DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
The Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN) is a grassroots coalition of over 400 immigrant and refugee rights organizations, formed in the wake of the November 2016 elections.
WAISN’s mission is to protect and advance the power of immigrant and refugee communities through a multiracial, multigenerational, multiethnic, multigender, multilingual, and multi-faith coalition. Our organizing strategy educates and mobilizes statewide to uphold and defend the rights and dignity of all immigrants and refugees, centering the voices of vulnerable and impacted communities.
The state of Washington is home to over 943,000 immigrants and receives the 8th most refugees among states. Many groups of, by and for immigrants and refugees have been working around the state for decades.
In the face of the proliferating threats unleashed on us by the Trump administration and a rise in the white supremacy movement in the U.S, we have coalesced to form the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network. WAISN is the largest immigrant-led coalition in the State of Washington. We are a powerful, volunteer-driven network of immigrant and refugee-rights organizations and individuals distributed across the state in 27 counties. We work to provide support, capacity, and resources to organizations’ efforts to build power and a
united immigrant justice voice statewide.
The ideal candidate shares our commitment to building relationships and grassroots power in immigrant and refugee communities and supports our feminist decolonial transnational and intersectional values of joy, care,
solidarity across differences, integrity and accountability.
WAISN will be establishing itself in 2022 as a 5013(c)3 nonprofit, after several years under a fiscal sponsorship. The Director of Finance position is new at WAISN. This position will provide leadership on all financial matters, including accounting, grant management, budgeting, reporting, and cash management. The Director of Finance will manage all financial and operational responsibilities previously anchored by our fiscal sponsorship. The position requires someone who can build systems as WAISN grows into having a fully staffed finance, operations, and HR team. The Director will need to be willing to cover all finance and accounting functions, as they build out their team. The position will report to the Executive Director
● Financial and Operational Leadership and Management
● Responsible for all aspects of accounting/bookkeeping, payroll, A/P, A/R, banking, and credit cards.
Implement a month-end close process.
● Collaborate with Deputy Director and consultants to define needs and build systems to meet finance,
operational and accounting needs.
● Engage in the strategic planning of the new Finance, Operations, and HR department and issue
prompt recommendations for departmental growth, including budget forecasts and staffing needs.
Report quarterly on progress to budget. Additionally, the Director of Finance is expected to submit a
departmental budget in the organizational annual budgeting process as defined by the Executive
Director in consultation with the Deputy Director.
● Collaborate with outside CPAs and other contractors in developing systems. Serve as lead Project
Manager for all contractors.
● Ensure timely collection of income and payment of expenses.
● Accountable for all financial processes; ensure all staff are equipped to follow processes.
● Produce monthly financial statements to the Executive Director and board.
● Manage accounting policies and procedures in compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and
regulatory requirements. Ensure that internal control processes are documented and up to date.
● File various Federal, State, and City reports and returns.
● Coordinate with CPA firm on annual audit and preparation of Form 990
● Maintain physical and electronic files on receipts, checks, back-up documentation, and invoices.
● In collaboration with the Development team and the Executive Director, support grant management:
building grant specific budgets and reports, adhering to compliance processes, creating invoices and
payment submissions, and handling post-award financial procedures to ensure compliance with
● Establish and maintain effective systems for tracking the use of restricted funds and expenses
associated with specific programs and projects; maintain detailed records of restricted gifts and grants
received, uses of restricted funds, and remaining balances of all restricted funds.
● Maintain knowledge of funder requirements to ensure that expenditures are aligned with grant, project,
and program budgets.
● Implement procedures to communicate, educate and ensure compliance with grant regulations throughout the organization.
● Support organizational priorities and provide expertise as needed
● Contribute to long-range planning efforts
● Create and maintain a positive organizational culture and a culture of collaboration
● Supervise future Finance, Operation, and HR personnel per the Executive Director’s growth and hiring plans.
JOB SKILLS AND PERSONAL TRAITS PREFERRED
● Non-profit accounting knowledge and hands-on experience with financial management. Working
knowledge and experience in accounting for restricted grants.
● Experience with currently and historically underserved and under-resourced as well as
disenfranchised communities with a strong commitment to feminist social justice and intersectional
● Demonstrated ability to recommend and implement process improvements that enhance operational
efficiency and that are adopted by stakeholders while collaborating with other personnel to support
process changes as needed.
● Ability to work both as an independent leader and a team member, with excellent judgment around
when to exercise independent leadership and when to obtain direction
● Ability to function in environments of urgency and opportunity, and manage personal and team stress levels
Strong attention to detail and accuracy, along with the ability to prioritize and organize multiple
projects, meet deadlines, problem-solve and multi-task.
● Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to communicate well verbally and in writing while
developing working relationships with a variety of diverse people with differing levels of financial,
operational, and HR literacy. Ability to lead and foster teamwork.
● Ability to convey financial information clearly to non-accounting/finance personnel and stakeholders.
● Ability to be productive in a remote work setting. Able to participate fully in video meetings with access
to high speed and reliable internet.
● Excellent computer skills, specifically QuickBooks, MS Office suite, and CRM software (Little Green
● Highest possible integrity and credibility. Able to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.
● Bilingual/Multilingual skills are highly preferred and desired;
● A demonstrated commitment to cutting edge progressive values that champion an intersectional social
justice feminist agenda centered around the dismantling of all systems of oppression.
● Maintain a valid driver’s license. Ability and willingness to travel regularly & must live in Washington state;
This is a full time position. The salary range for this position is $95,000 to $120,000 annually for full-time work, depending on experience, with ample room to negotiate based on seniority.
Benefits package includes professional development training fees, generous paid time off, vacation and sick leave. Please note that due to the new 501c(3) status, the organization is thinking through some of the most worker-friendly and people-centered best practices on employee benefits and policies that will include a retirement plan and collective days off. The person selected to be the Director of Finance will play an integral role in helping us shape our benefits package and actionalize our people-first values.
To apply, please send complete the form below:
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Priority for applications received by February 10. No phone calls please.
**WAISN is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer that provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified employees/applicants in all of our employment practices without regard to race, religion, color, sex or gender (including gender identity, pregnancy, childbirth, lactation), sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental ability, or any other basis protected by law.
We encourage applications from historically and currently disenfranchised people of color, immigrants, women, people with disabilities, members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer communities and other historically and currently disenfranchised groups.**