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Baykeeper defends San Francisco Bay from the biggest threats and holds polluters accountable. For more than 30 years, using science, policy, and law, we’ve achieved over 280 legal victories to stop pollution from industrial facilities, reduced sewage spills to the Bay by 75% from 10 cities, passed new state laws to keep fossil fuel pollution out of the Bay, and strengthened local regulation of toxic pollutants like mercury and selenium to protect the Bay’s wildlife and residents. Press coverage has called Baykeeper "one of the region's most active and most effective defenders of the marine environment."

The following positions are currently available at San Francisco Baykeeper:

Finance and Administration Director

The Finance and Administration Director is responsible for the effective management of Baykeeper’s financial, administrative, and human resource functions in support of our mission to help the Bay thrive. The position serves as part of the internal leadership team and is instrumental to Baykeeper’s continued success. The ideal candidate will be a seasoned professional with specific expertise in nonprofit fiscal management and fund accounting, human resource law and best practice, nonprofit management and governance, and operations management.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Finance and Accounting:

  • Accounting: Manage all accounting activities including payroll functions, reconciliations, shared allocations, and restricted assets, while ensuring compliance with GAAP standards, regulatory requirements, and other policies and best practices. Design and administer accounting structure, internal controls, systems (Quickbooks Online), and budget tools (Excel). Supervise and support a contract bookkeeper.
  • Audit and Tax Filings: Lead the preparation and review of year-end audited financial statements and federal and state filings in conjunction with independent auditors.
  • Budgeting: Lead the preparation of all organizational budgets and financial plans and provide high-quality fiscal management, including tracking income and expenses, reporting against budget, updating quarterly forecasts, and monitoring cash flow. Present accurate and timely financial reports to Board and others.
  • Reporting: Develop reports to enhance monitoring and management of programs, restricted grants, and board-restricted net assets. Perform long-term financial modeling to aid strategic planning and development approaches.


  • Compliance: Ensure compliance with all government regulations, including those related to employment, charitable registrations, and lobbying.
  • Insurance: Oversee risk management, including all organizational insurance coverage.
  • Governance: Provide support to Executive Director in managing the Board of Directors and committees, attending Board meetings as necessary and documenting actions through minutes.
  • Facilities: Coordinate with building management and vendors to ensure efficient maintenance and operations of facilities. Supervise lease renewal or termination and remote/hybrid facility selection processes.
  • IT Management: Oversee IT and computer policies, security, resources, software, connectivity, and support either in-house or through an IT support vendor.

Human Resources

  • Human Resources Management: Oversee and update all HR processes to support an engaged, talented, and diverse team. Ensure compliance with relevant employment law and proper maintenance of all personnel records.
  • Organizational Culture: Work closely with the Executive Director and leadership team to maintain a trusting, transparent, inclusive, and results-focused culture.
  • Personnel Policies: Administer all personnel policies and maintain a compliant employee handbook. Stay current with HR law and best practices and recommend updates as needed.
  • Benefits Administration: Manage, monitor, and communicate Baykeeper’s benefit programs, ensuring the best possible benefits in the context of available resources.
  • Retirement Plan: Manage Baykeeper 401(k) Plan in conjunction with Third Party Administrator.
  • Training and Professional Development: Support the organization and staff by providing access to trainings and other professional development resources.

Essential Qualifications

  • Experience working in nonprofit finance and administration, with knowledge of nonprofit accounting practices, GAAP, and bookkeeping functions, and at least two years of director-level experience leading finance functions, including budget development.
  • Experience with human resources and administrative functions and related legal compliance.
  • Familiarity with IT management and ability to ensure a functioning computing environment.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills accompanied by an analytical and problem-solving mindset and an ability to stay organized and prioritize in a fast-paced environment.
  • Commitment to fulfilling job duties with integrity and honesty, building collaborative partnerships with colleagues, and exercising sound judgment that reflects organizational values.
  • Personal or professional passion for Baykeeper’s mission to protect the Bay and a desire to play a leadership role at a collaborative, inclusive, and highly-effective organization.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position will supervise a contract bookkeeper and manage vendors.

Work Location

Baykeeper’s office is located in downtown Oakland, convenient to BART and other public transit. Our staff is currently remote, with the intention of shifting to a hybrid in-person and remote work environment once public health conditions allow safely returning to the office.

Physical Demands

The physical demands of this position include utilizing computer equipment; verbal communications with staff, Board, counsel, and others both in person and by video and telephone; and the ability to lift and carry 20lbs. These demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Baykeeper is committed to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace where we learn and work together to protect the Bay and Bay Area communities. We strongly encourage women, people of color, gender diverse, and other applicants from underrepresented backgrounds in the environmental movement to apply.

Compensation, Benefits, and Values

This is a full-time, exempt position reporting to the Executive Director. The salary for this position ranges from $90,000 to $116,000 depending upon relevant experience and qualifications. Baykeeper places the highest value on its employees and employee retention and is committed to continuously building on our collaborative and flexible workplace environment. We value a healthy work-life balance and offer a competitive benefits package, which currently includes comprehensive medical and dental coverage with no employee premium contribution for all non-temp employees working at least 20 hours a week; an employer 401(k) contribution following one year (budget dependent); options for pre-tax flexible spending accounts for medical, transit, and dependent care costs; professional development opportunities and training, including coverage of relevant professional membership dues and reasonable continuing education costs; and generous paid time off including for vacation and mental wellness time, and for a culturally diverse range of holidays, birthdays, and social justice activism.


If you are interested in this position and meet a majority of the qualifications, please send a cover letter and resume in PDF format to, subject line “YOUR LAST NAME, FINANCE DIRECTOR.” If your materials indicate a potential match for our requirements, we will contact you. Please, no phone calls or emails to the office regarding this opening. Position open until filled; interviews to begin as soon as June 13, 2022 with an anticipated start date in July 2022.



Law Clerk

San Francisco Baykeeper is seeking law clerks to work on our citizen enforcement program in San Francisco. Baykeeper defends San Francisco Bay against its biggest threats and holds polluters accountable. Law clerks will assist Baykeeper attorneys on all aspects of our enforcement program under the Clean Water Act and other state and federal environmental laws. Tasks include investigating pollution complaints, legal research, drafting legal documents, attending hearings and public meetings, and patrolling the Bay on the Baykeeper boat.


Litigation and Enforcement

  • Research and investigate new pollution cases;
  • Research and draft memos on case law, statutes, and regulations;
  • Assist in-house attorneys and outside counsel in drafting legal documents;
  • Attend court hearings and settlement negotiations as appropriate;
  • Assist with filing, correspondence, or document review as needed. 

Administrative Advocacy

  • Represent and advocate on behalf of Baykeeper at local agency hearings;
  • Research and prepare comments on agency regulations and permits;
  • Draft memos on technical and legal aspects of water quality regulations;
  • Assist with press releases, outreach efforts, and public events


  • At least one year of law school;
  • Excellent legal research and writing skills;
  • A solid academic record;
  • Ability to thrive in a friendly, informal setting;
  • Demonstrated commitment to environmental protection;
  • Significant knowledge of environmental and administrative laws a plus.

How to Apply

We are currently accepting applications for fall 2022. 

To apply, prepare a cover letter, resume, a current transcript, and a 5-10 page legal writing sample to

Please, no phone calls or emails to the office regarding this position.

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