LightHawk is a non-profit environmental conservation organization that mobilizes the aircraft and services of approximately 300 volunteer pilots to help protect wild lands, wildlife, freshwater and ocean habitats throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Visit to learn more about us.

We seek an experienced, strategic, innovative Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to join our senior leadership team. Reporting directly to the CEO, this position will oversee all financial and administrative functions that support the sustainability and growth of this dynamic organization.

Job Title:        Chief Financial Officer

Department:   Financial

Reports to:      Chief Executive Officer

Location:       Currently home office proximate to major airport; prefer Colorado resident

Date:               TBD

Summary:      LightHawk, a 41- year old international, Colorado-based nonprofit, seeks a dynamic and innovative leader to join our senior leadership team as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Reporting directly to the CEO, this position will oversee all financial and administrative functions that support the sustainability and growth of this dynamic organization.

The CFO will play a critical role in the efficient and effective management of the overall organization while supporting and advancing the organization’s strategic growth. The successful candidate will be responsible for budgeting and finance, human resources, and general operations while also setting the stage for planned growth in both revenue and FTE count.

Serving as a strategic partner to the CEO, the CFO will support forward-looking financial analysis and projections to facilitate strategic decision-making as LightHawk evolves its business model and continues on its sustainable growth trajectory. The CFO will provide day-to-day oversight for the fiscal direction of the organization and create an environment that ensures the organization functions at peak efficiency.  The preferred candidate would ideally have expertise in nonprofit management.

The CFO will join an agile, energetic, collaborative, and established leadership team consisting of a Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) and Chief Program Officer (CPO) committed to strategically positioning LightHawk as a forward-looking partner in the aviation conservation arena across North America and beyond.

At LightHawk, we believe that “if you can see it from above, you can change it on the ground”, and that better conservation and environmental practices leads to a better world for us all. The CFO will translate this mission-driven passion into sustainable fiscal relationships that support our volunteers, donors, staff and partners. LightHawk’s revenue source is generated from grants and institutional donors. The CFO supervises department strategy and monetary growth and collaborates with other management. The CFO works to establish and execute strategic goals to advance LightHawk’s mission.


As the CFO, the successful candidate will strengthen LightHawk’s Lead Team and play a critical role in our future success. The CFO will help lead a staff that currently includes one part-time staff and some contractors. Responsibilities are far-ranging and primarily include:

  • Fiscal Management, including internal controls, accounting, budgeting, forecasting and analysis.
  • Federal and State compliance in employment, corporate, HR, and financial realms.
  • Risk Assessment and Organizational Liability Insurance
  • Human Resources and Benefit Administration
  • Board relations
  • General Office Administration


Competitive candidates will possess:

  • Ten years’ experience of direct financial management and accounting experience required with significant experience in non-profit sector
  • Experience managing personnel, compensation, and benefit systems.
  • Ability to work with and as part of a team of highly motivated colleagues and peers. Team collaboration is very important to our culture.
  • Ability to work in deadline-driven situations.
  • Excellent judgment and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to make decisions quickly while ensuring all relevant team members are included in the decision-making process.
  • Ability to look at the big picture and be a thought partner who can recognize when a project is at risk of going off-track for time or budget.
  • Consistent access to high-speed internet for video conferencing
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • Previous nonprofit organization business model experience is preferred.
  • Experience reporting to and engaging with a board of directors
  • Inclusive staff management experience
  • Experience managing contractors
  • Bachelor’s degree required (MBA, CPA, and/or equivalent certification and/or experience preferred).



Successful candidates will have demonstrated:

  • Integrity, embodied by being honest and trustworthy;
  • Leadership skills, including the ability to inspire others to achieve their best work;
  • Leadership skills in promoting a diverse and inclusive work environment;
  • Initiative, shown by the confidence to make decisions and take risks; and
  • Adaptability, key to working with staff across time zones and locations.


  • Salary range is $70,000 – $80,000, commensurate with experience.
  • Comprehensive benefits program, including medical, dental, vision, 401K, technology stipends, and paid time off annually.

Work Environment: 

This full-time position with benefits is currently home office based with phone, internet and small equipment stipends provided. LightHawk will migrate back to a traditional, office-based workspace post pandemic.   If a suitable home office is not available, LightHawk will provide an office space.

Benefits and salary are commensurate with nonprofit industry standards and include flexible schedules and generous paid leave.

LightHawk is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any person because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law. LightHawk culture is collaborative, congenial, and inclusive. Note that LH does require a successful candidate to pass a background check following acceptance of a job offer.

Travel and Work hours

(Post pandemic) requires travel of about 3-4, 3-4 days trips per year. This exempt position may require occasional nights and weekends in addition to regular work hours.



Please complete an online application at here.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to those applying on or before April 19, 2021.