Vice President, Finance and Administration

Job Type

Full Time


Details: The salary range for this role is between $90,000 to $126,000, with exact salary depending on experience and new staff rarely starting at the top of the range.




United States


Are numbers your jam? Are you known for using spreadsheets for #everything? Do you want to put your systems-creating super powers to work to support social justice leaders on the front lines of the resistance?

The Management Center (TMC) is seeking a Vice President of Finance and Administration to ensure the smooth operation of our organization and support our high-performing team as we grow. This organizational leader will oversee our internal finance and administration functions, and build and manage the systems needed to ensure organizational health and stability as we expand to reach more clients more effectively.

Who We Are

Our mission is to help social change leaders learn how to build and run more effective organizations so they can deliver great results. Founded in 2006, we’re now a 40-person, $8 million organization (and growing!). We've helped shape the practices of hundreds of influential organizations and thousands of individual managers, with a particular focus on leading progressive organizations working for social change. Our clients work on issues – like promoting immigration reform, fighting for racial, economic and gender justice, advocating for educational equity, and protecting voting rights – where they face an inherently uphill battle and so must fight more effectively than their opponents if they are going to win. We aim to help them do that by making their organizations as effective as possible, by providing coaching, training, and publications for the broader field.

We work hard to deliver services that produce extremely high levels of client satisfaction, which has enabled us to grow by word of mouth. As a result, we have more demand for our services than we can meet, despite rapid recent growth. The Vice President of Finance and Administration will be a key part of creating and managing the systems to help us continue to grow to meet that demand!

What You’ll Do

As TMC’s staff, client demand, and revenue have grown, our operations – and those of our sister organization, The Management Action Center – have become more complex. The newly created Vice President of Finance and Administration position, which will report directly to TMC’s Chief of Staff, is in charge of taking the internal side of our operations to the next level of performance during this particularly exciting time in our growth.

The role will evolve over time, and the more you can handle the better, but you’ll have three major areas of responsibility:

1. Organizational Effectiveness

  • Serve as a key member of the leadership of our administrative team, managing our Finance Associate and our financial consultants (outside contractors) and the work in their realms, and designing your team to adapt to changes as we grow
  • Make sure we capture data and create useful reports to gauge our progress toward our goals
  • Lead the process to survey coaching clients and analyze data collected
  • Design and lead staff meetings, and assist in leading administrative team meetings

2. Finance 

  • Oversee all the day-to-day and annual administrative and financial functions of our organization
  • Monitor our finances, make projections, analyze trends, develop tools to help us better understand our cost structure, and suggest wise courses of action to promote our financial health
  • Ensure smooth financial operations, including ensuring that all contracts, invoices, and records are in order, and receive a clean annual audit
  • Act as “Chief Problem Solver” to handle ad hoc issues that arise, and develop and implement smart solutions

3. Administration

  • Ensure all staff have the tools they need to do their work, including technology and tools set-up for new staff, and tech support (in conjunction with outside consultants) for all staff
  • Manage payroll and benefits, including adding new staff, managing the relationship with our healthcare brokers, troubleshooting any changes or questions from staff, and working with brokers and outside contractors to ensure accuracy and a seamless experience for staff 
  • Support the CEO and Chief of Staff in producing materials for funder and board meetings 

If you’d been in this role in the past year, for example, you would have managed our day-to-day finances and developed financial projections; taken the lead on deciding whether, when and how to make a major office move; worked on proposals on whether to make major changes in benefit coverage; and helped us to figure out how to administratively support a massive shift in the structure of roles on our training team.

Who You Are

To be successful in this job, you will demonstrate the judgment, work, and wisdom of a senior leader who can garner the admiration of the rest of our team of very smart, picky individuals. Fundamentally, we want someone who loves making things work, directly and through others, and who has the skills and seasoning to do that in our context. You may have managed staff directly, and if not, you’ve got significant experience managing complex projects involving staff who didn’t report directly to you. 

More specifically, you will have or be most or all of the following:

  • A very strong critical thinker and problem solver, with excellent judgment and a strong ability to communicate in writing and in person. People describe you as organized, quick, and sharp.
  • A strong lens on issues of equity, with the ability to work effectively with a talented and diverse team, and to proactively spot issues of equity and inclusion and bring practical solutions.
  • Fast-paced and detail-oriented, bringing a passion for making things work well and an ability to handle a large volume of work impeccably, including strategically prioritizing the most important projects while keeping all the others on track as well.
  • Demonstrated success creating resilient systems in a complex environmentis required, and expertise in financial management is a strong bonus but not necessary. If you have the ability to create strong systems, fluency with numbers, and a desire to learn the intricacies of the finances, we would love to talk. 
  • Relentlessly solutions-oriented and flexible, with the ability to adapt to the evolving needs of our growing organization and to think three (or 30) steps ahead to ensure things run smoothly, all with a focus on making life easier for our clients and staff.

Prior experience in the progressive advocacy, educational equity, or broader nonprofit arenas is a plus, but not a requirement. You also need to fit well with our culture, which we like to thinkblends excellence with heart (and a keen sense of humor helps).

What Else You Should Know

We are an equal opportunity employer, are committed to racial equity and social justice, and we make a particular effort to recruit people of color and indigenous people to apply for open positions.  

This position is based in Washington, D.C., and is ideally full-time, although it may be possible to set up a more flexible work schedule. 

The salary range for this role is between $90,000 to $126,000, with exact salary depending on experience and new staff rarely starting at the top of the range. We also offer excellent benefits, including an additional 5% employer contribution to your retirement fund with no match required.

See more details about us and 5 reasons to work with The Management Center here!


We offer excellent benefits, including an additional 5% employer contribution to your retirement fund with no match required.

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Minimum Education Required

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How To Apply

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