Finance and Operations Director

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The Sentencing Project

Washington, DC


Organizational Overview

The Sentencing Project promotes effective and humane responses to crime that minimize

incarceration and criminalization of youth and adults by promoting racial/ethnic, economic, and

gender justice. Information about The Sentencing Project is available at


The Director of Finance and Operations is responsible for overseeing the financial and

administrative operations of the organization including budget management, financial reporting, monitoring cash flow, developing and maintaining best practices and internal controls for company finances and operations, human resources functions, and computer and technical systems management.


The Director of Finance and Operations reports to the Executive Director.

Specific responsibilities include:

● In collaboration with Executive Director, oversee financial operations including

execution of financial strategies and processes including annual operating budget, annual

audits, and 990 tax preparation.

● Serve on the Senior Leadership Team guiding management and oversight for office

operations, policy development and implementation.

● Coordinate financial functions, including banking, investments and investment strategies,

and preparation of monthly financial reports in accordance with General Accepted

Accounting Principles (GAAP).

● Manage contract commitments and expenditures to ensure consistency with budgeting.

● Manage and maintain employee policies and procedures handbook.

● Oversee payroll and employee benefits, including accrued vacation, health plan,

insurance, retirement funding, health savings account, transportation benefits, and other

benefits as appropriate.

● Oversee employee recruitment and onboarding with TSP staff and contractors as


● Provide support to the Executive Director for overall operations.

● Provide support to the organization’s Board of Directors, including support to the

Finance Committee and Board Treasurer, as well as support for full board and committee


● Manage the organization’s accounting procedures.

● Oversee management and maintenance of office space, equipment, computer technology,

inventory and supplies.

● Ensure TSP compliance with all required agencies and groups.

● Manage search for new office space.

● Supervise finance and operations staff, including full-time, part-time and contract staff.


Essential skills and experience include the following:

● Management experience supervising staff, managing budgets, and effectively handling

multiple priorities and projects

● A minimum of five years relevant experience

● Excellent communication skills, both internal to the organization and with external

partners, in writing and verbally

● Proven ability to build and nurture a diverse, respectful, and positive working

environment and to coach supervisees, as well as peers

● Demonstrated ability to work independently, keep organized in a fast-paced environment,

manage simultaneous tasks, and adjust strategy to changing demands

● Strong understanding of accounting and office operations and procedures, including

human resources, payroll, bookkeeping, contract management, and compliance with

federal, state, and local regulations and laws related to nonprofit corporations

● Demonstrated ability to work with financial management, budgeting, and administrative

systems, annual audits, Form 990 processes, and other nonprofit financial processes and


● Demonstrated ability to work well with a diverse Board of Directors

● Attention to detail

● Ability to meet deadlines and to work independently and as part of a team

● Relevant advanced credentials, including an MBA, CPA or commensurate experience

● Center principles of equity, inclusion, and belonging in all work, embedding the values in

program development and organizational practices and processes

● Demonstrated commitment to diversity within the office and using a personal approach

that values all individuals and respects differences regarding race, ethnicity, age, gender

identity, and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and socio-economic


● Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and




Salary range: $125-135k per year. The Sentencing Project’s generous benefits package includes

four weeks paid vacation; accrued sick leave; 14 paid holidays; office closure December 26-

December 31; health, dental, life and disability insurance; a matching contribution to 403(b)

retirement plan after 4 months of employment; Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phone

allowance; transportation benefits; and annual professional development stipend.


Job Location

This is a full-time, non-remote position based in Washington, DC. A hybrid work arrangement

may be considered.


Application Procedure:  Candidates who are qualified by experience, skill, and personal motivation are invited to apply by submitting a cover letter that addresses the issue and your interest and experience with it, your resume, and list of three references (including contact information) to:


References are not contacted without your permission. Please let us know where you saw the job post!


The Sentencing Project is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer strongly committed to cultural diversity and recruits without regard to gender, race, ethnicity, color, age, religion, sexual orientation, disabilities, or prior convictions.

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