Director of Operations via Idealist

Environmental Justice Coalition for Water

Sacramento, CA, United States 🇺🇸

Description

The best stuff first…

The Environmental Justice Coalition for Water (EJCW) is a non-profit organization that supports a grassroots coalition and body of programmatic work advancing environmental justice in water policy and management. We work in a “community-to-capital-to-community” framework that is fast-paced and strategic. We rely on humor, empathy, and candor to support one another, and we are professionally insistent in advocating for and with our community partners. Would you like to be stretched, challenged, and inspired by your work on a daily basis? If yes, keep reading.

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Director of Operations

The ideal candidate will be an experienced non-profit operations professional with a commitment to administering high quality programs that support all water-disadvantaged communities, most of which are historically underrepresented populations.

The Director of Operations is responsible for managing and continually improving the operation of administrative, programmatic, and other organizational systems, as well as developing new systems in support of EJCW’s dynamic programs, advocacy, and broad variety of staff and coalition activities.

The Director of Operations will work under the supervision of the Executive Director and in close partnership with and in support of EJCW staff, board members, member organizations, and project partners. The Director of Operations will also report to the board of directors.

The Director of Operations will participate as part of EJCW’s management team that coordinates EJCW’s programs and projects to ensure that they are in line with the stated goals of EJCW and provide quality control for EJCW’s programs and projects by managing budgets, staff, programmatic activities, and work products.

Major job responsibilities:

  • Grant and contract management, including reporting, invoicing, and some contract negotiation
  • Executive assistance, including acting as first point of contact for most external inquiries, i.e., press, vendor, partner, public official, etc., managing staff and organization calendars
  • Support finance team, consisting of board treasurer, bookkeeper, executive director, and operations director, with accounting, banking, budget management and reporting, i.e., tax, corporate, legal, court, lobbying, and insurance filings, accounts receivables, etc., including for fiscally sponsored projects
  • Office management, including managing multiple office leases and relationship with associated landlords, subleases and sublessees, service providers, vendors, etc.
  • Manage administrative support systems, including technology (hardware, software, and cloud computing), paper and electronic filing system, company intranet, etc.
  • Support board of directors and other governance-related groups, mostly logistical, i.e., circulate calendar invitations, record and circulate notes, format agenda and collect and upload documents to Board web-based platform, etc.
  • Develop new systems, such as third-party vendor online project and grant management, staff and member intranet, etc.
  • Assist with human resource needs, including processing and filing new hire paperwork
  • Event support, i.e., support planning and execution of trainings, member gatherings, committee meetings, film screenings, fundraising events, board meetings, travel arrangements, travel and expense reimbursement requests, etc.
  • Advise Executive Director on operations, program and grant administration, etc., as well as exercise good, independent judgment
  • Other duties as necessary, as is typical of a small non-profit

Qualifications:

  • Commitment to the organization’s mission, purpose, and values
  • A bachelor’s degree required; masters or advanced degree preferred
  • At least 3-5 years of office and/or project or program management
  • Knowledge of or demonstrated ability to learn to use computer technology, i.e., Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, Google Apps for Nonprofits, WordPress, and a host of online third-party platforms, (e.g., Asana, Gotomeeting, Uberconference, etc.)
  • Strong organizational, analytical, and written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to work independently and manage time and workload to meet multiple deadlines
  • Proven track record of supporting successful programs
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedures
  • Ability to effectively present business information and respond to questions from funders, peers, client communities, partners, contractors, and, at times, the general public
  • Ability to co-create and manage program and project budgets
  • Understanding of and ability to articulate and abide by social and environmental justice principles
  • Comfort and experience working with community-based organizations, low-income,  recent immigrant groups, indigenous peoples, and people of color, in general
  • Willingness and ability to travel around State and work flexible hours, including evenings, weekends, and overnight travel, as required from time-to-time
  • Knowledge of water and/or other natural resource issues a plus
  • Bilingual, English-Spanish speaker a plus

More standard stuff…

Work Environment:

  • Physical demands include: sitting, walking, and listening for up to 6-8 hours per day; computer keyboarding an average of 7 hours per day; ability to lift up to 25 lbs.
  • Must provide own car, car insurance, and phone; own laptop computer, a plus.
  • Work environment and travel demands include: travel to other regions both within and, on occasion, outside of California. This position is based in Sacramento, CA.

Compensation: This position pays the salary rate equivalent of between $60,000 to $65,000 per year, commensurate with experience, plus a $400 per month benefits stipend (pro-rated for percentage time employed at or above 50%), until such time that EJCW adopts an employee benefits program. Employees may contribute to a non-ERISA 403(b) plan. EJCW provides generous paid vacation, sick, and holiday leave (also pro rated for percentage time at or above 50%).

Benefits

Compensation: This position pays the salary rate equivalent of between $60,000 to $65,000 per year, commensurate with experience, plus a $400 per month benefits stipend (pro-rated for percentage time employed at or above 50%), until such time that EJCW adopts an employee benefits program. Employees may contribute to a non-ERISA 403(b) plan. EJCW provides generous paid vacation, sick, and holiday leave (also pro rated for percentage time at or above 50%).

Level of Language Proficiency

A bachelor’s degree required; masters or advanced degree preferred.

Bilingual, English-Spanish speaker a plus.


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