Chief Operating Officer
New York City
The Fines & Fees Justice Center (FFJC) is a national center for advocacy, policy, information, and collaboration on effective solutions to the unjust and harmful imposition and enforcement of fines and fees in the criminal legal system. FFJC’s mission is to end abusive collection practices, eliminate fees in the criminal legal justice system, and make fines proportional to the offense and the individual. FFJC works with impacted communities, advocates, and justice system stakeholders to create an equitably-funded justice system that treats individuals fairly and ensures public safety.
The Chief Operating Officer (COO) will be charged with leading internal operations and overseeing core functions across the organization. In coordination with the Co-Directors, the COO will be responsible for implementing FFJC’s strategic vision by translating it into a sound operational plan. FFJC is a fiscally-sponsored project of New Venture Fund (NVF), and the COO will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of FFJC’s relationship with NVF. In partnership with NVF, the COO will lead the financial management of FFJC, from tracking the organization’s revenue and spend to projecting assets and financial needs. The COO will report to the Co-Directors and will supervise FFJC’s Operations and Grants Manager.
Leadership and Strategic Planning
- Serve as the senior leader of FFJC’s operations including its relationship with FFJC’s fiscal sponsor, New Venture Fund (NVF)
- Lead annual strategic planning process for FFJC including establishing goals and operational plans for our National and State teams
- Develop a framework for measuring the impact of the organization’s work
Financial Strategy and Operations
- Support successful financial management
- Collaborate with NVF to support FFJC’s human resources, including payroll and benefits
- Collaborate with Co-Directors on annual budgeting/forecasting including budgeting related to grants
- Review and manage spend against budget including cash management and funder reporting
Fundraising Strategy and Support
- Assist Co-Directors to develop plan for fundraising including a strategy to diversify funder base while systematizing process for potential funder communication and follow-up
- Manage process for developing proposals, budgets, and reporting for grants
Information Technology/Internal Operations Process
- Develop a plan and manage internal team and external consultants to ensure FFJC’s technology and processes support the impact goals and needs of the FFJC staff
- Identify opportunities for process design to support team collaboration while increasing efficiency. In coordination with the Grants and Operations Manager, lead the process redesign including gathering input, documenting expectations, communications, implementation and follow-up
- Enhance utilization of Salesforce as the organization’s primary CRM – clarify expectations and support team with use
- Identify, procure and implement other needed IT or non-technical resources.
- Define and document processes related to procurement, onboarding staff, office management and other organization-wide needs, as identified
- Champion diversity, equity and inclusion practices in management, leadership, and processes.
- Forecast internal hiring needs, manage hiring process, partner with internal hiring managers to help them bring fresh talent into the organization
- Define compensation structure; manage review cycles and HR compliance to support recruitment and retention of team members
- Oversee internal communications processes and strategy. Create and reinforce structures, processes, and policies that support a multi-office and hybrid remote work environment
- Collaborate with staff, identify professional development goals and training needs; procure resources to meet those needs
- At least 10 years’ professional experience, ideally in the non-profit/social sector
- Direct COO experience of comparable size organization (budget of ~3-5 million) or direct report to COO of a larger or growing organization (budget of ~7-10 million)
- Experience working successfully with people from diverse backgrounds
- Highly effective project manager with experience in process design and implementation
- Strong collaborator and leader who is also a team player willing to “roll-up their sleeves”
- Passionate about the mission of FFJC
- Sense of humor
- Experience in an advocacy-related organization is a plus
- Experience managing a team and supporting an organization with a multi-city office structure and hybrid virtual/in-person work environment a plus
- Those who have been personally impacted by the criminal legal system are encouraged to apply
$140 – $165,000, depending on experience, with excellent benefits including 401k matching; 100% premium coverage for health care, and generous leave policy.
How to Apply
Please submit a resume and cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position to Rachele Grieco Cole at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Venture Fund Careers
The Fines & Fees Justice Center is a project of New Venture Fund (NVF), a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant- making programs. NVF is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding, and enables each of us to realize our potential. NVF’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which they are working.