Chief Operating Officer

Open: 7/5/16
Closed: This position is open until filled.

DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI) is the hub of a comprehensive effort to end intergenerational poverty in the District of Columbia’s Ward 7 Kenilworth-Parkside community and beyond. Founded in 2008 and operational since 2013, DCPNI has brought together neighborhood public and charter schools, community and faith-based organizations, resident leaders, local and federal government agencies, funders, corporations, and more than 30 program and service partners to collaborate in realizing our vision.

Summary: Directs, manages, and oversees the day to day operations/activities of DCPNI’s Operations, Finance, Human Resources and IT programs and processes in support of organizational policies, goals, and objectives established by the Executive Director and the Board of Directors by performing the following duties directly or through delegation to managers and service providers.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Oversees and manages the Operations including Finance, Human Resources, Facilities and IT teams (including outsourced service providers)

  • Creates the structure and processes necessary to manage DCPNI’s current activities and its projected growth.
  • Supports the Executive Director and publicly represents DCPNI with the external constituency groups including community, governmental, and private organizations.
  • 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.
  • Manages all facility and technology related issues.
  • Ensures that all personnel policies, record keeping, reporting and orientations are carried out.
  • Oversees the DCPNI RFP, RFQ and vendor solicitation process and implements robust contract procurement and management systems.
  • Ensures that all organization activities and operations comply with local, state and federal regulations and laws governing business operations.
  • Oversees DCPNI’s financial management systems and processes including, but not limited to:
    • Updates and implements all necessary business policies and accounting practices; ensures updates/revisions to finance/accounting policy and procedure manual.
    • Ensure compliance with GAAP and related OMB Circulars requirements,
    • Monitors and reports on federal and other grant expenditures and revenue.
    • Manages cash flow, detailed budget planning and forecasting.
    • Manages banking relationships and procedures.
    • Monitors operational expenditures, accounts receivable, and accounts payable.
    • Keeps senior leadership team abreast of DCPNI’s financial status.
  • 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, including capital planning, in conjunction with Executive Director; administers and reviews all financial plans and budgets
  • Effectively communicates and presents critical financial matters to Executive Director and Board of Directors.

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.

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Strategic Thinking – Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; Understands organization’s strengths and weaknesses; Analyzes market and competition; Identifies external threats and opportunities; Adapts strategy to changing conditions.

Cost Consciousness – Develops and works within approved budget; Develops and implements cost saving measures; Conserves organizational resources.

Leadership – Exhibits confidence in self and others. Inspires and motivates others to perform well. Effectively influences actions and opinions of others. Accepts feedback from others. Gives appropriate recognition to others.

Managing People – Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement. Takes responsibility for subordinates’ activities. Makes self-available to staff. Provides regular performance feedback. Develops direct reports’ skills and encourages growth. Solicits and applies customer feedback (internal and external). Fosters quality focus in others. Improves DCPNI’s processes, programs and services.  Continually works to improve supervisory skills.

Project Management – Exhibits the ability to manage multiple projects, resources, and people with emphasis on schedules, leading teams, and managing deliverables

Business Acumen – Understands business implications of decisions; Displays orientation to profitability; Demonstrates knowledge of market and competition; Aligns work with strategic goals.

Change Management – Develops workable implementation plans; Communicates changes effectively; Trains staff as needed; Builds commitment and overcomes resistance; Prepares and supports those affected by change; Monitors transition and evaluates results.

Oral/Written Communication – Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations. Listens and gets clarification. Responds well to questions. Writes clearly and informatively. Varies writing style to meet needs.  Presents numerical data effectively.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university in business administration, management or related discipline and eight (8) to ten (10) years related experience as a senior manager in a non-profit environment. Prior experience must include financial and budget management and oversight, developing and implementing strategic plans, working closely with senior staff and colleagues, along with a demonstrated ability to lead, manage and effectively coordinate cross-functional teams, departments or functions that align with the organization’s mission. Preferred Experience includes government contracting and oversight of government grants. Highly Preferred Experience includes working in Ward 7 or schools/organizations east of the Anacostia River.

Other Qualifications
Ability to travel 5 percent of the time. 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 and represent the changing face of an organization both internally and externally.Demonstrated ability to write and speak clearly and informatively, and present financial data effectively.

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have proficiency in business accounting software; Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and QuickBooks in both MAC and PC environments. Knowledge of electronic payment applications such as helpful.

WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate within an office environment.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision plans; short-term and long-term disability insurance; 403(b) with match; generous leave policy, and more – all in a friendly, dynamic work environment. For additional information, please visit our website at

BACKGROUND CHECK STATEMENT: The selected candidate’s offer is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background investigation, which may include: fingerprint checks, local agency checks, employment verification, verification of education, credit checks (relevant to employment), and other checks related to the position.

DCPNI is an Equal Opportunity and an Affirmative Action Employer (Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran)

 To Apply

  • Qualified candidates should submit cover letter with salary preferences and resume to [email protected].
  • Please include “Chief Operating Officer” in the email subject line.
  • Phone calls and emails to DCPNI staff will not be accepted.