UPDATE 9/13/2021 – This position is now closed. Thank you for your interest. Please view our current open positions here: https://www.disabilityrightswa.org/employment/

Disability Rights Washington is hiring an Operations Director. This is a chance for the right candidate to be a key member of a social justice non-profit organization.

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Full-Time and Exempt Employee; Reports to the Executive Director

People with disabilities, African American, Black, Indigenous, and people of color, and those from other oppressed groups and all protected classes are strongly encouraged to apply. Disability Rights Washington looks forward to reviewing all applicants.

Disability Rights Washington (DRW) seeks an Operations Director to provide leadership, oversight and administrative direction to Finance, Office Management, Volunteer Management, Payroll, Information Technology, and Human Resources employees and contractual services. 

An expectation of all employees is participation in DRW’s race equity work.

This position will be based in either our Olympia, Seattle or Spokane office.  There may be some opportunity to work remotely part of the week.

DRW is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are applicants or employees. Applicants for DRW employment seeking reasonable accommodations for the application process should contact the HR & IT Manager by calling (800) 562-2702 or (206) 324-1521 or by emailing info@dr-wa.org.  


  • Foster a positive, collaborative work culture that attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse staff.
  • Commit to listening, creating space for diverse perspectives, and the pursuit of inclusive and just outcomes.
  • Provide leadership, oversight and administrative direction to Finance, Office Management, Volunteer Management, Payroll, Information Technology, and Human Resources employees and contractual services and ensure cross training of staff on all essential functions of these operations to prevent disruption of services during employee absences.
  • Develop and execute DRW’s financial management strategy and have direct responsibility for accounting, finance, forecasting, fiscal strategic planning, contract negotiations, banking relationships, partnerships compliance and private and institutional financing.
  • Oversee the Information Technology function by providing oversight, direction and coordination related to organization-wide technology planning and utilization, to include integration of information systems, voice and data networks. Align and prioritize IT goals and projects with organizational objectives and strategies. Ensure a secure and quality IT infrastructure for the effective delivery of IT services across the organization without interruptions.
  • Oversee the administrative property management functions, to include, but not limited to, asset management, inventory management, preventive maintenance, capital improvement projects (if any), procurement, regulatory compliance, and quality assurance.
  • Oversee the accounting function which includes accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, general ledger preparation, financial statement preparations, program expenditure and leave accrual reports and other accounting activities.
  • Direct procedures and systems necessary to maintain proper records and to ensure adequate accounting internal controls and services that maximize operational efficiency and general business operations.
  • Oversee procurement of contractual services – auditing, information technology, office space, copier equipment, meeting space, fund accounting software, accommodation, interpretation, translation, human resource consulting, organizational and DEI consulting, etc.
  • Prepare financial information and recommendations utilizing forward-looking predictive models and activity-based financial analysis as requested by DRW’s Executive Director.
  • Develop standards to measure and evaluate DRW’s financial and operational performance and report results to the Leadership Group and Board of Directors.
  • Direct the development and preparation of short-term and long-range plans/budgets based on DRW’s directional statements. Provide financial forecasts for operating, capital planning (if any) and budgeting.
  • Develop, recommend, implement and evaluate operational policies and procedures for all areas of responsibility. Ensure all policies and procedures are in compliance with applicable local, federal and state regulations and laws governing business operations.
  • Oversee the establishment, maintenance and monitoring of internal controls, as well as policies and procedures for all operations of responsibility. Read, interpret, review, and comply with all federal and state legislation pertaining to operations in areas of responsibility.
  • Remain current on changes within the legal, regulatory, economic and technological environments, which may affect the financial and administrative operations of the organization.
  • Serve as organization-wide leader on real property (e.g., lease management and facilities management); technology services; risk management; security management; energy management; and property management. Review and recommend approval (with revisions if applicable) all contracts and contractual amendments within areas of responsibility.
  • Direct the development and installation of operational standards, procedures and controls to promote communication and adequate information flow for all financial and administrative areas of responsibility.
  • Serve as a member of the Leadership Group. Partner with the Executive Director in executing the development of long-range strategic plans for all areas of responsibility.
  • Work with key team staff to develop and implement quality measurement/evaluation of services in all areas of responsibility. Set employee performance expectations and evaluate performance results for areas of responsibility in a regular systematic manner.
  • Develop and maintain a sound plan for all areas of financial and administrative areas of responsibility. Recommend changes in corporate organization as may be necessary to promote development and growth.
  • Attend Finance and Audit Committee and Board of Directors meetings, preparing and presenting reports as required and requested.  These meetings are generally outside normal business hours and generally held on a quarterly basis.
  • Participate in race based caucusing.

Submits all required reports, timesheets, and other documentation in an accurate and timely manner.


  • Works in an office environment and has extensive local and statewide work-related travel.
  • Must work evenings, weekends, or extended hours when necessary.

Maintains a reasonably ambitious workload and keeps their immediate supervisor informed when there is insufficient work to perform and when there is a risk that work won’t be completed on a timely basis.


A Bachelor’s Degree in Finance or a related field; an advanced degree, such as a Master of Business Administration or Master’s in Finance or Accounting or CPA, is preferred but equivalent experience will be considered.


  • Commitment to exposing and dismantling all forms of structural bias and oppression.

  • Lived or other demonstrated meaningful and sustained experience with people with disabilities, people living in poverty, people of color, immigrant, or indigenous communities or the criminal legal system.

  • A minimum of 5 years of financial and operational management experience, including fund and grant accounting; compliance and reporting; contract negotiating across multiple programs with a budget of at least $2 million (preferred).
  • Demonstrated leadership capacity, successfully managing and developing a strong team.
  • Federally funded non-profit experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise employees working in areas outside the Operations Director’s expertise.
  • Experience with the federal Super Circular and federal Single Audits.
  • A demonstrated track record of successful business operations management and project management.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, as well as experience working with accounting and payroll software and information management.


  • Demonstrate leadership, team management, and interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely.
  • Develop and implement new strategies and procedures.
  • Demonstrate strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

DRW is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. DRW encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including individuals of all races, colors, religions, genders, sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, ages, national origins, marital statuses, disabilities, and veteran status backgrounds.

DRW is a private nonprofit organization that advocates for the rights of people with disabilities across Washington. We are designated by the governor as the independent federally-mandated protection and advocacy system for Washington State. As such, DRW promotes, expands, and protects the human and civil rights of people with disabilities.

For information about us, please visit:  http://www.disabilityrightswa.org/.

Please fill out the online application below. Requirements are a cover letter, resume, and three contacts for employment verification. You may also mail your application to: Disability Rights Washington, 315 5th Avenue S, Suite 850, Seattle, WA 98104 Attn: Jodi Rose. Reasonable accommodations for any portion of the application or interview process are available at request.

Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will be accepted until the position is filled.

  • Position Title: Operations Director
  • Company Name: Disability Rights Washington (DRW)
  • Location: based in either our Seattle, Spokane, or Olympia office
  • Posted: June 24, 2021
  • Education and Experience required: Accounting, Leadership, see full description for more detail.
  • Job Category: Management
  • Job Type: Full-time, Exempt
  • Salary $88,000
  • Generous benefits including 401k contribution, health, dental, vision care, vacation, sick and other types of leave.

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