Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

Title: Director of Finance, Orion Magazine
Reports to: Executive Director
Location: Western Massachusetts
FLSA: Exempt
FTE: Full time, 36 hours per week
Term: Employment at will


The Director of Finance (DF) provides strategic direction, management, and leadership in the business planning, budgeting, and financial systems of Orion Magazine; ensuring the integrity of the organization’s accounting records, maintaining and providing recommendations to update internal controls to safeguard the organization’s finances and ensure financial transparency and solvency. The DF assures compliance with rules and regulations governing 501(c)(3) organizations as well as with the requirements of individual public and private funders. This position requires expertise with managing accounting and finance staff in a diverse, inclusive and equitable culture. Our ideal DF will have excellent organizational and follow-up skills, strong emotional intelligence, be highly motivated and adaptable, possess excellent communications skills and critical thinking in performing all required tasks; and the ability to work well in a cross functional, fast-paced environment.


Business Manager


Financial Management

  • In partnership with the ED, develop, execute, monitor and update the organization’s financial strategy including setting financial targets and cash flow projections
  • Develop the organization’s administrative and program budgets in conjunction with the senior management team; provide timely and accurate budget projections
  • Ensure that the organization’s lines of programming and operations are financially monitored and that projections take changes into consideration
  • Ensure the maintenance of financial record systems in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards and accounting principles, ensuring integrity of cash, receivables and payables management
  • Prepare financial statements, financial reports, and special analyses
  • Ensure that all external reporting obligations are met with accurate and timely reporting, including reports to agencies governing nonprofit 501(c)(3)organizations and all funders and donors
  • Work with financial service providers (including banking, insurance, payroll, etc.) to monitor service and costs
  • Manage organization’s audit process, including audit procurement; ensure the filing of related annual financial reports including the 990
  • Ensure the ongoing operations of the accounting and finance functions, including assessing and updating procedures, protocols and practices in all aspects of accounting and financial management
  • Directly supervise the Business Manager
  • Communicate financial current and future financial health of Orion regularly at Board meetings and to Orion staff
  • Serve as liaison and prepare reports at regular meetings of the BOD Finance Committee


(We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below).

  • Ten or more years of increasing responsibility in financial management culminating in CFO, Senior Financial Analyst, or Controller level responsibilities in the nonprofit sector;
  • Experience leading financial management for a publishing organization a plus
  • In-depth knowledge and expertise in general and nonprofit accounting principles and procedures;
  • Sense of urgency related to financial solvency and healthy organizational cash-flow and financial transparency
  • Superior analytical skills with the ability to develop visualizations and representations that clearly articulate and communicate financial metrics and analyses
  • Expertise using accounting software and spreadsheets required;
  • Supervisory experience required, preference for an established track record of facilitating growth in direct reports;
  • Demonstrated competence and expertise navigating nonprofit funding and management issues;
  • Experience overseeing participatory budgeting processes;
  • Proven experience and ability understanding and balancing competing organizational needs
  • Ability to lead collaborative and inclusive decision-making processes, assessing complicated issues and situations, taking into account all angles and come to a recommendation for a path forward; communicating information throughout the process
  • Demonstrated leadership working with diverse teams in a mission-focused and values-based environment;
  • Facility with coordinating teams within and across departments;
  • Excellent verbal and in written communication skills;
  • Ability to pay close and accurate attention to details;
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and priorities;
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, multi-cultural team-based environment;
  • Commitment to the work of environmental, artistic and/or learning organizations

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to apply@orionmagazine.org with the subject line “Director of Finance application.”