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Vice President, Finance

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Washington, DC

Do you want to put your financial and analytic superpowers to work to support social justice leaders on the front lines of the resistance?  Are you known for using spreadsheets for #everything?

The Management Center (TMC) is seeking a Vice President of Finance to ensure the smooth operation of our organization and support our high-performing team as we grow. This organizational leader will operate like a Controller, manage our internal accounting function, and serve as a key partner to the head of finance and data. They will build the systems, provide financial reports, lead regulatory compliance, and support organizational leaders in ensuring financial health and stability as we expand to reach more clients effectively.

Who We Are

Our mission is to help social change leaders learn how to build and run more effective organizations so they can deliver great results.  Founded in 2006, we’re now a 45+ person, $11.5 million organization (and growing!).  We've helped shape the practices of hundreds of influential organizations and thousands of individual managers, with a particular focus on social justice organizations.  Our clients work on issues – like promoting immigration reform; fighting for racial, economic and gender justice; advocating for educational equity; and protecting voting rights – where they face an inherently uphill battle, and so must fight more effectively than their opponents if they are going to win. We aim to help them do that by making their organizations as effective as possible, by providing coaching, training, and publications for the broader field.

Areas of Responsibility: 

What You’ll Do

As TMC’s staff, programs, and sectors have grown, our finances – and those of our sister organization, The Management Action Center (TMAC) – have become much more complex. The VP of Finance, who will report directly to TMC’s Partner of Finance and Data (the head of the Finance function), is in charge of maintaining accurate historical financials and ensuring financial compliance. 

The role will evolve over time, but you will:

  • Manage all the day-to-day accounting functions of our organization, including ensuring quality control over financial transactions and financial reporting
  • Maintain, design and improve accurate fiscal policies, accounting procedures and the technology that powers them
  • Directly and project manage members of the 4-member Finance Team (and serve as an individual contributor to perform closing tasks as needed) to accurate and timely month-end, and year-end closes. 
  • Own important compliance functions like leading our annual audit, tax reporting, grant reporting, and related party transactions between TMC and TMAC by maintaining accurate revenue and cost allocations
  • Play a key role in supporting annual budget development and mid-year budget reviews and forecasts 
  • Support organizational leaders with information and analysis to inform strategic decisions

If you were serving in this role over the next year, you would engage in some of the following projects and initiatives, for example: 

  • Tighten up the timeline on our month-end close by identifying gaps and fixing inefficiencies in our processes
  • Work with our outsourced Accounts Payable consultant to equitably design a new process for consistent, accurate and timely payments to contracted trainers that efficiently maintains the appropriate financial controls
  • Regularly report to our Executive Team the actuals for the combined and team budgets, having ensured those actuals were accurate and easy to pull
  • Lead us in our audit

Who You Are

To be successful in this job, you will demonstrate the judgment, work, and wisdom of a senior leader who can garner the trust of the rest of our team of very smart individuals.  Fundamentally, we want someone who loves making things work, directly and through others, and who has the skills and seasoning to do that in our context. You may have managed staff directly and have significant experience managing complex projects involving staff who didn’t report directly to you.

More specifically, you will have or be most or all of the following:

  • Nonprofit finance and accounting expertise and ability to manage complex financials: Your expertise does not come from a certain number of years in the field or type of degree; it comes from the experience of successfully and responsibly leading the accounting functions and tasks of a nonprofit organization.  You have led processes around cost allocation systems, department- or program-level reporting and analysis, and financial audit preparation. You demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of how finance and operations must follow from, and enable what, the organization wants to achieve programmatically.  
  • A very strong and persistent problem solver: When faced with a financial mystery (why do these quarterly numbers not agree?!?) you put on your detective hat and dive into the details.  You are rigorous about testing the accuracy and reliability of your numbers. When you find a discrepancy, you troubleshoot with a can-do attitude and critical eye. You can also zoom out from the details of the numbers, ask “what led to this problem,” and propose or implement practical solutions for the future. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial and gender identity equity:  You have demonstrated success in ensuring more equitable and inclusive outcomes for those impacted by your work.  You understand the impact of systemic and implicit biases related to race and gender identity that can play out in financial processes and practices, and you’re able to surface this for the organization as you operate as a support and/or guide.  You can proactively spot issues of equity and inclusion in finances and can bring practical solutions.
  • Demonstrated success creating resilient systems in a complex environment.  You have the ability to create and revamp strong accounting systems and financial controls that are practical, yet creative where appropriate. You discern what tasks require the highest level of care and accuracy and when good enough is good enough. You are results-oriented and have experience and expertise in building systems, processes, and internal controls that make managing complex finances more efficient, effective, and transparent.  
  • Detail-oriented in a fast-paced environment: You bring a passion for making things work well and an ability to handle a large volume of work impeccably in a high-performing environment.  You strategically prioritize the most important and impactful projects, juggle competing demands in a way that keeps things moving forward, and you take leadership on regulatory compliance tasks for two separate legal entities with distinct structures and reporting requirements.
  • Management experience: You have managed diverse (with regard, minimally, to race and gender identity) staff and/or projects to ambitious goals.  You can manage effectively upwards, sideways, diagonally and can work collaboratively.  You are able to gain followership of staff and team heads. You collaborate with colleagues in problem solving and are flexible in creating solutions that satisfy a broad set of stakeholders.

Prior experience in the progressive advocacy, educational equity, or broader nonprofit arenas is a plus, but not a requirement. You also need to contribute positively to our culture, which we like to think blends excellence with heart (and a keen sense of humor helps).  


This role is at our VP level and the full-time salary range is between $94,554 - $135,023, with exact salary depending on experience and new staff rarely starting at the top of the range. 

We also offer excellent benefits, including a trans and gender non-binary health fund and an additional 5% employer contribution to your retirement fund with no match required.

Additional Information: 

What Else You Should Know

We are an equal opportunity employer, are committed to racial and gender equity, and we make a particular effort to recruit candidates who identify as Black, Indigenous, people of color, and gender non-binary to apply for open positions. 

The position can be based anywhere in the U.S. and is full-time. Once it is safe to travel again, and TMC is doing in-person work, this position might involve travel 5-6 times a year.  

Job Function: 

Organization Info

The Management Center

Washington D.C., DC, USA
Annual Budget : 
11-50 employees
About Us
Areas of Focus: 

Our mission is to help social change leaders learn how to build and run more effective organizations so they can deliver great results.


We want to see more social change in this country, and we know that producing it is hard. Disparities in money and power mean that social justice advocates need to fight not just as effectively as their opponents, but more effectively. That’s where The Management Center comes in: we help social justice leaders learn how to build and run more effective organizations, so that they can get better results.

As the go-to resource on effective management for social change organizations, we’ve worked with more than 100 of the most influential progressive groups in the country and trained thousands of individual managers on the practices that help high-performing organizations deliver lasting results over time.

We offer both intensive hands-on coaching services for executive directors and their senior leadership teams, as well as a series of management training courses that supply practical advice and tools that managers can put to work immediately.

Since 2006, The Management Center has:

  • shaped the management practices of more than 10,000 individual leaders through our training program
  • helped more than 350 organizations get better results through stronger management
  • distributed more than 25,000 copies of our book Managing to Change the World
Why Work For Us?: 

5 Reasons to Work with The Management Center

1. By helping our clients, you’ll have an impact on the most important issues facing our country, like immigration, racial justice, health care, educational equity, and climate change.

2. Our clients are amazing people. You’ll work with leaders who go straight from talking with you to testifying on the Hill, leading a rally at the state capitol, or planning a new grassroots campaign with teams of organizers, and most days when you pick up the newspaper (or okay, read it online), you’ll see the results of their work.

3. Our team is awesome. You’ll be working with a group of smart, thoughtful, and genuinely nice people (at least we think we are!) who come from a wide range of professional and personal backgrounds.

4. We’re committed to making our own organization one where people from all backgrounds – and in particular people with marginalized identities – thrive. While we have a lot of learning still to do, we’re working hard to incorporate equity and inclusion into all aspects of our work. That’s leading us to do things like proactively seeking to work with more groups led by and for people of color, supporting identity-based caucuses for our staff (we have people of color and indigenous people, LGBTQ, and white-identified allies caucuses), and making sure each person on our team continually hones their own cultural proficiency skills. More in the works here!

5. We try to practice what we preach: great management. You’ll have clear expectations, receive feedback (some of it even useful), get opportunities to grow and develop, and do it all in a culture that keeps the focus on real-world results and aspires to exhibit excellence with heart.

And a bonus reason… 6. We treat people well, from excellent salaries and benefits to flexible work arrangements to unusually good snacks.

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Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Sep 18 2021
Active Until: 
Oct 18 2021
Hiring Organization: 
The Management Center