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Job Title:         Chief Operating Officer
Reports To:     Executive Director

Position Summary:

The DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI) is seeking a Chief Operating Officer (COO) to join the executive team and direct, manage, and oversee the activities of DCPNI’s Operations, Finance, Human Resources and IT programs and processes.

The ideal candidate is a senior operations generalist with strengths and experience overseeing the finance, HR functions and facilities of a dynamic organization. This is a unique opportunity to join a new team and make an impact on an organization designed to end poverty in the Kenilworth Parkside community in Ward 7 of Washington, DC.



  • Oversees DCPNI’s financial management systems and processes including, but not limited to, compliance with GAAP and related requirements, budget development, monitoring, review and report of grant expenditures and revenue, capital planning and operational expenditures, accounts receivable, and accounts payable.
  • Analyzes and presents accurate and timely financial reports; clearly communicates monthly and annual financial statements; collates financial reporting materials for all donor segments, and oversees all financial, program and grants accounting.
  • Coordinates and leads annual audit process, liaises with external auditors, Executive Director, Finance Committee, and Board of Directors; assesses any changes necessary.
  • Oversees and leads annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with Executive Director; administers and reviews all financial plans and budgets; monitors progress and changes and keeps senior leadership team abreast of DCPNI’s financial status.
  • Manages cash flow and forecasting.
  • Implements robust contracts management and financial management/reporting system; ensures that contract billing and collection schedule is adhered to and that financial data and cash flow are steady and support operational requirements.
  • Updates and implements all necessary business policies and accounting practices; ensures updates/revisions to finance/accounting policy and procedure manual.
  • Effectively communicates and presents critical financial matters to Executive Director and Board of Directors.

General Operations

  • Oversees and manages the Operations including Finance, Human Resources, Facilities and IT teams (including outsourced service providers).
  • Implements the structure and processes necessary to manage DCPNI’s current activities and its projected growth.
  • Develops and regularly evaluates operational activities and policies to support organizational efficiency and productivity; reports findings and makes recommendations to the Executive Director and Board of Directors.
  • Oversees the DCPNI RFP, RFQ and solicitation process.
  • Ensures that all organization activities and operations comply with local, state, and federal regulations and laws governing business operations.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Manages staff and consultants responsible for Operations, including Finance, Human Resources, Facilities and IT. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with DCPNI policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

 Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university in business administration, management or related discipline;
  • Minimum of eight years experience as a senior manager in a non-profit environment;
  • Experience overseeing a complex organization’s finances with a cost conscious orientation;
  • Experience managing a team, working across an organization to achieve organizational goals collaboratively;
  • Demonstrated success developing and implementing strategic plans;
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and present financial data effectively to individuals who do not have a financial orientation;
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills with ability to multi-task prioritize and manage multiple priorities;
  • Ability to work flexibly with competing demands in a rapidly changing environment;
  • Ability to effectively manage and resolve conflicts and exhibit diplomacy with all constituents;
  • Experience working with government contracting and/or grants preferred;
  • Experience working in Ward 7 or schools/organizations east of the Anacostia River highly preferred; and
  • Ability to travel 5% of the time.

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