Director of Finance and Operations

Organizational Overview

The Sentencing Project promotes effective and humane responses to crime that minimize incarceration and criminalization of youth and adults by promoting racial/ethnic, economic, and gender justice. Information about The Sentencing Project is available at

Job Description

The Director of Finance and Operations is responsible for overseeing the financial and administrative operations of the organization including budget management, financial reporting, monitoring cash flow, developing and maintaining best practices and internal controls for company finances and operations, human resources functions, and computer and technical systems management.

The Director of Finance and Operations reports to the Executive Director.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • In collaboration with Executive Director, oversee financial operations including execution of financial strategies and processes including annual operating budget, annual audits, and 990 tax preparation.
  • Serve on the Senior Leadership Team guiding management and oversight for office operations, policy development and implementation.
  • Coordinate financial functions, including banking, investments and investment strategies, and preparation of monthly financial reports in accordance with General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Manage contract commitments and expenditures to ensure consistency with budgeting.
  • Manage and maintain employee policies and procedures handbook.
  • Oversee payroll and employee benefits, including accrued vacation, health plan, insurance, retirement funding, health savings account, transportation benefits, and other benefits as appropriate.
  • Oversee employee recruitment and onboarding with TSP staff and contractors as appropriate.
  • Provide support to the Executive Director for overall operations.
  • Provide support to the organization’s Board of Directors, including support to the Finance Committee and Board Treasurer, as well as support for full board and committee meetings.
  • Manage the organization’s accounting procedures.
  • Oversee management and maintenance of office space, equipment, computer technology, inventory and supplies.
  • Ensure TSP compliance with all required agencies and groups.
  • Manage search for new office space.
  • Supervise finance and operations staff, including full-time, part-time and contract staff.

Essential skills and experience include the following:

  • Management experience supervising staff, managing budgets, and effectively handling multiple priorities and projects
  • A minimum of five years relevant experience
  • Excellent communication skills, both internal to the organization and with external partners, in writing and verbally
  • Proven ability to build and nurture a diverse, respectful, and positive working environment and to coach supervisees, as well as peers
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, keep organized in a fast-paced environment, manage simultaneous tasks, and adjust strategy to changing demands
  • Strong understanding of accounting and office operations and procedures, including human resources, payroll, bookkeeping, contract management, and compliance with federal, state, and local regulations and laws related to nonprofit corporations
  • Demonstrated ability to work with financial management, budgeting, and administrative systems, annual audits, Form 990 processes, and other nonprofit financial processes and requirements
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with a diverse Board of Directors
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to meet deadlines and to work independently and as part of a team
  • Relevant advanced credentials, including an MBA, CPA or commensurate experience
  • Center principles of equity, inclusion, and belonging in all work, embedding the values in program development and organizational practices and processes
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity within the office and using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences regarding race, ethnicity, age, gender identity, and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and socio-economic circumstance
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and conflicts


Salary range: $125-135k per year. The Sentencing Project’s generous benefits package includes four weeks paid vacation; accrued sick leave; 14 paid holidays; office closure December 26-December 31; health, dental, life and disability insurance; a matching contribution to 403(b) retirement plan after 4 months of employment; Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phone allowance; transportation benefits; and annual professional development stipend.

Job Location

This is a full-time position based in Washington, DC. The Sentencing Project’s “return to office” plan currently requires two days per week in the office.

Application Procedure

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter addressing this organization’s mission and your qualifications for the responsibilities outlined, and contact information and relationship for three professional references to:

Note that references will not be contacted without your permission. Please include where you saw the job post or how you learned of the open position.

No telephone calls please.
The Sentencing Project is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to cultural diversity and recruits without regard to gender, race, ethnicity, color, age, religion, sexual orientation, disabilities, or prior convictions.