Finance & Operations Director

MN350

Location: Minneapolis

OVERVIEW

MN350’s role of Finance & Operations Director will lead the development and management of MN350’s Finance and Operations team, developing and implementing human resources, operations, and financial oversight. This role will be at the helm of strengthening MN350’s infrastructure through collaboration, developing policies reflective of our changing culture, and accomplishing our vision through long-term sustainability of our work.

This role will work with the Directors Team to evolve MN350 staff, active volunteer leadership and membership in building power in community, along with Minnesotans working to repair our public processes and treaty promises in order to transform our dominant economy to one that secures clean air, clean water, a stable climate and equitable future for all, first and foremost to communities most harmed.

About MN350

MN350 is a dynamic, volunteer-led grassroots organization building a people’s movement to demand that Minnesota take action and leadership in addressing the climate crisis in an equitable and sustainable way.  Our mission is to unite Minnesotans as part of a global movement to end the pollution damaging our climate, speed the transition to clean energy, and create a just and healthy future for all. MN350 is a 501(c)(3) organization.

MN350 Action is a 501(c)(4) advocacy nonprofit that is seeking to build a bold, diverse mass movement for climate justice by galvanizing public support and conducting direct, grassroots lobbying to demand change.  MN350 Action is a sister organization to MN350 that shares staff, offices and volunteers. MN350 and MN350 Action work collaboratively with the global 350.org* and numerous coalition partners to build a movement for climate justice. *

*For the sake of this job description, when we say MN350 we are referring to both MN350 and MN350 Action.

MN350 is currently in a period of growth, accountability, and development. All prospective applicants must be willing to grow with the organization as we move into our next iteration.

About the Director of Finance & Operations Role

MN350 is looking for a dynamic and relational person to fill a new designated role of Finance & Operations Director, to join in building our organizational vessel to support the people organizing for climate justice. We are looking for someone familiar with transformative justice or healing justice praxis to play a key role in organizational growth; to deepen an operations, finance, and development team; and keep MN350’s staff and active volunteers accountable to themselves, each other and our communities as we expand our relationships and work throughout the state.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES 

Finance

  • Oversee all accounting and reporting function processes and teams to ensure smooth operation and accurate financial records, delegating where appropriate and retaining approval of work as needed, including:
    • Produce financial data for grant proposals and reports
    • Manage accounts payable, receivable and payroll
    • Monitor cash and maintain 6-8 month cash flow forecast on a monthly basis
    • Engage 3rd party accountants to conduct annual audit and complete and comply with all tax-related reporting requirements
    • Oversee MN Campaign Finance Board reporting and ensure reporting deadlines are met
  • Lead annual budgeting process as part of organizational annual planning and creating the annual budget based on MN350 Theory of Change, organizational goals, and staffing plans.
  • Provide relevant financial information to the Executive Leadership, Coordinating Council (Board), Mango Leadership Team, and all budget holders, and assist them in understanding and improving cash flow and financial management sufficiently to sustain the organization.

Operations

  • Along with the executive leadership, manage all risk management and insurance policy functions, ensuring regulatory oversight and legal compliance.
  • Support the Executive Director, staff team and organizational leadership in the development of internal systems infrastructure, including the establishment and coordination of our fiscal sponsorship program and emergent assistance (mutual aid) fund.
  • Support administrative staff with all aspects of MN350’s physical plant, including office space and off-site activities and IT systems to maximize capabilities while  identifying opportunities to reduce operational expenditure.
  • Play a critical role in supporting and advancing the health and culture of the organization culture in partnership with the executive team leadership:
    • Centering goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion
    • Building efficient and smooth internal operations
    • Providing strong interpersonal management
  • Own all major HR responsibilities, delegating to managers and administrative staff where appropriate, and retaining approval of key responsibilities as needed:
    • Systems for staff training and professional development, and performance evaluation
    • Systems for hiring; including recruitment, selection (when appropriate), and orientation
    • Preparation and maintenance of staff job responsibilities
    • Evolutions and consultation of HR legal compliance, compensation and personnel policies, practices and pay structures consistent with MN350 culture
    • Management of health and other benefit plans for staff, including enrollment process and supporting staff to understand how to receive information regarding their benefits

Development

  • Support the development team with appropriate delegation to coordinate fundraising activities, including organizing development activity performed by the Executive Director:
    • Producing timely tracking and reporting of funds received
    • Assuring quality donor relationships and timely acknowledgments
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director to provide input and strategic thinking into the organization’s operations, organizational structures, strategic direction, and vision,

QUALIFICATIONS

Strong candidates will have:

  • 7+ years of professional-level (paid or unpaid) experience in movement building, community organizing, electoral politics, communications, issue advocacy or a closely related field is required;
  • 3-5+ years professional experience in financial or operations management with 3+ years in leadership roles
  • Highly organized with a strength in standard accounting, operations and human relation principles
  • Ability to collaborate effectively while working independently

Relations & Leadership:

  • Excellence in staff support with the ability to recruit, develop, coach, and lead high-performing teams.
  • Proven commitment to embodied leadership with ability to cultivate the leadership of others while also managing several tasks and projects concurrently.
  • Ability to plan and manage multiple projects, consult with various stakeholders, anticipate obstacles, manage timelines, keep staff and volunteers engaged and maintain good spirits.
  • Excellent organizational and prioritization skills; ability to manage an unpredictable workflow and flexibility to respond thoughtfully and quickly.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Understanding of the structural nature of power and inequity with demonstrated ability to transform it.
  • Ability to identify individual vs. collective driven decision making.
  • Relationally organized, having significant experience working with Black, Indigenous, People of Color,  broad coalitions and multiracial communities
  • Familiarity with transformative justice, healing justice, and decolonization frameworks with willingness to stretch, imagine, and manifest practices within the organizational culture.

Financial Management:

  • Working knowledge of accounting systems, audits, and other regulatory requirements in the nonprofit financial field and experience working and assisting with budget management and financial forecasting.
  • Proficiency with office programs, databases, and software; including Excel, Quickbooks, Office Suite, Google Drive and CRM (EveryAction).

Nonprofit Operations Experience:

  • Understanding of state and federal 501(c)4 and 501(c)3 nonprofit and HR regulations and labor law.
  • Ability to maintain compliance, experience with change management, as well as developing and implementing strategies that lead to organizational sustainability and success.
  • Fundraising experience with the demonstrated ability to ask for and receive money.
  • Experience with State Campaign Finance board reporting and compliance a plus.

SALARY, BENEFITS & OTHER INFO

  • Full time, professional position. Salary range $60-75K based on experience and qualifications
  • Employer paid health and dental benefits, 401K match, and paid time off (vacation, safe and sick time)
  • The Finance & Operations Director reports to the Executive Director and works alongside the MN350 Mango Director Team

PHYSICAL DEMANDS & WORKING ENVIRONMENT

Position is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

Currently work is performed at home until a reduction in COVID-19 cases or a vaccine is widely available. Once either occurs, as indicated by the Executive team, work is performed in a standard indoor office environment, with occasional outdoor demands; requires occasionally lifting light objects unassisted and heavier objects with assistance. This job may require walking or standing for long periods of time and may involve  a significant amount of time doing computer work and heavy phone usage.

Flexibility is needed to work outside normal business hours, including evenings and weekends and occasional extended work hours to accomplish the mission of the organization. Some local and out-of-state travel is required.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply to join this diverse, growing organization please submit your resume with 2-3 professional references, a cover letter and one work sample of a project management plan to jobs@mn350.org; questions may be directed to the same email address.

Applications are now being accepted through March 14, 2021. The position is open until filled.

MN350 is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, people of color, indigenous/Native American, and LGBTQ people are encouraged to apply.

*MN350 is an autonomous local group of 350.org, an international movement of ordinary people working to end the age of fossil fuels and build a world of community-led renewable energy for all. The number “350” stands for the amount of carbon pollution in the atmosphere that is compatible with a livable climate.

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