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By Susannah Black
March 30, 2016

New York Harbor Foundation is hiring!  See below.

Business Manager Job Description

New York Harbor Foundation is a regional environmental education 501(c)(3) nonprofit that seeks to improve the access to, awareness and education about, and condition of New York Harbor. We lead the Billion Oyster Project (BOP), a large‐scale marine restoration effort to restore one billion live oysters to New York Harbor by 2035. Our lead educational partner in New York City is the New York Harbor School, a public high school located on Governors Island in New York Harbor.

We are currently seeking a passionate, organized, and detail‐oriented individual to join the Foundation as Business Manager. Directly reporting to the Executive Director, with a dotted line to the Director of the Billion Oyster Project, the Business Manager will be responsible for the management of all finance and business operations for the Foundation. This is an opportunity for a motivated finance and operations professional to join a growing mission‐driven organization. It is a hands‐on position with a wide range of work from planning to procurement.



●  Oversee outsourced accounting functions while maintaining primary responsibility for the timeliness, accuracy and compliance of all day‐to‐day, monthly and year‐end financial operations including payroll, banking, accounts payable and accounts receivable.

●  Advise ED and BOP Director on financial planning, budgeting, cash flow and policy matters.

●  Plan, coordinate and execute the annual budget process and, as point of contact with the outside auditors, the annual audit process and the preparation of the Form 990.

●  Serve as the management liaison to the Treasurer, the Audit Committee and the Board. Lead the preparation and filing of government reports as required.

●  Assist program staff in creating and managing project budgets and financial records, and facilitate procurement of supplies, materials and contracted services for programs.


●  Participate in staff recruitment and hiring; handle on‐boarding of new staff members and process personnel paperwork. Track hours of hourly employees for payroll purposes.

●  Negotiate and manage employee benefits (including group health plan).

●  Ensure compliance with EEO statutes and other corporate and workplace policies. Arrange compliance training for staff.

●  Oversee facilities (including IT hardware) to ensure safe and optimal working conditions.

●  Manage and support staff in the use of the Foundation’s cloud‐based IT systems including Google Apps (Gmail, Drive, Calendar). Serve as Google Apps administrator.

●  Prepare, review and negotiate contracts with vendors and program partners, consulting with attorneys and others as necessary.

●  Negotiate and maintain appropriate insurance coverage for the Foundation and the Board.


●  BA/BS Degree required, degree in accounting, business or administration a plus
●  3‐5 years of progressive financial and operations management and planning experience
●  Strong IT skills with proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel and Google Apps suite, and familiarity with Salesforce CRM
●  Thorough understanding of basic accounting concepts, experience with non‐profit fund accounting a plus
●  Substantial understanding of office operations and procedures, including bookkeeping and human resources
●  Excellent writing and communication skills
●  Must be able to handle multiple tasks in a fast‐paced environment with frequent interruptions
●  Ability to make decisions that improve day‐to‐day procedures, practices and efficiency
●  Excellent numeracy skills with the ability to maintain accuracy and present financial and non‐financial data in a clear and accurate format
●  Interest or background in environmental education a plus

Salary will be commensurate with experience. Benefits include group health plan, generous vacation policy and an inspiring working environment on Governors Island in New York Harbor.

NYHF is committed to providing equal opportunity in employment on the basis of individual merit and personal qualifications to employees and applicants for employment. Equal employment opportunity is provided to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, nationality, ancestry, age, marital status, sex, pregnancy, religion, affectional or sexual orientation, disability, citizenship, genetic information, veteran status, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, and local laws.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 references using this link.