Operations Manager

Job Description

Do you want to change the world by putting people and planet at the center of how countries plan their future development? We do. We are the Social Progress Imperative, a Washington, DC -based nonprofit that is providing actionable information to government, business and civil society on how to make sure that development means not just economic growth but better lives for millions of people. In April 2013 we launched the Social Progress Index, an assessment of the social and environmental performance of 50 countries designed by Professor Michael E. Porter of Harvard Business School. You can read all about in the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Forbes, Voice of America and The Guardian, or listen to Professor Porter talk about it on BBC Radio. We are now rolling the index out across the world, working with leaders and grassroots champions to identify the policies, programs and initiatives that will improve the lives of citizens. In 2014 we will present the second Social Progress Index, covering even more countries.We are a small team of six people, centered in Washington DC but with half the team currently working remotely. Following our successful launch, we are now looking to expand our capacity to meet the phenomenal response. With the generous support of our sponsors—Avina Foundation, Cisco, Compartamos, Deloitte and Skoll Foundation—we are looking for outstanding individuals to join our team.The Operations Manager will report to the Executive Director, ensuring that the organization runs efficiently, effectively and to the highest standards of financial and human resource management. This post is an opportunity for a dynamic individual to support our organization through an exciting period of growth, covering a wide range of responsibilities.Our ideal candidate will have an excellent understanding of the legal requirements of a nonprofit organization and an understanding of the particular challenges of working internationally, combined with an ability to work flexibly in a startup environment and get things done. The work will on occasion (once or twice a year) require unusually long hours for up to two or three days at a time, and will occasionally require work over the weekend.This position involves the line management of one part-time accountant.

Job Posting Date: June 23, 2013

Job Closing Date:  July 7, 2013

Job Responsibilities

  • Manage budget, ensuring compliance with legal requirements, including reporting and filing obligations related to the organization’s tax exempt status, and effective management of the organization’s financial resources.
  • Oversee the annual audit process, ensuring day-to-day adherence to the organization’s systems and procedures, and implementing audit recommendations.
  • Develop, oversee and amend all operating policies and procedures.
  • Manage the process of reporting to funders, ensuring timely and accurate submissions.
  • Develop and coordinate the process for establishing employee goals, reviewing performance, and evaluating compensation.
  • Develop, oversee and amend employee conditions of service.
  • Oversee all external contracts and vendor relations.
  • Develop and oversee the grant-making process to our network of partners around the world.
  • Oversee and amend our systems for record-keeping.

Job Qualifications

  • At least Bachelor level, preferably Masters, in nonprofit management, or closely related discipline.
  • At least three years experience of operations management in a nonprofit, including the establishment of systems of financial management and familiarity with accounting software.
  • High level of competence using Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Strong staff management experience.
  • Understanding of US regulatory environment for nonprofit organizations.
  • Entrepreneurial and adventurous spirit, respectful of and curious about other cultures.
  • Willingness to work in a startup environment in which roles, priorities and plans are still evolving.
  • Eligibility to work in the U.S.

The most competitive candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Professional qualifications in financial management.
  • Professional qualifications in human resource management or experience in human resource policy.
  • Experience working internationally, or in organizations that operate internationally.
  • Willingness to travel internationally.

Though not required for serious consideration of candidates, exceptional candidates will have the qualifications mentioned above as well as:

  • Experience of working in the areas of global development and social entrepreneurship.
  • Foreign language skills.

Other Information

Salary: Competitive nonprofit salary based on experience.Location: Negotiable. Washington, DC strongly preferred but serious consideration will be given to other locations for exceptional candidates.Anticipated start date: Negotiable

How To Apply

To apply, send a cover letter and resume as attachments or link, to recruiting@social-progress.org before midnight on Sunday 30th June. The interview and selection process will take place in Washington, DC during the week commencing 15th July. Social Progress Imperative will cover candidates’ reasonable travel expenses as needed.The Social Progress Imperative is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, marital status, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, personal appearance, family responsibilities, political affiliation, or enrollment in a college, university, technical school or adult education.