Operations & Finance Manager
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The Operations & Finance Manager (OFM) will be a crucial team member on IBL’s staff of 4 as it expands to 6 regional programs around the world. S/he will work in all areas of operations and finance, building all-around skills in program management, finance, analysis, data management, communications, and technology. This role is excellent training for candidates interested in eventually being a COO or starting their own enterprise and only candidates with this professional ambition will be considered (this candidate should aim to eventually succeed the current COO at IBL). Comfort with financial analysis and basic accounting skills is also essential, preferably gained through experience in a financial role.
Due to the breadth of activity, the successful candidate will be eager to learn and curious, willing to take on any challenges that come his/her way, and able to apply existing skills and aptitudes in unfamiliar areas. We do not expect you to come to this job with expertise in all of the areas described below, but we do expect adaptability, hard work, and general analytic ability that can be applied to new challenges.
Program management and matching process (30%)
• Manage the organization and logistics of all IBL orientation workshops (6 planned in 2016, on 4 continents), including budget management, with oversight from the COO.
• Assist the COO in the matching process (connecting participants to open job opportunities), mainly through data collection, analysis, and systems management (in Salesforce/Excel).
• Scope and develop automation in our systems to improve efficiency without losing the human touch
• Research potential partners globally on an ongoing basis
• Assist the Business Development Manager with marketing operations as needed
• Develop program-related communications as needed.
• Run the second interview for all applicants (after a written application), after gaining familiarity with IBL.
Data, Processes, and Technology (30%)
• Work with the COO to manage all IBL support systems and processes. In particular, the OFM will manage, improve, and analyze IBL’s data on participants and partners to continuously improve our program outcomes.
o This includes producing reports after each workshop for IBL stakeholders, analyzing survey data, placement outcomes, and similar.
• The OFM will also be responsible for developing expertise in Salesforce and all related applications (Conga, FormAssembly, Data Everywhere, Cirrus Insights, etc.), consistently streamlining workflows for maximum efficiency.
• In time, the OFM will be the primary administrator of Salesforce and should have a passion for capturing and using data in the best ways possible to improve operations.
• IBL uses Excel for a variety of analyses and some complex automated processes. The OFM will take over ownership for these processes and continue to innovate new ways to improve them.
Finance, Accounting, and Grant Management (30%)
• Take ownership of all bookkeeping in Quickbooks Online, with oversight from the COO.
• Own month-end financial tasks, including budget vs. actual updates, production of financial statements, monthly receivables statements, and ongoing analytical needs.
• Keep assiduous records of all financial transactions, and be the first line of inquiry for all audit requests.
• Assist with payments and treasury needs.
• Perform financial analysis as needed
• Assist the COO with financial projections and other strategic items, as needed.
• Assist the COO with grant management needs and reports for IBL donors.
• These tasks will be overseen closely by the COO and will be added gradually to the role.
• Provide back-up to the Business Development Manager as needed
• As in most early stage companies, every employee wears multiple hats. The OFM will undoubtedly take on other unexpected tasks, and should be ready and willing to take on new challenges.
Required Skills and Qualifications
• Undergraduate degree required
• Very detail-oriented and satisfied only with the highest quality outputs
• At least 2-3 years of full-time work experience, preferably in a finance and/or operations role
• Strong financial knowledge and skills in financial analysis/modeling and general data analysis
• Strong proficiency in Excel required, as well as Word and Powerpoint
• Affinity for using technology to solve problems, and ability to quickly learn new software applications
• Ambitious curiosity and passion for learning
• Strong writing and verbal communication skills
• Passion for social enterprise and impact investing
• Experience with Quickbooks Online
• Experience with SQL or other logical programming language
• Experience managing events or programs
• International experience other than tourism
Please send your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line reading “IBL OFM Application.” In your email, please indicate times when you are generally available for phone interviews.
What we do:
Impact Business leaders (IBL) provides business professionals with 5 to 15 years of experience with career opportunities in for-profit social enterprises aiming for social impact. IBL offers orientation, career guidance, and job opportunities with social enterprises and impact investors around the world and focuses especially on those looking for a change in direction in their careers. We are not a traditional short-term fellowship or internship program, but rather a springboard for long-term career opportunities for professionals with strong existing skills and professional track record.
The IBL program has three main elements:
– Orientation: a seven-day course exploring social enterprise and impact investing, in partnership with trailblazing practitioners and top business schools around the world, including Oxford University (UK), Strathmore Business School (Kenya), the Indian School of Business (India), and the Darden Business School at the University of Virginia (US). More than 130 participants have been through the program to date.
– Personal Career Guidance: every participant receives personalized career guidance from our Executive Director, who has extensive experience building commercial businesses and social enterprises in this space
– Job Opportunities: Our matching process is designed in a competitive process that takes into account the skills and goals of the participant, the needs and availabilities of placement organizations and an intent to inject a competitive element into determining market salaries. We source dozens of specific job openings that provide challenging roles with clearly defined objectives. The biggest concentrations of open roles are in East Africa, India, and the US. All of our job opportunities are intended to launch a long-term career in social enterprise. We do not guarantee jobs because offers are entirely up to our company partners who exclusively make hiring decisions following their own internal processes.
David Kyle, who has had a varied 36-year career in international banking and senior social enterprise roles, is its Executive Director and formed IBL in 2013. It is organized as a non-profit corporation based in Washington, DC but considers itself a social enterprise, and aims for longer-term sustainability through various revenue streams. David has been involved in similar graduate or professional business training programs since 2006. More than 130 participants have been through the program to date, and more than 70 have secured new roles in social enterprises around the world (not all participants seek jobs).