Finance Director/Chief Financial Officer

Hiring Organization Information

Organization Name: 
Philanthropy Northwest

Position Information

Employment Type: 
Full time
Job Category: 
Finance | Accounting
Organizational Overview: 

For more than 40 years, Philanthropy Northwest has served as a leader, collaborator, and partner, working side-by-side with our members and partners in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming, to show the power and potential of philanthropy. Through collaboration and partnership, we test new and innovative ideas around policy, advocacy, community philanthropy, and impact investing. We bring our members and partners together to learn, grow, and become stronger and more united through convenings, events, cohorts, collaboratives, and civil discourse.  

Our work includes four core programs: 1) The Learning Network, a regional community providing opportunities for emerging and established philanthropy leaders to connect, learn and grow; 2) Democracy and advocacy, a team focused on public policy issues impacting communities and promoting democracy within the philanthropic sector and beyond; 3)  The Giving Practice, a national consulting team bringing customized solutions, deep regional relationships and national expertise to support organizations navigating philanthropy’s changing landscape; 4) An incubation platform for innovative philanthropic projects, including: Cascadia Foodshed Financing Project, Hmong Impact Giving Network, and Community Democracy Workshop. 


  • We elevate the field of philanthropy by identifying opportunities, taking smart risks, challenging our assumptions, experimenting creatively, listening actively, engaging in conversations and learning through action and reflection. 
  • Strong relationships power our work at every level; we build them with care and nurture them attentively. 
  • We embrace and encourage diversity, equity and inclusion in our community and continuously seek to bring new perspectives into our organization and our networks.
  • We are a learning organization that invests in supporting the ongoing growth of our individuals, our team and our community. 
  • We value high quality work that is grounded in deep mutual respect, healthy work/life balance, clear communication, humor and joy.  
Role Responsibilities: 

We are looking for an experienced finance director or chief financial officer (CFO) with strong skills in nonprofit accounting, budgeting and financial analysis, risk management, and continuous improvement to lead and manage our organization’s finance department. A successful candidate is a strategic financial leader with strong abilities to lead from the balcony as well as manage the day to day accounting and bookkeeping operations. This role reports to the CEO and acts as a key member of the senior leadership team.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

I) Strategic Leadership

  • Collaborate with CEO and senior leadership team to steward and align resources with organizational priorities and goals.
  • Present monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements to senior leaders and board of directors.
  • Promote Philanthropy Northwest’s mission, vision and values to external and internal stakeholders.

II) Financial Analysis & Forecasting

  • Analyze finances and create ongoing and real time forecasts for CEO and leadership team to communicate financial realities and opportunities.
  • Lead and manage the annual budgeting and planning process including updating the organization’s business plan as needed.

III) General Accounting

  • Oversee the accounting function and internal controls from monthly general ledger close to transactional processing (AR, AP, and payroll), cash flow, and financial statement preparation and reporting; oversee all accounting for our internal consulting practice, including consulting contractor payments, client invoicing, and reporting.
  • Assist with preparation of proposals for grants/funding and oversee grants accounting.
  • Supervise a full-charge bookkeeper and ensure they are meeting performance expectations and work deliverables.
  • Oversee the annual audit process.
  • Ensure compliance with federal, state and local legal requirements by researching existing and new legislation, consulting with outside advisors, and filing financial reports. Manage and update all required business licensing.
  • Protect all financial resources and assets by establishing, monitoring and enforcing internal controls.
Candidate Qualifications: 
  • Minimum of seven to ten years senior-level financial leadership and accounting management. Experience in nonprofit accounting required.
  • Strong working knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for nonprofit organizations and basic understanding of local, state, and federal tax laws pertinent to nonprofits.
  • Experience with network applications and integrated accounting systems; experience with Abila MIP Fund Accounting system required. Experience with Microix budgeting a plus. Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Excel.
  • CPA and/or CFA certification desirable.
  • Strong skills and experience with financial analysis and forecasting.
  • Comfort with ambiguity and change, and eagerness to continually improve finance systems.
  • Robust business acumen with ability to bring keen understanding of costs, benefits and risks analysis to business dilemmas, opportunities, or situations.
  • Ability to lead, develop and mentor staff in an inclusive intercultural environment where staff of all backgrounds and abilities can thrive.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to manage relationships with integrity and consistency, including a keen ability to work effectively and respectfully with politically, ideologically, culturally and geographically diverse people and communities.
  • Ability to work both autonomously and collaboratively.

Salary and Benefits

Only those who possess the highest level of personal and professional integrity will be considered. Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with the successful candidate’s experience and includes a full benefits package.


How to Apply

Application Contact:
Application Deadline: 
Application Instructions: 
Please submit a resume and cover letter indicating: 1) why you would be a good fit; 2) your salary requirement; and 3) what value you would bring to Philanthropy Northwest, to, including YOUR NAME + “Finance Director” in the subject line by September 23, 2019. This position will remain open until we find our ideal candidate. Philanthropy Northwest is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create an inclusive and equitable workplace and encourage people from underrepresented communities to apply. We value and celebrate our employees’ differences in age, ability, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, language, national origin, political affiliation, socio-economic status and veteran status.