Vice President, Administration & Finance - National Women's Law Center
About National Women’s Law Center
The National Women’s Law Center fights for gender justice—in the courts, in public policy, and in our society—working across the issues that are central to the lives of women and girls. We use the law in all its forms to change culture and drive solutions to the gender inequity that shapes our society and to break down the barriers that harm all of us—especially women of color, LGBTQ people, and low-income women and families.
The National Women’s Law Center Action Fund is a 501(c)(4) affiliate of NWLC, aiming to drive progressive change in our policies and laws so that all women and girls can live, learn, and work with safety, dignity, and equality. Another affiliate, the National Women’s Law Center Fund LLC, houses and administers the Legal Network for Gender Equity and the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund.
The Law Center is entering a new phase as an institution, with a new strategic plan that reflects an updated vision for impact. The organization seeks to enhance and leverage its expertise, multi-issue approach, relationships with movements and influencers, and status within the legal community to drive a bold gender justice agenda. Working meaningfully at the intersections of race, gender, LGBTQ+, disability, age, national origin, and income, National Women’s Law Center is recognized and trusted by a broad range of stakeholders.
Please visit: https://nwlc.org/about/ for more information about NWLC’s history, impact and leadership.
About the Opportunity
This next Vice President, Administration & Finance has the opportunity to make a transformational impact on the Law Center’s broader work and to grow the power of the gender justice movement, by strengthening and enhancing the strategies and systems that support its organizational growth and the implementation of its strategic plan.
Serving as a member of the Law Center’s Senior Leadership team, the Vice President of Administration & Finance reports directly to the Chief Operating Officer & Chief of Staff, works closely with the President & Chief Executive Officer, the Vice President & General Counsel, and the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging, to lead the vision and direction-setting for the combined finance and compliance, human resources and information/technology/facilities functions. The current Administration & Finance team is made up of more than 20 roles, including the Directors of IT/Operations, Human Resources, and the Controller, all of whom report directly to the VP.
The Vice President is the primary staff liaison to the Law Center’s Board of Directors’ Audit and Finance Committees, staffs the Board’s Executive Committee in its work on senior staff compensation, and provides financial reports and advice to NWLC’s affiliate Boards. A strategic and experienced leader, the VP’s primary focus is on directing and managing the organization’s fiscal functions, while also providing strategic oversight to human resources, IT, and operations/facilities functions, ensuring that they are aligned with fiscal systems, policies, and the organization’s culture as the Law Center grows and evolves including leading work around compliance with the Law Center’s first collective bargaining agreement, anticipated to be completed in the fall of 2022.
Critical to this role and its work is a leader who has knowledge of and passion for gender justice and advocacy, and a deep familiarity with and understanding of fiscal stewardship, strategic operations, and how to create diverse, equitable and inclusive structures, processes, policies and cultures within visionary, justice-driven organizations.
Areas of Leadership
Executive & Organizational Leadership: Build relationships and partner with multiple constituents, including senior executives and decision-makers, at all levels and across teams as well as Board members, in order to be the go-to, trusted advisor on all issues related to and intersecting with finance, operations, IT, and human resources, ensuring efficiencies in policy and process across functions. Participate in organization-wide strategic planning and reporting, helping to foster a culture of collaboration, communication, and compliance across all functions.
- Tenured, senior-level financial leader with previous experience leading staff and/or the Board of a nonprofit advocacy organization
- Skilled in analytics and translating strategic vision into operational models
- Experience creating and implementing policies that support financial, legal, and collective bargaining agreement compliance, as well as representing the organization in those conversations and negotiations
Team Leadership: Continue to build, activate, coach, and develop a diverse, high-performing Administration & Finance team using a supportive and collaborative approach. Motivate and inspire while ensuring accountability, set objectives, establish priorities, identify and resource gaps, and monitor and evaluate results, with attention to equity in all aspects of the team’s collective and individual day-to-day work, as well as in relationships with outside vendors and consultants.
- Demonstrated success building and managing a collaborative and diverse team of finance, HR, operations and IT professionals
- Skilled in management, coaching, mentoring, and problem-solving
- Demonstrated success applying an equity lens to leadership and management
Finance & Accounting Leadership: Lead financial oversight that ensures effective systems and internal controls, including: all aspects of the National Women’s Law Center, the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund, housed and administered by the National Women’s Law Center Fund LLC, and the National Women’s Law Center Action Fund; hands-on leadership for financial operations, projections, the annual budgeting process, and audits – maintaining strong records of accuracy, clarity, timely reporting, and rapid response to all financial issues; liaise between the external investment portfolio manager and the Law Center’s Board Finance Committee, ensuring alignment with the organization's investment policy, recommending changes to investment policies, and managing the operating fund, reserves, and endowment funds which total nearly $100M in assets and an consolidated organizational budget of $45M for NWLC and its affiliates; lead annual and long-term fiscal planning, in alignment with the Law Center’s strategic plan; analyze and leverage data to make projections for sustainability and risk management; direct internal financial statement preparation and external financial reporting and filings (e.g. regulatory reporting, tax reporting, and Law Center financial reporting); evaluating organizational needs for general liability and professional liability insurance, including for NWLC’s affiliates; review and negotiate, with the Vice President & General Counsel, all contracts; with the Vice President for Development, assure effective and accurate coding, reporting, and stewardship of contributions and grants, fostering a customer-service approach to all donors and funders.
- Degree(s) in finance or accounting and CPA status
- Versed in nonprofit finance and accounting regulations and investment and risk strategies, with demonstrated ability to translate complex financial information and concepts for a variety of audiences, especially staff and Board members
- Experience drafting, finalizing, and negotiating contracts
- Experience dealing with both C3 and C4 status at a similarly complex organization
Human Resources Leadership: Work with the COO & Chief of Staff and the Vice President & General Counsel to ensure that human resources policies and procedures comply with applicable Federal and local employment laws and the Law Center’s collective bargaining agreement, including leading the functions, policies and practices that: recruit, retain, onboard, manage, and develop high-caliber talent. Lead administration of the compensation program, including employee benefits, and ensure that these are regularly benchmarked against peer organizations. Working closely with the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging, model and champion an intentional focus on advancing the Law Center’s internal diversity, equity and inclusion goals and creating a culture of belonging.
- Senior-level experience setting the vision and direction for an organization’s human resources functions, including compensation, benefits and payroll
- Has led in a unionized workplace, embracing the opportunity to foster positive labor-management relations
- Human resources management certifications are a plus but not required
Information Technology & Operations Leadership: Guide technology and operations staff in ensuring that the platforms, software, and services in use continue to meet the evolving needs of the staff. Oversee processes related to cybersecurity, maintenance, change management, and budgeting. Lead development and implementation of policies and processes to address IT needs and assure efficient, secure, and productive IT systems and support, including fostering a customer-service oriented approach among IT and operations staff and vendors. Ensure that routine office operations, including the receptionist function, maintenance of the physical office (e.g., office security, supplies procurement etc.), relationships with partners/vendors and landlords, and all operational and administrative systems work effectively and smoothly to support the rest of the organization. Provide strategic oversight to design, construct, and move staff into new leased office space in early 2023.
- Senior-level experience, setting the vision and direction for an organization’s infrastructure functions, including information technology and facilities
Compensation & Benefits
National Women’s Law Center’s compensation framework is based on role and years of relevant work experience. A minimum salary of $224,321 will be provided to the successful candidate with up to 20 years of experience directly relevant to this role.
The Law Center offers a comprehensive benefits package and four weeks of annual vacation. NWLC is a non-profit organization whose headquarters is based in Washington, D.C., with offices located in Dupont Circle and moving to Franklin Square in early 2023. Following the COVID-19 public health emergency, NWLC staff are preparing to transition from remote work to a hybrid workplace while continuing to monitor public health guidance and keeping safety, science, and flexibility top of mind. This role will be based out of NWLC’s D.C. headquarters so all candidates should have the ability to commute into the office at least two days per week or relocate to the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.