Finance and Operations Director

Society for International Development - Washington Chapter
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Apr 22

Position description

SID-Washington is the largest and most active chapter of the Society for International Development (SID), an international network founded in 1957 to serve as a global forum dedicated to sustainable economic, social and political development. With institutional and individual members from all sectors, we are uniquely positioned to inform and promote more inclusive and sustainable international development.  

As a membership-driven knowledge organization for the global development community, our mission is to bring diverse constituencies together to debate critical ideas, innovations, policies and practices, advancing equitable development. We pursue this through regional and thematic workgroups, monthly chapter events, and special programs. We also hold large annual events, including an annual conference that attracts 800-900 people each year for keynote discussions, plenary sessions, breakout panels and an exhibit hall; a career fair for entry-level and mid-level professionals; and an annual dinner typically attended by 600-700 international development professionals to honor someone who has contributed in extraordinary ways to our field.

We have over 150 institutional members that span all sectors, including NGOs, the private sector, bilateral and multilateral institutions, consulting firms, embassies, and universities. We also have hundreds of individual members across the world. Our expansive membership contributes to the dynamic exchange of ideas and information that lies at the heart of SID-Washington.


SID-Washington is seeking a self-starting, motivated professional to serve as full-time director to execute the strategic direction for the organization’s growth within the finance and operations areas. This includes financial management and planning, internal systems oversight, as well as President and strategic plan support. 

S/he will work closely with the President to plan for and carry out activities that increase SID-Washington’s visibility and its ability to effectively and sustainably carry out its mission. S/he will work as part of a team of professionals, who serve SID-Washington’s membership through exclusive benefits and programming. S/he will also work closely with members of the Board of Directors who serve on the Budget and Finance Committee. S/he will be joining a tight-knit team, and will therefore be offered increasing autonomy and responsibility, including management experience.  


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

Strategy, Vision, and Leadership

  • Contribute to the development of SID-Washington’s strategic goals, objectives and evaluation, as well as the overall management of the organization.
  • Ensure that SID-Washington is adhering to the strategic plan, delivering status reports to the President.
  • Maintain continuous lines of communication, keeping the President informed of all critical issues.
  • Represent the organization externally, as necessary.


  • Advise the President and other senior management on financial planning, budgeting, and cash flow.
  • Serve as the management liaison to the Budget and Finance Board committee; effectively communicate and present critical financial matters at select committee meetings.
  • Plan, coordinate, and execute the annual budget process with the President and Board Treasurer. 
  • Provide financial oversight, including leading annual audits and tax preparation.
  • Improve administrative and operational accounting services such as payment processing, payroll, accounts receivable, and procurement.


  • Implement, monitor, and gradually upgrade SID-Washington’s system of policies, internal controls, accounting standards, and procedures.
  • Lead SID-Washington’s internal team’s analytical efforts, expanding internal reporting capabilities.
  • Manage ad-hoc Board-level initiatives.
  • Manage all non-event vendors and contracts, with staff-level support.


  • Manage part-time bookkeeper, and support management of membership and operations coordinator.
  • Work closely to lead staff in all finance and operations efforts.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, preference in business, international development, international relations, or similar
  • At least five years working in finance and operations, preferably with management experience
  • Strong Excel skills required, and QuickBooks experience preferred
  • Ability to create and manage budgets
  • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Ability to solve problems creatively, undertake detail-oriented work, and work well as a member of a team
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and deadlines with limited supervision in a fast-paced environment and remain calm under pressure
  • Strong network within international development community a plus


  • Salary dependent on experience
  • 100% employer-paid health premiums: medical, dental and life insurance
  • Employer-sponsored 401k program, including company match percentage
  • Flexible vacation policy, including all federal holidays
  • Flexible telework schedule
  • Access to building gym

Application instructions

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references (Subject Line: Finance and Operations Director).

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