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.

Responsibilities

  • 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.

Requirements

  • 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.

Preferred

  • 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

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  1. This webinar is free for any DSA member in good standing.
  2. You need a computer with good internet access.
  3. Your computer must have headphones (preferred) or speakers; you can speak thru a mic or use chat to "speak".
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· 30 rsvps

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  1. This webinar is free for any DSA member in good standing.
  2. You need a computer with good internet access.
  3. Your computer must have headphones (preferred) or speakers; you can speak thru a mic or use chat to "speak".
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