Website New Energy Nexus (NEX)

Location: Berkeley, CA (hybrid)


New Energy Nexus California is seeking a candidate who will bring a solid background in Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and financial forecasting. The Director of Program Finance and Compliance will be responsible for all daily general accounting-related duties, including a broad range of transactional, reconciliation, and other accounting activities. The successful candidate will have a “roll-up-the-sleeves” attitude, who is inherently hands-on and ready to take the next step forward in their career, and help us plan and strategize for growth in order to scale New Energy Nexus California.

The Director of Program Finance and Compliance will support New Energy Nexus California as we prepare for continued growth and expansion. The person in this role should bring a high level of grit and curiosity and will work in collaboration with Finance & Operations (FiOps) and CA leadership teams, to ensure that New Energy Nexus California is operating efficiently, effectively and within budget. You will be tasked with providing strategic direction on budgeting, forecasting and financial planning. If you have a passion for clean energy, entrepreneurship, enjoy process design, operational excellence and enabling organizations and people to succeed, this position may be for you!

The Director of Program Finance and Compliance at New Energy Nexus California plays a critical role in ensuring financial sustainability, transparency, and adherence to legal and ethical standards, making their daily responsibilities essential to the organization’s success. A typical day for the Director of Program Finance and Compliance involves managing the organization’s financial resources efficiently. They will often handle a wide range of responsibilities, including maintaining financial records, processing transactions, preparing budgets, and ensuring compliance with relevant regulations. Additionally, they will be responsible for grant management, people management, and donor relations. The Director of Program Finance and Compliance will work closely with a small team and even handle many of these tasks independently, requiring adaptability and a hands-on approach to financial management and compliance.


Budgeting, Invoicing & Reporting

  • Prepare and monitor budgets and financial forecasts, analyze deficiencies, and report variances to CA leadership.
  • Ability to build and maintain resource plans (budgets) for the California-based team that is delivering on multiple projects with shared resource allocations.
  • Working knowledge of restricted grant budget management and reporting.
  • Build integrated budgeting and reporting workflows that satisfy multiple reporting objectives (e.g. Budgets to Actual for the team as a whole, for a program etc.) from a given data architecture and source data set.
  • Provide financial analysis and modeling to support strategic and operational decision-making, this includes analyzing and reporting on operational metrics to identify trends and opportunities for improvement.
  • Final review and approval of invoicing packages to ensure quality and compliance in line with funder terms and conditions
  • Project budgeting expert on the team, providing guidance, training, tools, and templates to the CA team for Accounting-related processes including, but not limited to, independent contractor budgetary development and contract execution.

Contracts Compliance & Management

  • Develop, implement, and monitor controls and procedures to manage operational expenses.
  • Prepare and publish timely monthly financial statements to CA leadership and executive team as required.
  • Ability to analyze complex fact patterns and distill them into simple and understandable concepts for internal and external stakeholder groups
  • Maintain capitalized tracking ledger.
  • Ability to analyze and solve complex problems with multi-dimensional constraints that require both creativity and attention to detail.
  • Ability and patience to read and comprehend complex contracts and regulations and design smart (resource-efficient/effective) workflows and controls that are additional to or separate from standard organizational processes.
  • Provide guidance to the grants management team for the development of contracts and agreements for sub-awardees, contractors, and vendors
  • Working knowledge of Federal Cost Principles (2 CFR 200) and Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR).
  • Work with external auditors and provide needed documentation and support for the annual audit.
  • Responsible for compliance with all contracted terms and embedded regulations, and preparation of reports, audit trail documentation and end-to-end management of program audits (by funders, government agencies etc).
  • Act as a liaison between New Energy Nexus’ FiOps team and CA staff.
  • Additional financial planning and accounting responsibilities as needed.

Team Leadership

  • Oversee, lead, and manage a grants management and compliance team, fostering a collaborative and motivated team environment.
  • In collaboration with NEX Platform and CA Programs Team develop, update, and streamline grants management processes and workflows.
  • Provide mentorship, guidance, and professional development opportunities to team members.
  • Foster a culture of accountability, transparency, and ethical financial practices.
  • Conduct 1:1 and team check-ins and oversee performance reviews for the team


  • Strong dedication to New Energy Nexus’s mission, showcasing a profound understanding and alignment with organizational goals
  • 7-10+ years of experience in financial accounting or controller management positions
  • 5+ years leading a grants management team responsible for government funding, complex agreement packages, and managing compliance with flow down terms with clean audits
  • Experience overseeing sub-awardee contracting and invoicing
  • Familiarity with cost allocation methodologies
  • Knowledge of GAAP and accounting concepts
  • Have a positive attitude, strong communication skills, and an affinity for numbers.
  • High level of attention to detail, with the ability to analyze and solve problems quickly and creatively with attention to detail
  • Remain flexible in a constantly changing environment and work independently with strong planning and prioritization skills, able to succeed in a regularly expanding environment
  • Ability to navigate ambiguity and find solutions for concurrent conflicting challenges
  • Significant track record of progressively responsible experience in budgeting and forecasting
  • Proven professional experience as an upper-level Accountant, experience working at a medium to large-sized not-for-profit organization a plus
  • Working knowledge of GAAP accounting principles and procedures
  • Prior experience with Single Audits and/or other program audits is a plus
  • Expert in Excel and with prior experience creating financial statements
  • Excellent written and verbal skills to create internal and external communication pieces ranging from detailed audit trails to executive summaries
  • Ability to think through data structures and data integrations of mainstream SaaS solutions with manual interfaces
  • Experience in developing and implementing policies and procedures
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, or Business Administration

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