Director of Finance – Launch – Seattle, WA

What are the responsibilities of this position?
The responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:
Preparing and overseeing the agency’s budget
Managing annual audit activities
Overseeing preparation of monthly financial statements and related reports for board and management
Oversight responsibility for several functions, including :
Tuition billing and collection
Accounts payable
IT systems and infrastructure administration and hardware/software procurement.
Reviewing and monitoring agency contracts and leases
Managing agency banking relationships
Insurance and risk management
In conjunction with the HR team, managing benefits renewal and 401K administration.
This position also supervises direct reports responsible for accounting, finance, and IT. As the direct supervisor,
the Director of Finance is responsible for:
Leading by example, in accordance with Launch’s mission and values.
Supporting the growth and development of direct reports through coaching, training and mentorship. This includes providing recognition, feedback, and developmental support on an ongoing basis.
What makes this a “leadership position with a purpose”?
Great question! As the Director of Finance, your responsibilities directly impact our ability to serve our communities and ensure equitable access to the highest quality learning and care. In addition, the responsibilities of this role directly align with our organization’s mission and values, such as:
Creating and maintaining positive relationships with community partners, including the City of Seattle, Seattle Parks & Recreation, etc.
Equitably responsive to providing high quality customer service for families, community partners, and Launch employees that reflect diverse cultural and economic backgrounds.

What benefits do you offer with this role?
This position is eligible for medical, dental and vision benefits (1st of the month following 60 days of employment), 401k – including a 3% company match, generous paid time off, and 14 paid holidays each year, one of which is a floating birthday holiday. Our benefits package also includes a monthly Orca card benefit, short-term and long-term disability, life insurance, and more!

What type of person are you looking for in this role?

Above all else, we’re looking for someone to perform the duties of this job in accordance with Launch’s values: Inclusiveness, Balance, Excellence, Engagement, Honor and Safety. These are the core values that define Launch as an organization and guide us to fulfill our mission. You can learn more about what each of these values mean to us as an organization here:

In addition, we’re looking for someone that can be:
Dynamically engaging. You’re someone that leans into collaboration and teamwork, and equally capable of celebrating others’ successes as well as working through interpersonal challenges.
An exceptional communicator, capable of having professional conversations with multiple audiences (families, board members, government officials, etc.) that often require tact, diplomacy and discretion.
You’re able to understand, respect and maintain the confidentiality that comes with the responsibilities of the role, and you’re committed to ensuring our financial processes are compliant with all appropriate laws and regulations.
Extremely detail-oriented. You’re able to maintain awareness of both the big picture and the smallest of details, and you’re more than comfortable with nuances of financial reporting, contracts, etc.
An organizational superstar. Leading a non-profit organization is a complex job, and we need someone who can help keep everything in order.
Excellent at multitasking. Our Director of Finance often has competing priorities with similar deadlines, so you’ll need to be a virtuoso at keeping multiple balls in the air at once – metaphorically speaking, of course!
That sounds like me! What should I do if I’m interested?

You’ll need to apply online for the job, but you should also know a few things first:
If you’re under the age of 18 – we appreciate your interest; however, we are unable to hire minors for this particular role.
You’ll need to meet our education requirements. You should at least have a Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance or a related business field. A Master’s degree in a similar field would also be great, but not required.
You’ll also need appropriate experience – at least five years of experience in a finance role, preferably with a non-profit of a similar size (e.g. budget of ~$7mil). Your experience should demonstrate a strong understanding of GAAP, financial risk management, and other key areas of finance. Previous experience in a licensed child care organization would be awesome, but not required.
You should also have prior experience effectively managing a team of employees and providing supervisory oversight of a finance function of business.
Like us, you’re passionate about making a positive impact in our community. You should have a general idea about what it is we do at Launch and you personally connect with our mission.
You’re technologically proficient, including MS Office applications, payroll software (ADP), and accounting software (Quickbooks). Familiarity with childcare management software (Procare) is a huge plus!
You’re able to meet the Washington Dept. of Early Learning’s requirement to be on-site at our schools, which includes completing a portable background check and proof of a negative TB test.
You’re OK with an annual salary between $90,000 and $105,000. We’ll fit you in somewhere between those two numbers based on your experience and abilities.

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