Director of Finance

Grand Canyon Trust

Flagstaff, Arizona

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $70,655 - $106,526

Initial Review of Applications:  November  27, 2023.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis
Anticipated start date:             February 2024

Are you a dedicated, experienced accounting/finance professional looking to make a difference?  Do you love working behind the scenes to help teams make financial decisions that make an impact?  Do you have a burning desire to grow and maintain financial systems to achieve organizational sustainability?  Do you create a compelling story with numbers — not in a book, but using financial data to bring it to life?

The Grand Canyon Trust has an exciting opening for a Director of Finance to oversee its finance department.  You'll manage a team of two and lead the annual budgeting and planning process with the executive director.  The role will take ownership of and review all financial plans and budgets, monitor progress and changes, and keep the senior leadership team abreast of the organization's financial status.  This position is a vital part of the organization and its future.   The Grand Canyon Trust has 45+ employees and a budget of $6.8M.

We value all types of experience including but not limited to traditional knowledge, volunteer work, relationships built, school or coursework, community organizing, professional experience, transferable skills, and other related qualifications and skills.

No candidate will meet every requirement.  If you're excited about the position and think you may be a good candidate, we encourage you to apply.

Desired Qualifications

  • You're a builder, a learner, and a leader – always looking for ways we can continue to sustainably manage our finances in support of accelerating our impact on the lands and peoples of the Colorado Plateau.
  • You can navigate through financial reporting, budgeting, systems integration, and financial planning and analysis.
  • You’re a values driven person and will embody the values of Grand Canyon Trust, building trusting reciprocal relationships, and collaborating across multiple perspectives and power dynamics.
  • You have solid interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholders, work effectively in a team environment, navigate crucial conversations, and facilitate joint problem-solving with the team.
  • You’ve embedded mentorship into your leadership style and are motivated to develop your staff, focusing on their career needs and goals.
  • You have a commitment to following the priorities and addressing the needs of Native and multicultural staff in your work and role as a leader.
  • You have the ability to center equity and care for others in all aspects of work, a commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, and the ability to integrate your commitment into your work.

Minimum Qualifications

  • You have significant previous experience in finance and accounting, or a related field, and/or a background in finance and accounting. CPA license preferred.
  • Preferred: Experience working with accounting systems and electronic payroll processing systems.

The nitty gritty

Flexibility and paid time off

  • Flexible scheduling + work from home up to two days per week (For candidates located in Flagstaff); Position location: AZ, UT, CO, or NM with a preference for proximity to Flagstaff, AZ. Ability to travel at least once a month to Flagstaff.
  • 12 paid holidays
  • Two weeks paid vacation in year one (three weeks in year two, and four in year four) and two weeks paid sick leave
  • 12-14 weeks of paid parental leave


  • 100 percent employer-paid employee medical and dental insurance (50 percent employer-paid for qualified dependent premiums)
  • Four percent automatic employer contribution to 401K retirement plan plus up to two percent match
  • Employer-paid long-term disability insurance and life Insurance
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Paid community service time, sabbatical leave, and more


AZ, UT, CO, or NM with a preference for proximity to Flagstaff, AZ.  Ability to travel at least once a month to Flagstaff.


$70,655 - $106,526 annual salary, commensurate with experience and qualifications.

COVID-19 precautions

COVID vaccination is required for this position.  If you need a reasonable accommodation, please contact careers@grandcanyontrust.org

What does this position entail?

Financial Management (60%):

  • Oversees all financial functions including fixed asset management, accounting, budgeting, regulations, and reporting requirements.
  • Provides effective, practical financial controls through developing and implementing financial policies, procedures, and systems.
  • Actively participates in business management through accurate financial reporting and analysis of cash flows.
  • Represents the organization to the financial community.
  • Oversees and supervises the organization's human resource systems involving payroll such as insurance and other benefits.
  • Manages all records pertaining to contractors.
  • Assists in the submission of all grant proposals concerning financials and budgets.
  • Tracking the budget for restrictive funding for development team grants
  • Assumes responsibility for the Trust's yearly audit and special projects.
  • Assumes responsibility for financial affairs, financials, and audits for North Rim Ranch, LLC (a Grand Canyon Trust subsidiary).
  • Serves as a member of the senior leadership team and supervises finance staff.

Financial Administration (30%):

  • Responsible for data entry into the general ledger system using restricted and budget formats for tracking.
  • Produces quarterly statements for the finance
  • Works in compliance with company policies and procedures.
  • Provides monthly budgeting information with actual revenue and expense statements for Grand Canyon Trust and North Rim Ranch, LLC project managers.
  • Processes depreciation schedules.
  • Manages cash flow by forecasting and anticipating cash needs and managing short-term investments.
  • Oversees the accounts receivable, accounts payable and payroll systems.
  • Oversees the accurate reporting of quarterly payroll tax reports, yearly W2s and 1099s.
  • Reports on 1098 gift annuities.
  • Calculates payroll salaries at the beginning, any changes during and at the end of the year.
  • Provides all financial information on grants to corporations and foundations.
  • Maintains license to conduct business in Utah.
  • Compiles the annual and mid-year budgets and inputs into the online accounting system.
  • Prepares a variety of financials and budgets for the Board of Trustees and its various committees as requested.
  • Conducts annual audits for the Grand Canyon Trust and North Rim Ranch, LLC.
  • Serves as a corporate officer for the Grand Canyon Trust.
  • Resolves accounting variances and estimates monthly closing accruals.
  • Work closely with senior administrative and development staff to ensure compliance with all necessary federal and state policies and standards.

Additional/Other (10%):

  • Attend and participate in on- and off-site staff meetings, retreats, and organizational training.
  • Seek out and participate in professional development opportunities.

Please send your resume and cover letter to careers@grandcanyontrust.org.

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