Director of Finance

  • Grand Canyon Trust
  • AZ, UT, NM, CO
  • Feb 08, 2023
Full time Financial Payroll Accounting CPA Finance

Job Description

Application deadline:  Feb. 27, 2023 at 5 p.m. MST. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Anticipated start date: May 2023


Are you a dedicated, experienced accounting and 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 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. You’ll also 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 vital to the organization and its future.


We value all types of experience, including but not limited to traditional knowledge, volunteer work, community relationships, 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.


What does this position entail?

Financial management (60 percent):

  • Oversee all financial functions, including fixed asset management, accounting, budgeting, regulations, and reporting requirements.
  • Provide effective, practical financial controls through developing and implementing financial policies, procedures, and systems.
  • Actively participate in business management through accurate financial reporting and analysis of cash flows.
  • Represent the organization to the financial community.
  • Oversee and supervise the organization's human resource systems involving payroll, such as insurance and other benefits.
  • Manage all records pertaining to contractors.
  • Assist in the submission of all grant proposals concerning financials and budgets.
  • Track the budget for restrictive funding for development team grants.
  • Assume responsibility for the Trust's yearly audit and special projects.
  • Assume responsibility for financial affairs, financials, and audits for North Rim Ranch LLC (a Grand Canyon Trust subsidiary).
  • Serve on the senior leadership team and supervise finance staff.


Financial administration (30 percent):

  • Enter data into the general ledger system using restricted and budget formats for tracking.
  • Produce quarterly statements for the finance
  • Work in compliance with company policies and procedures.
  • Provide monthly budgeting information with actual revenue and expense statements for Grand Canyon Trust and North Rim Ranch LLC project managers.
  • Process depreciation schedules.
  • Manage cash flow by forecasting and anticipating cash needs and managing short-term investments.
  • Oversee the accounts receivable, accounts payable, and payroll systems.
  • Oversee the accurate reporting of quarterly payroll tax reports, yearly W2s and 1099s.
  • Report on 1098 gift annuities.
  • Calculate payroll salaries at the beginning, any changes during, and at the end of the year.
  • Provide all financial information on grants to corporations and foundations.
  • Maintain license to conduct business in Arizona.
  • Compile the annual and mid-year budgets and inputs into the online accounting system.
  • Prepare a variety of financials and budgets for the board of trustees and its various committees as requested.
  • Conduct annual audits for the Grand Canyon Trust and North Rim Ranch LLC.
  • Serve as a corporate officer for the Grand Canyon Trust.
  • Resolve accounting variances and estimate monthly closing accruals.
  • Work closely with senior administrative and development staff to ensure compliance with all necessary federal and state policies and standards.


Other (10 percent):


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



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


The nitty gritty


Flexibility and paid time off

  • Flexible scheduling and option to work from home
  • 12 paid holidays
  • Two weeks paid vacation in year one (three weeks in year two, and four in year four)
  • 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



Arizona, Utah, Colorado, or New Mexico, with a preference for proximity to Flagstaff, Arizona (you’ll need to travel to Flagstaff at least once a month).



$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



How do I apply?


Please send your resume and cover letter to



The Grand Canyon Trust is an equal-opportunity employer, and we are committed to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in every aspect of our organization.  We work actively to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the basis of identity including but not limited to: Race, ethnicity, gender, parental status, national origin, age, religion, disability, veterans' status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  We actively seek diversity in our candidate pools.  Applicants of all identities are encouraged to apply.  If you are in need of a reasonable accommodation in the application or interview process, please contact



$70,655 - $106,526

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