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Chief Financial Officer

Northwest Regional Education Service District
Closing date: 
Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Chief Financial Officer

Vacancy Announcement

About Us 
Northwest Regional ESD is the largest of Oregon’s 19 education service districts. We serve students, educators, child care providers and families living in Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook and Washington counties.

Our region includes the large, urban school districts of Washington County and the smaller, rural districts located along the Columbia River, the Coastal Range and the North Oregon coast. Our regional office is located in Hillsboro, about 12 miles west of Portland. We also operate service centers in St. Helens, Astoria and Tillamook. Within our region, there are 20 school districts with nearly 104,000 students.

Our staff members work collaboratively with school districts in the four counties we serve to deliver quality, cost-effective programs and services including special education, technology, professional development and school improvement. We also provide operational support such as business services and human resources.

Our central goal is to cultivate a supportive, positive and welcoming work environment where all staff can successfully thrive. We value and celebrate equity, diversity and inclusion. Our vision of equity includes a continuous commitment to becoming an antiracist, multicultural organization. We lead with racial equity in order to eliminate racial inequalities that impact student achievement and we implement strategies that result in racially equitable outcomes. These values are interwoven into the fabric of our organizational culture at all levels.

At NWRESD, we value representation, and we are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job. We know that sometimes that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. We encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of the qualifications described in the vacancy announcement below or in the linked job description. 

The Position - What you’ll do  
The Chief Financial Officer is responsible for planning and organizing the fiscal operations of the Northwest Regional ESD.  A major responsibility of this position is to develop the proposed budget and provide administrative support to the instructional process in a manner that ensures a consistent, high level of service to all functions affecting fiscal responsibility, property management, staff relations and long-range planning.

In supervising the general business processing operations of the NWRESD, you’ll manage a team of 20 staff and will: 

Be responsible for all ESD and contracted school districts’ financial operations, including, but not limited to, budgeting, payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable, general ledger, revenue forecasting, revenue receipting, purchasing and audits.

Advise the Board and the Superintendent in matters relating to the fiscal resources of the NWRESD, particularly as those resources related to program planning, employee salaries and employee benefits.

Perform all functions related to the fiscal operations of the Education Service District and contracted school districts, including, but not limited to, maintaining the general ledger, preparing invoices, checks and electronic payments, performing all payroll functions, preparing financial statements, cash management preparing appropriate reports, and preparing for the annual audit.

Skills and Talents - What you’ll bring to the role 
We are looking for a Leader who is...  

Strong manager of people and budgets

Empathetic and focused on building relationships

Visionary and able to lead system change 

Innovative and strategic thinker 

An anti-racist leader for equitable access and outcomes

Fluent user of technology hardware, applications, and software to perform assigned duties/responsibilities and for use in remote work settings (Zoom, Google Suite, etc.) 

We are looking for a Leader who has...

Strong facilitation skills with various groups including families, staff, and partners 

Excellent oral and written communication skills 

Superb analytical skills

 We are looking for a Leader who can... 

Facilitate and promote collaborative decision making

Plan, organize and prioritize work to meet multiple schedules and deadlines

Work independently and as a member of the executive leadership team

 For the full list of other qualifications and responsibilities for this position, please review the Position Description attached. 

Compensation and Benefits - What’s in it for you 
From Mt. Rainier to Mt. Hood, living and working in the Pacific Northwest is a dream for many. With it’s vast geographic region, residents enjoy beautiful coastlines, green interiors, rainy weather, amazing summers, and spectacular mountain scapes — there’s literally something for everyone to enjoy. 

At NWRESD, we understand that our employees are people — people with lives outside of their careers.  Our work culture encourages wellness, supports balance, and empowering actions so that our employees not only live, but thrive. 

Northwest Regional ESD provides a generous benefits package which includes:

Medical (Kaiser and Moda options)

Dental (Kaiser, Delta Dental, Willamette Dental options)

Vision (Kaiser, Moda, VSP options)

Basic Life and AD&D

Long-Term Disability

Employee Assistance Plan (Reliant Behavioral Health)

Professional Development funds

3 Personal Leave days per year

The salary range for this position is $165,821 to $177,477 (inclusive of a $15,000 TSA) based on professional experience and a twelve-month work year (240 working days), and 10 paid holidays.  

For additional compensation and benefit information please review our current Memorandum of Agreement for Administrative Personnel and our Benefits webpage. 

How to Apply 
Tocomplete an application please visit our Careers webpage. Click "show/hide" to review the full job description. Salary, collective bargaining agreement and more position description information is included in the attachment links on the bottom-right side of the position announcement. If you need assistance completing the application, please email us.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by Monday, January 16, 2023 for priority consideration.  The position start date is July 1, 2023;  a start date of April 1, 2023  is preferred, depending on candidate availability to ensure a positive transition with the current CFO. This will be discussed further in interviews.

NWRESD believes that every individual makes a significant contribution to our success. The administration reserves the right to modify, add or remove duties as necessary that still reflect the essential functions of the department. It is our expectation that every employee will offer their services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of the ESD’s goals.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Northwest Regional Education Service District is an equal opportunity employer; committed to building an inclusive community and an environment free from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. We are proud to be an antiracist organization. We work to understand how racial ideology is manufactured and how it impacts the lives of our staff and those we serve. 

Northwest Regional Education Service District is proud to be an antiracist, Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We are committed to ensuring diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment, selection, and employment without regard to race, disability, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, religion,  veteran or military status, or any other category protected under the law. 

Northwest Regional Education Service District is committed to providing reasonable accommodations in our recruitment procedures for individuals experiencing a disability. If you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability, please contact us at Speech/Hearing impaired persons may contact the district for assistance through the Oregon telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.