Echoing Green

Vice President, Finance & Operations

  • Full-time
  • $100k+/mo
  • 6 months ago
About the Finance & Operations Team
The Vice President will join Echoing Green’s “FinOps” team, which leads the organization's financial and human resource strategy while supporting other administrative endeavors such as office management, IT, legal, and compliance. As a layered, high-performing and growing team, working in coordination with vendors, external consultants, legal counsel and a PEO service, the team's overall objective is to maximize Echoing Green’s resources, develop its talent and work culture, and mitigate risk exposure wherever possible. The FinOps team ensures that Echoing Green has the organizational systems, processes and practices that position the organization as a great place to work, ultimately enabling employees to be more effective at pursuing Echoing Green’s mission of building a movement of social innovators today to transform tomorrow.
The Opportunity
Echoing Green is seeking an executive leader with deep operations experience who is bold in their collaboration, an exemplar of team leadership, coaching and mentoring, and geared toward leveraging systems insight to mobilize innovation and action across different verticals. The VP, FinOps will join the organization at a critical and exciting time, just as it moves to operationalize a 5-year strategic plan to begin expanding opportunities outside of the U.S. in building a global social innovation movement. Leading in this context will call on the VP to be particularly attuned to the human experience of change in organizations, able to constructively engage people’s feelings and emotions to co-create solutions and inspire commitment.
Reporting to the COO and liaising with the executive team and the board, the VP will oversee the strategic direction of business operations, managing collaboration with internal leaders. As a team leader, the majority of the VP’s time will be spent enabling the performance of the Director of Finance, Director of Technology and Senior Director of Human Resources to develop, implement, and monitor the financial health, operational efficiency, policies, and procedures that help Echoing Green to meet its organizational goals and maintain accountability. With a particular focus on ensuring that the appropriate infrastructure is in place to support an evolving distributed workforce, the VP will serve as a strategist, thought partner and innovator, activating the workforce to use tools to experiment, iterate and learn together.
What You’ll Do
Organizational Leadership & Team Management
  • Provide strategic direction and hands-on leadership to the executive team, Finance, Technology, and HR teams, as well as all staff, fostering a culture of continuous learning, quality service, collaboration, and innovation
  • As needed, partner with teams across the organization to create and steward new policies and practices that fuel growth, impact, and equity
  • Coach and mentor a diverse team of professionals, promoting professional growth through guidance, support, and planned development activities.
  • Lead FinOps team in setting and achieving annual goals including budgeting, monitoring performance through regular feedback and performance evaluations
Finance & Accounting
  • Partner with the Director of Finance to lead the entire organization’s annual budget development process; coordinate with budget managers and the Executive team throughout the year on budget revisions, forecasting and senior level planning
  • Advise and support the Finance team on banking and investment operations and strategy
  • Support the Finance team in implementing daily accounting functions, including AR/AP, payroll, financial reporting and monthly close process, as well as the annual audit
  • Collaborate with fundraising team to ensure financial sustainability, as well as assist on grant proposals, budgets and financial reports
  • Communicate organization’s quarterly financial results and annual audited financial statements to executive team, Board Finance Committee and full Board of Directors, as well as funders and other key stakeholders
  • Incorporate holistic programmatic and operational knowledge to innovate, streamline and improve processes
HR Administration
  • Oversee the design, development, and integration of smart, scalable programs, policies, systems, and procedures for a distributed workforce that supports the employee lifecycle and the desired culture of Echoing Green while ensuring legal and regulatory compliance
  • Work with PEO to remain current on legislation and regulatory rulings impacting payroll and benefits as a multi-state employer; review and renew benefits enrollment
  • In collaboration with outside counsel, handle all compliance matters, including workplace harassment prevention training, involuntary terminations, investigations, health & safety, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local legal requirements
  • Partner with HR to define compensation strategy, audit for internal equity, identify and communicate on-monetary rewards
Operations & Compliance
  • Oversee the development and implementation of organizational operational protocols to enhance efficiency and effectiveness, while building a fellow-focused culture of inclusivity, collaboration and equity
  • Serve as lead on facilities management and workplace planning; plan and execute all aspects of office move (2024) with project manager support
  • Manage risk and legal/compliance, including proactive risk management, insurance and all contracts
  • Work closely with teams across the organization to provide support reviewing, negotiating, and approving general vendor contracts; lead development and implementation of vendor contract templates, where appropriate
  • Oversee the deployment of office technology, supporting the onboarding, access, training and adoption of shared systems and practices by all staff
  • Collaborate with the Director of Technology on vendor management, IT and cyber and other security by investing in values-aligned, dependable partners and infrastructure
  • Consistently update business continuity and disaster recovery plans to minimize disruption to business operations in emergency situations or data loss
  • Liaise with the Knowledge team to ensure that system capabilities support EG’s ability to deliver and evaluate its programming


You have…
  • At least 10 years of progressive leadership experience in financial management, operations management, and/or technology-related roles in the nonprofit sector
  • Global-minded perspective to adeptly work across multicultural contexts and in service to an international network of fellows, organizational partners, leaders and staff
  • Excellent leadership and management skills, with a track record of building and developing high-performing teams of functional experts; skilled in managing a distributed and layered team
  • Hands-on experience in finance, banking, and investing. Fluency in GAAP requirements, audit, budget and resource development, accounting software
  • Experience effectively building organizational processes and systems that have resulted in organizational sustainability and success
  • Experience working with an IT team or consultants to explore and implement technology solutions to improve operations
  • Evidence of building structure, iterating and making lasting change to improve processes or programs; they have driven innovation while navigating existing policies, procedures and interdependencies
Additionally, the ideal candidate is…
  • Strong alignment with EG’s
  • and vision and deeply committed thought and action with EG’s values
  • Motivated to seek out diverse perspectives and adept at applying an intersectional lens to leadership to ensure equity across policies and services to consultants, vendors, partners, stakeholders, and staff
  • Inclined to coach, mentor, give and receive feedback, help set priorities, and create an inclusive, fair, and engaging team culture and climate
  • Inherently aware of the human experience of change in organizations, and able to incorporate this into thought partnership and projects, from concept to implementation
  • An effective communicator, able to translate financial concepts to colleagues with and without a background in finance and able to translate the nuances of nonprofit management to private sector leaders
  • Consistently able to make excellent decisions through a combination of data analysis, judgment and experience; ability to anticipate future consequences and trends and incorporate them into the organizational plan
  • A bold collaborator with strong relationship-building and stakeholder management skills who can effectively influence and engage colleagues at all levels and across lines of difference; Someone who can listen, process and reconcile needs and demands, and who is comfortable with saying no and building consensus
  • A big-picture thinker who can take a systems view, while also bringing a willingness to “get in the weeds” to troubleshoot and, at times, provide front-line customer service to colleagues across the organization


Salary: 210,000 annually
Echoing Green offers a full benefits package designed to support employee wellness. This includes:
  • Best-in-class health insurance which covers medical, and 100% dental and vision needs
  • Up to 27 days off per year, plus 9 paid holidays and 10 days off for winter break
  • 16 weeks of paid parental leave
  • 12 weeks paid personal sick leave
  • Monthly well-being stipend of $100/month
  • Monthly wireless stipend of $100/month
  • Professional development stipend of 350 per fiscal year to support employees’ learnings around racial equity
  • 403(b)-retirement savings plan with an employer match up to 7% of annual salary after first year
Work Arrangements
The Vice President role is designed for remote work on a permanent basis. The role is available to candidates residing anywhere based in the United States, though the VP will be expected to be available during standard business hours of 9am-5pm ET.
Based in New York City, Echoing Green is transitioning to a remote-first organization in 2024. Currently, nearly 50% of employees are based in the region and come into the office 2 days/week. Moving forward, Echoing Green will maintain an office space in Manhattan. Employees will be expected to travel 4-8 times/year for board meetings or in-person team retreats, usually in New York City, and will have the opportunity to attend annual Fellow convenings around the globe. Ultimately, the VP will play a role in shaping the organization’s policies and practices for virtual and in-person work.
Employees of Echoing Green are required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Reasonable accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis for exemptions to this requirement in accordance with applicable law.

Those of us who work at Echoing Green have a front row seat to the brightest leaders with the most innovative ideas driving social progress across the world. We are fired up to be their partners, their advocates, and their biggest champions.