Chief Financial Officer
Chief Financial Officer
We are incredibly proud to work with organizations that are committed to moving people forward. Education Northwest, a local nonprofit that has been dedicated to helping diverse educational communities in the Pacific Northwest reach their full potential for over 50 years, is looking for their next Chief Financial Officer.
Education Northwest conducts more than 200 projects annually, working with schools, districts, and communities on evidence-based solutions to the challenges they face. Their research, evaluation, professional development, e-learning, and technical assistance services are highly regarded in the industry resulting in relevant, timely, and actionable outcomes for their clients.
Together with the executive team, the CFO will develop and implement financial strategy, translate strategic initiatives into actionable, motivating, and measurable achievements, preserve company assets, and report accurate financial and operating results.
Chief Financial Officer Responsibilities:
- Monitor and report on organizational objectives and financial performance in support of the CEO and Leadership Team
- Ability to quickly understand the nature of the funding streams, balance compliance, process improvement and growth in the operation of the organization and develop strong working relationships that inspire trust.
- Lead financial and scenario planning in our nonprofit, union, professional services organization that has a variety of complex income types including federal and foundation.
- Manage the Finance and Accounting teams to ensure accounting and finance functions are effective and with appropriate controls in place.
- Develop and refine as needed internal processes for financial performance.
- Develop & maintain partner relationships with the bank and other institutions.
- Responsible for managing and reporting on financial performance and system efficiencies.
- Ensure compliance with contract and grant provisions and reporting; review RFP budget proposals; assist with negotiating costs and terms of grants and contracts; and maintain control systems and work with funding agency contract offices.
Operational & Other:
- Responsible for the effective and efficient functioning of the IT, HR and Facilities teams.
- Advance the financial literacy of the organization to support business decisions by all members of the staff that are financially sound.
- Support the board, specifically the Audit & Finance and Executive Committees
- Drive initiatives to streamline operational processes across the organization – project management, staff allocation to projects.
- Proven experience designing and delivering large scale change initiatives and measuring the impact and ROI of those initiatives.
- Minimum 15 years of applicable and successful experience in finance and accounting.
- Operational management within professional services, billable hours model and/or government contracting in education or a related industry with similar funding streams – federal and foundation.
- Executive-level leadership and organizational management experience.
- Strong track record of staff mentoring and development.
- Demonstrates excellent judgement, creative problem solving, strong negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
- Strong skills in written, verbal and interpersonal communication.
- Skilled at analysis and presenting to internal and external audiences.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to interface in a variety of environments.
- Advanced degree strongly preferred or equivalent experience.
- Ability to reside in Portland, Oregon and travel for the business as needed.