Empire Health Foundation seeks dedicated community members with a passion for improving health in eastern Washington.
We serve a diverse community and encourage applications from qualified individuals who reflect the growing diversity that enriches the Inland Northwest. Empire Health Foundation is an EEO employer.
Senior Finance Director:
The Senior Finance Director will be a strategic team leader who thoughtfully stewards the foundation’s resources in support of its equity-focused mission. Reporting to the President, they will provide leadership and oversight to the finance department’s core functions: sound, accurate, and transparent accounting, budgeting, planning, reporting, compliance, and resource stewardship.
Contribute to Organizational Effectiveness
- Lead financial planning and analysis, including forecasting and cost management in alignment with the foundation’s strategic plan and annual operating plan. Integrate continuous improvement in the annual budgeting process, ensuring a collaborative and values-aligned process.
- Proactively raise key issues regarding the foundation’s financial matters to the leadership team, making recommendations to ensure financial transparency, efficiency, and mission impact.
- Support an organizational culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion, applying inclusive leadership practices and internal equity standards to financial processes and practices, people management, and team collaboration.
- Provide regular communication to the leadership team and board of directors on the financial performance of the organization, including analysis of spending against benchmarks, budget variances, and investment trends. Provide input and direction to external communications regarding the foundation’s financial performance that help tell the story of the foundation’s impact.
Ensure Strong Financial Systems and Controls
- Provide ongoing oversight of EHF’s fiscal and investment operations that ensures transparent, effective, and mission-aligned stewardship of resources and assets.
- Direct the finance team in providing effective day-to-day accounting for grants and investments, general accounting matters, payroll, and financial operations.
- Provide effective controls and systems for meeting investment policies, including reconciliations of investment funds, accuracy of investment reporting, and oversight of spending distributions.
- Monitor financial laws and regulations impacting private operating foundations, maintain fiscal compliance and internal controls across all areas of responsibility, and recommend processes and strategies to meet legal and policy requirements for a 501(c)3, 501(c)4, and LLC enterprise.
- Develop, implement, and revise effective policies, practices, and tools to improve financial operations, including effective budgeting processes to better align resources with the mission and transparency of the management of disbursements and spending.
- Oversee the timely and accurate preparation of audits, 990 and 990-PF tax returns, and all financial filings required by law.
Develop and Nurture a Strong, Collaborative Finance Team
- Manage, mentor, and develop a strong finance team, managing work allocation, training, problem resolution, performance evaluation, and team dynamics; promote a collaborative, high-performance culture that values open communication, continuous learning, and quality improvement.
- Develop a finance staffing plan that is aligned with the foundation’s strategic plan and capacity needs.
- Mentor team members to be effective business partners who are recognized by foundation staff and board as trusted, reliable, and active partners in achieving strategic goals and objectives.
Support Organizational Governance and Overall Stewardship of Assets
- Support the board, President, and leadership team in forecasting, analyzing, and understanding financial trends and impacts stemming from the foundation’s operating model, investment strategies, and program initiatives.
- In partnership with EHF’s impact investing consultants and Vice President of Programs, develop and implement a phased approach to its impact investment program and provide effective monitoring and reporting on investment performance (including PRIs and MRIs) and major portfolio transactions to the President, Finance Committee, and board.
- Participate in all board meetings; serve as the primary staff to the board’s Finance Committee; and provide timely, useful, and accurate financial and management reporting to support effective board governance and decision-making.
- Oversee day-to-day management of the external investment advisor and other financial consultants. Support the board’s RFP process for investment managers and impact investing consultants.
- Provide input on the development of EHF’s investment policies and investment strategies.
Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate
Financial and Sector Leadership
- At least seven years' experience in strategic financial management and people leadership for an organization of similar complexity. Familiarity with 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations and expertise in navigating the tax compliance landscape for tax-exempt organizations.
- Demonstrated experience in financial budgeting, reporting, and analysis, preferably focused on nonprofit accounting and administrative management.
- Experience presenting and communicating financial risks to senior leadership and developing, collaborating on, and executing mitigation strategies.
- Strong knowledge and skills related to financial accounting and reporting standards such as defined by the Financial Accounting Standards Board or equivalent entities.
- Familiarity with financial management in philanthropic organizations, endowment or investment management, and impact investing is highly desirable but not required. CPA, finance, business, accounting, or nonprofit management degree preferred.
- Thoughtful manager and collaborative team member with experience managing, training, developing, and directing finance and accounting staff and functions in a nonprofit or philanthropic setting; ability to motivate a diverse staff team in achieving goals through individual and team supervision, performance management, coaching, and professional development.
- Familiarity with the oversight of complex public and private funding streams and the correlating compliance and regulatory requirements.
- Experience building the kinds of controls, reporting, and forecasting capabilities that will support the creative programming strategies EHF will pursue.
- Experience effectively managing relationships with investment consultants and asset managers is highly desirable.
- Ability to communicate the organization’s fiscal position, history, and outlook in a manner that is clear, concise, and set in context for a diversity of audiences.
Personal Qualities and Attributes
- Commitment to working in a mission-driven, collaborative, and community-focused environment and an unwavering commitment to quality and excellence in financial management.
- A demonstrated appreciation for being part of a diverse and inclusive team and connection to the communities served by the organization.
- An optimistic outlook and the humor, integrity, and patience necessary to work within a transformative environment.
- Comfort making strategic decisions amidst ambiguity, anticipating challenges, and seeking diverse perspectives. Resilience, adaptability, and clarity required to advance informed, constructive solutions.
- Demonstrated ability to cultivate relationships and work effectively and respectfully with politically, ideologically, culturally, and geographically diverse people and communities.
Working at EHF
At EHF we are committed to nurturing a work environment where all individuals are valued and respected. We believe that racial equity and inclusion are essential to organizational effectiveness and excellence. This commitment is reflected in the composition of our staff, management, and board of directors. We strongly encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds and strive to hire qualified staff reflecting the rich diversity of the communities we serve. We define diversity in broad terms to include race, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, geography, and socio-economic status.
EHF offers a robust benefits package including full medical and dental insurance for employees and dependents, a generous retirement plan, and PTO. Salary ranges are set according to the compensation policy, and relevant data are reviewed when setting ranges for each position. The anticipated starting salary range for this position is $150,000-$165,000. Hybrid office time and limited travel are expected for the role.
Carolyn Ho is assisting Empire Health Foundation with this search. Applications should be submitted through the application portal. Inquiries and nominations can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are committed to creating conditions where all candidates are able to fully express their talents and potential and invite you to let us know if there is any accommodation that we can provide to support you in your pursuit of this role.
Empire Health Foundation is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We respect and seek to empower each individual and lift up the diverse cultures, perspectives, skills, and experiences within our organization.
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