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Finance Director

Do you want a career that makes a difference in rural communities in NW Minnesota? Excited for new opportunities to utilize your talents and skills in new ways? If so, we want you to join our innovative and professional team.

Northwest Regional Development Commission (NWRDC) is looking for a dedicated Finance Director who is responsible for developing and maintaining the agency budget and internal accounting systems and fiscal agency activities in compliance with federal and state regulations. This position will drive system innovation, optimize for effective and efficient financial and payroll services while maintaining fiscal stewardship.

Candidates that are passionate about their work and committed to standards of professionalism and integrity are encouraged to apply for this position.

We are committed to meeting the local needs with a collaborative approach along with equity and inclusion.

What type of individual are we looking for?


A bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business administration or related field and 3 to 5 years’ experience in public accounting preferred. Equivalent experience in the financial management of public funds may be substituted for education.


  • Experience in a Federal and State funded public agency, automated financial systems, auditing procedures, federal and state reporting requirements or budgeting procedures is desirable.

  • Knowledge and applications in the use of Microsoft office, Accounting or Grant management systems.

  • Occasional evening or overnight meetings is required.

  • Willing to consider hybrid work after the training period.


Salary Range: $84,010 to $111,250

Great Benefits Package! Benefits include employer paid health insurance and family coverage cost sharing, dental, health savings account, pre-tax flexible spending account, life insurance, short-term disability, PERA, paid holidays, generous vacation leave, flexible sick leave and more.

What will you be doing?

  • Establish and maintain an accounting and grant management system that meets current standards for public agencies and the requirements of NWRDC Policies.

  • Serve as the agency personnel officer for issues related to medical insurance and personal staff issues as requested, assist in all hiring and salary review functions, administration of health insurance and employee benefits.

  • Prepare the Agency Budget and Indirect Cost Rate based on historical data, program budgets, contracts, the local tax levy, and other financial information and systems.

  • Prepare monthly and quarterly financial reports for the Board of Directors and Commission and provide reports and other financial information to the Program Directors and the Executive Director as needed.   

  • Maintain agency level compliance with overall budget, financial procedures, audit requirements, and contractual obligations; and report any concerns or violations to Program Directors, the Executive Director, or the NWRDC Board of Directors as needed.

  • Manage the investment of agency financial resources.

  • Prepare information for annual audit including the year-end closing entries and other applicable financial analysis.

  • Assists in establishing long term strategies and planning.


Additional resources are available for this position on our website

  • Job Description

  • NWRDC employee benefits


The NWRDC utilizes a three-part candidate screening process:

  1. Candidates must submit a resume and cover letter showcasing three things that their education and/or experience can contribute to this position.

  2. Select candidates will be asked to complete a full application and provide a list of areas of expertise related to the position including three references.

  3. Selected candidates are interviewed.


Please submit cover letter, resume, and references to:

Northwest Regional Development Commission

Attn: Darla Waldner

109 South Minnesota Street

Warren, Mn 56762

This position will remain open until filled.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/ Disabled/ Veterans.

Full Job Description

Commission Benefits

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