Job Description: Director of Finance and Operations



The Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA) is in search of a finance and operations professional who is passionate about global and community-based education, cares deeply about social justice, and manifests uncompromising ethical ambition.

As HECUA’s Director of Finance and Operations, you’d oversee a $2.4 million budget and work with an intellectually vibrant and collegial team to ensure that HECUA’s semester-long international and domestic undergraduate academic programs are economically sustainable within the context of our values of diversity, access, and fair compensation. Your management skills, knowledge of bookkeeping and financial forecasting, and skillful contract negotiation would play a crucial role in advancing our shared vision and goals of education for freedom and justice.


Annual travel to international program sites that include Norway, Italy, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, and Ecuador; an excellent benefits package that includes an employer contribution of 10% of your salary to a 403b retirement account; an equity-minded health insurance policy, a supportive and intellectually stimulating office environment; and colleagues who share your commitment to social justice, diversity, access, and anti-racism.

TITLE: Director of Finance and Operations

DEPARTMENT: Leadership/Management

REPORTS TO: Executive Director




Oversees a $2.4 million budget and a range of internal organizational operations, including financial systems and budgeting, contracts, and human resources. The Director of Finance and Operations reports to the Executive Director and works very closely with the Director of Programs, assisting the Executive Director in management functions, and supervising professional staff.


Financial Management

  • Provide overall direction for financial management, accounting, and budget functions on behalf of Executive Director.  Develop and review financial procedures and direct implementation as needed.
  • Execute all financial and accounting activities; in compliance with reporting requirements, i.e. monthly reconciliations, P& L reporting, state and federal filing, schedules for annual audit and 990 tax return.
  • Perform financial planning in collaboration with the Executive Director and the Director of Programs.
  • Responsibilities include forecasting, fee recommendations, individual program budgets, and the preparation of annual organizational budget in conjunction with other staff.
  • Staff Finance Committee and report to board and committees on all financial matters as requested.
  • Ensure that the organization meets its budget targets for operational income and expenses.
  • Prepare contract bids and negotiate contracts with individuals and partner organizations providing services to the consortium.  In collaboration with the Executive Director and the Director of Programs, cultivate and maintain strong relationships with these partners.
  • Manage all grants received through external fundraising, and assist the Director of Communications and Development in establishing and maintaining systems for annual and planned giving.

Human Resources

  • Manage human resource systems, including monthly payroll, personnel policies and procedures, hiring and termination processes, employee relations, and performance review procedures.
  • Ensure compliance with applicable legislation and regulations.
  • Support the Executive Director in implementing professional development programs and guiding overall organizational development.
  • Report to board and committees on all human resource matters as requested.

Administrative, Facilities and Information Systems Management

  • Supervise Office Manager.
  • Manage leases, purchases, commercial insurance, and billing.
  • Other special projects as requested, e.g. assist in development of grant proposals and reports, data and research.



  • B.A. plus 3-5 years relevant experience in nonprofit or small business management.
  • Experience working with organizational development, including personnel, marketing, cost and financial management.
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills with 3–5 years experience at the management level of a nonprofit or small business.
  • Strong financial management skills, with 3–5 years experience in budgeting, planning and forecasting.
  • Highly organized, systems-thinker with attention to detail; resourceful and collegial.
  • Excellent skills in verbal and written communications, problem-solving.
  • Ability to provide leadership, analyze situations and data, solve problems, handle or recommend appropriate course of action.
  • Ability to present complex and technical financial and human resource information to a general audience in order to facilitate decision-making.
  • Planning, project management, and facilitation skills.
  • Capacity to work and thrive in a growing, fast-paced entrepreneurial organization that values collaboration.


  • Experience with consortial/membership organizations or in higher education.
  • Knowledge of off-campus study and experiential learning.
  • Experience in study abroad or a related international field.

Terms: This is a full-time, 12-month position.  Salary range is $64,000 to $69,000 per year, depending on experience, and negotiable.  Excellent benefits package includes comprehensive health benefits, employer retirement benefit in 403(b), and long-term disability and life insurance.  HECUA provides a flexible and stimulating work environment, and is committed to the development of its employees.

HECUA is an equal-opportunity employer.  People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter as PDF attachments via email to hecua@hecua.org, no later than 5pm, September 21st.

Position open until September 21st, or until filled. Posted September 1st, 2017.

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