Finance Specialist

Portland, Oregon, United States | Full-time | Partially remote


Do you believe the work you do should enrich the lives of others and improve the world in which we live? Would you like to work in a dynamic environment that values unique perspectives and colleagues who are passionate about learning? If so, we have a place for you at Education Northwest.


Education Northwest is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to helping all children and youth reach their full potential. We partner with public, private, and community-based organizations to address educational inequities and improve student success. While most of our work centers on the Pacific Northwest, our evaluations, technical assistance, and research studies have national impact and provide timely and actionable results.


We are looking for a Finance Specialist to perform financial and contract administration in support of the organization’s mission and revenue goals. While reporting to Finance, this role directly supports critical internal programmatic stakeholders in the organization.




Supervisory Responsibility: None

  • Develop assigned project and overhead budgets with project leads
  • Monitor assigned projects and overhead costs, including cost-to-complete analyses, purchases, agreements, and others
  • Maintain assigned financial reporting, including staffing charts, project projections, and project-specific requirements, and others
  • Support financial training for new and experienced staff on topics including accounting system reports, staffing charts, budgeting, and timesheet nuances
  • Support proposal-development teams in creating budgets, which may include preparation of proposal materials for submission to funders
  • Ensure appropriate contract administration processing for assigned projects, including setup, maintenance, and close-out while coordinating with project leads and clients
  • Ensure prompt client billing including generating invoices, validating accuracy with contracts, and entry in accounting system
  • Support process improvement activities involving organizational structures, committees, and work groups
  • Perform other related duties as assigned



Ideal Candidates will possess

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, or other closely related field or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of two years’ experience with budget development and monitoring in a professional services (billable hour) environment with attention to developing strong partnerships with critical internal stakeholders
  • Experience working with government contracts
  • Experience working with Deltek Costpoint highly desired but not required
  • Proven ability to work in collaboration and coordination with other staff at all levels within the organization
  • Ability to work independently and with good humor in a high-volume, fast-paced environment, while prioritizing tasks to manage workload
  • Excellent written and verbal interpersonal communication skills
  • Experience and/or interest working with diverse co-workers and stakeholders and a commitment to equity work
  • Advanced level proficiency in Microsoft Excel
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Understanding of basic accounting



Travel and other Key Requirements

  • Minimal travel required; may involve some local offsite travel by car or public transit, and/or travel out of state by common carrier on an occasional basis
  • Office environment, based in Portland, Oregon, but may be remote
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for employment


Salary Range:

  • $65,000 - $77,500


Please include salary requirements in your cover letter.


Position will remain open until filled


At Education Northwest we are committed to promoting diversity, multiculturalism, inclusivity, and all the other fascinating characteristics that make us different. As an equal opportunity employer, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic required by law. 


Interested in being a part of this amazing and diverse team of dedicated individuals? Please submit your resume and cover letter at