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Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

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Seattle, WA, USA

We are looking for an experienced financial leader with strong skills in nonprofit accounting, budgeting, financial analysis, risk management and continuous improvement, to lead and manage our organization’s finance department. A successful candidate is a strategic financial leader who is ready to step into Chief Financial Officer (CFO) role with strong abilities to lead from the balcony as well as oversee the daily accounting and bookkeeping operations. This role supervises a Finance Manager and acts as a key member of the leadership team.

Areas of Responsibility: 


Strategic Leadership

  • Collaborate with CEO and senior leadership team to steward and align resources with organizational priorities and goals.
  • Ensure timeliness, accuracy, and usefulness of financial and management reporting for funders, senior leaders, and the board of directors. Prepare and present monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements.
  • Engage the finance committee of the board of directors to develop short-, medium-, and long-term financial plans and projections.
  • Promote Philanthropy Northwest’s mission, vision, and values to external and internal stakeholders.


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 development and monitoring of annual budget and planning process including updating the organization’s business plan as needed.


General Accounting

  • Oversee the accounting function from transactional processing (AR, AP, and payroll) to the monthly close and financial statement preparation; 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 Finance Manager and ensure they are meeting performance expectations and work deliverables.
  • Oversee the annual audit process and 990 preparation and remain up to date on nonprofit best practices.
  • 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.
  • Support efforts to mitigate risk and coordinate the annual business insurance policies.


  • 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 Abila MIP Fund Accounting system required. Experience with Microix budgeting a plus. Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Excel.  
  • Strong skills and demonstrated experience with financial management, analysis and forecasting.
  • Experience should include legal, audit, compliance, budget, and resource development.
  • 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.
  • CPA and/or CFA certification desirable.
  • 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.

The annual compensation for a full-time position includes a package of benefits consisting of medical, dental, retirement contribution by employer (6% of salary), professional development paid holidays and generous vacation policy, and flexible schedule. Salary range is $120,000 – $150,000, depending on experience. While most of our employees are based in our Seattle headquarters, we will consider remote candidates from our six-member state region: WA/OR/AK/ID/MT/WY.

How to Apply: 

Please submit a resume and cover letter indicating: 1) your key professional accomplishments; 2) what value you would bring to Philanthropy Northwest, to [email protected], including YOUR NAME + “CFO” in the subject line by December 10th, 2021. Candidates will be screened as they come in and may be advanced before the application deadline. This position will remain open until we find our ideal candidate.  


Additional Information: 

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.  

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Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Nov 30 2021
Active Until: 
Dec 30 2021
Hiring Organization: 
Philanthropy Northwest