Operations Manager

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $45,000
Maximum: $62,000
Details: Unfortunately, there is no relocation allowance.



Start Date


Application Deadline



215 East 9th Street
Suite 601
United States


About OJPC

The Ohio Justice & Policy Center creates fair, intelligent, and redemptive criminal justice systems through zealous client-centered advocacy, innovative policy reform, and cross-sector community education. We focus our energies primarily on reducing the size of the prison system, improving conditions for those inside prison, and expanding the freedom of people with criminal records to fully contribute to their communities. We are a non-profit law office founded in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1997, and our work is statewide.

What we are looking forA bright generalist with common sense and a strong financial analysis bent; someone who is passionate about growing with this dynamic, small non-profit; someone ready to punch above his/her weight.

This position will:

  • With input from staff, accountant and historical records, develop and execute a $1M+ annual budget, including restricted and non-restricted grant funding;
  • Prepare monthly financial analysis as well as frequent “what-if” drills;
  • Serve as liaison to contracted accountant, pay agent and auditor;
  • Manage Human Resources for a staff of 14 with plans to grow;
  • Support the Board of Directors;
  • Perform general office management (supplies; Executive travel; vendor contracts; etc);
  • Other duties assigned.

Required qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in related major such as Economics, Business Management, Accounting or Human Resources. We are looking for a creative generalist with common sense!
  • Expertise in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
  • Ability to work independently; exercise judgement and discretion; and set priorities in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, tact and humor.
  • Strong communications skills, both verbal and written.
  • Three years’ experience in similar position.

Additional experience that would make you an even stronger candidate:

  • Master’s degree in related major such as Economics, Public or Business Administration.
  • Knowledge of criminal justice issues.  
  • Five years’ experience in similar position(s).
  • Experience in QuickBooks.


  • Competitive benefits package, including 27 PTO days, PTO carryover and PTO Sharing; Parental Leave; 13 Holidays plus Christmas to New Year’s paid leave; Flextime; Health, vision and dental insurance; Simple IRA (up to $12.5K) with corporate matching; membership in professional associations; corporate support for professional training and professional exams.
  • OJPC is an equal opportunity employer. People from historically disadvantaged groups, based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, and/or sexual orientation / identification, are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Level of Language Proficiency

English -- strong communications skills needed, both written and verbal

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply


Send a cover letter, résumé, three references, and responses to the 3 questions listed below, all in PDF format to: OJPC’s Human Resources at ojpcHR@ohiojpc.org.

Applicants who have been out of university less than 4 years should also send university transcripts.

Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m., Friday, 16 November 2018.

Questions (respond to each with no more than ½ page). Essays and/or bullet responses acceptable.

1.    As the Operations Manager, you receive a late night phone call from the Executive Director regarding a financial matter. He says, “I expect to get litigation fees for the Smith case of at least $30K when the case closes and settles. But in the meantime, the Smith family is really hurting. They need cash now. What if we write a check from OJPC’s funds for oh, $12K, to the Smith family? We could charge it to A&G*. And when the litigation fee comes in, we could pay the A&G account back.” As the senior financial advisor, how would you respond to the Executive Director? {*A&G = Admin and General, the broad overhead account}

2.    The Board’s Financial Committee wants a simple “dashboard report” for monthly financial metrics. What are some critical metrics you would include in that dashboard?

3.    OJPC’s policies state that our compensation is “competitive.” What are some steps you would take to assure employees that this is a true statement?