Deputy Executive Director for Finance & Operations
Founded in 2017, the Lawyering Project is a legal advocacy organization that blends traditional impact litigation with movement lawyering to promote reproductive health, rights, and justice throughout the United States. We are fiscally sponsored by the Tides Center, a 501(c)(3) organization.
Laws that undermine reproductive health, rights, and justice deprive people of moral agency, rob us of control over our bodies, and compound other forms of oppression like racism, sexism, and poverty. Our mission is to eliminate these laws and the harmful impacts they have on people’s lives. We are especially focused on laws that limit the availability or affordability of abortion care; contribute to disparities in reproductive health outcomes; embody gender-based stereotypes; or discriminate against people based on their reproductive decisions.
We envision a society with laws that enable each of us to make decisions about intensely personal matters like sex, pregnancy, family, and healthcare based on our own beliefs and values, and ensure that we all have access to safe pregnancy care, safe abortion care, and safe communities for our families.
The Lawyering Project has three legal programs: Litigation, Access & Innovation, and Pro Bono Initiatives. Our Litigation Program engages the courts to eliminate barriers to reproductive health services and promote equity in access to care. Our Access & Innovation Program provides legal advice and technical assistance to healthcare providers, researchers, abortion funds, and others who facilitate access to abortion care. Our Pro Bono Initiatives Program operates the Abortion Defense Network, a collaborative effort by nonprofit organizations, private law firms, and government officials aimed at ensuring everyone threatened with liability for providing or supporting abortion care in post-Roe America has access to high-quality, values-aligned lawyers. For further information, visit https://lawyeringproject.org and https://abortiondefensenetwork.org.
In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned nearly fifty years of precedent recognizing abortion access as a fundamental right, the Lawyering Project is committed to supporting all people seeking to obtain, provide, or facilitate abortion access while navigating new obstacles and legal risks. We have seized this disruption of precedent as an opportunity to reshape reproductive rights jurisprudence, situating it on a stronger and more progressive foundation.
The Lawyering Project has an all-remote staff of approximately 20 people, spread across the United States, and a budget of approximately $5.5 million. We anticipate modest growth in the size of our staff and budget over the next four years.
The Lawyering Project is planning to leave fiscal sponsorship in the upcoming year and become an independent, 501(c)(3) organization. We are seeking a Deputy Executive Director for Finance & Operations to help guide the organization through this transition and manage our finance and operations team going forward. The Deputy Executive Director for Finance & Operations will play a vital role in developing, implementing, managing, and strengthening organizational systems and policies and ensuring that the Lawyering Project’s day-to-day operations run smoothly and efficiently. The Deputy Executive Director for Finance & Operations will be a member of the executive team and essential to enabling the Lawyering Project to achieve the high level of internal performance required for our remote organization to thrive.
The Deputy Executive Director for Finance & Operations will report to the Executive Director, work in close collaboration with the other members of the Lawyering Project’s executive team, and supervise the Director of Human Resources & Equity Initiatives and the Operations Manager. The ideal candidate will bring expertise in financial management and nonprofit operations, the ability to thrive in an all-remote workplace, and demonstrated proficiency in operationalizing DEI principles and values.
The Deputy Executive Director for Finance & Operations is an exempt position. Exempt employees are expected to work the hours necessary to complete key assignments and related tasks on schedule.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Work closely with other members of the Lawyering Project’s executive team on strategy, planning, fundraising, evaluation, DEI, and other management initiatives, including leading the Lawyering Project’s transition from fiscal sponsorship to independent, 501(c)(3) status;
- Develop, implement, manage, and enforce systems and policies to promote effective organizational operations;
- Design and implement strong financial controls;
- Ensure accurate coding and accounting of all financial transactions;
- Lead the Lawyering Project’s budgeting process;
- Manage the Lawyering Project’s contracting process and vendor relationships;
- Ensure compliance with grant agreements and assist with grant reporting;
- After the Lawyering Project leaves fiscal sponsorship, ensure that the organization meets its federal, state, and local reporting obligations, including filing its annual tax returns;
- Supervise the Director of Human Resources & Equity Initiatives and work closely with them to develop and implement human resources systems, policies, and practices that foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace;
- Work closely with the Lawyering Project’s IT vendor to manage the organization’s information and technology;
- Implement and manage security policies and protocols;
- Plan and manage an annual staff retreat;
- Supervise the Operations Manager; and
- Manage the finance and operations team.
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Liaise with the current advisory board and future board of directors;
- Work with outside counsel, as needed; and
- Serve as an organizational ambassador.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
The Deputy Executive Director for Finance & Operations must have:
- 7+ years of experience in nonprofit operations, including significant experience in financial management;
- Experience leading a team or department;
- Proficiency in creating, implementing, evaluating, and strengthening systems, practices, and policies to foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace; and
- A commitment to reproductive justice.
- An MBA, MPA, or CPA and experience in an all-remote workplace is preferred.
- Experience working at a legal organization is a plus.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
- Knowledge of nonprofit operations; financial accounting; and best practices for financial management.
- Skill in supervising staff and vendors; negotiating contracts; and using SharePoint, Salesforce, and Microsoft Office 365.
- Ability to create and manage nonprofit budgets; design and manage complex systems; work proactively and independently; communicate and collaborate effectively with internal and external stakeholders; meet deadlines; maintain confidentiality; be flexible and nimble in navigating changing circumstances and priorities; thrive in an organization that values collaboration and limits hierarchy; and cultivate a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture.
The Deputy Executive Director for Finance & Operations reports to the Executive Director, is a member of the executive team, and leads the finance and operations team.
Must be able to travel domestically on an airplane 2-4 times a year.
This is a full-time position that sometimes requires work during evenings and weekends. This position may be based anywhere within the United States. The Deputy Executive Director for Finance & Operations has the option to work from home or from office space provided by the Lawyering Project.
The Lawyering Project has fixed salary scales based on job responsibilities, education, and experience. A copy of our salary scales is available at https://lawyeringproject.org/salary-scale/. The Deputy Executive Director for Finance & Operations position is on the “Director” salary scale. The salary for a candidate with a master’s degree and 7-8 years of relevant work experience is $152,549.
We offer a robust benefits package that includes: health insurance (medical, dental, and vision); disability and life insurance; flexible spending accounts (FSA) for health, dependent care, and transportation; a retirement savings plan; paid vacation, holiday, and sick days; and paid parental, family, and medical leave. We also provide a professional development stipend. For additional information about our benefits, please contact email@example.com.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and list of three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please write “Deputy Executive Director for Finance & Operations” in the subject line of the email. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
To best achieve our mission, the Lawyering Project is committed to cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. In a section of your cover letter containing no more than 200 words, please describe the identities, perspectives, and experiences you would bring to the Lawyering Project that are important to you and/or relevant to our work.
The Lawyering Project, a project of Tides Center, is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer. At the Lawyering Project, we believe that a team with varied perspectives and experiences will best enable our organization to thrive and achieve its mission. We are committed to building and maintaining an inclusive work environment that values individual differences. We welcome and encourage applicants with diverse experiences, identities, and backgrounds to apply. We will not discriminate against applicants and employees because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression), color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance.
We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to pregnant people and qualified individuals with disabilities, including in the application process. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in the application or interview process, please send an email with the subject line “Reasonable Accommodation Request” to email@example.com.