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Senior Director, Managed Organizations

Arabella Advisors Washington, DC
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
  • Benefits: Vision, Medical, Life Insurance, 401k, Dental

You are mission-driven and action-oriented. You love to get involved and work as part of a team to accomplish something great. Any job is your job if it helps the team succeed, and you thrive on variety. Today, you’re looking for a role where you can use those traits to make a real difference in the world by advancing the most important social issues facing humanity today.

If that sounds like you, Arabella Advisors can’t wait to meet you.

We seek a leader with a passion for improving processes and building efficiencies that ultimately help advance the social sector. You will help quickly launch, scale, and manage operations for a variety of client philanthropic initiatives, including donor collaboratives, advocacy campaigns, and new nonprofit organizations. You will support client initiative across multiple issue areas. You will also help our team continue to grow and improve: you will use your skills to quickly build internal capacity, systems, and technologies that enable us to more effectively serve the sector. We seek a leader with experience growing teams and developing team members, a person who combines entrepreneurial spirit with an eagerness to help clients accomplish greater good. If you want the opportunity to help lead a fast-growing team that is reshaping the charitable sector, then this job is for you.

Essential Responsibilities

Client Services (~30%)

  • Oversee the delivery of excellent client services for a broad portfolio of grant-making, incubation, and fiscally-sponsored projects
  • Provide expert guidance to clients in the areas of donor and grant/contract management, capacity building, and financial and legal compliance. Help projects solve problems even as they implement.
  • Cultivate strong relationships with clients, donors, and philanthropic partners
  • Oversee our efforts to provide clients with excellent and responsive service while instilling a culture of compliance
  • Develop agreements, relationships and processes that enable us to provide service to the non-profits we manage

Business Development and Analytics (~30%)

  • Work closely with Managing Directors and other team leaders to inform and support business development

· Develop tools and training to support a small team of business development specialists, and advise on development of BD collateral

· Develop and lead a function that tracks and analyzes key business analytics, including those involving pricing and profitability

  • Maintain familiarity with ongoing relevant sector research and share with team and clients
  • Contribute to thought leadership, including representing the firm at conferences and events

Management (~20%)

  • Supervise mid-level team members, with an extensive focus on developing, motivating, and mentoring direct reports
  • Identify rising stars on the team, and support strategies to retain them
  • Recruit, coach and support staff across the team
  • Provide visible leadership to the DC office

Strategic Leadership and Organizational Growth (~20%)

  • As a member of the Managed Organizations leadership team, contribute to team and organizational strategy, and oversee the achievement of important team objectives
  • Contribute to the team and organization’s significant year-over-year growth by innovating our systems, operations and processes
  • Contribute to the development and management of the team’s ongoing structure, annual objectives, and key business performance metrics
  • Develop and share relevant and valuable expertise
  • Oversee our team’s learning and development opportunities

To be successful in this role you’ll need:

  • Graduate degree in relevant field (e.g., business administration, organizational development, or public administration) or equivalent experience
  • Experience in philanthropic or nonprofit sectors—leadership in nonprofit organizations or experience in social sector consulting are preferred
  • Significant experience with client relationship management and business elopment
  • Ability to understand, structure, analyze, and present business analytics
  • At least 12-15 years of work experience with steadily increasing job responsibility, including extensive people management experience
  • Excellent communication skills, including writing skills, and demonstrated ability to structure large amounts of information into written documents that are clear and easy to understand
  • Exposure to a fast-growing organization
  • Experience and comfort with ambiguity
  • Extensive experience providing high-quality customer service in fast-paced sophisticated environments
  • Ability to manage and lead a complex project, to oversee and delegate to others on the team, and to meet deadlines
  • Experience with grants or contracts and knowledge of general terms
  • Competent in managing and understanding mid-sized budgets
  • Knowledgeable of sales processes

Other Highly Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Experience and Key Characteristics

  • Lean, Six Sigma or similar certification, and experience implementing such principles in growing organizations
  • Advanced Excel proficiency
  • Take pride in providing exceptional service
  • Desire to lead a growing team in a dynamic office
  • High emotional intelligence
  • Constantly seeking to innovate
  • Able to quickly adapt to changing circumstances
  • Sense of humor

Our Core Competencies:

  • The ability to provide excellent service, including being able to effectively guide teams to achieve service standards and carry out strategy, and identify service offering gaps and recommend and/or drive improvements.
  • The ability to manage resources across team to ensure projects and goals are achieved, approve work plan changes and final deliverables, and communicate projects’ progress with critical stakeholders
  • The ability to establish and manage effective relationships with diverse stakeholders across the firm, including executive-level colleagues, and to foster a culture of courteous professional interactions
  • The ability to effectively communicate critical firm-wide messages, and to lead others in managing challenging conversations and developing complex communication skills
  • The ability to model and foster a team-wide culture of inclusion, collaboration, and knowledge sharing; to demonstrate and model appreciation for significant team contributions; and to mediate challenging interpersonal conflicts
  • The ability to regularly engage in leadership development activities, and lead firm-wide initiatives that improve firm-wide learning
  • The ability to foster a team culture that encourages creative problem solving, and to ensure teams have resources and training to overcome complex challenges

About Arabella Advisors

Arabella Advisors helps foundations, philanthropists and investors who are serious about impact achieve the greatest good with their resources. We work on issues ranging from the social and economic advancement of women and girls, and conservation of our climate and planet, to reducing poverty and inequity in the United States and around the world. Our staff members are mission-driven and action-oriented, and have a unique combination of experience in philanthropy, business, nonprofits, government, finance, law, and other fields. We combine creative, strategic thinking with knowledge and networks developed through decades of hands-on experience. The fastest-growing philanthropic advisory firm in the nation, Arabella is also a certified B Corporation.

About Arabella’s Managed Organizations Team

Arabella Advisors provides operations and management support to multiple nonprofit organizations, including the New Venture Fund, the Windward Fund, and the Hopewell Fund—all 501(c)(3) public charities—and the Sixteen Thirty Fund, a 501(c)(4).These managed organizations house new and innovative public interest projects and nonprofits, as well as coordinate collaborative initiatives between donors and administer grants programs. This type of structure is commonly referred to as fiscal sponsorship, and candidates are highly encouraged to research fiscal sponsorship prior to a first interview. The managed organizations provide support to a diverse range of projects, including many focused on conservation, global health and civic engagement.

Working with Us

We are committed to having a passion-driven, inclusive, transparent, collaborative, healthy, and fun culture. We invite you to visit our careers page to learn more.

To encourage work/life balance, we offer flexible work options. Our office is an open space with cubicles and informal work areas. Our salaries are closer to the range of a nonprofit and our benefits are excellent. You’ll start with three weeks of vacation, 80 hours of personal time, and 20 hours of paid time to volunteer at an organization of your choice. In addition to seven federal holidays, you get to pick four more from a list of inclusive religious holidays and your birthday.

We have a competitive health package that includes medical, vision, dental, and prescription insurance. We also provide funds for professional development, a fitness benefit, and cover part of your personal cell phone plan.

How to Apply

Submit a resume and a one-page cover letter online. The cover letter should address why you’re excited to work at Arabella and why you’re qualified for this specific job.

We value diversity and inclusion and encourage all qualified people to apply. If we can make this easier through accommodation in the recruitment process, please let us know.

While Arabella is open to individuals from various locations applying to join our team, please note that we generally are unable to pay for relocation expenses.

We will review applications as they are received and look forward to hearing from you.

Arabella Advisors

Why Work Here?

Awesome work culture!

Arabella Advisors helps foundations, philanthropists and investors who are serious about impact achieve the greatest good with their resources. We help our clients imagine what is possible, design the best strategies, learn what works best, and do the work necessary to realize their visions. Our staff is a team of passionate problem-solvers who are mission-driven and action-oriented with a unique combination of experience in philanthropy, business, nonprofits, government, finance, law, and other fields. We combine creative, strategic thinking with knowledge and networks developed through decades of hands-on experience. The fastest-growing philanthropic advisory firm in the nation, Arabella is also a certified B Corporation. Our leadership team, advisors, colleagues, and staff are fundamentally concerned with social change. We share a desire to make a difference and apply an outcomes-focused approach. Our internal culture supports employee passions, enables continuous learning, and fosters innovation, risk taking, and fun even as it emphasizes excellence. We have a fun work environment that includes Snackabella Wednesdays (Wednesday afternoon treats) and periodic wine tasting after hours. Come join us!

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