Director of Finance and Administration

The National Coalition Against Censorship is a first responder in the fight against censorship.  While  national in scope, we are often local in our approach. We work with community members to resolve censorship controversies. We are particularly active in defending students, teachers, librarians and artists.  Founded in 1974, our coalition includes 57 national non-profits, including literary, artistic, religious, educational, professional, labor, and civil liberties groups.  NCAC has a staff of eight.

Position

The Director of Finance and Administration will be a strategic thought-partner, and report to the executive director (ED). The successful candidate will be a hands-on manager–an adaptive problem solver who can wear many hats and jump in to help complete urgent projects.  The Director of Finance and Administration will lead and develop an internal team that includes an administrative assistant and part-time bookkeeper to support the following areas: finance, business planning and budgeting, human resources, administration, and IT.

The Director of Finance and Administration will play a critical role in partnering with the senior leadership team in strategic decision making and operations as NCAC continues to enhance its quality programming and build capacity. This is a tremendous opportunity for a finance and operations leader to maximize and strengthen the internal capacity of a well-respected, high-impact organization.

Responsibilities

Financial Management (50 per cent)

  • Analyze and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly and annual financial statements; collate financial reporting materials for all donor segments, and oversee all financial, project/program and grants accounting.
  • Coordinate and lead the annual audit process, liaise with external auditors and the finance committee of the board of directors; propose any necessary changes.
  • Oversee and lead annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with the ED; administer and review all financial plans and budgets; monitor progress and keep senior leadership team abreast of the organization’s financial status.
  • Manage organizational cash flow and forecasting.
  • Effectively communicate and present the critical financial matters to the board of directors.
  • Manage the inputting of data in Quickbooks.
  • Implement a robust contracts management and financial management/reporting system; ensure that the contract billing and collection schedule is adhered to and that financial data and cash flow are steady and support operational requirements.
  • Update and implement all necessary business policies and accounting practices, automating processes wherever possible; improve the finance department’s overall policy and procedure manual.

Human Resources, Technology and Administration (50 per cent)

  • Oversee administrative functions as well as facilities to ensure efficient and consistent operations as the organization scales.
  • Further develop NCAC’s human resources and administration, enhancing professional development, compensation and benefits, performance evaluation, training and recruiting.
  • Establish and manage a comprehensive training program to educate employees regarding staff tools, policies and procedures.
  • Establish procedures to protect the security of NCAC’s information technology and the privacy of all data, including donor information.
  • Work closely and transparently with all external partners including third-party vendors and consultants.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of a B.A., ideally with an MBA/CPA or related degree 
  • At least 7-10 years of overall professional experience (non-profit experience preferred); ideally 6+ years of broad financial and operations management experience
  • The ideal candidate has experience of final responsibility for the quality and content of all financial data, reporting and audit coordination for either a division or significant program area, and has preferably overseen a human resources function previously
  • Ability to translate financial concepts to–and to effectively collaborate with–programmatic and fundraising colleagues who do not necessarily have finance backgrounds
  • A track record in grants management
  • Technology savvy with experience selecting and overseeing software installations and managing relationships with software vendors; knowledge of accounting and reporting software
  • Commitment to training programs that maximize individual and organization goals across the organization including best practices in human resources activities
  • A successful track record in setting priorities; keen analytic, organization and problem solving skills which support and enable sound decision making
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • A multi-tasker with the ability to wear many hats in a fast-paced environment
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the mission of NCAC as well as a sense of humor.

Details

The salary range is $80,000-$90,000, depending on experience. Benefits include health, dental and vision insurance, retirement savings plan, transportation assistance, and paid vacation.

The National Coalition Against Censorship is committed to fostering a diverse and non-discriminatory work environment as both a reflection of our values and as core to our mission. Censorship first silences those with the least access to power and we believe that a diversity of experiences, identities and opinions strengthens our advocacy and our workplace.

NCAC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, references, and compensation requirements to mtowers@nesc.org. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. No phone inquiries please.

Youth Free Expression Program Coordinator (full-time)

The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) is an alliance of more than 50 non-profit organizations dedicated to promoting and protecting freedom of thought, inquiry and expression in the United States. NCAC assists students, teachers, artists, writers, librarians, and others involved in censorship disputes, advocates for speech-friendly policies, mobilizes coalition partners, and provides information and resources on censorship issues to policy makers, scholars and the media.  

NCAC’s Youth Free Expression Program (YFEP) offers youth the knowledge, tools and opportunities to assert and defend their right to free expression and access to information. YFEP’s central initiative is the Kids’ Right to Read Project (KRRP), which counters attempts to remove books from libraries and curricula because of opposition to the viewpoints those books express. NCAC seeks a creative and detail-oriented Program Coordinator to coordinate all YFEP operations. 

YFEP Coordinator Responsibilities

Kids Right to Read Project (KRRP)

  • Investigate the facts in incidents of school censorship as reported in the press or to the Kids’ Right to Read Project;
  • Draft advocacy letters to schools, libraries and public officials in defense of youth access to educational materials;
  • Assist Communications team with KRRP-related postings on NCAC blog and social media;
  • Maintain KRRP case log and database; 
  • Maintain relationships with KRRP partners and other collaborators;
  • Proactive outreach to teachers, students and relevant organizations to build organizational trust.

Educating Stakeholders about First Amendment Rights in Schools

  • Develop and maintain resources to educate youth, teachers and school administrators on their First Amendment rights and responsibilities, including the right to protest;
  • Track trends in threats to youth speech and expression and develop creative response campaigns;
  • Proactive outreach to schools and libraries;
  • Assist Communications team with YFEP-related postings on NCAC blog and social media. 

Student Engagement

  • Develop new national initiative to actively engage students in free expression activism nationwide;
  • Recruit and mentor student free speech activists; 
  • Develop partnerships with other organizations with youth constituencies and engage students within those constituencies;
  • Assist with restructuring NCAC’s Youth Film Contest.

Other

  • Assist in YFEP-related grant writing and reporting;
  • Recruit and supervise interns.

Qualifications

  • Two or more years of experience in organizing, research, program development and/or education.
  • Excellent research, analytical and writing skills.
  • Demonstrated interest in free speech advocacy. Familiarity with or willingness to learn about First Amendment law as it affects youth and the educational system. Willingness to defend the speech of people with whom you may personally disagree.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and persuasively to diverse audiences, including youth and educators.
  • MA or other graduate degree preferred.
  • Detail-oriented, highly organized, able to set priorities, and manage multiple responsibilities.
  • Self-motivated willing and able to take initiative and work independently, creatively, and collaboratively in a fast-paced office environment with a small staff. 

The YFEP Coordinator reports to NCAC’s Director of Programs.

Details

This position is full-time with some weekend and after hours commitments and occasional travel.  The salary range is $55,000-65,000, depending on experience. Benefits include health, dental and vision insurance, retirement savings plan, transportation assistance, and paid vacation.

The National Coalition Against Censorship is committed to fostering a diverse and non-discriminatory work environment as both a reflection of our values and as core to our mission. Censorship first silences those with the least access to power and we believe that a diversity of experiences, identities and opinions strengthens our advocacy and our workplace.

NCAC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  

To apply:
Please send a cover letter, resume, references, two writing samples, and compensation requirements to jobsearch@ncac.org. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
No phone inquiries please.

 

Internships

The National Coalition Against Censorship welcomes internship and work experience applications from higher education students on a rolling basis. We are sadly unable to provide stipends for interns, however we are happy to work with your school or program on third-party financial arrangements or course credit, as applicable.