Director of Finance and Administration

Posted by
The Mountaineers
Seattle, WA
Published 12 days ago

Who We Are:

The Mountaineers was founded by 151 members in 1906 to create a community of people passionate about exploring the outdoors. Today, we have 15,000 members and 7 branches throughout Washington state, and thanks to the work of generations of volunteers we continue to enjoy an outstanding reputation in the field of outdoor education and recreation. Our dedicated staff and volunteers get people outside to experience the power of the outdoors and we advocate for access and protection of recreational lands so that future generations can enjoy these places too. Our program center has a staff of 40 employees, and Mountaineers Books, our nonprofit publishing division, has 25 employees. Collectively, we’re working to achieve our mission to enrich the community by helping people explore, conserve, learn about, and enjoy the lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Please visit to learn more.

Cultivating an inclusive staff is central to The Mountaineers focus on advancing equity. Our core values are Adventure, Advocacy, Community, Education, and Volunteerism, and we believe a diverse and inclusive environment inspires unity, respect, and passion for our work and one another. We’re interested in hearing from people who can work with colleagues of varied experience and background. The Mountaineers is an equal-opportunity employer, and candidates from all backgrounds are considered, and as an organization that values equity and inclusion, we highly encourage people of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, and veterans to apply.

We’re looking for a Full-Time Director of Finance and Administration

The Director of Finance and Administration is one of the top leadership roles in The Mountaineers. They lead the financial, operational, and strategic planning activities needed to ensure long term success and healthy day-to-day operations of The Mountaineers organization. 

The Director of Finance and Administration will manage operational planning and budgeting; the finance, accounting, and human resources functions; and will work collaboratively with the other directors in education, membership & communications, development, conservation, and our books division. They will play a key role in risk management, ensuring The Mountaineers operates in a legally compliant manner and with high ethical standards to uphold the strong reputation and historical legacy of the organization.

 Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Director of Finance and Administration is a member of The Mountaineers Leadership Team and several Board-level committees such as the Finance Committee, the Audit Committee, the Investment Committee, and the Risk Management Committee. As a significant leader in implementation of the strategic plan, the Director of Finance and Administration will work collaboratively with the other directors and volunteer leaders across a complex organization, cultivating strong relationships with board members, branch and outdoor center leaders, and other volunteers. The Director of Finance and Administration is accountable for ensuring that annual priorities, budgets and work plans provide the organization clear guidance and required resources to deliver against its goals.

 The Director of Finance and Administration must have excellent financial acumen and planning skills, experience managing accounting and financial reporting, meticulous attention to detail, excellent verbal and written communications skills, and a track record of working effectively in collaborative, consensus-based organizations. The ideal candidate would be an exceptional people leader who understands how to build capacity in an organization on a foundation of strong culture and values, and who works well as part of a small team while being a highly-trusted peer with others.

 Here’s how you can help us achieve our mission:

 Financial Planning, Reporting, and Administration

● Leads preparation of the annual budget, managing input from staff, the board and volunteers to ensure alignment with strategic priorities.

● Responsible for timely, accurate and complete financial reporting, writing quarterly and annual board reports covering all operations, cost management, and ensuring a robust internal control environment.

● Ensure the accounting system provides easy and ready access to relevant, actionable financial information by staff and volunteers.

● Provide analysis and other support for course pricing and other fiscal analysis as needed.

● Responsible for secure treasury operations, financial institution management, cash flow modeling and fiduciary control.

● Support the Board of Directors Finance and Audit Committees in its oversight of budget, audit and other related financial processes.

● Support The Mountaineers Investment Committee to ensure compliance with all endowment funding, allocations, donor intent, and investment policy.

Executive and Strategic Leadership

● Ensure effective implementation of The Mountaineers Strategic Plan to advance its mission, delivering against both short term and longer term objectives.

● Lead organization-wide compliance of all laws and regulations, contracts, and organizational governance.

● Participate as a member of the Mountaineers Leadership Team and Programs Center Leadership Team, ensuring optimal priorities and outcomes for the total organization vs. individual functions.

● Interface between Board committees and Mountaineers staff to prioritize work plans, ensure rigorous operational and financial planning and achievement of key goals.

● Promote a culture of respect, integrity, equity & inclusion, authenticity, balance and high aspirations.

Human Resources and Administration

● Responsible for coordinating the performance management process that measures and evaluates goals for the organization. Ensure a system of reward and recognition is functioning effectively to support a healthy culture and employee retention.

● Oversees the process for interviewing, hiring, onboarding, training and developing employees. Assist people managers with performance management, behavior motivation, consequences, and terminations as-required.

● Ensure administrative functions are optimized organization-wide and that staff time and efficiency is allocated appropriately.

● Ensure succession planning occurs systematically to ensure ongoing continuity of staff operations and leadership development.

● Assist the CEO with staff planning and organizational design, ensuring that roles are defined properly and that salaries and benefits are aligned with The Mountaineers compensation philosophy.

● Responsible for compliance with all employment laws and regulations, establishing and maintaining policies and procedures, and employee benefits.

Risk Management

● Partner with the Director of Education and Operations to assess and control operational risk, insurance, and crisis management policies and procedures.

● Partner with the Risk Management Committee and the Director of Education and Operations to oversee periodic review of organization-wide risk; support the Board of Directors in reviewing recommendations and implementing changes.

● With board oversight, ensure appropriate measures are taken to limit liability/exposure across programs.

● Ensure defined protocols regarding incident investigation and reporting are adhered to, promoting a culture of transparency and diligence.

Why you’ll love working here:

● We support a community of volunteers connecting people to the outdoors and each other. We are passionate about conserving and advocating for the natural world and engaging future Mountaineers in transformative outdoor experiences. Every day is different and offers opportunities to connect in a new way.

● You’ll join an exceptionally talented leadership team and work with a terrific group of board members and volunteers. As a leader, you’ll be inspired while growing and developing as a professional.

● You’ll join a tenured team invested in your growth and success. You’ll be supported through the initial onboarding and with ongoing on-the-job learning, and will have the opportunity to identify and spend time working on projects that are of the most interest to you.

● We hire smart, collaborative people who love the outdoors. We expect big things from our leaders, have fun, and don’t take ourselves too seriously. Your colleagues will be people you love working with to creatively solve problems, and who you’ll want to adventure with on the weekends.

Preferred Skills:

We are seeking a candidate that has a proven track record of success, delivering results across a range of functional disciplines including financial planning & accounting, strategic planning, human resources, and administration. The ideal candidate would also have non-profit experience, having worked with volunteer organizations and with significant experience at the board of directors level.

The Mountaineers is a complex, dynamic, fast-paced, and lean organization. To be successful, a candidate must have had successful experiences in similar environments.

Desired skills and experiences include:

● Financial and Accounting Acumen: extensive background in finance, budget and strategic planning, accounting, business analysis and reporting and business controls. The ideal candidate would also have familiarity with non-profit finance and accounting, including the 990 process and planning/management of development (fundraising) revenue.

● Results Orientation and Accountability: delivers both operational and financial results while ensuring exceptional customer / member satisfaction. Strong ability to consistently make good decisions through a combination of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment. Has a high level of business acumen including the ability to balance the delivery of programs against the realities of a budget.

● Strategic Vision and Agility: ability to think strategically, navigate day-to-day operational challenges, anticipate future consequences and trends, and incorporate them into the organizational plan.

● Capacity Building: ability to effectively build organization and staff capacity, developing a top-notch team and the processes that ensure the organization runs smoothly. Ideally, has experience working with volunteer organizations and an understanding of how to support volunteer capacity-building.

● Leadership and Organization: exceptional capacity for managing and leading people, a team builder who has experience in scaling up organizations. Has the ability to connect staff both on an individual level and in groups, the capacity to enforce accountability, develop and empower leaders.

● Bias for Action: a thoughtful leader who is analytical and methodical but who is a courageous decision-maker and is able to act and react nimbly. He/she is comfortable making recommendations or decisions even if limited information is available and is not afraid to take charge of a situation.

● Administrative Operations: experience managing administrative functions such as human resources, information technology, risk management, legal, facilities and other fixed asset management.

● Communications Skills: exceptional written and verbal communications skills, comfort with executive-level presentations and public-speaking.

● Mission-Driven: Experience working with non-profit organizations and/or in mission-driven organizations aligned with The Mountaineers mission is a plus.


  • Undergraduate degree required; MBA or similar advanced degree is desired.
  • Executive-level experience leading financial and strategic planning and accounting.
  • Expert user of Microsoft office: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint software; Google Docs, Acumatica Accounting or similar accounting software. 
  • Passion for the mission of The Mountaineers.
  • Ability to pass a background check.


Who We Are:

The Mountaineers was founded by 151 members in 1906 to create a community of people passionate about exploring the outdoors. Today, we have 15,000 members and 7 branches throughout Washington state, and thanks to the work of…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Experience Level
USD $85,000 - USD $100,000
/ year


This position is for a full-time, exempt employee. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance, and paid sick, vacation, and holiday time. 401(k) retirement plan available after three months.

Additional benefits include:

  • Free Mountaineers membership.
  • Opportunities to grow your outdoor skills with two free Mountaineers courses per year.
  • Two free tickets to most of our Mountaineers events.
  • Access to our three ski-in, ski-out mountain lodges, and our four on-site climbing and bouldering walls.
  • Bring your dog to work on Mondays and Fridays.
  • Free parking for your bike or car, and an office located right on a bus line, with alternative transportation reimbursement.
  • Flexible work schedule, including the ability to work up to 40% of the time remotely/from home.
  • In-office shower for midday run, climbing session, or morning bike commute.


This position is for a full-time, exempt employee. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance, and paid sick, vacation, and holiday time. 401(k…


7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115, United States

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