Director of Finance & Operations | Finance and Administration

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Salary range:  $120,000 – $145,000

About the Organization

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) is a pioneering, nonpartisan, anti-poverty organization, which works towards policy solutions for individuals of low income and people of color. With more than five decades of service, CLASP’s comprehensive mission is divided among five policy teams, each offering a specialized focus. The organization’s annual budget of approximately $12 million is overseen by the Finance and Administration and Development teams, in partnership with the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Executive Director (ED).

Due to a surge in demand and robust fundraising, CLASP is currently experiencing growth, prompting the creation of the new role, Director of Finance and Administration. Until now, these functions were supervised by the COO, but expansion has necessitated the distribution of responsibilities.

About the Position:

CLASP seeks an experienced leader to join our organization as Director of Finance and Operations. 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. 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 three, reporting directly to the Chief Operating Officer and working closely with the Executive Director.

CLASP Values for Racial Equity

We understand that inclusion is the first step toward fostering sustainable racial equity in our society and organizational culture. At CLASP, we value the importance of including multiple perspectives in shaping our organizational culture and engaging in our policy and advocacy efforts. However, we also know that to move beyond inclusion and achieve true racial equity, we must intentionally center and prioritize the voices, perspectives, and lived experiences of people of color. Historically white-founded and led policy and advocacy organizations must commit to full and immersive racial equity to achieve true and sustainable change in our country.

Essential Duties Include:

  • Financial Administration:
    • Lead and oversee all financial systems, internal controls, and compliance with legal requirements such as Tallie, and Sage Intaact
    • Coordinate the annual planning, budget process, financial forecasting, and cash flow management.
    • Manage relationships with external accounting and auditing firms.
    • Review and negotiate contracts as needed.
    • Support budgeting for new programs, proposals, and grant reporting, in conjunction with Sr. Finance Manager.
    • Ensure accurate coding and reporting of contributions and grants, in collaboration with the Director of Development.
    • Provide financial updates and budget reviews to the Board Finance/Audit Committee
  • Administration:
    • Establish and maintain operational and financial policies, ensuring alignment with CLASP’s culture and best practices.
    • Oversee business licenses, insurance, corporate reporting, and organizational file maintenance.
    • Manage relationships with IT consultants and general office personnel for efficient operations.
    • Oversee payroll and benefits administration in collaboration with the Administrative Manager.
  • Information Technology:
    • Collaborate with administrative staff and IT contractors to address organizational IT needs and implement new technologies.
    • Maintain effective, efficient, and secure IT policies and procedures.
    • Manage IT needs during the transition to potentially hybrid work options.
  • Operations:
    • Ensure smooth office operations and effective management of CLASP’s office space.
    • Handle relations with the organization’s landlord and oversee any real estate related efforts.


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
  • 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.


Salary range:  $120,000 – $145,000

CLASP offers exceptional benefits, including several health insurance options (most that currently require no employee-paid premiums). In addition, we provide the following benefits that currently require no employee-paid premiums: dental and vision insurance, life insurance, short- and long-term disability insurance, and long-term care insurance. Additionally, we offer a 403(b)-retirement program with employer contributions, flexible spending accounts, and a no-cost gym onsite at our D.C. office. Finally, we provide generous vacation (4 weeks in the first year), paid sick leave (3 weeks annually), two personal days a year, paid family and medical leave, and holiday schedules.

Application Process:

Please send a cover letter explaining your interest in CLASP’s mission and why you are the best candidate for this position, along with your resume.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. You must send all requested materials and follow the outline above to be considered. 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.