Director of Operations and Finance

BISC seeks a highly skilled financial and operational leader with strong c3 and c4 compliance and systems management experience while also providing governance and other guidance to the Board of Directors. The Director of Operations and Finance will work closely with the Executive Director to ensure BISC's organizational health, continuity, and growth with a focus on achieving BISC's 5 year strategic plan.

BISC is a mission and values-driven organization that recruits and seeks to retain a staff committed to excellence by striving to provide a work environment that is flexible, fairly-compensated, respectful, and fun.

The Director of Operations and Finance is a Washington, DC based position, reports to the Executive Director, and supervises the Operations Manager.

Job Responsibilities
Serve as a member of the senior leadership team and work with the Executive Director to create a vision and strategy to support BISC’s administrative, financial, and operational systems to ensure long-term organizational health.
Manage organization-wide annual budgeting process and systems to track goals and accomplishments for sound operations and financial health.
Work with accountants and operations manager to prepare financial statements, draft talking points for c3 and c4 board treasurers, and present financials and budget to the board.
Lead organizational compliance work, including work with both c3 and c4 attorneys, in-kind, and non-profit/political committee management.
Work with the Development Director to develop revenue strategies, review grant agreements and reports make sure we are c3 and c4 compliant.
Work with the Director of Programs to ensure that projects and initiatives align with budgets and any grant restrictions/requirements.
Reconcile expenses, track revenue and spending, process invoices, payments, and reports, complete and submit compliance forms and other filings, including 990s and annual audit.
Manage all finance and human resources vendors and consultants, accountants and auditors and review all contracts.
Supervise operations manager and provide support to annual audit.
Manage all internal systems and develop guidance to staff on these systems, including but not limited to email, Bamboo, e-Tapestry, Tallie,, and Slack.
Serve as a strategic, efficient, and creative leader of staff meetings and retreats, and with an eye towards organizational systems and financial health.
Provide operations support to the Board of Directors for both BISC Inc and BISC Foundation, ensuring good governance, oversight, and coordination of both organizations.
Maintain a sophisticated understanding of all of BISC’s work and the latest issues and how our work fits into and helps shape the progressive landscape.
Contribute to BISC’s values and racial equity work.
Participate in the planning of BISC’s Road Ahead conference and work with senior leadership to ensure the event is a success.

Record of success: At least 7-10 years’ experience working in and managing operations and finance at non-profits and political campaigns. Demonstrated track record in financial management.
Deep Understanding of c3 and c4 operations and legal designations. Given the nature of BISC’s work and role in the progressive movement, political acuity is necessary.
Excellent writing skills: Strong technical and rhetorical writing skills as well as a demonstrated ability to write independently and under tight deadlines. Storytelling – you must be able to communicate a vision especially through the organizational budget to communicate BISC’s impact.
Driven: Flexible and organized and shows relentless commitment to meeting a high bar and a history of getting things done even in the face of obstacles.
Effective interpersonal skills: Proven ability to communicate effectively with different personalities to move projects forward.
Strong time management skills: Proven ability to balance many projects at once and prioritize accordingly.
Team Player: Ability to work as a team member who will productively engage with others at varying levels of the organization and with partners.
Movement Focused: Demonstrated commitment to the progressive social and racial justice movement with an eye toward long-term power building and change-making.

Salary & Benefits
$100,000 - $120,000 per year
100% Medical insurance for family paid for by employer
Dental insurance
Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment coverage
Paid vacation
Sick leave
Generous 401(k) plan with employer contribution

To apply: Submit cover letter, resume, and 3 references by clicking here.

About BISC

Ballot-measure campaigns affect everything progressives fight for. Yet, for forty years, well-funded regressive and corporate interests have dominated ballot measures to the detriment of working families, public education, women, the LGBT community, communities of color, immigrants and the poor.

The Ballot Initiative Strategy Center is changing that. BISC strengthens democracy by building a national progressive strategy for ballot measures. In ten years, BISC envisions a future where progressives change the game and use ballot measures as a political and civic engagement tool for victory.

BISC recognizes that ballot measures are a permanent part of the process in the 24 initiative states and that well-crafted measures can be a force for good public policy, civic engagement and infrastructure building.

We strengthen the progressive movement by conducting innovative research, providing technical assistance, hosting convenings, facilitating collaboration, offering strategic advice, conducting campaign assessments and helping funders make the best decisions about allocation of scarce resources.

BISC helps progressives take back the initiative.

BISC’s Stance on Racial Equity

At the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, we work to transform our country into one that is equitable and just. In our work, we strive to challenge structural racism, and center the people most impacted. BISC works with commitment to racial equity inside our organization in our operations and management processes, and externally through our research, training and organizing work with ballot-measure campaigns, partners and funders.

EEO Policy

BISC follows an Equal Employment Opportunity Policy and employs personnel without regard to: race, ethnic or religious background, descent or nationality, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy), gender identification, disability, marital status, age, height, weight, or military service. This policy applies to employment, internships, internal promotions, training, opportunities for advancement, terminations, relationships with vendors, use of contractors and consultants and in dealing with the general public.