Co-Director of Finance and Operations

Location: Chicago, IL
Date: 7/09/2019

The Opportunity
IWJ is seeking a highly-motivated, organized, and dedicated Finance and Operations Co-Director to lead our dynamic and unique network; skilled, dedicated, and unionized staff; and a diverse board of directors in a joint co-leadership model. IWJ is invigorating and renewing itself and its networks, and is seeking candidates skilled in organizational management. The Finance and Operations Co-Director will oversee finances, fundraising, and operations as a major responsibility. The following describes the general qualifications for this position, although there may be some adjustments to the final job descriptions based on the experience and skill sets that each Co-Director brings.

Overview of Interfaith Worker Justice
Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ) has been a leader in the fight for economic and worker justice in the United States since 1996. The organization consists of a national network that builds collective power by advancing workers’ rights through unions, worker centers, and other expressions of the labor movement and by engaging diverse faith communities and allies in joint action, from grassroots organizing to shaping policy at the local, state, and national levels. Currently, IWJ has affiliated more than 60 organizations within the IWJ network, including a diversity of interfaith groups and worker centers.

IWJ works with its partners and allies to influence the national conversation on its core issues: wage theft, living wages, paid sick days and workplace standards, and protecting the rights of workers to organize. IWJ also works with and through its affiliated worker centers and interfaith bodies to organize and support workers in their campaigns and to pass pro-worker legislation at the local, state, and national levels. With a unique and growing network of advocates, IWJ influences both government and corporate policies throughout the United States.

IWJ is a national 501(c)(3) organization with a budget of approximately $1 million, skilled staff, a diverse board at the national level, and an amazing network of affiliates with powerful local leaders and activists. The IWJ network plays a critical role in the economic justice landscape across the country.

The Purpose of the Co-Directors

  • Encourage the affiliates’ leadership and vision in building the worker justice movement.
  • Lead the Board to strengthen, nourish, promote, and execute the mission of the organization.
  • Invigorate the network through an inclusive and participatory process, campaigns, and actions.
  • Administer the overall growth and work of the organization.

The position is directly accountable to the Board of Directors.

The Finance and Operations Co-Director will be based in Chicago, IL, but there may be some flexibility for the right candidate. Some travel will be expected in order to represent the organization and meet with funders.

Key Roles and Responsibilities
Fulfill IWJ's mission through visionary, responsive, and creative thinking and implementation, rooted in current trends within the worker justice movement.


  • Develop and implement a strategic financial system and criteria with an affiliates’ perspective.
  • Oversee all fiscal responsibilities including those necessary for auditing, budgeting, financial analysis, and managing capital assets.
  • Oversee the financial department and work very closely with accountants and bookkeepers.
  • Develop and implement new marketing strategies to ensure the growth and stability of the organization.


  • Ensure sustainable funding.
  • Build a fundraising culture among the board and the staff.
  • Develop and implement a short- and long-term strategic fundraising plan.
  • Oversee major donor campaigns, individual donations, and fundraising events.
  • Grant writing, including applications, preparation, compliance, and reporting, with a special emphasis on seeking out new grant sources.
  • Develop strong relationships with foundation staff.


  • Supervise all staff related to finance and operations, including administrative, fundraising and communications, by providing measurable deliverables, consistent feedback, and coaching and by setting clear expectations.
  • While daily staff tasks will be accountable to the Finance and Operations Co-Director, the co-directors will be jointly responsible for staff oversight, including evaluations, hiring, and, if necessary, firing.

Board of Directors
In collaboration with the Programs and Network Co-Director:

  • Participate in all board meetings and retreats and serve as liaison between the board and staff.
  • Assist the board’s decision-making process by providing strong recommendations for overall organizational goals and strategy.
  • Work with the board on recruiting and involving board members.


  • Perform other tasks as requested by the Board.
  • Perform other tasks as needed in order to rebuild and maintain a healthy, sustainable organization.


  • At least five years of successful fundraising and five years of organizational management experience.
  • Share progressive values that have guided IWJ to build the worker justice movement and have a deep commitment to dignity, justice, and peace.
  • Strong commitment, relationships, and experience working with worker centers, faith communities, and labor organizations, with an interfaith approach in the religious world, and working in partnership with faith and labor.
  • Excellent communication and listening skills, including a demonstrated understanding of how to communicate in the faith and labor worlds and how to build relationships with donors and foundations.
  • Experience working effectively with a board and as a board member.
  • Management experience (supervision, finances) and experience in building an organization.
  • Ability to engage with media and social media.
  • Ability to problem-solve and build unity and to engage in positive conflict resolution and constructive solution-oriented conversations.
  • Experience in managing diverse sectors with a race, gender, religious, and class analysis.
  • Bilingual English and Spanish a plus.

This is a full-time, exempt position. The salary is within a range based on experience. Interfaith Worker Justice is dedicated to ensuring workers’ rights and offers full and comprehensive benefits to its employees, including medical, dental, and disability, 401k retirement plan with organizational contribution, pre-tax transportation plan, and a competitive salary. Interfaith Worker Justice is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Process
Candidates are encouraged to apply ASAP; we are prepared to hire when we find the right candidate. To apply, please send resume (maximum two pages) and cover letter describing qualifications and interest in the position, and the availability for a preliminary interview by August 2, 2019. Please include at least three professional references (references not contacted until you have had a successful interview). Email applications to and put “Finance and Operations Co-Director” in the subject line.

Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. Applications may be accepted after August 2, 2019 if the search is extended. No calls, please. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.