Director of Finance and Operations (Argentina)

  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Argentina
  • Jan 30, 2020
Full time Government/Nonprofit Land Use

Job Description


The Director of Finance and Operations II will provide overall direction and leadership for all operations functions within the Argentina Business Unit in the Latin America Region. The Director will be responsible for functions such as Finance, Human Resources, Facilities, Information Systems, Office Management, and/or Volunteer Programs.

The Director of Finance and Operations will work towards meeting the strategic priorities of the Argentinean program by developing and coordinating tactics for approved plans, and completing and/or overseeing day-to-day tasks. They may be responsible for central administrative processes, including facility management, telecommunications, mailroom operations, and telephone/public reception, maintaining office supplies and equipment, and processing purchasing requests. They will be responsible for development and implementation of annual budgets, managing the process for annual planning, and monitoring progress. They will provide assistance to all levels of staff on HR issues, working closely with the Regional HR Business Partner. The Director will provide guidance in satisfying requirements based on extensive knowledge of policies and procedures. They will manage guidelines and analyze factual information to achieve results, improve workflow, and solve problems. They will provide advice, recommendations, and training related to the functional activity they manage. They will be responsible for board engagement in the financial management and financial sustainability of the chapter, including the presentation of financial information at board meetings. The Director must become familiar with the systems and resources utilized by the team and apply knowledge to managing support and designing communications related to the resources. They will develop documentation, modify processes, and participate in the enhancement of systems and tools used by the team. The Director will work in close cooperation with any or all of the following: Conservancy staff, donors, trustees, vendors, public agencies, and legal and accounting professionals. They will report to leadership on activities. They will manage diverse tasks, analyze situations, evaluate alternatives, project outcomes, and implement solutions in order to improve effectiveness. The Director will report to the Latin America Finance and Operations Director with a dotted line reporting to the Argentina Business Unit Director.



  • Act independently and in supervisor’s stead as needed; exercise independent judgment to identify and solve problems;
  • Develop and implement new initiatives that will ensure department and organization-wide goals and strategies are achieved;
  • Ensure programmatic commitments, Conservancy policies and procedures, GAAP, and legal requirements are met and managed for compliance. Decisions may bind the organization financially or legally;
  • Provide timely and accurate financial reports and analysis to board members and project managers;
  • Develop and monitor budget, forecast, sustainability, and strategic financial plans;
  • Perform general accounting duties (may include managing external accounting vendor), to include: basic journal entries for transfers, loans, land transactions, accruals, deferred revenue and expense corrections;
  • Review and monitor Income Statement and balance sheet (including pledges) items at month and year-end close;
  • Provide financial expertise on land deals or other special projects;
  • Ensure revenue, expenses and net assets are managed to reflect donor intent, including working with cross-functional teams to perform revenue allocation;
  • Manage privately funded awards;
  • Collaborate with Grants Specialists on managing public awards;
  • Oversee day-to-day financial activities such as purchasing, processing invoices, negotiating, and contracting with vendors;
  • Ensure contracted vendors carry required insurance coverage and that appropriate documentation is obtained and maintained;
  • Maintain confidentiality of frequently sensitive and emotionally-charged information;
  • Manage and implement multiple projects, including setting deadlines and ensuring accountability;
  • Travel occasionally, working long and flexible hours as needed;
  • May supervise one or more administrative or professional staff, responsibility includes training and professional development;
  • Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements and minor physical exertion and/or strain; and
  • Work is diversified and may not always fall under established practices and guidelines.
  • Manage or oversee activities related to in-country legal, labor and financial compliance.
  • Manage and oversee TNC local bank accounts.  Manage keys/passwords and approve transactions, oversee bank reconciliations and ensure they’re completed timely and accurately.
  • Liaise and coordinate with WO treasury on funds transfers in accordance with the Financial Management Handbook and WO Treasury requirements.
  • Manage, report and monitor foreign exchange impacts
  • Manage and oversee local payroll processes, including Insight uploads.
  • Manage and oversee local accounting vendor.
  • Manage and oversee relationships with other vendors and service providers as needed.
  • Manage and/or oversee invoice processing.
  • Manage and/or oversee local accounts receivables in partnership with the Development/Conservation Departments
  • Liaise with WO HR Global Benefits team as necessary on locally-provided employee benefits.
  • Manage all Operations aspects of entry into new countries in the region, and exit from countries where TNC is ceasing operations.



  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years related experience or equivalent combination, including 2 years managing operations functions;
  • Finance / Accounting experience;
  • Fluent in Spanish and English;
  • Proficiency in Excel and PowerPoint;
  • Experience managing and implementing multiple projects;
  • Experience generating financial reports, and analyzing and interpreting data;
  • Experience developing and administering departmental budget or equivalent;
  • Experience negotiating agreements;
  • Experience supervising staff, interns, and/or volunteers; and
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams.
  • Experience handling confidential information;
  • Multi -cultural or cross-cultural experiences are appreciated;
  • Ability to manage and implement complex processes;
  • Ability to work in partnership with others in a collaborative role;
  • Advanced knowledge in current and evolving technology related to field of experience;
  • Knowledge of current and evolving trends in the specific field, preferably in a non-profit environment;
  • Experience working with government awards;
  • Strong organization, planning, and problem-solving skills;
  • Successful experience implementing strategic program goals;
  • Degree in Accounting; and/or
  • Non-profit GAAP accounting experience.
  • Experience in supporting Human Resources Process