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SVP International

Vice President of Operations & Finance

  Now hiring a Partnership Development Manager.

SVP Overview

Social Venture Partners (SVP) is a multi-generational community of professionals engaged in venture philanthropy. Our current goal is to ensure that all children in metro Portland are ready for kindergarten. We make strategic investments of human, financial, and social capital in nonprofit organizations and system innovation initiatives that prepare children to enter kindergarten with the foundation for learning and life success. We are focused on kids in our community who are called “at risk” but who are really full of promise.

Position Context

SVP has been making an impact in Portland for 16 years. Five years ago, we committed to the Ready for Kindergarten goal. This set in motion a great deal of change in our processes and operations to be more responsive to community needs, more equitable, and more focused on systemic change. Our Partnership and staff have also grown significantly in the last five years. We are constantly adapting to achieve the goal.

The adaptation and growth have brought about the need for more attention to strategic and operational planning and system building. The leadership team needs a professional who thrives on maintaining operational excellence so the entire staff and organization can work more efficiently and effectively to achieve our mission. In addition, this will enable the CEO to be a more external representative for the organization.

Position Summary

SVP is seeking a Vice President of Operations & Finance to enhance and direct our operations and financial management. The VP will work directly with the CEO and key organizational leaders on vision and strategy and then manage planning, processes, workflows, and systems to ensure there is adequate capacity, optimization, and harmonization of efforts across all functional areas. He/she/they must maintain the delicate balance of building a strong and stable infrastructure while remaining nimble and capable of rapidly responding to opportunities for impact in a dynamic, growing organization. The VP will also be a strong presence in the SVP office to develop and steward a high-performing staff and culture and support day-to-day staff needs. He/she/they will serve as a member of the senior management team reporting directly to the CEO.


The ideal candidate is someone who friends and colleagues would describe as:

A servant leader. You are dedicated to making our community better and show unwavering commitment to a mission and values like SVP’s. You demonstrate humility, wisdom, and tact. You find ways time and again to highlight others and help them achieve their potential.

A change agent. You are comfortable with driving progress with individuals and in an environment at varying degrees of readiness. You understand principles of change management and are able to envision a future and then help make it a reality.

Authentic and committed. Warm and intuitive, you possess high emotional intelligence and integrity. You are a self-starter that is both trusted and trustworthy.

Strategic with a focus on details. You have an ability to dig deep on a wide range of issues while knowing the bounds of your responsibilities so as not to lose sight of the forest for the trees. You ensure what needs to happen does happen.

People person. You appreciate and develop talent because you understand the organization depends on talented individuals working as a team.

Data-driven: You ask for data, develop systems to collect it and analyze it to drive results and continuous improvement. You make sure strategic vision translates into profitable operations.

Primary Responsibilities

Strategy & Operations (50%)

  • Direct organizational planning and oversee implementation by staff, committees, volunteers, etc
  • Partner with the CEO on all operational and strategic issues as they arise; provide strategic recommendations to the CEO based on capacity (operational and financial) analysis and projections
  • Advance and manage the infrastructure and systems needed to support SVP’s strategic objectives, including finance, accounting, grants/contracts management & reporting, information technology, human resources and accountability planning
  • Evaluate best industry practices in comparison to internal systems and needed resources, with an eye toward both future needs and budget realities
  • Support the organization’s strategic alliances and partnerships, as appropriate

Financial and HR Management (25%)

  • Direct all financial reporting, analysis, forecasting and internal financial controls, ensuring that adequate funds are available to permit us to carry out our mission and adapt
  • Supervise bookkeeping/accounting and HR personnel or contractors on day-to-day activities
  • Direct budgetary planning and cost management in alignment with SVP‘s strategic plan
  • Responsible for ensuring the day-to-day accounting functions are completed accurately and on time, including vendor and grantee payables, contributions/receivables, cash receipting, and payroll
  • Work closely with the development team to ensure the financial system is routinely reconciled with the donor management system and processes for managing partner receivables are successful and efficient
  • Recommend and maintain finance- and HR-related policies on banking, cash management, internal controls, compensation, and financial compliance; ensure SVP is in compliance with all tax laws and filings
  • Oversee employee management and benefits systems including benefits selection and administration, hiring, onboarding, offboarding and performance evaluations
  • Act as the primary liaison to the Finance Committee, working closely with the committee to strengthen SVP’s financial position

Collaboration & Stewardship of Resources (25%)

  • Develop and steward a high-performing staff and positive culture that make SVP an ‘employer of choice’; develop structures and processes aimed at creating an inclusive, solutions-oriented, accountable team culture that fosters new and creative thinking
  • Institute appropriate performance management practices that align core job expectations, performance standards, and feedback opportunities
  • Work closely with CEO to steward the commitment and manage the engagement of SVP’s Board of Directors
  • Optimize SVP’s information management systems for greater efficiency and knowledge management
  • Ensure SVP “physical plant” and technology meets needs of staff
  • Supervise personnel, volunteers, and vendors related to the position’s area of responsibility


  • Minimum eight years of progressive experience with strategic and hands-on management of daily operations of a nonprofit, foundation or business
  • Minimum five years progressive experience managing finance, accounting, and daily financial operation of a nonprofit, foundation or business; knowledge of forecasting, budgeting and cash management required; familiarity with nonprofit finance preferred
  • Minimum five years of experience managing personnel
  • Knowledge of organizational development principals and practices; demonstrated success developing a team/staff to high performance and satisfaction
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion efforts, especially for underrepresented racial groups
  • Proven ability to inspire, influence, and guide others to achieve meaningful and lasting change
  • Exceptional communications and change management skills
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (especially Excel), Quick Books and CRM systems; experience with Salesforce.com is a bonus; ability to quickly master new technologies essential


  • Full-time (40 hours per week), exempt position, with opportunity for broad and impactful work in a visionary, growing organization. Family friendly environment, with flexible work schedule, as needed
  • Compensation package will include:
  • A competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience based on published trends by The MBL Group (MBL). (Salary range discussed in the first round of interviews.)
  • Benefits: health insurance with alternative health benefits, IRA plan with employer match, paid holidays (seven days with five additional flex day) and vacation (15 days in first three years), sabbatical (after seven years employment), paid professional development opportunities, and Flexible Spending Plan for pre-tax savings on transportation, child care and/or out-of-pocket medical expenses (with $100/month contributed by SVP).

Ability to travel to local off-site venues is required, and occasional out-of-state travel is required and paid for by SVP. Training and connecting with other professionals in the field is encouraged and leveraging efforts with SVP’s international office, and network affiliate sites are available throughout the year and occasionally in out-of-town locations.

Physical Demands and Work Environment 

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Physical Demands- Majority of the time (about 60%) spent in the office, working on the computer/keyboard and/or on the phone; remaining time walking around office, assisting coworkers, attending internal meetings; reach with hands or arms; balance; stoop/bend; talk and hear; may lift up to 20lbs
  • Work Environment– Private office that is well lit and minimal noise level; open office has carpeted floors, bright colors, significant natural light; shared staff kitchen; various modes of transportation required for travel locally to attend work-related events; some exposure to different outdoor conditions when traveling

Performance Standards:  The person in this position will have a 90-day review and will be evaluated annually.

To Apply

Please submit the following materials electronically (PDF preferred) to jobs@svpportland.org

  • A one-page cover letter clearly outlining the qualities, specific skills, and knowledge you bring to the job and how they are a good fit with the responsibilities of this position.
  • A resume (no more than three pages) detailing relevant experience, work history, education and

SVP is a nonprofit committed to Equal Opportunity Employer standards. We are dedicated to the value of advancing equity and we seek to build an organization that reflects the diversity of our community. We strongly encourage applications from all persons from marginalized communities, including racial/ethnic groups and individuals with disabilities.


Application closing date: October 10, 2017

Preferred start by mid-November


NOTE: We will be reviewing applications and qualifying top candidates on a rolling basis.