Finance Manager

Company Name: 

The Whale Museum


P. O. Box 945
(62 1st St. N.)
Friday Harbor, WA 98250

Contact Name: 

Jenny Atkinson




Job Description: 

Position: Finance Manager

Location: Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington, USA

The Whale Museum is seeking a person to fulfill the role of Finance Manager.  Year-round FT employment includes benefits.

Incorporated in 1976, The Whale Museum was opened in 1979 as the first U.S. museum dedicated to whales living in the wild. The museum’s mission is to promote stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem through education and research.  Our facility is located on San Juan Island, northwest of Seattle, Washington.  This remote island is accessible only by ferry, boat or plane. 

The Finance Manager reports to the Executive Director but also works closely with the Board Treasurer, museum staff and/or contracted consultants to budget and manage finances for the organization, each department and specific projects.

The position of Finance Manager is responsible for all financial matters for the Museum, including record keeping and planning for business transactions. The position requires advanced accounting skills in order to maintain the fund accounting system.  Budgetary preparation and management skills are also required. Acute attention to detail, time management and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously are necessary. Responsibilities include Financial Records Management (financial reports, grant accounting, accounts payable/receivable & payroll, maintaining vendor files & asset inventory, and preparation of tax filings; Budget (preparation, financial reports, forecasts and projections); General Business (HR policies & record keeping, corporate filings, insurance records and policies); and other duties as assigned or required.

Qualifications: a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and 3 years’ experience in a relevant field. The successful candidate will be organized, reliable, have excellent communication skills (oral and written), excellent attention to detail, strong quantitative skills, working knowledge of GAAP principles, and understand the importance of confidentiality. Additional requirements include excellent computer/technological skills (i.e., bookkeeping, word processing, database management, spreadsheets; specific programs include: QuickBooks for Non-Profits, Microsoft Office Suite including Excel, as well as DonorPerfect, Vend, and Shopify), grant writing, and project management experience.  A varied skill set and flexibility are major assets.  Please Note: International applicants required to have approved Visa and documentation to work in the U.S. at the time of submission. The successful candidate will follow governmental mandates related to COVID-19, i.e., mask wearing and fully vaccinated.  Salary varies based on experience and relocation support needs. Benefit package includes: Health Care (medical, vision, dental), Simple IRA Retirement Plan, Vacation (10 days annually).

Electronic submissions are encouraged.  It is suggested that a PDF compiled with the requested information be submitted.  While it is planned for the new person to be in place by mid-December, start date is negotiable for the right candidate.  Active review of submitted applications will begin November 1, 2021, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Application package should include: a cover letter, resume and up to five references (either reference letter or contact information for each reference).  Please send to: 

Jenny L. Atkinson, Executive Director

The Whale Museum, P. O. Box 945, Friday Harbor, WA 98250