Deputy Director of Strategic Operations at The National Network of Abortion Funds

Full Time
Senior Executive


About the National Network of Abortion Funds

The National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF) builds power with members to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access by centering people who have abortions and organizing at the intersections of racial, economic and reproductive justice. Together with our members, we advocate for cultural and political change to ensure access for people who face the greatest obstacles to abortion access: people with lower income, people of color, young people, and transgender and gender nonconforming people. 

This is an exciting time for NNAF as we grow, nurture new funds emerging in underserved areas, and deepen our support for funds working within the reproductive justice framework. We are working to make access to abortion a reality for everyone, no matter their resources. We are building a movement, mentoring young leaders, and working toward a world in which everyone can shape their own futures and families.  We invite you to join us as the newest member of our dedicated and growing team at a time when we are explicitly focused on scaling our network and building the infrastructure of abortion funds to be fully staffed organizations with robust abortion funding budgets.

NNAF is a multi-racial, multi-religious, gender-expansive staff of about 70, located across the United States. We know how important it is to support our remote staff to maintain connection and cohesiveness as a team. To this end, we ensure weekly one-on-one supervision, face-to-face virtual staff meetings, quarterly in-person meetings, and more. Read more about us here.


About the Opportunity

Reporting to the Chief of Staff, the incoming Deputy Director of Strategic Operations (DDSO) has the unique opportunity to join NNAF during a moment of strategic restructuring to meet the need of an ever-changing movement at an organization that has experienced rapid growth over the last few years, serving as a partner and co-conspirator to our team, network, and board. This is the time to refine and reassess policies and procedures to lead us to the future we want.

The DDSO will be charged with defining and leading our operations and IT strategy, in partnership with our talented staff, and with an eye toward advancing our mission and serving our network. This is a unique opportunity to build upon a strong operational foundation and bring our operations and IT to the next chapter of innovation and growth in an emphatically mission-driven environment to lead our transition towards sustainable, innovative, and values-aligned people practices for social change.

The DDSO will provide direction and oversight to the current Ops, IT, and Executive Assistant teams. NNAF’s annual budget has grown to roughly $35M, and our staff is fully remote, distributed throughout the United States. Our ideal candidate will bring deep expertise in nonprofit operations and IT practice, extensive experience leading at the organizational level, and share our commitment to our mission and values.


Areas of Leadership

Executive & Organizational Leadership: An active and engaged member of a relatively newly-formed executive leadership team, work with and through peers, building buy-in at the executive level, and across the organization, for operations and IT initiatives. Support the wellness of staff. Center equity in all decision making, particularly as related to operations and IT practices. Collaborate and build relationships across the organization in order to drive communication and break down silos. 

  • Key Qualifications: 
    • Seasoned executive leader, with experience leading operations and IT at an organization of a similar size and complexity
    • Unflappable leader, capable of navigating and resolving challenging interpersonal dynamics
    • Outstanding communicator, both internally and externally
    • Well developed change leadership toolkit, including rallying team members around a vision and building buy-in to new systems, policies, or practices
    • Strong facilitative leadership skills, including moving groups of people toward a shared decision or outcome, and navigating and resolving organizational conflicts 
    • Comfort with uncertainty and ability to make decisions or proposals with imperfect information
    • Leadership practice that actively centers on equity and inclusivity in management and decision-making, including operationalizing racial justice initiatives for an organization
    • Deep belief in NNAF’s mission and approach

Team Leadership: Build upon the trust and credibility of the team to ensure cross functional collaboration, including with executive leadership. Coach, mentor, and develop the operations, IT, and EA team. Lead and build capacity of the Ops, IT, and EA functions, with an eye toward developing individual members of the team, the team as a whole, and system and process optimization. 

  • Key Qualifications: 
    • Experience inheriting and building upon an established team
    • Track record of rallying a team around a vision, driving team cohesion, and building a culture of trust and collaboration
    • Experience and agility working through challenges and conflict within and across teams
    • Seasoned, people-centered leader of teams; outstanding, empathetic, curious, and humble relationship builder
    • Experience coaching and mentoring a team of professionals with diverse identities and levels of experience to effectively deliver outcomes, while centering an organization’s mission

Strategic Visioning, Implementation, and Project Management for Operations & IT: In partnership with the Executive team, envision, build, and implement a strategic operations and IT plan. Examine, assess, evaluate, adapt, and update internal systems, processes, policies, and software across the organization. Identify opportunities for operational efficiencies and updates. Lead internal knowledge management, including developing an organizational philosophy and codifying practices. Provide technical assistance and support to network members.

  • Key Qualifications: 
    • Experience assessing and evaluating an organization’s operations & IT policies and practices, including knowledge management, with proven success updating and evolving practices to better serve an organization’s people
    • Track record of collaborating and partnering with other functions, including legal and finance, to streamline operations and processes
    • Deep expertise in operations & IT work that includes experience working as a strategic partner with legal and finance teams on, nonprofit/501c3 operational compliance and digital security practices
    • Values forward leadership in times of change management and urgent external condition
    • Understanding of the strategic value of knowledge management and how it connects to organizational learning, effectiveness, and equity
    • Salesforce experience strongly preferred


Salary & Benefits: $190,000 - $210,000. Best in Class benefits package currently including 100% employer paid health insurance plus 50% for dependents/families, a 5% employer retirement match, 32-hour work weeks, 3 weeks vacation, 13 holidays, generous sick time, and a commitment to professional development.

NNAF is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual based on any non-merit factor, and is committed to an equitable workplace where everyone is treated as a respected and valued member of the team. In fact, NNAF actively seeks to build and maintain a diverse staff with regard to race, culture, ethnicity, class, religion, physical ability, age, gender, and sexual orientation. As an organization working in solidarity with the reproductive justice movement, NNAF is committed to fostering the leadership and elevating the voices of women, young people, people of color, Native people, immigrant and refugees, low-income people, LGBQ+, and transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary people, people who have had abortions, people with disabilities, young parents, people who were formerly imprisoned, people who have received funding for abortions, and people living in the many intersections of these experiences. We encourage people from these communities to apply.


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