Position: Vice President of Finance and Operations
Location: Portland, OR
Who We Are:
FoodCorps is a nationwide team of AmeriCorps leaders who connect kids to real food and help them grow up healthy. Through our partnership with AmeriCorps, we recruit, train and place emerging leaders into limited-resource schools for a year of service implementing our three-ingredient recipe for healthy kids. Our Service Members:
- Teach hands-on lessons about food and nutrition
- Build and tend school gardens and teach cooking lessons so kids can taste the fresh food they’ve grown
- Change what’s on children’s lunch trays, giving them healthy food from local farms.
Our Vision: FoodCorps envisions a future in which all our nation’s children know what healthy food is, care where it comes from, and have access to it every day. When our work is done, future generations will grow up enveloped in a healthy school food environment––and will go on to lead healthier, more productive, and longer lives.
What We're Looking For:
FoodCorps seeks a highly skilled, dynamic, and mission-driven Vice President of Finance and Operations to help lead the organization through a period of ambitious growth. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the VP of Finance and Operations will work closely with the Board and VP-level staff to oversee all aspects of financial management, facilitate national operations, support talent acquisition and development, and protect the organization’s legal and financial health. This full-time role on the FoodCorps Executive Team is based in Portland, OR.
The VP of Finance and Operations will oversee FoodCorps’ financial and operational activities, ensuring that systems are in place to support growth, impact and excellence in a way that is consistent with FoodCorps culture and values. S/he will play a key role translating financial and operational data into strategic insights that inform day-to-day and long-term decisions for the organization, and will directly supervise three key staff in the growing Finance and Operations department: the Operations Manager, the General Counsel, and the Human Resources Manager (supported by a Human Resources Coordinator). Accounting responsibilities of the position are supported by an outsourced firm that will be closely overseen by the VP of Finance and Operations.
Other responsibilities include:
Strategy and Leadership
In collaboration with colleagues on the Executive Team (CEO, VP of Programs, VP of External Affairs), the VP of Finance and Operations will:
- Serve on the Executive Team, discussing and providing input on all top-level management decisions for the Finance and Operations department and others
- Improve efficiency in business processes across the organization
- Develop and maintain a data-driven dashboard for organizational performance
- Participate in strategic planning, including serving as the lead investigator into structures needed to support scale, such as the opening of regional offices
- Ensure productive interface across department lines
- Work with other members of the leadership team to improve the sustainability of the organization’s revenue model, especially through the pursuit of earned income
- Mentor and develop Finance and Operations staff using a supportive and collaborative approach: set objectives and priorities; monitor and evaluate results
With support from the outsourced accounting firm and the Operations Manager, the VP of Finance and Operations will:
- Spearhead budgeting, growth and scenario modeling and forecasting of cash flow
- Manage financial side of federal and restricted grants, including project budgeting and reporting, with External Affairs team and AmeriCorps Partnerships Manager
- Liaise with development staff to ensure accurate translation between fundraising and financial functions of the organization
- Manage accounts receivable, accounts payable, and account reconciliations
- Prepare monthly and year-end financials in accordance with GAAP
- Oversee and prepare materials for audit, annual report, and multi-state tax filings
- Engage with the Board Finance and Development Committee and Audit Committee
- Update and communicate fiscal policies and procedures, ensuring compliance and strong internal controls
- Serve as fiscal contact for vendors, contractors, federal and private grant-makers, auditors, partners, and the IRS
- Oversee invoicing of site partners and create and track payment plans as needed
- Engage full staff in developing financial literacy and taking ownership over department and program budgets
Human Resources/Talent Acquisition
With support from the Human Resources team, the VP of Finance and Operations will:
- Collaborate with colleagues to develop and implement strategies for attracting top-level talent to FoodCorps; helping to build and sustain a great organizational culture and ensuring that team members reach their full potential
- Facilitate organization-wide goal-setting and work planning efforts to ensure alignment of individual responsibilities with department and organizational goals
- Ensure that core Human Resources activities––hiring, on-boarding, off-boarding, benefits operations, performance management, and payroll––for national staff, fellows, and service members occur in an effective, compliant and strategic manner
Operational and Legal Management
With support from the General Counsel and Operations Manager, the VP of Finance and Operations will:
- Ensure timely filing of corporate, fundraising and foreign entity registrations, reports, and payments
- Oversee technology and telecommunication systems and record retention
- Maintain robust insurance coverage and strong risk management
- Oversee the legal function across the organization, including governance, contracts, and mitigation of liability
Strong candidates will bring deep financial, operational and analytical skills, experience working in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment, a desire to work in a collaborative and inclusive culture, and a passion for the FoodCorps mission.
Other desired qualifications include:
- Graduate degree in Business, Finance, Accounting, Nonprofit Management or equivalent, CPA preferred
- A minimum of five years of financial management and accounting experience in a nonprofit, preferably in a high-growth mezzanine stage organization, is required
- Clear and compelling communications and interpersonal skills, including the ability to translate financial information to a range of internal stakeholders
- Mature and proactive attitude, with experience serving as a true business partner to the chief executive, board and leadership of a complex, multi-stakeholder entity
- Demonstrated excellence leading and strengthening financial, operational, HR, and talent policies and procedures in a nonprofit setting, or transferrable experiences
- Proven record of success facilitating progressive organizational change
- A collaborative and flexible style, with a learning orientation and team approach, including excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills
- A hands-on management approach with an enthusiasm for coaching others
- Familiarity with schools or school-based organizations not required but a plus
Compensation and Benefits:
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.
FoodCorps has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Molly Brennan at https://koya.refineapp.com/jobPosting/apply/754
FoodCorps is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.
About Koya Leadership Partners:
Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained search and consulting firm that works exclusively with non-profits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.