New York, NY

Managing Director, Operations and Finance, Perspective Fund

The Organization

PERSPECTIVE is a private foundation that funds storytelling and media to shape and alter our perspectives and shepherd the waves of popular opinion toward equity, justice, and human rights. That’s why we support powerful documentaries, visionary mediamakers, and cutting-edge organizations that are creatively and strategically using storytelling to advance social change.

At PERSPECTIVE, we aim to build a thriving ecosystem of storytellers and cultural strategists that have the tools, knowledge, and resources to advance social change.

Position Overview

Perspective Fund seeks a Managing Director, Operations and Finance who will lead the development of Perspective’s operational plan rooted in the fund’s emerging priorities and strategic approach as well as the full range of day-to-day operational and financial needs and priorities. The Director will collaborate with the CEO on high-level strategic planning and implementation and will work cross-departmentally in operational decision-making and organizational planning as Perspective continues to grow.

Key opportunities for the incoming Managing Director, Operations and Finance are as follows:

  • ● Design the workflow and timeline of the strategic planning sessions to support impact-oriented culture, and ensure the process is moving smoothly
  • ● Establish an operations plan that maps to the strategic plan and provides a clear project management pipeline for the operations functions
  • ● Troubleshoot and engage on emerging challenges and issues
  • ● Lead operationalization of systems and increasing organizational efficiency
  • ● Develop internal processes and systems designed to serve the greater strategy
  • ● In partnership with external vendors, oversee budgeting, financial analysis, cash flow management processes, managing Payroll, accounts payable, Internal controls & financial Reporting and lead audit processes
  • ● Oversee platform for payroll and benefits (e.g. Gusto), annual renewals of health care plans, retirement plans, and serve as chief liaison with the external vendor
  • ● Build and oversee grantmaking workflow and ensure successful implementation of PF’s administration processes
  • ● Explore, vet, and negotiate agreements for funding mechanisms (e.g. DAFs, PRIs, Fiscal Sponsors, etc.)
  • ● Ensure all documentation is collected and maintained throughout the life of each grant
  • ● Execute and oversee organization-wide recruitment, onboarding, and performance management practices
  • ● Set metrics and key performance indicators to ensure objectives are being achieved; monitor and ensure accountability, promoting a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning, innovation, and a commitment to excellence
  • ● Enhance the organization’s human resources by planning, implementing, and evaluating employee relations and human resources policies, programs, and practices
  • ● Support team’s learning and professional development opportunities
  • ● Ensure board documents are drafted and provided in advance
  • ● Coordinate with program staff to present to Grantmaking Committee
  • ● Support the CEO with the implementation of a technology plan, leveraging platforms/tools to minimize the internal lift
  • ● Oversee communications consultants, and ensure consistent implementation across the organization
  • ● Support the team with the production of annual reports

Additional background requirements:

  • ● Excitement and investment in the Perspective Fund’s mission and passion for social impact and driving positive change
  • ● 5+ years of experience in an operations and finance leadership role at a philanthropic organization; at least 5 years of experience with project management in operational excellence and systems building and process improvement
  • ● Track record and proven experience building and growing an organization or large-scale initiative from inception (nonprofit or for profit)
  • ● Ability to engage deeply, learn quickly and synthesize necessary information effectively.
  • ● Tech acumen and comfort navigating new platforms and tools
  • ● Advanced understanding of finance, from auditing processes and reading a balance sheet to understanding the difference between volume variance and spending variance
  • ● Ability to thrive in a small, dynamic team environment, prioritizing the impact of the collective work
  • ● Agile and strategic thinker who can see the big picture and map out the details and roadmap to achieve goals
  • ● High achievement orientation; goal-oriented with a strong ownership mentality; ability to be a high level thinker while also producing results on the ground
  • ● A successful leader with exceptional interpersonal skills / EQ with the ability to manage up, down, and laterally and collaborate and build relationships across the business
  • ● Analytical thinker with strong organizational skills; able to break down problems into their aggregate parts to drive operations decisions and design

Molly Brennan and Turner Delano of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To view the full position profile, please visit ( To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here.

All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

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How To Apply

Molly Brennan and Turner Delano of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To view the full position profile, please visit ( To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here.

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