participate in annual review and renewal of benefits.  Maintain relationship with benefits broker.

Office Operations

  • Office Space:  Maintain landlord relationship and address office space lease issues for all leased office spaces.
The ideal candidate will posses:
  • Knowledge and execution of accounting best practices
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to manage deadlines and prioritize work
  • Proactive orientation
  • Strong integrity
  • Entrepreneurial outlook
  • Strong interpersonal / collaborative skills

About the Chesapeake Conservancy

Chesapeake Conservancy is a non-profit organization based in Annapolis, Maryland, dedicated to ensuring a healthier Chesapeake Bay watershed where fish and wildlife thrive, with healthy waters and abundant forests, wetlands, shorelines, and open spaces. With the human population in the Chesapeake watershed approaching 18 million and growing and tens of thousands of acres of open space vanishing each year, the Conservancy works to connect people with the Chesapeake’s wildlife and history; conserve landscapes and rivers; and restore the region’s natural resources. The Conservancy works in close partnership with the National Park Service, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as other federal, state and local agencies, private foundations, and corporations to advance conservation.

Within the Conservancy, the Conservation Innovation Center (CIC) group has become a globally recognized leader in producing data, analyses, and web applications to advance precision conservation and restoration. We have partnered with industry-leading organizations like Microsoft and ESRI to help define the next generation of environmental data.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume here.

Chesapeake Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Salary and benefits are commensurate with the candidate’s relevant professional experience and/or education.  The Conservancy offers a competitive employee benefits package that includes health and dental insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, paid vacation and sick leave, and participation in a retirement savings plan.