Operations Director at For Common Cause

ForCommonCause.org is the first crowdsourcing site that lets people work directly with individuals from low-income backgrounds to help them build micro-enterprises and financial independence.

People who want to give help can now meet people who need it, browsing micro-enterprises and messaging them to offer all types of assistance. Supporters can volunteer just an hour of their time from home, give as little as £20, donate old equipment like laptops, or offer discounted services, such as childcare or shop space. Donors are rewarded with goods that entrepreneurs make, from French lessons to pottery.

For Common Cause cuts out the middleman so people can work directly with entrepreneurs and see the difference they make in people’s lives. Through crowdsourcing, we can create access to a wider array of resources that entrepreneurs can’t get anywhere else and tackle big challenges like poverty with better results.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES

The Operations Director will report to the Executive Director and be a member of the senior management team. The successful candidate will have responsibility for the finance and operations function and play a key role in the charity’s growth and expansion. This is an ideal opportunity for a mid-level professional to grow their career into a senior management position.

  • Improve the operational systems, processes and strategies in support of organisations mission -- specifically, support better management reporting, information flow and management, business process and organisational planning.
  • Effectively manage and motivate a team to meet targets and deadlines, managing performance, giving and receiving feedback, conducting planning discussions and developing the team’s ability to perform current future roles.                        
  • Contribute to organisational strategy and planning as well as risk assessment and mitigation.
  • Oversee overall financial management, planning, systems and controls, including cash flow and projections.
  • Liaise with external accountants to produce monthly, annual accounts and payroll.
  • Manage bank accounts and payments, including HMRC, suppliers, payroll, employee expense reimbursement, etc.
  • Manage donation receipt process through the website and controlling transactions and cash receipts through the bank.
  • Reclaim GiftAid and VAT, liaising with HMRC.
  • Organise fiscal documents.
  • Ensure charity meets all regulatory and financial requirements.
  • Manage recruitment, employee agreements and supplier contracts.
  • Manage the office and IT infrastructure, including email, telephone and premises.
  • Support special charity events and programmes, such as annual fundraiser.

Qualifications

The preferred candidate must have previous experience in manage

  • At least 8 years experience in financial management and bookkeeping
  • Work experience in a charity and start up a plus
  • Commitment to charity’s mission
  • An empowering manager who motivates people and creates a positive environment for them to succeed and achieve targets
  • Excellent computer skills and proficient in excel, word, outlook, and access
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written
  • Knowledge of government contract management a plus
  • Knowledge and experience in organisational effectiveness and operations management
  • Demonstrated leadership and vision in managing and major projects or initiatives.
  • Budget development and oversight experience
  • Knowledge of tax and other compliance implications of non-profit status.
  • Excels at operating in a fast pace, start up environment
  • Excellent people manager, open to direction and collaborative work style and commitment to get the job done
  • Ability to challenge and debate issues of importance to the organization and look at situations from several points of view

This will be a contract based assignment; terms, timings and duration to be agreed.

For more information please go to thewebsite: www.forcommoncause.org

Apply with CV and cover letter by Friday 31 Oct to David Corless, [email protected].

Reporting to: Executive Director

Location: London, Westminster

Annual salary: £25,000-£30,000

Hours: Flexible hours, approx 3-4 days per week, working towards full time