Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. As a national online force driven by over one million members, we help people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us, moving decision makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America. We activate our members to take action on crucial issues—from criminal justice to media representations to the social safety net and voter freedom—so that we can build the power necessary to transform the written and unwritten rules of society. Color Of Change was founded in 2005 in response to a profound realization during Hurricane Katrina—as Black people were left stranded on their roofs to die, it was clear that no one was nervous about disappointing Black people because there were no consequences for doing so. Every day, we work to build the infrastructure, leadership, strategies and savvy that will create consequences for racial injustice, and build momentum for implementing visionary solutions that will move Black people and all people forward.
The Director of Finance & Accounting will partner with the CFO to ensure the achievement of the organization’s financial objectives. Color Of Change currently includes three organizations (501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), and hybrid Federal PAC/SuperPAC). The Director of Finance and Accounting is responsible for monitoring and maintaining internal controls while overseeing the financial systems and related fiscal compliance requirements. This position will work closely with team leaders to manage the organization’s budget as well as manage A/R, A/P and contracts. This is a full-time, exempt position based in Oakland, CA (relocation assistance is available).
Direct the day-to-day accounting operations including maintenance of the general ledger and grant and revenue accounting functions.
Manage accounting systems and all financial management process, including budget reports, payroll, benefits and pension systems, A/R and A/P.
Collaborate with CFO to drive annual budgeting process and monitor budget goals throughout the year.
Prepare and provide financial reports for the program staff, CFO, Executive Director, and/or Board on a regular basis.
Work with Development to track fundraising progress and prepare financial reports for foundations and other contributors as needed.
Work with our PEO (Sequoia One) to negotiate benefits design and implementation.
Assist managers in developing and tracking consultant contracts.
Maintain relationships with external vendors and brokers.
Ensure accurate and timely compliance with city, state, and federal non-profit regulations as well as reporting and yearly tax/information filings such as the 990.
Interact with COC’s CPA for audit preparation as needed.
Collaborate with campaign finance consultants to ensure accurate and timely filing of campaign finance reports.
Ensure that staff are trained on relevant accounting policies and procedures and hold staff accountable for adherence to such policies and procedures.
Specialist Skills & Requirements
5+ years relative work experience as a senior accountant or equivalent in the nonprofit sector.
Strong knowledge of accounting and bookkeeping processes, including strong working knowledge of GAAP, internal control and financial reporting requirements.
A. or advanced degree in accounting from an accredited university (experience will be considered in lieu of degree).
Advanced proficiency in Excel.
Must be detail-oriented, flexible, and thrives in a fast-paced, friendly environment.
Team orientation, responsive and collaborative working style.
High comfort level with technology and using cloud based services.
Ability to manage, coach, develop and hold direct reports accountable (Finance Associate and Bookkeeper).
While experience in a similar role in the civil rights sector is not required, a commitment to civil rights and racial justice is.
Knowledge of the operations and compliance requirements for Political Action Committees.
Experience with IntAcct, Adaptive Insights or similar technology.
Experience with payment management systems such as Expensify or similar.
Additional Salary Information: This is a full-time exempt position. Salary is commensurate with experience. Color Of Change offers a comprehensive benefits package, including generous vacation and holiday schedules and medical, dental and disability insurances.
Color Of Change helps people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by over one million members, we move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people, and all people. Until justice is real.