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An Equal Opportunity Employer: It is the policy of the Portland Symphony Orchestra to provide all persons with equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, handicap, age, or veteran status. 



THERE is one administrative POSITION open at this time

Director of Finance


THERE are currently no upcoming auditions


Administrative Positions



CLASSIFICATION: Either (a) Independent Contractor Part Time or (b) Part Time Employee – open to discussion
REPORTS TO: Executive Director 
SUPERVISES:   Finance Coordinator 
COMPENSATION: Either (a) $65/hour as an independent contractor OR (b) low 40s part-time salary range with benefits/vacation 

This Senior Staff position oversees daily transaction work of the Finance Coordinator and serves as the supervisor to that position.  The Director of Finance ensures the timeliness and accuracy of all financial information for the Portland Symphony Orchestra.  This position also oversees the annual audit process, human resources and is the staff liaison to the Budget & Finance committee.


  • Bachelor’s Degree with 3-5 years of experience in nonprofit accounting 
  • Highly motivated with strong organizational and communication skills; willing to work as part of a team in an intimate office setting 
  • History of demonstrated reliability, flexibility and mature presentation with the ability to work with diverse personalities 
  • Discretion in dealing with musicians, staff, and sensitive information 
  • Efficient worker, positive attitude, and manner and attention to detail 
  • Ability to work at fundraising events and the Magic of Christmas concerts 
  • Ability to independently prioritize and complete work in a complex environment 
  • Extremely sophisticated time management, process management, budget management, and prioritizing skills and ability to create necessary tools to succeed 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills 
  • Strong computer skills  


  • Preparation of journal entries as needed to post payroll, concert settlements and other financial transactions 
  • Reconciliation of all balance sheet accounts on a monthly basis 
  • Reconciliation of Net Asset accounts on a monthly basis 
  • Track receipts of prior years’ pledge payments 
  • Prepare monthly financial statements vs budget 
  • Prepare financial materials as needed for Board of Trustees, Executive Committee and Budget & Finance Committee meetings 
  • Attend Board, Executive and Budget & Finance meetings and present financial reports as needed 
  • Act as the staff liaison to the Budget & Finance Committee; schedule meetings, prepare materials, coordinate with the Treasurer and keep minutes of the meetings 
  • Attend biweekly meetings with the Treasurer, Board Chair and Executive Director 
  • Oversee PSO insurances and serve as a liaison with the insurance brokers 
  • Primary contact for Human Resources.  Work with employees and the Executive Director on Human Resource issues 
  • Point person for any Workers’ Compensation incidents 
  • Work with Senior Staff to develop annual budgets and current year projections 
  • Work with the Finance Coordinator to ensure accurate input of annual budget 
  • Manage the annual audit by working with other staff and preparing financial information 
  • Prepare information to be used in preparation of the annual 990 
  • Provide backup for the Finance Coordinator on daily transactions, including payroll 
  • Complete MANP, League of America Orchestras and other organizations’ surveys 
  • Procure, track and report back on governmental funding.   
  • Provide financial information to the Grant Writer 
  • Attend Orchestra Personnel Committee meetings as needed, in particular during any collective bargaining agreement openers 
  • Hire, train, manage, and evaluate performance of the Finance Coordinator 
  • Serve as part of senior staff team to assist the Executive Director in setting and implementing administrative policies established by the Board 
  • Work closely with Executive Director and other designated staff in long-range planning for the Organization; prepare budget projections as needed 
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director 

Physical demands/work environment

  • 90% office work at a computer 
  • 10% standing, walking, bending, frequent use of hands, stooping and heavy lifting (up to 30 pounds) 
  • Work is primarily conducted indoors, except for fundraising events which may be outside. 
  • Noise level is moderate to low. 

HOW TO APPLY: Please email resume and cover letter to cnishon@portlandsymphony.org, PDFs preferred, .doc format accepted. Please use the subject line: PSO Director of Finance. 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received. We hope to have the position starting by November 2022 at the latest.

VACCINE POLICY: The Portland Symphony Orchestra requires staff members to be fully vaccinated with a CDC-approved COVID-19 vaccine, including any CDC-recommended booster shots. The Portland Symphony agrees to comply with the applicable Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidance regarding mandatory employer vaccination programs under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. 

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