Full Time
Located in Eugene, OR  

Closes: Friday, June 22, 2018

Organization Description

Founded in 1960, Oregon Research Institute (ORI) is a charitable 501(c)3 research center, dedicated entirely to understanding human behavior and improving the quality of human life. Funded by research grants from the National Institutes of Health and by the United States Department of Education, ORI scientists study such topics as childhood obesity and behavioral problems, adult chronic physical illness, substance use and abuse, adolescent depression and eating disorders.

ORI began with just a few scientists and staff working out of one small office in Eugene, Oregon. ORI now has satellite offices in Portland, Oregon and in Albuquerque, New Mexico. ORI is consistently one of the top 50 nonprofit institutions receiving federal funds in the country and is the largest independent behavioral research center in Oregon. ORI employs 190 people with 49 research scientists. In 2018, we have 54 research grants and a budget of $12.5 million.

Position Purpose

The Director, Finance and Administration (DFA) is responsible for the financial operations of the organization as well as overall leadership, supervision and coordination of administrative operations for the Institute. The DFA works in collaboration with the Science Director (SD) to establish strategic direction, set organizational goals, and successfully execute operational plans to facilitate the conduct of science. The DFA reports to the Board of Directors.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

Organizational Leadership

  • Works closely with the Science Director in establishing strategic direction, organizational goals and operational plans in support of the conduct of science and organizational success.
  • Monitors regulatory changes related to funding agency requirements, accounting standards, and compliance with employment and labor laws. Work with administrative managers to draft and implements policies and procedures necessary to ensure compliance.
  • Develops strategies necessary to maintain effective operations and communications, such as policy or procedural changes.


  • Oversees financial accounting systems and personnel for cash management, accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger, payroll and petty cash.
  • Analyzes cash flow cycle and forecasts current and future cash flow needs.
  • Develops, implements, and ensures compliance with internal financial and accounting policies and procedures.
  • Development and implementation of budgets with a familiarity in a wide variety of financing technique, financial ratio analysis, debt management, as well as familiarity with business and financial operations.
  • Oversees and reviews the preparation of the financial statements and reports in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Responsible for financial reporting to the Board and Finance Committee.

Administrative Management

  • Oversees and supervises the administrative functions of the organization to include the following:
    • Grants Administration: oversees the Grants Manager and staff and assists with regulatory matters as the need arises. Assists in policy development and compliance related to Federal regulations.
    • Human Resources: oversees the Human Resources staff to include policy and procedure development to ensure compliance with all relevant labor laws and regulations.
    • Facilities: oversees the Facilities Manager and staff to ensure that building operations and maintenance are well planned and executed.
    • Information Technology: Oversees the Technology Manager and staff in all the functions and planning of the technology needs of the institute.
  • Oversees the management of all leases, contracts and financial commitments.
  • Monitors risk management policies and procedures to ensure that program and organizational risks are minimized.

 Position Requirements

  1. Knowledge, skill, and ability:
    • Strong supervisory, team management, and group facilitation skills
    • Broad knowledge of operational and administrative issues, including budgeting, fiscal accountability, personnel management, legal issues in administrative, planning and evaluation techniques
    • Commitment to and broad experience in high-inclusion and participatory governance systems; ability to empower, influence, and integrate diverse perspectives into decision-making
    • Effective communication skills, both written and verbal, which energize and inspire
    • Strong planning and analysis skills, including strategy development, external trend analysis, and process improvement
    • Adept at managing organizational change and consensus
    • Capable and skilled at media relations, public speaking, and negotiations
    • Ability to systematically analyze complex issues and data
    • Familiarity with managing annual budgets of similar size and scope to ORI
    • General knowledge of information systems and technologies
    • Knowledge of state and federal laws applicable to not-for-profit entities
    • An understanding of GAAP and Uniform Guidance requirements
    • Knowledge of financial and budgetary planning control
    • Ability to discern complex financial information into lay terms and to effectively articulate the organization’s financial vision, strengths, goals, and requirements to a wide range of audiences, both internal and external
  2.  Experience and training: 
    • Bachelor’s Degree in accounting, business administration, or a related field
    • Certified Public Accounting licensure is not required but would be a plus
    • Eight years of experience in finance/accounting and/or business administration with five years of progressively increasing administrative management responsibilities, including fiscal oversight and financial management
    • Experience working in an organization receiving Federal funding and knowledge of related regulations

Salary & Benefits:  $8,149 to $10,865 /Mo. (Depending on level of skill and experience). Full benefit package including Medical, Dental, Health Reimbursement Account, Flexible Spending Account, Life and Disability Insurance, 403(b) Retirement Plan with generous contribution from the institute, paid Vacation, Sick and Holiday time.

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