Head of Finance & Operations

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Head of Finance & Operations

Organization: Equal Measures 2030 (EM2030)

Location: Flexible/Remote in a country where you have the right to work

Reports to:  Executive Director

Direct Line reports:  1 Administrative Assistant, but subject to fluctuate based on funding and grant commitments

Contract term:  Indefinite

Hours of work: 32 hours, Monday to Thursday

Salary range:  USD$68,000-$95,000[1] + Benefits

Benefits overview:

  • 4-day (Monday-Thursday) work week. We do not work on Fridays.
  • We are a fully remote global team.
  • Paid time off (including 25 vacation days per year; pro rata for part-time employees).
  • Employer contribution to pension/retirement savings.
  • Income insurance.
  • Health/medical insurance (varies by country).
  • “Work At Home” and “Learning & Development” allowances.

About Equal Measures 2030 (EM2030):

EM2030 is a collaboration of national, regional, and global leaders from feminist networks, civil society, international development, and the private sector. We connect data and evidence with advocacy and action on gender equality, to transform the lives of women and girls and realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

It is more than 25 years since 189 countries committed to the Beijing Platform for Action by advancing women’s rights. And we have less than 10 years until the 2030 deadline for achieving the SDGs and their promise of gender equality.

But Equal Measures 2030’s SDG Gender Index shows that not a single country has yet achieved gender equality.

Our Strategic Plan 2020-2025 is founded on the belief that data can expose gender inequality and injustice, motivate change, and drive accountability. From 2020 to 2025, working with women and girls and across feminist organizations and movements, Equal Measures 2030 will catalyse change through data-driven advocacy aimed at holding governments and policymakers accountable.

Rapid change on gender equality is possible. Join us to help make it happen.

About this role:

Equal Measures 2030 is at an exciting stage in our growth and development. A fiscally sponsored project of Panorama Global since May 2022, we have an opportunity for a new leader to join our globally-remote and growing team to design and drive our Finance and Operations functions.

We are looking for a highly organized, proactive, nimble, and collaborative Head of Finance & Operations. The Head of Finance & Operations will be responsible for oversight of all finance and operations processes including financial management and reporting, human resources management, internal systems and processes. The work of the Head of Finance & Operations will require excellent operations and administration skills, project management skills, as well as strong finance experience in order to work with the Finance and Contracts teams at our fiscal sponsor host organization (Panorama Global).

Reporting to the Executive Director, you will lead on a wide range of finance and operations systems and procedures, from financial management through to standard operating procedures and grant compliance. This role would suit a highly organized strategic thinker who is excited by a role that requires you to design and implement systems (within globally remote work environments), be organized and proactive in problem-solving and thinking ahead, work collaboratively and embrace the variety of tasks that come with this role.

You will be flexible in your approach and self-starter. You have strong communication skills, and will relish the opportunity to build strong, enduring relationships both inside the organisation and externally.

The role will suit someone who thrives in an entrepreneurial environment, and someone who values collaboration, flexibility, and nimbleness. You must bring a deep understanding of, and commitment to, Feminist and Anti-Oppression values and principles and be ready to work with us to integrate these across our work, including in our finance and operations activities.

What you will do:

Reporting to and working closely with the Executive Director, the Head of Finance & Operations will lead on ensuring that our finance and operations processes and systems enable our geographically dispersed team to work effectively, to deliver against our donor commitments, and to help us manage for growth.

The role will be responsible for the following areas of work:

Leadership of Operations

  • Take leadership accountability for the operational management of EM2030, including ensuring that our finance and operations functions help us to deliver our strategic plan, aligns with our values and principles, and helps us to meet our objectives.
  • Work closely with the HR Manager to ensure compensation & benefits for employees are applied as per EM2030 policies.
  • Own the relationship with external IT vendors and support services to ensure that EM2030’s IT hardware, software, and systems support and enable our globally remote team to carry out their work efficiently (for example to support file retention and sharing, project management, data privacy and effective remote team collaboration)
  • Lead on the design and implementation of standard operating procedures
  • Provide clear guidance and leadership to the Secretariat teams on matters to do with budgeting, procurement, compliance, contractual obligations, policies, procedures and risk management and mitigation
  • Act as an effective leader, manager, and coach to line reports (for example, the Administrative Assistant)
  • Ensure that EM2030’s values and principles are reflected across all aspects of our operational & financial policies and practices.
  • Assess capacity building needs and provide training and technical assistance in procurement & financial management to employees and/or partners whenever needed.

Leadership of Finance & Compliance

  • Working closely with the Executive Director and colleagues at our fiscal sponsor organization Panorama Global, the Head of Finance & Operations will take leadership accountability for building and resourcing a high performing finance and compliance function, including:
    • Leading the development of the organization-wide annual budget, working closely with the management team and Panorama Global Finance colleagues.
    • Preparing monthly management accounts and quarterly forecasts, including commentary and variance analysis
    • Planning and managing cash flow accurately
    • Managing all financial aspects of grants, donations and projects including the monitoring of restricted and unrestricted reserves (including grant budgeting, grant budget forecasting, and grant reporting)
    • Tracking financial goals and preparing reports and recommendations for the Executive Director and the Board
    • Preparing the annual report and year end accounts
    • Manage any grant, project, or broader finance audit processes, working closely with colleagues at Panorama Global
  • Work closely and collaboratively with the Head of Business Development and the Executive Director to identify and solve strategic finance questions, including collaborating on how to reach organisational income goals, and the optimal funding mix for EM2030
  • Represent EM2030’s finance and compliance portfolio with stakeholders including Panorama Global, the EM2030 Board, and funders, ensuring proper financial controls and accountability.
  • Ensure that all our contractual relationships – including with partners, sub-grantees, suppliers, and donors – are compliant and well managed
  • Identify and evaluate the key physical and financial risks to EM2030 and implement appropriate measures to mitigate such risks
  • Keep abreast of financial best practice in the charity sector

Knowledge, skills, and/or experience you will need:

Essential:

  • Degree in business administration, finance, accounting or equivalent;
  • At least 10 years of progressively responsible management experience in the area of finance and operations;
  • Excellent project and time management, financial stewardship, budgeting, reporting and variance analysis;
  • Strong skills in development, drafting, and implementation of standard operating procedures, policies, programmes, and systems;
  • Proficiency in computer software particularly Office365 and accounting software packages;
  • Strong leadership and excellent followership skills, including experience working successfully in matrixed organisations;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to maintain effective and satisfactory working relationships with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds;
  • Experience with grassroots organizations and varying levels and types of financial systems of management;
  • Ability to operate and manage with remote working arrangements;
  • Ability to handle stress, complexity and to adapt to change;
  • Ability to simplify and make accessible theoretical financial concepts and data;
  • Ability to meet deadlines and objectives;
  • Excellent judgment, autonomy, and sense of initiative, as well as the ability to work with minimal supervision;
  • A deep understanding of, and commitment to, Feminist and Anti-Oppression values and principles.

Desirable:

  • Member of a professional corporation, CA, CGA, CMA, AICPA
  • Experience helping a small start-up organisation scale up, with adaptable systems and processes to underpin fast growth
  • Experience with specific software packages used by EM2030 (including Bamboo HR, Wrike, Procurify)
  • Additional language skills, especially French and Spanish

What we offer:

Our team is collaborative, friendly, flexible, and based in different countries all around the world.

We have been improving our remote working approaches, systems, and tools since our founding in 2017, and are committed to making EM2030 a great place to work no matter where in the world our team members are located. We are powered by our values and principles, not just in “what” we do but also in “how” we do it:

  • We are guided by feminist principles and a belief in the importance of gender justice 
  • We are collaborative and believe in the power of women’s collective action
  • We are rigorous in our analysis and transparent about our methodology and approach
  • We are outspoken 
  • We listen and learn

We recognise that it is people that will enable us to reach our vision and mission. We aim to offer a wide range of benefits as outlined above.

How to apply:

Please submit in English, a current CV, along with a cover letter explaining how you meet the requirements of the role, and how you would contribute to EM2030’s vision and mission. Please include Head of Finance & Operations in the subject line of the email and submit to amanda.kobeissi@equalmeasures2030.org by 31st January 2023.

We thank all those who apply, but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. To learn more about EM2030 and our work, please visit our website at https://www.equalmeasures2030.org and review our strategic plan.

People from and based in the Global South, women; trans, non-binary and intersex persons; persons with disabilities and other candidates from historically oppressed groups, of all ages, are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Employment Logistics

Equal Measures 2030 is a fiscally sponsored project of Panorama Global, a 501(c)(3) social impact nonprofit that empowers changemakers through radical collaboration.

Employment of this role will be facilitated by Panorama Global. Equal Measures 2030’s team members in the USA are employees of Panorama Global, and team members outside of the USA are employees of a Professional Employer Organization/Employer of Record (PEO/EOR) that is appropriately registered as an employer in the individual's respective country of work to ensure compliance with local labor law.

Panorama is committed to creating a diverse team and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We know that representation matters in the workplace and with our partners; to that end we are committed to a hiring process grounded in equity and inclusion. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, citizenship or immigration status, national origin, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, political ideology, the presence of any physical, mental, or sensory disability, age, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please email SponsoredProjectsHR@panoramaglobal.org.

Final offer will be contingent on confirmation of the individual’s eligibility to work in his/her respective country.


[1] We are in the midst of a compensation review, putting in place our first globally standardized job tier/pay scale.  This range may be subject to change as a result of that process.

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