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30 Jul 2012

Full-Time Director of Finance and Operations – Groundswell

Jewish Jobs Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Job Description

We have an opening for our Director of Finance and Operations as well as a Program Associate for our DC Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program. Please see our website for more information and to apply.


Groundswell increases community investment in clean energy to create local economic opportunity. We organize neighborhood associations, faith institutions and community nonprofits to create group purchases of clean energy and efficiency upgrades. We ensure those investments expand local economic opportunity through business development, ensuring workers receive access to benefits and are paid family-supporting wages, and strengthening mission-driven institutions that serve their communities.


Groundswell’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, GOOD Magazine and FastCompany. In 2011, Groundswell was selected as a Clinton Global Initiative America commitment maker for our model to promote clean energy economic opportunity in communities across the U.S.


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Position Description


Groundswell seeks a Director of Finance & Operations that has an entrepreneurial spirit and is ready to take on significant management and leadership responsibility. The Director of Finance & Operations is responsible for overseeing the organization’s financial and operational functions and works closely with program and department directors to help identify and implement systems that improve the efficiency and quality of Groundswell’s impact. Additionally, the individual serves as a critical member of the Executive Management Team, working alongside the Executive Director and Managing Director to help develop the long-term strategy and structure of the organization. Reporting to the Managing Director, the Director of Finance & Operations supervises administrative and IT staff, and manages relationships with and takes primary responsibility for external financial and legal services vendors.








·         Financial Planning and Analysis


a)     Lead internal staff and management through annual budgeting

process, including preparing operating budget and financial projections.


b)    Develop and implement systems for financial planning and

analysis that provide key financial and operational information to the Executive Management and Board of Directors and make actionable recommendations on both strategy and financial operations.


c)     Analyze financial feasibility of new programs, major projects

and initiatives.


d)    Oversee and adapt financial models and systems to accurately

track and project financial returns across revenue-generating activities of the organization.


e)     Coordinate with executive management and fund development staff

to provide financial statements and projections needed for philanthropic and other capital investment.


·         Financial Management


a)     Manage and upgrade accounting systems, including implementing

appropriate internal controls for all major financial functions of the organization.


b)    Ensure the organization is equipped to manage funding from

diverse revenue sources, including earned income (fee-for-service), private philanthropy, individual donations, and public grants.


c)     Coordinate audit, 990, and other compliance related activities.


d)    Oversee the regular preparation and communication of financial statements.




·         General Administration


a)     Manage Operations Associate, focused on running administrative

systems of organization.


b)    Oversee procurement policies and systems and vendor contracts,

including office lease.


·         Legal


a)     Ensure day-to-day compliance of all program activities with

applicable laws and regulations including review of payments, contracts and sub-awards.


b)    Coordinate legal affairs relating to contracts, vendor

relationships and employee relations.


c)     Maintain all necessary business insurance and risk management policies.


d)    Manage relationship with external counsel to navigate legal affairs.


·         Human Resource Administration


a)     Develop and maintain HR systems, including hiring and

termination processes, semi-annual performance review process, and security and maintenance of HR records.


b)    Maintain up-to-date HR policies to ensure compliance with all

legal requirements.


c)     Oversee all payroll and benefits functions of the organization

(through vendors), including paycheck processing, benefit administration, COBRA, and time-off tracking.


·         Information Technology Management


a)     Oversee IT needs of organization, including cloud-based

productivity suite and CRM.


b)    Hire and manage Data/IT Director to develop and maintain IT

solutions for organization.


c)     Maintain systems for tracking organization impact and metrics.




Qualified Applicants


An ideal candidate will have the following qualifications, skills and





·         At least 3 years of experience directly related to financial

and operational management of businesses and/or not-for-profit organizations. Previous experience directing finance and operations for a start-up enterprise/organization is a plus.


·         Demonstrated experience in financial planning and analysis

with previous experience overseeing human resources, information technology, and legal/compliance.


·         Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required. MBA or other

business administration degree preferred.


·         Strong command of accounting, including strong demonstrated

skills in Excel and Quickbooks


·         Organized, self-managed, and able to handle many

responsibilities simultaneously.


·         Entrepreneurial spirit and experience working in a dynamic



·         Highly developed problem-solving and critical thinking skills.


·         Demonstrated passion and experience working on issues

related to community-based economic development and/or energy service-related initiatives.




Salary is commensurate with experience and competitive with senior leadership positions at early stage not-for-profits. Benefits include

403(b) retirement and matching, health, dental, and vision insurance, and 15 paid vacation days per year (starting).


Groundswell averages 14-16 paid company holidays (including all federal holidays and a week during winter holidays), adheres to a 37.5 hour work week with a compensatory time policy for over-time work, and, when job responsibilities allow, periodic flexibility in work schedule and location.

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Job Categories: Other. Job Types: Full-Time.


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