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Finance Manager

Department: CEP
Location: Washington, DC
Salary: $85,000 - $100,000 per year

The Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Since its founding in 1949, the Institute has been driving change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most critical challenges facing communities in the United States and around the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners.

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The College Excellence Program staff is a diverse team of driven and energetic professionals who share a commitment to increasing access to and success in higher education. We are motivated by the power of education to change lives, and we work hard to have measurable impact while also pushing ourselves to learn constantly, collaborate and innovate, and take joy from our work. The Aspen Institute's D.C. headquarters provides a vibrant setting in which to pursue these goals, and we benefit from a rich array of expert panels, discussion groups, and lectures that occur throughout the year.

Position Description: The Finance Manager is responsible for creating and managing budgets, grant accounting, grants management, and other financial and administrative operations within a complex nonprofit setting.

Essential duties and responsibilities

  • Works with the senior leadership team and program leaders to prepare annual program budget with attention to forecasting all necessary programmatic details.
  • Acts as the CEP liaison to the Instituteís accounting department and financial services unit.
  • Monitors and track CEP project expenses and revenues and conduct monthly budget reconciliation, including updated budget reports; monitor and track CEP general ledger; prepare monthly salary allocations.
  • Collaborates with staff to create and maintain project budgets; train staff to read and understand financial reports and manage programs based on financial data. Produce budgets for grant proposals.
  • Monitors the schedule of grant reporting deadlines and coordinates with colleagues to ensure financial reports are prepared, approved, and submitted on time.
  • Monitors cash flow and communicates key information about the financial position to leadership on a monthly basis
  • Manages the programís grant and contract processes, including coordinating consulting contracts and grant agreements, facilitating due diligence reviews, and acting as a liaison with Aspen Institute legal department as needed.
  • Manages sub-granting processes by soliciting and monitoring reports from grantees, updating reporting, and generally overseeing grant management.
  • Oversees and maintains financial records on the programís funders, grantees, and contractors in collaboration with the Aspen Institute accounting department. Work with staff to respond to funder requests for financial information.
  • Ensures compliance with all Aspen Institute policies and procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, education, and experience

  • Bachelors degree and 5+ years experience in a similar, non-profit environment
  • Masters degree in finance-related field preferred
  • CPA not required

To apply:

All interested applicants must submit the following:

  1. A one-page cover letter. CEP prefers cover letters that describe what motivates you and how you understand and relate to our mission, rather than a narrative version of your resume. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.
  2. Resume/CV.

The Aspen Institute offers a generous benefits package including health, dental, vision, and prescription benefits, retirement benefits, and paid leave.

The Aspen Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all District and federal laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran or disabled status and will not be discriminated against.

Individuals needing an accommodation to complete the job application can contact or call (202) 736-1074.



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