Operations Director Posting

The deadline to apply for this job is rolling. We will begin interviews immediately.

Please apply or forward to folks you know with proven experience in operations including finance, human resources, regulatory oversight and project management, and an interest in building the movement for democratic socialism and against the barbarism of the Trump agenda.

Job Announcement

Title: Operations Director
Location: New York City

Schedule: part time

Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), the largest socialist organization in the United States, is seeking an Operations Director to manage operations, budgets and other projects so we maximize our ability to grow the democratic socialist movement, strengthen DSA at the grassroots, and apply strategic pressure on decision-makers in the struggles ahead.

DSA has more than doubled in size since the 2016 election and more than 50 people are working to form chapters in new locations. Our existing 95 local groups are absorbing in some cases hundreds of new members. We need to support all our grassroots groups, the organizing of our at-large members not near organized chapters, and our newly expanded staff and budget.

DSA is a member-run organization funded primarily by small dollar member donations. Our local chapters carry out educational and organizing campaigns to build poor and working class power in their communities and on college and high school campuses.

This part-time position is based in DSA’s small national office in New York City (lower Manhattan). The position reports to the National Director of DSA.


  • Regularly evaluate the efficiency of procedures according to organizational objectives and apply improvements.

  • Lead annual budgeting and planning process with National Director and Budget and Finance Committee.

  • Review monthly and quarterly assessments and forecasts of organizational financial performance against financial and operational goals, and adjust budgets.

  • Monitor bank accounts, staff time and expense reports for budgeting and intercompany reconciliation.

  • Administering payroll, employee benefits and organizational insurance.

  • Revise and/or formulate HR, IT, financial, and other policies and promote their implementation.

  • Manage relationships/agreements with external partners/vendors.

  • Monitor deadlines and ensure that the organizations run with legality and conformity to established regulations.

  • Serve as primary liaison to legal counsel in addressing legal issues e.g. copyright, antitrust, governing instruments, partnerships, licensing, election law, etc.

  • Perform other duties which may arise based on the needs of the organization.


  • Bachelor's degree in business or non-profit administration, finance, management, or economics.

  • Minimum 3 years of experience as director of operations, in department management or in fiscal management, covering budgets of at minimum half a million dollars.

  • Bookkeeping experience.

  • Knowledge of non-profit compliance laws and guidelines.

  • Exceptional listening and general communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Strong delegation skills.

  • Strong administrative skills and ability to multi-task.

  • Proven ability to efficiently manage a project, use limited resources effectively, and work with a team.

  • Excellent computer skills: advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Word and Excel.

  • Commitment to feminist, anti-racist, and anti-heterosexist principles and action.

  • Available to start immediately or within two weeks.


  • A master's degree in business administration or finance.

  • Credentials as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

  • Familiarity with Google Drive/ Google Suite.

  • Familiarity with CRM/CMS platforms helpful.

  • Creativity.

  • Sense of humor.

  • Identify as a socialist and be grounded in democratic socialist politics; general agreement with the positions and perspectives of YDS and DSA.


Work Schedule: Part-time

Wages: $38 - 45 per hour, depending on experience

Application Deadline: Apply as soon as possible, as interviews begin immediately. DSA is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply: Email the following documents to jobwithdsa@gmail.com WITH THE SUBJECT LINE: OPERATIONS DIRECTOR.

  • resume

  • cover letter with statement of your qualifications and operations, finance and HR experience

  • 3 references with direct supervisory knowledge of relevant work

DSA Queer Socialists Conference Call

April 24, 2017
· 46 rsvps

DSA is in the process of forming a Queer Socialists Working Group. This call will cover a discussion of possible activities for the group, its proposed structure, assigning tasks, and reports on the revision of DSA's LGBT statement and on possible political education activities. 9 pm ET/8 pm CT/7 pm MT/6 pm PT.


Introduction to Socialist Feminism Call

April 30, 2017
· 55 rsvps

Join Philadelphia DSA veteran activist Michele Rossi to explore “socialist feminism.” How does it differ from other forms of feminism? How and when did it develop? What does it mean for our activism? 4-5:30pm ET, 3-4:30pm CT, 2-3:30pm MT, 1-2:30pm PT.

DSA Webinar: Talking About Socialism

May 02, 2017
· 11 rsvps

Practice talking about socialism in plain language. Create your own short rap. Prepare for those conversations about socialism that happen when you table in public.

Join us for our latest organizing training for democratic socialist activists: DSA’s (Virtual) Little Red Schoolhouse.

This training is at 9:00pm Eastern, 8:00pm Central, 7:00pm Mountain, 6:00pm Pacific, 5:00pm Alaska, and 3:00pm Hawaii Time. Please RSVP.


Steve Max, DSA Vice Chair and one of the founders of the legendary community organizing school, The Midwest Academy

In Talking About Socialism you will learn to:

  • Have a quick response ready to go next time someone asks you about democratic socialism.
  • Create your own elevator pitch about democratic socialism and DSA.
  • Use your personal experience and story to explain democratic socialism.
  • Think through the most important ideas you want to convey about democratic socialism.
  • Have a concise explanation of what DSA does, for your next DSA table, event or coalition meeting.

Training Details

  • This workshop is for those who have already had an introduction to democratic socialism, whether from DSA's webinar or from other sources.
  • If you have a computer with microphone, speakers and good internet access, you can join via internet for free.
  • If you have questions, contact Theresa Alt <talt@igc.org> 607-280-7649.
  • If you have very technical questions, contact Tony Schmitt <schmittaj@gmail.com> 608-335-6568.
  • Participation requires that you register at least 45 hours in advance, by midnight Sunday.


DSA New Member Orientation Call

May 06, 2017
· 52 rsvps

You've joined DSA - Great. Now register for this New Member Orientation call and find out more about our politics and our vision.  And, most importantly, how you can become involved.  2 pm ET; 1 pm CT; 12 pm MT; 11 am PT.  

Film Discussion: The Free State of Jones

June 11, 2017
· 18 rsvps

Join Victoria Bynum, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History, Texas State University, San Marcos, to discuss The Free State of Jones. STX Entertainment bought the film rights to Bynum's book of the same title. She also served as a consultant and appears in a cameo scene. What was the Free State of Jones? During the Civil War, an armed band of deserters led by Newt Knight, a non-slaveholding white farmer, took to the swamps of southeastern Mississippi and battled against the Confederacy in an uprising popularly known as “The Free State of Jones.” Joining Newt in this rebellion was Rachel, a slave. From their relationship, there developed a controversial mixed-race community that endured long after the Civil War had ended. View the film here for $6 before the discussion. 8 ET/7 CT/6 MT/5 PT.