Posted over 1 year ago
Director of Operations and Finance
ROLE SUMMARY: Peace First is a tech-based NGO supporting a youth-led movement of global innovators tackling everything from racial justice to climate change. We are looking for an entrepreneurial, ethical and curious leader to run every aspect of our day-to-day business operations – financial management, human resources, planning and data systems, IT, and thousands of other things that will change daily. We are a global team of 16 people providing seed funding and mentorship to thousands of youth-led projects in over 130 countries. The ideal candidate must be excited about designing systems that help people connect and work better, problem-solving in a global context, using data to learn and improve, and building a truly stellar organization behind youth leaders. We are based in Boston but open to strong candidates anywhere.
ABOUT PEACE FIRST: Peace First was founded on a simple idea: if we are going to solve the world’s greatest injustices, we must support this generation of young people with the skills and commitments to solve problems by connecting across lines of difference with compassion, standing up for ideals and others with courage, and creating collaborative change. This is what we call peacemaking. Currently, there are 1.6 billion young people, ages 13-25, around the world. They care deeply about what’s going on, they have boundless ideas on how to solve injustices and are ready to act yet seldom are they asked by adults what they think or, better yet, supported in bringing their ideas to life. Few have access to tools, mentors, and resources to turn their insights into reality. This is the divide we bridge. Peace First provides a blended digital design platform where young people can imagine and create powerful innovations to solve real problems in the world. In addition to digital design tools, we provide mentors, connections with young people from over 130 countries, and small start-up grants that start at $250 and scale up to $25,000 as youth scale their work. All of this takes place on the Peace First platform — the world’s largest marketplace for youth-led social change initiatives. In order for us to achieve our long-term goal of supporting a movement of 2.5 million engaged, compassionate, and creative youth, Peace First is launching a $10 million Global Youth Investment Fund to provide the financial spark to support efforts for social change. It will be the single largest investment in youth social action…ever. A key element of our strategic plan is to build out our team of talented professionals. We actively recruit, retain, and develop a multicultural and dynamic workforce that effectively and efficiently meets the wide spectrum of young people’s needs across the globe. We believe that an inclusive and open environment fosters creativity, contributes to the quality of our work, and provides growth opportunities for all employees.
To that end, we are seeking individuals who are excited about fostering this inclusive culture and working in an entrepreneurial environment where there is an immediate opportunity to have tangible impact on organizational direction and achievement. We are a team based around the world who thrive in an environment that embodies and celebrates the following:
POSITION OVERVIEW: The Director of Operations and Finance works closely with the CEO to ensure internal systems and resources align with organizational strategies and goals. This position is responsible for managing all of the core business operations functions from financial planning, analysis, and reporting, to human resources, IT, contracts, and work flow planning. The ideal candidate must be passionate about building a tech-focused strategy with a small, globally-distributed workforce grounded in youth leadership; someone able to plan and manage different areas of operations and finance who has the curiosity and ability to discover the most efficient and effective ways to run the organization. This role is a combination of strategy, execution, and administrative activities for a growing, global, entrepreneurial organization. This position reports to the CEO and works closely with all members of the organization, including the board finance committee.
Key Skills and Experience We understand that there are many paths to developing skills and acquiring experience and therefore welcome candidates from diverse and nontraditional backgrounds for this role who have demonstrated equivalent transferable skills to carry out the major duties outlined in this job description. However, candidates should have a strong track record in designing techenabled systems for globally-dispersed teams, solid grounding in nonprofit financial management practices as well as clarity as to how to effectively integrate finance and administration functions with the whole of the organization. Because we are a growing global organization, if candidates do not have global operational experience, they need to demonstrate the curiosity and ability to identify, access and leverage the resources needed to develop and implement effective operational solutions.
Additionally, we are looking for candidates who have:
All members of our team, regardless of role, should have these qualities and experience:
Compensation and Benefits: This is a full-time position (although open to someone starting less than full-time for the first year). Salary range is $70,000 – $90,000. Peace First also offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits package.
Start Date / Location: Immediately / We are based in Boston, MA but remote employees considered as well.
Peace First is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service, age, ancestry, or disability. For more information, please go to www.peacefirst.org.