Director of Finance and Administration (GHCF)


Group Health Cooperative was founded in 1946 as a radical alternative to traditional medical care. Its vision was bold: create a health system grounded in the principles of social justice and provide affordable, preventive, person-centered health care. Through collaboration, innovation, and engaging the voices of its members, Group Health Cooperative sought to create a better way to promote the health and well-being of the individuals and families it served. That spirit is now the cornerstone of the new Group Health Community Foundation (GHCF), funded by the proceeds from Kaiser Permanente’s acquisition of Group Health Cooperative.

Our mission is to shape and accelerate efforts to improve health equity and advance community aspirations for a vibrant, healthy future in Washington and beyond. 

Our values include:

  • Equity. We believe in creating conditions where all people—regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, income, education, or geography—can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. We are committed to deepening our shared understanding of equity, and will insist on a diversity of perspectives to inform our ongoing exploration. Cultivating a diverse and inclusive team of board members, staff members, and partners is an essential component of this work.
  • Learning. We are committed to being a learning organization. We will ground our efforts in both research and community wisdom. We will engage communities in meaningful ways to prioritize, design, and support our collective approaches. We will look for opportunities to create and share knowledge from successes and setbacks.
  • Partnership. We will co-create solutions with people and partners across the state—community groups, nonprofits, philanthropy, academia, business, and government. We will support and enhance, and not duplicate or replace, what is working.
  • Commitment. Addressing health inequities will require a long-term perspective, and we will be committed for the duration. We will embrace complexity and be diligent in our long-term planning and strategy development.
  • Courage. We will aspire to be a force for good, and not be afraid to take risks. We will pursue big goals that require bold, creative, and sometimes unconventional strategies.
  • Accountability. We will be responsible to communities across the state. We will measure our efforts and impact, and be transparent about our progress and challenges.

 For more information about GHCF, please visit our website.


As an integral member of the Foundation’s senior management team, the Director of Finance and Administration will build a finance structure that meets the evolving needs and opportunities of a new, dynamic organization. Reporting directly to the CEO, this role is focused on a wide range of financial management functions, from crafting budgets and assessing performance to overseeing compliance and audit activities. Over time, the role will likely expand to include oversight of operational, administrative, or grants management functions. The Director of Finance and Administration supervises a senior accountant and will supervise additional staff members as the organization grows.


Organizational Leadership

  • Serve on the Foundation’s leadership team, helping to develop and execute organization-wide plans, programs, and strategies that enable us to advance our priorities.
  • Mentor and coach direct reports, delegating work streams effectively and holding team members to a high standard of excellence.
  • Provide management support and financial analysis for the Finance, Investment, and Audit Committees of the Board. Attend Board of Director meetings.

Financial Management and Oversight

  • Oversee day-to-day finance and accounting operations including general ledger, accounts payable and receivable, fixed assets, prepaids, credit card expense reporting, payroll processing, monthly reconciliation, and monthly and year-end close.
  • Oversee the timely and accurate development of budgets and financial reports that will assist the CEO, Board, and other managers in making informed decisions.
  • Lead the assessment of financial performance as it relates to both the budget and long-term strategy.
  • Review and manage (and establish as needed) internal systems, controls, processes, and procedures to ensure the integrity, accuracy, and usefulness of financial information and reporting and compliance with the requirements of various entities.
  • Work with leadership to develop processes to support evolving grantmaking functions.
  • Oversee development of a rolling 12-month financial forecast, working with the CEO and leadership team to make strategic decisions about work planning and resource allocations.

Reporting and Contract Management

  • Oversee successful completion of annual audits, IRS filings, and other mandated reporting for our 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) corporations. Partner with tax accountants and lawyers in managing the Foundation’s required IRS returns.
  • Maintain productive vendor and banking relationships and serve as primary liaison with related third parties.
  • Evaluate and oversee risk management and insurance issues.
  • Oversee the development and execution of contractual relationships with external parties.


  • Ten or more years of successful leadership in a finance function
  • Supervisory experience and a demonstrated ability to develop and lead others
  • Successful experience managing a budget of at least $5M
  • Bachelor’s Degree in finance, accounting, or other relevant field (or equivalent employment and learning experience)
  • Graduate degree in relevant field and/or CPA preferred
  • Experience with Microsoft Dynamics GP (or similar software package)
  • Experience with grants management preferred
  • Experience with investment accounting preferred


  • Desire to work with people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives
  • Strong alignment with our organizational values
  • Entrepreneurial mindset and the ability to be flexible and responsive to changing priorities
  • Ability to be self-directed, take ownership, and see projects to completion in a timely manner
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and a strong customer service orientation
  • Strong critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills
  • Ability to extract meaning from numbers and present analysis clearly and concisely to people with varying degrees of financial knowledge
  • Strong project management and organizational skills with a record of developing and strengthening systems and processes
  • Ability to work collaboratively, exercising good judgment, decision-making, and problem-solving skills to achieve shared goals
  • High-level knowledge of GAAP, including intercompany transactions, and exposure to nonprofit accounting practices
  • Effective negotiating and contract management skills
  • High-level of proficiency with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and SharePoint) and Adobe (Acrobat DC)
  • Ability to periodically participate in meetings and events outside of core business hours


GHCF offers a competitive and equitable compensation package with the goal of attracting, retaining, and motivating exceptional people. Salary ranges are set according to an explicit compensation policy, and relevant market data is analyzed when setting ranges for each position. The anticipated starting salary range for this position is $140-160K. Additionally, we offer a terrific benefits package that includes medical/dental/vision (covered at 90%), a 10% retirement contribution, fully subsidized transportation card, and support for professional development.


Please submit your resume and a cover letter expressing your specific interests through our applicant portal. We will review applications on a rolling basis as they are submitted, with priority given to applications submitted by September 18, 2017. Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled. If the position is visible on our website, it remains open.

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