Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Location: Seattle, WA

Department: Business Services

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Executive

Forterra aims to make sure the Pacific Northwest is livable and beautiful for generations to come. To accomplish this, Forterra focuses on land—how we live, work and play sustainably on it today, knowing we will see significant growth over the next century.

Over the past 25 years we’ve become the common ground where people, often with very different points of view, come together around a shared love for this place.

We emphasize the connection between people and place – vibrant cities and healthy lands. We work in all landscapes, from our most urban cities to our most majestic wild places. And we apply our broad range of skills including land conservation, stewardship, policy innovation and community engagement—all with one mission, to sustain our region.

To date we have: permanently conserved more than 238,000 acres of forests, farms, shorelines, parks and natural areas; restored critical landscapes; and applied innovative land based strategies to improve the quality of life for people in over 90 of our communities.

The Vice President /CFO is key member of Forterra’s Executive Leadership Team (ELT) which has responsibility for management of Forterra finance and accounting operations.   As a member of this team, the VP/CFO, provides leadership and subject matter expertise, and actively manages Forterra’s operational infrastructure, resource management and financial strategies to promote our long-term sustainability.

Direct reports include: Controller, Staff Accountant, Office Manager, IT Manager, and Grants Compliance Officer.

Candidate Profile

We seek an entrepreneurial, business-savvy leader, with excellent judgment, who has a proven record managing a fast-paced, highly adaptive organization.

Our ideal candidate is ethical beyond reproach, and values management as a critical business function.

Commitment to Mission & Values

Enthusiastic support for Forterra’s mission and vision – creating great communities and conserving great lands.
Committed to a collaborative work approach:  internally across departments and externally across political, geographic, and socio-economic divides.

Work Style

  • Confidently plans and manages complex projects under pressing deadlines.
  • Enjoys working quickly, and is skilled in maintaining quality control. Thrives in a fluid, fast-paced environment. Can change directions quickly and frequently.
  • Capable of big-picture thinking, able to quickly grasp and understand complex problems and lead teams to solutions.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, flexibility, creativity, curiosity and a sense of humor.

Business Management

  • Advise and consult with ELT regarding issues, events, pertinent changes in internal/external markets, threats, and opportunities.
  • Review all organizational financial commitments to ensure due diligence has been met and sign where appropriate.
  • Monitor and analyze financial data to provide ELT with timely data, projections and options for corrections/opportunities.
  • Oversees operating policies, and practices to ensure the efficient operation of Forterra.

Fiscal & Compliance Oversight 

  • Develop and implement systems and practices that ensure compliance with GAAP and Government Auditing accounting and reporting standards including  IRS, LTA, and agency specific requirements.
  • Serve as key contact for the Finance, Audit & Operations Committee of the Board of Directors, providing leadership in the development and implementation of key financial, investment and risk management policies, and identification, exploration and resolution of high level fiscal decisions and challenges.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of 5 years of executive or senior management experience across a business unit or organization with 50+ employees and $10M+ budget.  Nonprofit experience is strongly preferred.
  • Strong accounting and financial management skills are required. Some formal training in accounting and/or nonprofit financial management is preferred.
  • Experience that demonstrates the ability to encourage and guide innovation in a dynamic organization is essential.
  • Strong leadership abilities and experience managing senior staff and consultants, with a proven track record of achieving results through matrixed teams.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree, preferably MBA or equivalent.

To apply, visit our website at No phone calls, please.

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