| March 26, 2024

DIRECTOR, FINANCE & OPERATIONS

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  • Full Time
  • Anywhere
  • $145,000 USD / Year

Website Decolonizing Wealth Project

About Decolonizing Wealth Project 

Decolonizing Wealth Project’s (DWP) mission is to bring forth truth, reconciliation, and the healing of our global family from the ails of colonization through education, radical reparative giving, and storytelling. Its mission is a world where racial equity has become a societal norm and new systems and ways of being, ensuring everyone can live their best lives, thrive in their cultures, and bring about healing from generations of colonial trauma.

DWP recently celebrated five years of operations and is poised for growth and greater impact with the increasing interest in and support for reparative philanthropy across the globe. Since its inception in 2018, DWP has grown significantly to a budget in 2024 of more than $13 million from major foundations and a growing membership of hundreds of individual and monthly donors. DWP has distributed more than $15 million to Black and Indigenous communities through our fund, Liberated Capital, and has advised other donors on investing more than $500 million in social justice efforts. Read more about our 5-year achievements here.

Our founder and CEO is Edgar Villanueva, an award-winning author, activist, and expert on issues of race, wealth, and philanthropy. Edgar leads DWP and our fund and donor community, Liberated Capital. Our team consists of 5 full-time employees, a senior fellow, and several consultants and advisors.  This year, we plan to add 3-5 new full-time positions.  The team is a high-performing, innovative, and engaged group that works collaboratively in a virtual space and meets collectively in person at least twice a year. DWP is headquartered in New York City, but its team is based across the U.S.

 

Position Description 
The Director of Finance and Operations will play a pivotal role in our organization, responsible for day-to-day operations and creating seamless administrative and financial operations to ensure alignment with our mission and strategic vision. Reporting to the Managing Director, this position requires a dynamic, growth mindset leader who enjoys and excels at creating and implementing effective and efficient systems and thrives in a collaborative environment with an engaged team of staff and consultants.

We seek a U.S. based experienced operations and finance director with a strong background in nonprofit operations, finance, accounting, and administration.

 

Key Responsibilities
1. Financial Oversight (35%)

  • Develop and manage the annual organizational budget, establishing cost-effective resource allocation processes
  • Manage all accounting and business functions and consultants, including an outsourced accounting and tax team, providing necessary information and supporting documentation to maintain accurate books, reports, and timely tax filings
  • Prepare financial statements and budgets for the CEO and Development Department to support revenue and expense projection and tracking, and providing financial information for grant proposals and reports
  • Oversee contract management with vendors and service providers and ensure budgetary alignment
  • Develop, implement, and ensure adherence to restricted grant-tracking policies
  • Develop practices that reinforce individual accountability and support organization-wide compliance and expense reporting policies
  • Manage all corporate insurance policies
  • Manage all payroll and benefits functions via our PEO

2. Operations Management (45%) 

  • Implement efficient processes, policies, training, and tools to optimize our functionality as an organization, including human resource, expense management, and other internal control-related components
  • Direct the continued implementation of Salesforce Oversee daily back-office operations, liaising with the Managing Director, administrative staff and, external accounting, and PEO as needed
  • Organize team meetings and retreats(~2x/year)
  • Oversee management of office space, computer technology, inventory, and supplies
  • Manage IT needs for the organization to ensure the effective deployment of technology solutions
  • Oversee the maintenance and upgrading of organizational infrastructure

3. People Management (15%) 

  • Manage people operations functions, including the employee onboarding experience and training of new staff, annual reviews, and employee relations in collaboration with the senior leadership team
  • Administer organizational benefits to all employees and ensure legal compliance via our PEO
  • Support the hiring lead during recruitment and onboarding of new staff

Qualifications

  • A minimum of ten years of experience in operations and finance leadership within a nonprofit or philanthropic organization
  • A flexible, growth mindset with a keen interest in creating innovative solutions to optimize organizational functions
  • Proven track record in operational management, operational systems design, and team leadership
  • Demonstrated strong financial and budget management, including budget development and cash flow management
  • An interest in impact investing and innovative financial vehicles is helpful, but not required
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of legal and regulatory compliance in a nonprofit context and familiarity with for-profit financial operations.
  • An interest in working in a fast-moving, lean organization that values execution and balance
  • Proficiency in technology and information systems relevant to administration, such as Bill.com, Quickbooks Online, Google Workspace, Asana, and Salesforce

Location

  • Our NYC-based team works a hybrid (office/work-from-home schedule); non-NYC team members work fully remote

Compensation and Benefits

  • $145,000 annual salary
  • Full coverage (100%) health, vision, and dental insurance for full-time staff
  • A general approach to taking time away from work:
  • Two weeks over December and January
  • One week of summer break
  • 10 days additional PTO
  • A care-centered flexible sick leave policy.
  • Most federal holidays
  • 401(k) + match
  • Access to short-term, long-term disability, FSA, and Dependent FSA accounts, OneMedical account, mental health care, and telehealth services

To apply for this job please visit decolonizingwealth.com.