Operations and Finance Director

About IEC

Since 1975, the Illinois Environmental Council has worked to safeguard Illinois—its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends by building power for people and the environment. Representing over 100 environmental organizations in the state, IEC carries out its mission to advance public policies that create healthy environments across Illinois through education, advocacy and movement building.

What We Do

We advance sound environmental laws and policies at all levels of government by bringing together the Illinois environmental community to influence decision makers and ensure clean air, clean water and healthy communities. From lobbying at the State Capitol to building consensus around an annual environmental agenda, IEC takes pride in leading our environmental movement in Illinois. We coordinate our affiliate member organizations to share resources, mobilize supporters and respond quickly to the most pressing issues facing the environment in Illinois.

IEC also supports environmental activists across the state, building programs to cultivate the next generation of environmental leadership, such as our Young Professionals Board, Community Council, annual environmental scorecards and other educational programs like our Civics for Environmentalists and Lunch & Learn series.

About the Position

The Operations and Finance Director plays a key role in fulfilling IEC’s mission by overseeing critical organizational functions and day-to-day operations including finance and people management. They are a member of the leadership team, oversee the accounting team, and report to the Executive Director. The position oversees planning, maintenance, and efficiency of the organization as a whole.

The Operations and Finance Director will maintain and provide financial data and information about all organizational activities that will assist management, the Board of Directors, and program leads in making sound financial decisions about the organization’s operations and future growth. The Operations and Finance Director will lead the internal operations side of the organization.


  • Establish, maintain and implement operational policies and procedures.
  • Oversee day-to-day operations, including finance and people management.
  • Oversee operations planning, maintenance, and efficiency.
  • Prepare operational reports and management reports.
  • Ensure compliance.
  • Act as staff point person for the Board of Directors Finance Committee and drive sustainable growth.
  • Lead semi-annual budgeting process including board approval process.
  • Lead semi-annual staff evaluation process including analysis of salary.
  • Collaborate with board and staff members to implement IEC’s equity, diversity and inclusion plan.

Day-to-Day Operations

  • Ensure that the IEC physical and virtual office spaces run smoothly.
  • Complete timely and thorough entry and submission of benefits and payroll.
  • Review and update operations policies and procedures as needed.

People Management & Culture Building

  • Facilitate the hiring and orientation of full and part-time staff, interns, and consultants.
  • Provide support to all people managers in coordination with an HR consultant and in consultation with the organization’s employment lawyer.
  • Directly manage the HR, Finance, Tech, and operations functions of IEC.
  • Develop systems and model behavior that increases the flow of information and clarity across the organization.

Financial Planning & Management 

  • Oversee finance systems across entities, including tracking grant-related expenditures and board reporting.
  • Oversee the budget forecasting processes in partnership with the Finance Team. 
  • Communicate financial requirements and implications of business decisions to leadership and the Board of Directors. 
  • Set budget priorities so that available funds are used as effectively as possible.


  • Previous experience with finances and budgeting, operations, and people management.
  • Experience with non-profit operations and management
  • Ability to quickly learn new tech systems.
  • Strong interpersonal and social networking skills.
  • Detail-oriented with the ability to track to completion of numerous projects and tasks.
  • Experience with Quickbooks, Google Drive applications, and Microsoft office.
  • Experience with payroll systems.

About Our Pay and Benefits

This full-time position can be based out of the Chicago or Springfield office with a hybrid work arrangement. Benefits include health insurance, dental insurance, a 401(k) plan, and generous paid time off.

Salary range is $80,000-$95,000, commensurate with experience. Cover letter MUST include salary requirements.

Equal Opportunity Employer

IEC/IECEF is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, gender expression or identity, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, protective order status, veteran status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information, ancestry, religion, pregnancy, certain arrest or criminal history records, homelessness and use of lawful products outside of work during non-working hours or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

Equity, Allyship and Powerbuilding Values

IEC/IECEF is working always to ensure that everyone on our team feels engaged and supported in all areas of the organization’s operations as we work to become a fully inclusive, multi-cultural, and anti-racist organization.

We are only as powerful as the people in our movement and those we serve. Building power for people and our environment in Illinois requires us to actively combat social and political power dynamics that disenfranchise marginalized communities across a broad range of issues beyond those that fall squarely within traditional environmental policy. When marginalized communities are empowered, environmental protections become more possible. Thus we are called to stand in solidarity as allies with those fighting for justice and to strengthen our democratic institutions where power drives policy change. IEC/IECEF is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply

Introduce yourself to us as a colleague. Show us your future here and let us know what you’d bring to our organization! We value great writers, so be yourself, be creative, and take your time with the application.

The application deadline is September 1, 2022, but resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis and interviews will be scheduled with qualified applicants in accordance with the application date.

To apply, please email a resume, cover letter, and salary expectations. Please send all application materials, along with questions, via email to:
Jen Walling
Executive Director

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