Justice (AFJ) is a national association of over
130 organizations, representing a broad array of groups committed
to progressive values and the creation of an equitable, just, and
free society. AFJ’s Bolder Advocacy program is the nation’s leading
resource for foundations and nonprofits who want to engage more
actively and knowledgeably in the policymaking process. Bolder
Advocacy’s legal experts help organizations move from cautious to
courageous across lobbying, election-related activity, ballot
measures, grantmaking, and other efforts necessary to change the
AFJ is headquartered in Washington, DC, with offices in Northern
and Southern California and Texas. For more information about
Bolder Advocacy, please visit www.bolderadvocacy.org.
Vice President of Operations and Chief of
The Alliance for Justice (501c3) and affiliate Alliance for
Justice Action Campaign (501c4) seeks a Vice President of
Operations and Chief of Staff. The VPO/CoS will report to the
President and be directly responsible for the organization’s
overall operations and administration. This includes
assisting the President with the day-to-day management of the
organization and creating robust, equitable systems and operations
that will facilitate the President’s vision.
Specifically, the VPO/CoS will be responsible for six major
areas: 1) Organizational Effectiveness and Strategy; 2) Human
Resources & DEI; 3) Finance, including systems and controls,
reporting, forecasts, and investments; 4) Operations, including
administration across our offices; 5) IT systems administration,
including through staff and outside service providers; and 6) Risk
Management and Compliance. The position will have three
direct reports: the Director of Administration, Director of
Finance, and Database Manager.
This position will report to the President and will be based in
Washington, DC, but will work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic
with an expectation of returning to the office in Spring 2022, with
flexible work arrangements encouraged.
Duties and Responsibilities
Manage Organizational Effectiveness and Strategy
- Serves as a key member of the Alliance’s Executive Management
Team and, with the President, sets the agenda for the
organization's senior leadership team, including planning
regular meetings and quarterly step-backs.
- Lead the organization’s annual goal-setting process and
ensure ongoing assessment and evaluation throughout the year.
- Promote a culture of high performance and continuous process
improvement, including developing, refining, and improving the
organization’s policies and procedures and ensuring smooth and
effective communications throughout the organization.
Human Resources & Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging
- Big Picture Oversight: Provide big picture oversight of the
management of the human resources program (including recruiting and
onboarding program, employee relations, policy and procedure
development and implementation, benefits administration) and in the
overall evaluation and improvement of HR practices.
- Provide leadership to develop and integrate equity, diversity,
inclusion and belonging goals in the full spectrum of HR practices
and in the organizational culture and climate.
- Labor Relations: Work closely with the President and Director
of Administration on collective bargaining and labor union
- Financial Strategy: Provide strategic financial oversight on
issues affecting the organization, including deployment of
resources and long-term planning to achieve our mission. This
includes making recommendations for investment levels and choices
consistent with our socially responsible investment
- Internal Controls: Ensure strong internal controls, financial
systems, and effective procedures in accordance with generally
accepted accounting principles and best practices of financial
- Financial Management & Accounting: Ensure a rigorous budget
process, timely reporting during the year and an efficient year-end
closing, annual audit, and tax return processes.
Operations and Facilities Management
- Provide oversight of administrative, procurement and
operational functions for all offices.
IT Infrastructure Oversight
- Ensure that IT infrastructure is aligned with organizational
and staffing needs, including through in-house staffing and working
closely with external IT managed services provider to strategize
and implement IT solutions.
- Authorize business technology decisions, purchasing and project
implementations. Ensure information security.
Compliance and Risk Management
- Identify areas of vulnerability and risk across the
organization, including evaluating and aligning organizational
policies, protocols, guidelines, and practices to be consistent
with compliance program.
- Working with Bolder Advocacy to ensure that AFJ and AFJAC
entities have sufficient and necessary separation, while benefiting
from sharing resources to advance their missions.
- Ensure organization is compliant with all laws relating to
hazard control and industrial health/safety – including with the
organization’s continuing response to COVID and future health
hazards, as well as physical security of staff/facilities, safety
risk assessments and injury prevention programs.
Education/Experience and Skills/Competencies:
(We welcome you to include any lived experience you are
comfortable sharing in your cover letter or an additional
To be successful in this position, you will excel in these
- Managing a high-performing team: You are highly
results-oriented, with a proven track record of managing a team to
achieve results and a demonstrated ability to set and
manage ambitious, yet achievable goals. You have an
ability to generate trust, respect, and commitment from staff and
- Detail and systems oriented:You have a track record of
developing systems and processes to manage work effectively.
You are comfortable digging into the specifics and have
a fine attention to detail and accuracy. You have the ability
to track a lot of moving parts and manage complex projects.
- Problem-solving: As the organization grows
rapidly, issues or roadblocks arise, from the mundane to the
complex, that need smart, strategic solutions. You are
able to develop and implement thoughtful approaches, including both
short-term, in-the-moment fixes and longer term, systemic
solutions, and to create systems that will help build a strong team
and increase efficiencies and overall effectiveness of the
- Financially competent: You have had
experience working with numbers, spreadsheets,
and managing a budget for a major program or organization.
You have the ability to translate programmatic goals and
strategies into budgets, track and analyze progress, and make smart
recommendations on financial decisions. You also understand
the importance of timely processing of income and expenses and how
a strong financial department is crucial to an organization’s
viability. You have managed other financial professionals.
- Values alignment: You are comfortable working in a
fast-paced environment and have the flexibility to adapt and switch
gears when opportunities or needs arise. You are a strong
owner of work and a self-starter who can deliver as an individual
performer, while also being a good team player. You are also
happy to work behind the scenes to make your colleagues’ work
- Cultural competency: You have experience working
in diverse teams and creating equitable and inclusive environments.
You are able to build strong, trusting relationships across a
diverse team, and to consider and adapt to perspectives beyond your
own to strengthen the results of the team.
- A. or equivalent education and experience; M.B.A. is
- Deep experience in managing and administering organizations.
This experience can be based in non-profits, for-profits,
campaigns, or government. Successful candidates may have their
deepest experience in any of the major functions of the position
but must demonstrate knowledge and familiarity across most of the
functions and must show overall aptitude and experience in
- Minimum of 8+ years leadership experience, in a supervisory
role, with a depth of experience in managing teams and the success
of people who report to you.
- Demonstrated ability to handle difficult situations/individuals
- Experience creating effective processes, systems, and
- Knowledge of employee and labor relations best practices and
- Knowledge of employment, wage and hour, FMLA, and EEO laws and
Compensation and Benefits
We are committed to creating and maintaining a diverse workforce
through equity initiatives, which includes equitable pay practices.
Competitive compensation is commensurate with experience. Starting
salary range for this position is $145,000-$200,000 annually.
We offer a comprehensive and generous benefits program,
We offer medical, dental, vision benefits, as well an employee
assistance program for physical and mental well-being.
Save for retirement with our 401K plan with employer matching.
Other insurances include life and disability.
We have a generous paid time off policy.
We provide a range of paid and unpaid family leave programs that
allow our employees to bond with and care for their children and
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is
regularly required to use a computer and communicate with others
while doing so. On occasions, travel by train and airplane. Ability
to work long hours when needed. All employees are required to
satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of
their positions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed
above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all
responsibilities, duties and skills required. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities
to perform the essential functions of the job.
Our employees share our commitment to increasing racial
diversity in our movement and organization, integrating justice and
equity into the work we do and ensuring an inclusive organizational
How to Apply
To apply, candidates should submit a resume and cover
letter describing their interest, skills and experience.
Please email your application with “Vice President of
Operations” in the subject
line to email@example.com (NO
PHONE CALLS PLEASE). Applications are being
accepted now and will be reviewed on a rolling
Alliance for Justice provides equal employment opportunities
to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits
discrimination and harassment of any type based on 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. This policy applies to all terms and
conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement,
promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of
absence, compensation, and training.
This description is intended to provide an overview of this
position and is not all-inclusive. The incumbent in this
position will be expected to perform other duties as
required. Responsibilities may change over time. This
description is provided for informational purposes only and does
not form the basis of a contract.