Business Operations Director

Thorne Nature Experience Published: March 12, 2020
Boulder, CO
Job Type
CEO/ Senior Mgmt/ Exec Director / Finance / Strategy Development /

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Thorne Nature Experience is a non-profit organization whose mission is to build Earth stewardship by providing all youth with joyful, hands-on, place-based environmental education experiences that foster an emotional connection to nature. Founded in 1954, Thorne has a rich history and has reached more than 300,000 children through its Summer Camp, School Year (Pre-K and Elementary), and Nature for All Programs.

Expectation for All Employees:

  • Support the Thorne mission and exhibit a commitment to working collaboratively, with integrity and respect for fellow employees, associates, and our community.
  • Embracing personal responsibility and accountability for your job.

Job Purpose

As part of the Senior Leadership Team, the Business Operations Director provides strategic leadership in the areas of business strategy, finance, accounting, operations, and human resources management. (The Business Operations Director reports to the Executive Director.)

Position Overview

The Business Operations Director works in partnership with the Executive Director and Thorne’s Directors and Managers to ensure the successful implementation of Thorne’s strategic plan which calls for growth and diversification of the organization’s financial resources and programming.

The Business Operations Director’s primary functions include: support Trustees, Directors, and Managers with business strategy to ensure the organization and its programs provide a maximum return on investment (both financial and mission); prepares and manages the organization’s annual budget and operations plan; plans and manages cash flow; directs bookkeeping; directs financial controls, reporting, and auditing; assists with the financial components of foundation and government grant compliance; and directs human resources and administrative operations.

Flexibility exists to expand and contract duties to best support the skills, interests, and goals of the top candidate and the needs of the organization and its staff. Expanded responsibilities could include strategic operational management of Thorne’s earned income programs and philanthropic efforts, including oversight of Director and Manager level staff.


Desired Outcomes:

  • Exceptional business strategy support provided to Trustees, Directors, and Managers
  • Exceptional engagement as member of Thorne’s Senior Leadership Team
  • Thorne’s organizational budget and financial reporting is timely, accurate, clear, concise, and well understood by Trustees, Staff, and key funders and partners
  • Thorne’s annual operations plan is ambitious and motivating for Thorne’s staff which are provided with the resources and support required to achieve the plan
  • Maintain a positive cash flow, three-month operating reserve, and the corpus of endowments while simultaneously allowing for growth in impact of Thorne’s mission
  • Ensures human resources and administrative operations are efficient and effective
  • Exceptional management of staff and contractors involved with finance and HR


Required Education/Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and minimum of 5 years work experience in accounting, or
  • Business/nonprofit administration or Master’s Degree in accounting, or
  • Business/nonprofit administration and minimum of 3 years work experience.

Required Skills and Abilities:

  • Proficient with MS Office Suite
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks and roles, patiently and professionally
  • Strong supervisory and management/mentorship skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Effective at working with people of diverse backgrounds and levels of experience

Preferred Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of nonprofit accounting best practices
  • Proficient in QuickBooks
  • Spanish language skills

Desired Behavioral Traits and Attitudes:

  • Leader, team player, detail-oriented, results-oriented, organized, responsive, creative, resourceful, critical thinker, fun, outgoing, and self-motivated  
  • Passionate about Thorne’s mission and environmentally concerned and aware

Special Requirements:

  • Some weekend and evening hours are required
  • Must be able to pass a comprehensive background check

Job Interrelationships

  • Thorne Staff
  • Thorne Board of Trustees
  • Key Funders and Partners
  • Key Customers and Vendors


  • This full time, exempt position provides a salary that is negotiable, dependent on qualifications: using the Colorado Nonprofit Salary Survey for Compensation.


  • Health and Dental, 403B with 3-4.5% Match
  • Short and Long-term Disability and Life Insurance
  • Paid Time Off (Vacation, Sick Leave, and Holidays)
  • Annual Bonus (Organizational and Personal Performance)

To Apply

  • Please click "Apply" below to email a cover letter and resume
  • Please no phone inquiries. Additional information available on our website
  • Questions regarding the position can be directed to Stephanie and will be responded to within 3 business days
  • Start Date: April 1 Preferred
  • Application Deadline: February 26 - Early Application Preferred

Thorne believes that, to remain relevant as an organization and ensure access to joyful, hands-on, place-based Environmental Education experiences for all youth, its programs, leadership, and participants must reflect the range of diversity, culture, and unique differences in our community.

Thorne Nature Experience is an equal opportunity organization. Thorne Nature Experience does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, age, national origin (ancestry), physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender variance or expression, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.  This Anti-Discrimination Policy applies to, but is not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers, selection of Board Members, selection of vendors, and provision of services.

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