Director of Finance & Human Resources

Lan Su Chinese Garden is seeking a full-time/32 hours per week Director of Finance & Human Resources. This position is located in Downtown Portland in a professional office with expansive city views and next to mass transit (Red & Blue MAX lines. multiple bus routes, and walking distance to streetcar). Lan Su Chinese Garden was recognized as one of the "100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon" by Oregon Business Magazine.


Job Title: Director of Finance & Human Resources

Reports to: Executive Director

Manages: Full Time Accounting Clerk

Position Status: Exempt, benefited, salaried. Benefit package includes health, dental, vision, paid vacation & sick leave, 401k match & Friend Membership to Lan Su Chinese Garden

Hours & Salary: 32 hours per week, $50,000 per year

Position Purpose: Oversee all financial and human resource related aspects of Lan Su Chinese Garden’s operations

Position Scope: Continuously improve accounting, budgeting and HR processes and adapt infrastructure/systems to support the organization’s strategic and operational needs. This position requires a hands-on approach to getting things done while working independently, skill in managing a full-time accounting clerk, collaboration with the garden’s staff leadership team and ownership of the functionality of the organization’s Finance Committee

Essential Position Elements

Financial Leadership & Management

  • Prepare timely monthly, quarterly and annual financial reports for the Executive Director, Finance Committee and Board of Directors
  • Lead organizational budget development and process
  • Develop comprehensive organizational budget consisting of multiple sources of revenue and support, restricted and unrestricted funds, inventory and the full range of general ledger accounts using GAAP accounting standards
  • Oversee budgeting, financial forecasting and cash-flow for administration, existing services and proposed new service offerings
  • Prepare financial narrative and reports for grants
  • Hands-on accounting work including departmental coding, input, balancing, analyzing and interpretation of data of the accounting system
  • Hands-on approach to timely and accurate recording of all transactions, maintenance of the general ledger, monthly account reconciliations and month-end close
  • Oversee, coach and manage the full-time Accounting Clerk to a high level of performance and satisfaction

Human Resource Management and Administrative Leadership

  • Administer new employee orientation and ongoing training in human resources policies and procedures. Oversee the organization’s compliance with its stated policies and procedures
  • Serve as the primary contact for employees regarding payroll, benefits and PTO
  • Secure best prices and coverage in health care and other benefits
  • Ensure compliance with worker’s compensation, occupational safety and health, and other rules protecting employees, volunteers and the general public
  • Maintain adequate insurance including property, casualty, worker’s compensation and unemployment
  • Oversee the payroll work of the Accounting Clerk
  • Prepare letters to employees to reflect their hiring, promotion and departure from the organization
  • Prepare Personal Services Contracts
  • Administer and maintain contract, legal and lease files

Required Qualifications

  • Excellent people skills, with experience in collaboration with a commitment to openness and transparency
  • Four or more years of professional experience managing the finances and financial administration of a non-profit organization
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance or equivalent experience
  • Experience with complex financial accounting and point-of-sale software systems (Lan Su currently uses Abila Fund Accounting)
  • Proven effectiveness in finance and accounting with an eye toward process improvement and efficiency
  • Demonstrated experience in full cycle accounting through month end close, financial statements, budget, payroll/ benefits, audit
  • Experience with benefits administration and other HR functions
  • Demonstrated ability in developing and mentoring staff
  • Ability to communicate effectively and graciously and provide financial information in an understandable and concise manner
  • Flexible and a self-starter; willingness to “roll up the sleeves” to get things done and make things happen
  • Interest in gardens, Chinese culture, education, people and working collectively to bring Lan Su’s mission alive

To apply

Please send your resume and a cover letter specifically outlining how your skills and experience are a match to the qualifications required. Pleas also include references that can speak to your qualifications for the position.

Email preferred at with the subject line: "Director of Finance Job Listing". You may also mail your resume, cover letter and references to:

Lan Su Chinese Garden

Attn: Director of Finance Job Listing

220 NW 2nd Avenue, Suite 1050

Portland, Oregon 97209

No phone calls or drop-ins please. 

Lan Su Chinese Garden strives to attract, hire, train and promote quality individuals who have a proven ability to perform in a professional organization. Lan Su is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. We want to have the best available person in every job.

Lan Su Chinese Garden is committed to maintain an environment where employees contribute to the organization’s achievement, take pride in the results of their work, are appreciated as individuals and are encouraged to develop to the fullest extent. Lan Su is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy that employees will not be discriminated against in the terms and conditions of employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or any other classification protected by law.

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