Director of Finance and Operations

Center for Community Investment


Impact Investing / Social Finance


General Management / Strategic Planning


DC - Washington metropolitan area

About the Organization

The Center for Community Investment (CCI) at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy works to overcome disinvestment and improve opportunity so that everyone, especially people of color and people with low incomes, has a fair chance to lead a healthy and productive life. We help communities across the country set the stage for investments that advance their goals by helping leaders clarify local priorities, enlist institutions that could contribute to success, develop a pipeline of investments to achieve the vision, and change policies and practices to create a more supportive financing environment. We have a well-established framework and approach that community partnerships can use to mobilize investment capital to provide equitable access to affordable housing, jobs, fresh foods, and other drivers of good health while making communities more cohesive, resilient, and environmentally sustainable in the face of climate change.

The Center for Community Investment is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, and The California Endowment.

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About the Position

The Center for Community Investment is currently seeking a Director of Finance and Operations to set strategy and improve key internal processes. As a key member of the CCI leadership team, the Director of Finance and Operations will serve as a thought partner with the Executive Director and program managers, liaise with funders and Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (LILP), and manage a small team. The role will also lead financial strategic planning and strengthen our operational practices, as well as lead racial equity planning. The role is an ideal opportunity for a highly motivated, collaborative, entrepreneurial and service-minded leader with a passion for economic, racial, and social justice.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Budget and Financial Management

  • Coordinate and assist in developing CCI's annual operating budget. Prepare and submit CCI annual budget to LILP to meet organizational requirements
  • Oversee operations staff to ensure CCI financial transactions are processed accurately, timely, and in accordance with LILP policy and grant agreements
  • Ensure timely production of budget vs. actuals financial reports by funder, program and across CCI, supporting budget holders in review

Grant Management and Development

  • Coordinate and assist in developing grant budgets
  • Track grant reporting deadlines, complete grant financial reports and coordinate completion of related narrative reports
  • Contribute to new grant submissions

CCI Events and Contracts Management

  • Oversee operations staff to ensure events are managed in accordance with program and other requirements
  • Coordinate and oversee development, review and approval of consultant, vendor and other contracts
  • Ensure contracts are developed in accordance with relevant LILP, funder and CCI policies

People and Culture

  • Coordinate CCI staff planning and hiring
  • Lead racial equity group and planning
  • Be primary resource and advise CCI staff on recruitment, hiring, and onboarding processes, in accordance with LILP policies
  • Coordinate development, review and update of any CCI-specific policies and procedures
  • Contribute to and lead CCI internal project committees and other initiatives

Office Management

  • Effectively manage the organization's tools and resources, both virtual and physical
  • Ensure the CCI team has the necessary equipment, supplies and access to what they need to successfully perform their roles
  • Manage contract and relationship with leased space property owner/s

Leadership Backbone

  • Coordinate CCI's Project Advisory Committee meetings and communications
  • Participate in CCI leader forum, with responsibility for advising the Executive Director on strategy and policy, helping to coordinate cross-team work, and ensuring open communications with all members of the team

Stakeholder Relations

  • Act as a critical advocate and spokesperson for CCI within LILP
  • Manage CCI's interactions and contributions to LILP Board and Committee meetings
  • Manage staff to provide stellar leadership in finance, HR and operations and help manage day-to-day relationships with LILP staff
  • Ensure LILP is adequately meeting CCI's financial management and reporting, HR, contract management, IT and needs. Provide input on LILP policies and procedures as required

Candidate Requirements:

  • At least ten years of progressively escalating nonprofit finance and operations management experience;
  • Experience working with, and reporting from, modern cloud-based accounting systems;
  • Deep knowledge of nonprofit budgeting, financial and grant reporting and cost allocation;
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial equity and inclusion, with the ability to serve as an exemplar for Center for Community Investment's values;
  • Visionary systems-thinker with emotional maturity and the ability to work in an agile environment with competing priorities;
  • Demonstrated ability to recruit, mentor, lead and influence diverse staff and cross-functional teams;
  • Demonstrated experience helping start-up organizations mature by establishing key organizational practices and policies, preferably in a nonprofit environment;
  • Proven track record of creative problem-solving and developing solutions to strengthens culture;
  • Excellent oral, written, and listening communication skills across a variety of constituencies;
  • Commitment and capacity to maintain the highest level of integrity, judgment, confidentiality and discretion in leading, and in managing information and resources;
  • MBA or undergraduate business degree with relevant professional qualifications (prior history of accomplishment in a similar role may be substituted in part for formal post-graduate qualifications).

Compensation and benefits:

Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

The Center for Community Investment and The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy are dedicated to creating an inclusive work environment and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Individuals seeking employment at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy are considered without regards to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other category protected by law.

On-Ramps is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe social change happens when people with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and identities come together with a common purpose. We're partnering with the team at CCI to build a team that reflects the communities in which they work.