Flexible Location, USA | August 23, 2021
About Economic Security Project
We live in a time of historic economic uncertainty. The dramatic increase in unreliable work and the concentration of wealth in too few hands threatens to undermine the foundation of the modern social contract: the idea that if you work hard and play by the rules, you can get ahead in America. Low-income Americans are struggling to pay heating bills and make rent, and many in the middle class live on the financial brink as skyrocketing housing, childcare, and medical costs overwhelm stagnating incomes. Nearly 40 percent of Americans do not have enough savings on hand to cover a $400 emergency. Technological advancements threaten to accelerate these trends.
The Economic Security Project (ESP) challenges this status quo by catalyzing ideas that build economic power for all Americans. We serve as convener, strategist, and funder. We disburse grants, identify gaps, develop communications research to inform the movements, and coordinate events and convenings to encourage investment and action from others. We aim to support the emerging leaders in the economic justice field and ensure they have the networks, know-how, and resources to succeed.
We’ve identified two fights we think we can win: (1) a guaranteed income that would provide an income floor for all Americans and (2) anti-monopoly action to rein in the unprecedented concentration of corporate power. We pick our fights based on our analysis of where our team can add value, where there are gaps in the existing ecosystem, and where a little push could turn an idea from a trend into a substantive intervention that improves people’s lives.
Economic Security Project is a 501(c)(3) with a 501(c)(4) sister organization, Economic Security Project Action. ESP is a virtual office with staff across the country and open to candidates wherever they live. For more information on ESP, please read more here.
ESP is seeking a Director of Finance and Administration (Director) to join the organization during a time of pivotal strategic growth. Reporting into the Executive Director, the Director will play a key role in helping ESP realize its mission by providing strategic leadership in the areas of finance, operations, and legal, information technology (IT), and administration. The Director will lead the finance function and be responsible for building process, policy, and systems to lead ESP into the future.
The Director will have day-to-day responsibility for planning, implementing, and managing the financial activities, serve as a thought-leader on the senior team, and create policy related to finance across the organization. With an eye towards process improvements and performance enhancements, the Director will create streamlined systems for better efficiency. The Director will also be responsible for identifying opportunities and new strategies for effective IT transformation. In addition, they will be responsible for providing strategic oversite on internal IT systems and business processes to fit the needs of a growing organization.
The Director will be an inspiring leader who can work closely with peers, direct reports, board members, auditors, external vendors, and internal constituents to manage the financial, legal, and administrative needs of the organization. The position requires a strategic thinker with a big-picture mentality, intellectual curiosity and comfort navigating a complex and evolving C3 and C4 nonprofit organization. With a commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity, and access, the Director will embrace the importance of these initiatives throughout the organization.
The ideal candidate will have the following professional and personal qualities, skills, and characteristics.
- Contribute to the strategic direction of ESP along with the Executive Director and senior leadership team
- Serve as the expert on all things finance and administration with the ability to translate complex financial transactions across the organization
- Oversee budgets, systems, process, and policy and ensure new programs and initiatives comply with legal, financial, and regulatory protocol
- Apply a racial and social justice lens to finance and operations with an understanding on how to operationalize these values and embed them within the organization
- Ensures that all relevant information is compiled in financial statements, with accompanying disclosures, and presents this information to various internal and external stakeholders
- Manages and ensures compliance with local, state, and federal laws and regulations as relevant
- Directs long-term revenue and cost management to advance organizational strategy
- Ensures compliance with relevant internal policies and procedures as well as federal, state and local regulations applicable to all organizational activities on both the C3 and C4 side
- Provide oversite in the areas of grants, fiscal sponsorship, contracts, and other complex financial transactions
Passion for the Mission
- Strong commitment to ESP’s mission and values
- Comfortable working in a fast-paced, complex organization where diversity of thought is valued and appreciated
- Excitement to build with the ability to take a long-term, thoughtful approach to achieving organizational goals
- Ability to come from a place of yes and proactively problem solve and collaborate with a variety of different constituents
In addition, strong candidates will offer:
- Demonstrated leadership and relationship management experience
- A coaching orientation to effectively translate complex financial pieces to constituents across the organization
- Solutions-focused and results oriented with an ability to solve problems independently and in teams
- Technology literacy, including database management and financial reporting systems
- Experience overseeing finances for a nonprofit organization, with a strong preference of both C3 and C4 compliance
- Excellent business acumen with the ability to comprehend programmatic activities and convey complex financial technical information to people with varying levels of financial expertise
- Dedicated experience operationalizing equity and inclusion
- Strong leadership, with the ability to drive organizational change, collaborate, and build consensus internally and externally
- 10+ of experience in finance and administrative operations including best practices, budget management, and IT
Compensation & Benefits
While ESP is targeting a salary of $150,000 commensurate with the candidate’s skills and experiences, we are open to feedback from the market and would welcome the ability to connect with potential candidates who may be outside of the compensation band. ESP is committed to equity in pay practices.
Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Alicia Salerno here.
The Economic Security Project values a diverse and representative workplace, people who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and people of all gender identities are strongly encouraged to apply. ESP is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding, and enables each of us to realize our potential. Our work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.
About Koya Partners
Koya Partners, a part of Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.
For more information about Koya Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.