Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Finance Director

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project is a trusted provider of direct legal services and immigration-related community education for immigrant communities. NWIRP also challenges unjust policies through high-impact lawsuits and advocates for laws and policies that respect the rights of immigrants. More than 10,000 people from over 145 countries are served by NWIRP each year, through four offices in Washington State.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project seeks a dynamic and seasoned Finance Director, looking to
work at the intersection between human rights and the existing U.S. legal system. NWIRP boasts a working environment filled with inspiring work and incredible colleagues. And during a time when NWIRP is experiencing heightened visibility and substantial growth, this position can envision our movement’s potential and help shape the way forward. NWIRP’s Finance Director is supervisor to collaborative team of two that has organizational wide impact. In 2021, NWIRP is projected to have a staff of 100+ and an annual budget of approximately $14.5 million with nearly one-third of revenue coming from individuals.


Leadership and Collaboration - 

  • Is successful in establishing rapport with staff, facilitating ongoing communication amongst teams and is proactive in preventing and addressing barriers in order for teams to have positive work outcomes
  • Is a systems thinker who finds and creates efficiencies- you have the ability to conceptualize workflows through a systems approach, are proactive in identifying opportunities for process improvements, and encourage others on your team to do so as well
  • Has a coaching mindset- you help team members reach professional goals and professional development.
  • Must be able to articulate your own personal passion for the social justice mission and values of NWIRP. Candidates with a personal connection to immigrant rights are strongly encouraged to apply.

Financial Management -

  • Handle and supervise all aspects of financial operations, including payroll, receipts, disbursements, cash management and equipment records; maintain computerized ledgers and journals
  • Maintain financial management reporting system, including project and grants accounting
  • Advise the Board of Director’s Finance Committee; provide accurate and timely monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements to the Executive Director (ED), the management team, the finance committee and the Board of Directors; keep the ED appraised of key financial matters
  • Coordinate the annual audit (including federal A-133 audit) and form 990 processes; prepare supporting information for the audit; liaise with external auditors, banks and financial institutions
  • Oversee and manage annual budget planning and financial forecasting process in conjunction with the ED
  •  Oversee bank accounts and investments, maintain fiscal and investment policies and procedures, manage cash flow and forecasting
  • Update and implement all necessary business policies and accounting practices; keep current and improve the overall policy and procedures manual for financial management, including NWIRP’s internal control policies
  • Provide financial insight into strategic decision-making throughout the organization
  • Promote and ensure a culture of financial transparency, consistent communication, and meaningful collaboration with colleagues 
  • Archive financial records as scheduled

Grant and Contract Management:

  • Collaborate with NWIRP’s Associate Director in implementing and managing a robust grant and contract management system overseeing all NWIRP grant and contract execution, implementation and close-out processes
  • Develop budgets for new grant and contract requests; monitor expenditures of on-going grants and contracts; and produce budget-to-actual expenditure reports

Finance Department and Organization Functions:

  • Supervise a staff of two others in the finance unit: the bookkeeper, who handles account payables, and the accountant, who handles payroll, accounts receivables as well as quarterly tax filings
  • In coordination with the Human Resources Director, monitor and coordinate expenses related to benefits programs 
  • Maintain and manage liability and professional insurance coverage for NWIRP
  • Review policies and procedures periodically to ensure compliance with Federal
  • Uniform Guidance and other grantor requirements, as well as agreement with best practices in accounting and financial reporting
  • Seek and implement process improvements to create efficiencies for the unit
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director


  • Must be able to articulate your own personal passion for the social justice mission and values of NWIRP.
  • Candidates with a personal connection to immigrant rights are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Minimum of a B.A. in accounting or finance
  • Six or more years of hands-on professional accounting experience, including at least three years in the non-profit sector
  • Demonstrated success in finance and accounting position(s) with 501(c)(3) non-profits, responsible for the quality and content of financial data, reporting and audit coordination and payroll accounting
  • Experience with financial reporting for government funding sources
  • A successful track record in analysis and problem solving to enable sound decision-making
  • Excellent communication skills to explain financial concepts, prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders 
  • Sophisticated proficiency in use of Excel and computerized accounting software (experience with MIP a plus)
  • Experience in maintaining and enhancing a system of internal controls
  • Ability to work under pressure and to set and change priorities according to deadline requirements
  • Strong leadership skills in a cross-cultural environment. Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders, and staff

How to Apply:
Please apply online by submitting your cover letter and resume in a single PDF document via email to In your cover letter, please describe how your professional or lived experience will contribute to our Mission and Values through this role as well as your particular interest in NWIRP.