Director | Finance and Administration
The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) is a national, nonpartisan, anti-poverty organization advancing policy solutions that work for people with low incomes and people of color. We advocate for public policies and programs at the federal, state, and local levels that reduce poverty, improve the lives of people with low incomes, and advance racial and economic justice. Our solutions directly address the barriers individuals and families face because of race, ethnicity, low income, and immigration status.
For more than 50 years, we have kept our vision alive through trusted expertise on policy and strategy, knowledgeable and committed staff, partnerships with directly impacted people and grassroots leaders, and approaches to economic and racial justice that are bold, innovative, and inclusive.
Within our broad anti-poverty mission, CLASP’s staff of about 50 people is organized around five policy teams (Child Care and Early Education; Education, Labor & Worker Justice; Income and Work Supports; Immigration and Immigrant Families; and Youth Policy), supported by cross-cutting teams that specialize in Communications, Legislative Affairs, Development, and Finance and Administration. The Finance and Administration and Development teams work closely together with the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Executive Director (ED) to support the organization’s approximately $12 million annual budget.
This is a very exciting moment for CLASP and for the position of Director of Finance and Administration, which is being created for the first time within CLASP’s current structure. With strong fundraising and rising demand for CLASP’s work at this moment of urgency around economic and racial justice, the scale of CLASP’s work is growing. This growth includes both staff and partnership/ subgrant relationships. The Director of Finance and Administration position has just been approved by the Board as a result of this growth. Previously, the finance and administration functions have been directly supervised by the COO, who also has responsibility for organizational culture, development, and serving as the number two leader in the organization. As CLASP has grown, this workload on one person has become untenable.
This is also an exciting moment for the selected candidate because it will offer the opportunity to shape this work as part of a new leadership team. CLASP is currently engaged in a leadership transition, with its ED of almost nine years stepping down this spring after having accomplished her goals for the organization, creating a moment of change when a new ED (to be announced shortly) steps in. The current COO anticipates stepping down this fall, also after a planned transition. The selected candidate for Director will have the opportunity to on-board with the incumbent COO and then shape the next steps with the incoming team.
CLASP Values for Racial Equity
We understand that inclusion is only the first step toward fostering sustainable racial equity, in our society and within our organizational culture. At CLASP, we value the importance of including multiple perspectives in how we shape our organizational culture and engage in our policy and advocacy efforts. And we know that to move beyond inclusion and to achieve true racial equity, we must be intentional in centering and prioritizing the voices, perspectives, and lived experiences of people of color.
About the Position
CLASP seeks an experienced leader to join our organization as Director of Finance and Administration. The Director will lead CLASP’s financial, human resources, operations, and information technology efforts with the goal of supporting the organization’s growth and strategic plan. As noted, this is a new position created as a result of CLASP’s steady growth, which has required a senior leader to take responsibility for the full range of financial and administrative policies and practices, reporting directly to the Chief Operating Officer and working closely with the Executive Director.
The Director serves as a member of CLASP’s Leadership Team and is responsible for leading CLASP’s Finance and Administration team and will directly supervise a staff of four.
A qualified candidate must have
- Demonstrated commitment to improving the circumstances of people with low incomes and from historically marginalized communities, as well as immigrants and communities of color.
- Effective implementation skills and comfort working in the environment of a mid-sized and growing nonprofit, where everyone takes on multiple roles and responsibilities, including strategy and hands-on implementation.
- At least a master’s degree in finance, accounting, or business administration (ideally with CPA or related certification).
- Bachelor’s degree with at least 10 years of progressive relevant experience and demonstrated capacity to lead; ideally 7+ leading within the broad operations, administration, and finance field and 5+ years of broad financial and operations management experience at nonprofit organizations with budgets over $5 million.
- Strong attention to detail, accuracy, and the capacity to work back and forth between detail and the big picture, see both the forest and the trees, particularly in the finance context.
- Strong capacity to set priorities, handle multiple deadlines and respond to multiple customers/audiences.
- Ability to work collaboratively and collegially in a team environment, including supporting multiple work teams that require administrative support.
- Technological savvy with examples of having worked with IT consultant/staff.
- Demonstrated capacity to manage and mentor staff (both junior and senior) and develop systems.
- Candidate must be based in Washington, D.C. area or willing to relocate.
Essential Duties Include:
- Provide leadership and oversight to all financial systems and internal controls.
- Participate in annual planning and budget process in alignment with CLASP’s strategic plan.
- Oversee and take final responsibility for the quality and content of all financial data, reporting, and audit and federal tax return coordination in conjunction with an outside accounting consultant for the organization.
- Translate financial concepts to other management members and effectively collaborate with program colleagues who may not have finance backgrounds.
- Oversee organizational and departmental budgeting, financial forecasting, cash flow, coordination of audit activities, IRS 990, and accounts payable and receivable.
- Assist the development and policy team staff in preparing budgets for new programs, proposals, grant reporting, and contracts in conjunction with Sr. Finance Manager.
- Ensure compliance with federal, state, and local legal requirements, ensuring timely filing of all financial and other reporting.
- Oversee banking and investments, financial statements, and review.
- Manage relationships with outside accounting and auditing firms.
- Review all contracts and negotiate contracts as needed.
- Collaborate with the Director of Development to ensure that contributions and grants are accurately coded and reported.
- Support the Board Finance/Audit Committee and potentially act as Treasurer including organizing appropriate financial updates and budget review.
- Provide overall leadership for organizational hiring and retention strategy.
- Ensure that compensation and benefits are aligned with peer organizations and with CLASP’s values.
- Collaborate with human resources to recruit and retain talent who meet organizational needs and advance CLASP’s commitment to Racial Equity.
- Ensure CLASP has excellent standard operating policies that reflect the organization’s culture, including operational and financial policies that are accurately documented, routinely updated to reflect best practices, and implemented throughout the organization.
- Oversee processes to maintain all business licenses, insurance and corporate reporting, and organizational files.
- Manage relationships with information technology consultant and other general office personnel to ensure smooth operation.
- Manage payroll through the Paylocity system, which includes ensuring accurate and timely timesheet and expense reporting.
- Oversee benefits (in collaboration with the Administrative Manager) including selection, enrollment, and tracking.
- Work with administrative staff and CLASP’s external IT contractor to meet the organization’s IT needs. Oversee all processes relating to the maintenance of current systems and the implementation of new technology.
- Ensure that CLASP’s internal IT policies and procedures lead to an effective, efficient, and secure IT experience for staff and meet CLASP’s operational needs.
- Manage the IT needs associated with the transition from an all-remote work environment to a still-to-be-determined situation that may include various hybrid options.
- Ensure that all routine office operations, including management of CLASP’s office space, are running smoothly to support the needs of the organization.
- Manage the relationship with the organization’s landlord and lead any efforts related to real estate.
- Manage the operational needs associated with the transition from an all-remote work environment to a still-to-be-determined situation that may include various hybrid options.
We have a mandatory vaccine policy as a condition of employment (applicable accommodations apply).
Salary Range: $120,000 – 145,000
Salary is commensurate with experience. CLASP offers exceptional benefits, including several employer-paid health insurance options, dental insurance, life and long-term disability insurance, long-term care insurance, a 403(b)-retirement program, flexible spending accounts, and generous vacation, paid sick leave, paid family and medical leave, and holiday schedules.
Please apply here at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “CLASP Director of Finance and Administration”. Include a cover letter with your submission. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.
CLASP is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.