SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) is the state’s largest volunteer-based nonprofit literacy organization. SMART partners with schools around the state and engages community volunteers to read one-on-one with nearly 11,000 PreK through third-grade children annually, helping strengthen literacy skills and encourage a love of reading. Participating children also receive new books each month to keep and read with their families. In the past 25 years, we have served nearly 200,000 children, with the support of 130,000 volunteers and have given away over 2.5 million books.

The Job

The Director of Finance and Administration is a strategic thought-partner and a member of the organization’s Executive Team. The Director leads and manages the following areas: finance, budgeting, benefit administration, HR policy administration, and IT. The Director also manages or assists with special projects on an as-needed basis, and liaises with other departments and area offices. This is a hands-on position, requiring an ability to handle day-to-day accounting duties, as well as the financial planning activities for the organization. In the Human Resources Department, the Director plays a critical role in recruitment, retention, and professional development of staff, including helping to establish policies and practices that support a vibrant, equitable work culture and engaged staff team.

Primary Responsibilities

Financial Management

  • Analyze and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner;
  • Develop financial recommendations for the Executive Director, the Board and Finance Committee for current and potential program activities. Manage and maintain all financial statements; ensure monthly reconciliation of all accounts.
  • Oversee and lead annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with ED and Executive Team;
  • Update and implement all necessary business policies, accounting practices and internal controls, with a focus on continual process and practice improvement.
  • Support statewide fundraising team, including regional staff, with financial information and reports in support of SMART’s fundraising goals.

Human Resources

  • Administer all employee benefits; manage all benefit-related contracts and vendor relationships.
  • Support best practice human resource policies and processes related to recruitment, retention, and development of staff.


  • Serve as point of contact for legal issues impacting the organization; act as liaison with professional community (attorneys, accountants, etc.)
  • Oversee organization’s IT structure, hardware, and software in coordination with internal systems management staff.

Required Education and Work Experience

  • Relevant four-year degree or equivalent experience in Accounting/Business; MBA or CPA preferred;
  • At least 5-7 years of professional experience, ideally with broad financial, operations management, and human resource emphasis

Additional Qualifications

  • Strong financial analysis capabilities, along with ability to translate financial concepts to programmatic and development colleagues who do not necessarily have finance backgrounds.
  • Successful track record in setting priorities, keen analytic, organization and program-solving skills.
  • Excellent communication and relationship-building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • A multi-tasker with the ability to wear many hats in a fast-paced environment.
  • Commitment to advancing SMART’s work to address inequity.

SMART’s Commitment to Equity

As an early literacy program focused on helping children succeed with reading and learning, SMART can’t ignore that deep racial, cultural, social and economic inequities in our country and state make it harder for some children to succeed compared to others. Our vision is an Oregon in which every child can read and is empowered to succeed, and we are making equity a top priority. As part of this, we particularly seek staff members, volunteers, and board members whose personal or professional background gives them unique perspective to further SMART’s work in serving children of color and children from other marginalized groups.

To Apply

Please provide a resume with brief cover letter that tells us about how your skills meet our needs, your experience with and commitment to equity, and how you meet the requirements outlined above.

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We will do the first review of all applications received on or before August 18, 2017.


We promise to provide a team of staff reviewers who will personally review your submission. Your interest and application will be treated with respect. People of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and LGBTQ candidates are encouraged to apply.