Operations Director
World Resources Institute (WRI)
Location: Mexico City (Mexico)
Grade: Director and Top Executive
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Job Description


WRI Mexico is seeking a dynamic, assertive, detail-oriented, and highly organized Operations Director who will ensure that WRI Mexico’s financial, accounting, management and budgeting systems, as well as its processes and policies, meet the organization´s operations and programs requirements. We require excellent attention to detail, knowledge of nonprofit operations, good understanding of team dynamics, strong time and priority management abilities and an optimistic outlook. This is an excellent position for someone seeking to gain experience in financial and project management in an elite environmental research and analysis organization lauded for its subject matter expertise and operational transparency

Reporting to the CEOr, the Opeations Dorector role focuses on the optimization and compliance of all financial activities and information regarding WRI Mexico. He or she will work across departments and teams to come up with efficient budgeting and control processes and support managers on project budgets and controls.

This is a full-time position and will require a strong command of English.


The Operations Director main areas of responsibility will include overseeing the areas of Finance and Adminsitration, HR, IT and PM and the following activities:

  1. Supervise and Coordinate on project budget management and financial reporting.
  2. Develop budgets in our systems in collaboration with Strategic Alliance and technical staff for new grant proposals.
  3. Assist project team in project closeout process including turnover documentation.
  4. Support proposal budgeting.
  5. Assist and review detailed financial reports for submission to external funders as needed.
  6. Helping steward all grants related documentation and processes.
  7. Assist in reviewing periodic financial reports.
  8. Plan and manage all operational policies, functions, processes and procedures for WRI Mexico r
  9. Manage integrated financial systems and processes to promote financial operations effectiveness and compliance, to enable proper budget, financial, and accounting management
  10. In coordination with WRI (US) Finance team, provide accurate and timely financial reporting in compliance with the organization’s requirements, and with Mexican law.
  11. Develop, implement and manage a financial planning and forecasting process, both income and expenditures, actual and forecast, to be in line with WRI´s procedures, requirements and timelines.
  12. Developing and implementing an annual budget for the organization.


  • At least 15 years of experience in similar position (financial process, budget management forecasting ) with minimum 10 years experience in managerial or team leader capacity
  • Proven financial and budgeting experience
  • Masters degree in related field
  • Strong knowledge of reporting methodologies and skilled particularly in the use of database, excel spreadsheets and pivot tables
  • Working knowledge of non-profit international organizations (highly desirable)
  • Fluent in both written and spoken English (mandatory)
  • Values people and strong team player
  • Ability to tackle emerging issues with a collaborative approach
  • Must be adaptable to rapidly changing priorities and have the ability to manage multiple projects with varying deadlines
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong process orientation with sensitivity to quality, timelines, and organizational systems
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong computer skills including high level of comfort with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook), web-based communications (Skype, GoToMeeting), with CRM database (esp. Salesforce) and budgeting systems (Microsoft Cognos/TM1) preferred.

About WRI

The World Resources Institute is a global research non-profit organization that was established in 1982. WRI’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.

We focus on seven urgent global challenges that must be addressed to reduce poverty, grow economies and protect natural systems:

  1. Climate: Protect communities and natural ecosystems from damage caused by greenhouse gas emissions, and generate opportunities for people by catalyzing a global transition to a low-carbon economy.
  2. Energy: Drive the scale-up of clean, affordable power systems throughout the world to deliver sustainable socio-economic development.
  3. Food: Ensure the world’s food systems reduce their impact on the environment, drive economic opportunity, and sustainably feed 9.6 billion people by 2050.
  4. Forests: Alleviate poverty, enhance food security, conserve biodiversity, and mitigate climate change by reducing forest loss and restoring productivity to degraded, deforested lands.
  5. Water: Achieve a water-secure future by mapping, measuring, and mitigating global water risks.
  6. Sustainable Cities: Improve quality of life in cities by developing and scaling environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable urban and transport solutions.
  7. The Ocean: We are charting the path for a New Ocean Economy that is good for jobs, economic growth and human health -- while protecting and restoring the ocean.