Finance & Operations Director

Finance & Operations Director

Hip Hop Caucus

Washington, DC   |   December 11, 2020

About Hip Hop Caucus

Hip Hop Caucus’ (HHC) movement began in 2004, and it is a non-profit that leverages Hip Hop culture to encourage young people to participate in the democratic process and operates a non-partisan 501(c)3 organization and a 501(c)4 organization. Through a collaborative leadership network, HHC addresses core issues affecting underserved communities. HHC programs and campaigns support solution-driven community organizing led by today’s young leaders.

Our mission is to use the power of our cultural expression to empower communities who are first and worst impacted by injustice. Our members, as well as our dedicated national team, span the country and globe. We are multiracial and we center our work in communities of color. We span Gen Z, Millennials, and Gen X, and we come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Our vision is for racial justice, healthy communities, and a healthy planet. We focus on addressing core issues impacting underserved and vulnerable communities, with programs and campaigns that support solution-driven community organizing led by today’s young leaders. Through a collaborative network, we hold elected officials accountable, shape policy, and build more diverse and powerful movements to ignite positive change.

What We Do

Cultural Organizing

We organize 14 – 40-year-olds, who identify with Hip Hop Culture, and share values of justice and equity. We connect the Hip Hop community to the political process to build power and create change.

Cultivate Leaders

We create platforms for cultural and grassroots leaders to use their voices, creative talents, and networks to educate, energize, and mobilize people and communities.

Engage Large Audiences

Through partnerships with artists, creatives, celebrities, and media we create content and share it through cultural channels reaching millions of people and inspiring action. It’s not only large audiences that we engage, we are intentional about engaging our communities on the frontlines of injustice.

Foster and Promote Thought Leadership

We source solutions for local to global challenges from our communities, and advocate for them to decision makers and influencers. We partner with a broad range of organizations, and we have a respected presence in the halls of the U.S. Congress, Federal Agencies, State Legislatures, and the United Nations.

Our Focus Areas

Strengthening Democracy

We register, educate, and mobilize voters through our non-partisan “Respect My Vote!” campaign. We fight against attacks on voting rights and advocate for election system reforms that make voting easier. We empower returning citizens who can vote and advocate for full enfranchisement in all 50 states. Visit

Climate Change and Environmental Justice

We advocate for climate action that will stop and reverse the impacts of the climate crisis that are happening now from the perspective of BIPOC communities for which pollution and climate impacts are life and death issues. Think 100% is our climate justice communications and activism platform. Visit

Civil and Human Rights

From police violence and criminal justice reform, to quality public education, healthcare, immigration, Indigenous rights, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, and racial justice, we lead and act as allies on the most critical civil and human rights issues of today.

Economic Justice

We advocate for an economy that works for everyone. We promote divest-invest strategies pulling money out from industries that harm our communities and investing in economically, socially, and environmentally empowering solutions. We stand with activists demanding good jobs, access to capital for communities locked out of industries, and fair housing.

For more information on Hip Hop Caucus, please visit

The Opportunity

Hip Hop Caucus is seeking a Finance & Operations Director to join the team during this exciting time of growth. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Finance & Operations Director plays a key role in helping Hip Hop Caucus achieve its mission by providing strategic financial and operational leadership and by setting up systems for growth across a range of internal teams and functions.

The Finance & Operations Director will be a passionate, innovative, and self-directed professional who will be a key contributor to the financial and operational success of the Hip Hop Caucus. This leader plans, manages, and communicates all aspects of financial operations, budget preparation, financial reporting, contract management, payroll, HR, risk management, and internal communication systems and platforms for the Hip Hop Caucus. The Director will not only have functional expertise in finance and operations, but also have an understanding of the organization’s strategy and vision and how to translate that vision into internal processes.

Key areas of focus and responsibilities include:

Financial Management:

  • Leads the day-to-day management of finances including receivables, payables, payroll, and contracts
  • Maintains internal financial controls, policies, and procedures adequate to safeguard the HHC’s assets
  • Ensures timely and accurate budget modeling, analysis, and financial reporting
  • Sets a high bar for fiscal responsibility and controls; stays on top of trends and models best practices in financial management, risk management, and compliance
  • Directs the preparation, approval, and management of the annual budget
  • Ensures compliance with relevant financial regulations along with audit, legal, contract, and donor requirements
  • Monitors the allocation of resources and controlling of expenditures


  • Reviews operations and makes recommendations for policy, system, and process improvements that support organizational needs and growth plans
  • Serves as primary liaison with external counsel regarding employment law, contracts, regulatory compliance, and other legal needs
  • Develops and implements enterprise risk management programs and inspires risk-aware thinking to enable Hip Hop Caucus to run effectively, operate efficiently, and manage risk thoughtfully; mitigates operational risks by maintaining internal controls, reviewing insurance coverages, and ensuring compliance with relevant internal policies as well as federal, state, and local regulations
  • Provides ultimate oversight over all procurement, contracts, and contracting processes
  • Has working knowledge of HR and oversees external HR vendor relationship
  • Oversees and maintains internal communication systems and platforms, optimizing internal systems to ensure the team has the tools they need for communication and project management
Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate possesses the following professional and personal qualities, skills, and characteristics:

  • Strong experience working across multiple functional areas such as Finance, HR, IT, and Operations
  • Proven experience overseeing finances and budgeting for a nonprofit organization
  • Critical thinker with experience identifying and implementing new systems, platforms, and processes that result in greater efficiency and innovation
  • Excellent business acumen with the ability to comprehend programmatic activities and convey complex financial and technical information to people with varying levels of financial expertise
  • Strong written and oral communication with excellent presentation and organizational skills
  • High standards of performance, eager to pursue ambitious goals, and works hard and smart to achieve them
  • Exceptional customer service orientation and able to foster a resourceful, proactive, and results-oriented culture within and across teams
  • Fully embraces the mission of Hip Hop Caucus and understands the full potential and power of its impact in communities
  • Unquestioned integrity, ethics, and values, and can be trusted without reservation
Compensation & Benefits

This position is based ideally in LA or DC. Location may be flexible for exceptional candidates.

The annual salary range for this role is between $90,000-$110,000 based on experience and location, commensurate with qualifications and experience. Hip Hop Caucus also offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package.


Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Molly Brennan and Amber Brown are leading this search. Make recommendations or express your interest in this role here. All nominations, inquiries, and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.


Hip Hop Caucus is an equal opportunity employer. HHC prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, genetic characteristics, disability, status as a special disabled veteran or veteran, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual identity or any other basis prohibited by law.

About Koya Partners

Koya Partners, a part of the 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.

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