Job description

National Parks are the landscape of some of our best memories. They are also home to uniquely Australian species found nowhere else on earth.

The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife (FNPW) is a non-government organisation on a mission to protect these ecosystems and native species for generations to come.

Scope of the role:

This role works closely with the Chief Executive Officer and also works with all staff and external advisers such as accountants, lawyers, consultants etc.

The role will require ‘hands on’ work as well as managing relationships with Board, Executive Manager, partners and stakeholders.

This is a new position and so the responsible person is expected to be able to put their stamp on it and develop fit-for-purpose processes and procedures to enable efficient, timely and insightful financial and management reporting.

Once the reporting processes and rhythms are established, the Finance Manager will be expected to also provide strategic and management support to FNPW as we grow our organisation. We use MYOB for our accounts, and have an online donor management system (iMIS). A desire for continuous improvement will be required in all aspects of the role.

Ideal candidate

  • Can work autonomously, effectively managing workload without continual guidance
  • Energetic, willing and ‘can-do’ attitude
  • Excellent quality, attention to detail, and organisational skills
  • Experience with iMIS (our donor system) would be an advantage, but not a requirement

Role Responsibilities

Financial Management:

  • Maintenance of MYOB (or equivalent general ledgers using an “in the cloud” solution)
  • Processing of all transactions in MYOB (disbursements, receipts, payroll and general journal transactions)
  • Reconciliation of bank accounts (weekly for main accounts, others monthly)
  • Monthly reconciliation of all balance sheet accounts
  • Production of monthly financial statements including adjustments to ledgers where necessary
  • Review and provision of commentary on monthly reports
  • Preparation of cash flow budget & integrate into MYOB
  • Quarterly updating of cash flow budget
  • Prepare/lodge quarterly BAS
  • Prepare/lodge annual PAYGW summaries
  • Processing of all routine payments via internet banking from authorised PDF versions of invoices along with account/job designation
  • Processing of ad hoc/urgent payments via internet banking
  • Process salary & wages adjustments, PAYGW calculations and other ad‐hoc payroll changes, maintenance of leave records.
  • Monthly updating of committed funds and reporting
  • Production of annual financial statements and management of year‐end audit process, working with the Treasurer and auditors
  • Understand and adhere to financial regulations and legislation
  • Present financial reports to board members, stakeholders, executives and clients in formal meetings

Budgets and Reporting:

  • Prepare phased annual budget against set targets
  • Perform a quarterly review of budget and re-forecast cashflow
  • Prepare monthly management accounts and board pack
  • Provide accurate, timely and easy to understand data to board and management team
  • Establish and maintain financial policies and procedures

Financial Processing

  • Processing all donations, including issuing receipts all payment processing
  • Payroll processing and management

Commitments Register
Monthly updating of committed funds within GL and reporting cash flow

Support for Management & Operational Functions

  • Work with the Board & Chief Executive Officer and staff to contribute to the development of the Strategic Plan
  • Work with the Chief Executive Officer and staff to ensure systems and information collection contributes to management reporting and reporting against KPIs in the Strategic Plan
  • Stay up to date with technological advances and accounting software to be used for financial reporting purposes, and streamline processes where possible
  • Ensure our investments and cash balances enable us to meet project spending commitments in a timely manner, while maximizing return

Risk Management

  • Work with the Chief Executive Officer on risk management – regularly review all risks and accompanying matrix and identify any gaps or opportunities
  • Work with the Chief Executive Officer to assess, arrange and review all insurance cover
  • Seek out methods for minimizing financial risk

Compliance Management

  • Work with the Chief Executive Officer to ensure compliance with sector requirements
  • Complete all Authority to Fundraise annual reports and applications

Ensure projects payments and future commitments in projects database reconcile with monthly accounts and annual budget and cash flow.

Land Acquisitions
Handle the financial aspects of land acquisition enquiries and work with the Australian Valuation Office, relevant government department and in-house counsel to facilitate.

Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Accounting or related field required
  • 5+ year’s experience in a financial management position
  • Proven strategic planning experience at the management level
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Excel and MYOB
  • Demonstrated creative and critical thinking skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Strong communications and presentation skills
  • Commitment to professional development
  • Experience in providing general support in a small team, and an experienced team player

Our offer
Permanent part-time: 3 days / week
Based in our Sydney CBD office (2 min walk from Circular Quay)
$120,000 inclusive of super, full-time equivalent (that equates to $72,000 for the 3 days)

How to apply

If this role speaks to your experience and your passion we would love you to apply here through Beam.

More about The Foundation

The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife is Australia’s foremost philanthropic partner for national parks, especially in relation to acquiring land to add to the public national parks estate and offering grants in support of threatened species, cultural heritage and park facilities.

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors and is an independent, non-government charity. The Foundation has provided more than $60 million in grants since 1970 for:

  • land conservation of national parks and other high value conservation lands
  • wildlife research and threatened species recovery
  • cultural heritage conservation in parks for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal sites
  • environmental education, interpretation and awareness-raising for schools and the wider community.

The Foundation is a national organisation. It works in partnership federal and state agencies, researchers and conservation groups responsible for national parks and wildlife conservation.

The Foundation focuses on funding projects that benefit Australia’s system of protected areas and native wildlife and enhance the environmental education outcomes. These projects primarily occur in national parks but can extend to off-park connectivity conservation programs, captive breeding and research programs and involve partners in other states. Funding is limited by constitution to natural and cultural heritage conservation in Australia.