Vice President of Operations

Job Type

Full Time




District of Columbia
United States


Main Purpose of the job:   A member of the WEConnect International executive leadership team responsible for managing the day to day operations of the organization.

Organization Information: WEConnect International, a corporate-led global non-profit, helps women-owned businesses access and succeed in global value chains. WEConnect International has since 2009 provided business education, certification, and business connections to companies based outside the United Sates that are at least 51 percent owned, managed and controlled by one or more women. WEConnect International corporate members represent over $1 trillion in annual purchasing power and are true pioneers in inclusive sourcing and global supplier development.

Job Overview: WEConnect International has been growing steadily and is now seeking to dramatically accelerate growth. Therefore, the position requires that the candidate is mission-focused, strategic, collaborative, a strong team player, looks for ways to strengthen the team environment and support colleagues and is creative, self-motivated, open to change, and process minded. The candidate should have a strong business background in operations including the development and management of staff, budgets, policies and procedures, contracts, legal and regulatory compliance, and internal communications. As a member of the executive team, the candidate must be a leader who can help others at WEConnect International deliver measurable, cost-effective results that make the mission and vision a reality. The candidate must also be able to continue to develop an inclusive and performance driven culture with efficient and effective systems to increase the productivity of the organization while remaining creative. The candidate will lead the performance management process that measures and evaluates progress against the goals of the organization and leads by example in promoting the organization’s core values.

Job Responsibilities: To help ensure the efficient and effective management, growth, and impact of WEConnect International in accordance with its mission and regulation, below are examples of the candidate’s key job responsibilities in alpha order.

  • Audits - Support annual audits that are managed by the Director of Operations
  • Board - Develop relevant Board materials and manage Board follow-up
  • Budget - Develop and manage the budget to ensure goals are met or exceeded
  • Committees - Serve on relevant Board committee(s)
  • Communications - Manage clear and timely internal team communications
  • Compliance - Ensure 100% compliance with 501(c)(3) IRS rules and regulations
  • Contracts - Approved scopes of work, review contracts with Director of Operations
  • Culture - Support and maintain a positive and supportive team culture
  • Finance - Monitors and reports on financial activity and evaluates impact
  • Hiring - Recruit relevant new hires, manage onboarding and staff transitions
  • HR - Instill human capital development and coaching culture and processes
  • ICT - Oversee development and management of key ICT systems
  • Legal - Manage legal issue in coordination with legal counsel
  • Markets - Provide support to Regional Directors on program development
  • Measurement - Oversee best ways to collect data and measure impact
  • Operations - Lead oversight of operations with CEO support
  • Payments - Oversee invoicing processes to ensure timely payments
  • Policy - Oversee development of and adherence to policies and procedures
  • Receivables - Oversee collection of payments to ensure timely deposits
  • Strategy - Support CEO on the development of 1-3 year strategic plans
  • Tasking - Oversee team calendar and key tasks and backfill and assist when needed
  • Tracking - Oversee internal operations to deliver on 1-3 year strategic plans
  • Training - Provide feedback on training curriculum and content development
  • Transparency - Ensure policies and procedures promote accountability
  • Other - Undertake any other duties which may from time to time be required; this job description is not intended to be either prescriptive or exhaustive but is issued as a general guideline to the main areas of responsibilities

Qualifications: To help ensure the candidate’s experience is in line with the needs of WEConnect International, below are examples of key qualifications.

  • Operations
  • Seasoned operations leader with success in financial management and analysis
  • Experience with full range of business functions and systems
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and manage organizational budgets
  • High level of business acumen, including successful P&L management
  • Understanding of U.S. GAAP and non-profit accounting (restricted vs. unrestricted)
  • Experience balancing program delivery against a set budget and set timelines
  • Leadership
  • Mission focused business leader with a track record of scaling organizations
  • Exceptional capacity for managing and leading people
  • Able to work alone, as a part of a team, and able to meet goals without supervision
  • Action focused leader who enjoys working hard and looks for challenges
  • Anticipates change and uses data and trend analysis to update work plans
  • Excited to continually build capabilities and learn additional skills
  • Passion for breaking new ground and leading social change
  • Sound judgment, good political skills, and a flexible approach to work
  • Empathy with women business owners, preferably as a business owner
  • Staff Support
  • Team builder with experience in scaling up organizations
  • Experience developing a top-notch workforce and smooth operations
  • Enjoys building an organization, managing others and building their capacities
  • Strong ability to multitask, delegate and solve problems
  • Thinks big and encourages team to develop new approaches to challenges
  • Supports open door policy amongst staff
  • Communications
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Fluency in English required and knowledge of other languages preferred
  • Comfortable delivering presentations to a wide variety of audiences
  • Develops and updates key internal reports and communicates the status
  • Membership
  • Knowledge and experience with supply chain systems and processes
  • Comfortable working with multinational corporations
  • Understands procurement practices nationally and internationally
  • Other Qualifications
  • Solid education with undergraduate degree required and MBA or similar desired
  • Work experience in other countries and cultures preferred
  • Willing to travel occasionally

Level of Language Proficiency

  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Fluency in English required and knowledge of other languages preferred
  • Solid education with undergraduate degree required and MBA or similar desired
  • Work experience in other countries and cultures preferred
  • Willing to travel occasionally

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

How to Apply: Qualified candidates must submit a resume, cover letter and salary requirements in a PDF format to

Use subject line: VPOperations_YOURNAME

No phone calls, please. We regret that we are unable to respond to individual inquiries about the position. WEConnect International is an Equal Opportunity Employer.