Job Opening: Senior Executive of Operations

With the recent adoption of a hybrid and remote work environment and increased number of staff members,  Advocates seeks to better streamline, modernize, automate and integrate organizational systems. The Senior Executive of Operations (SEO), a new position, will be responsible for the implementation of Advocates’ overall operational strategy.  Reporting to the President and serving as a member of the senior leadership team, the SEO will introduce, develop, and implement appropriate and more sophisticated, automated organizational systems, policies and procedures in the areas of finance, administration, IT, HR, facilities management and other operations in support of the organization and its work.


Financial Leadership

  • Identify, modernize and implement financial systems, assisting the senior leadership team to improve financial management, forecasting, and sustainability.
  • Investigate and upon Board approval, implement an investment strategy for the organization that maximizes resources while minimizing risk and maximizing liquidity.
  • Lead the organization on financial planning, budgeting, cash flow, investment priorities, and financial policy matters.
  • Work with the Board finance and audit committees; effectively communicate and present critical financial matters at select Board of Directors and committee meetings.
  • Forecast, anticipate trends, and gaps, manage risks to the organization.
  • Maintain continuous lines of communication, keeping the President and other senior leadership team members informed of all critical issues.
  • Guide the work of finance staff; identify and implement structural changes as appropriate to increase organizational effectiveness and sustainability.


Operations Leadership

  • Strengthen Advocates’ system of policies, internal controls, operational standards, and procedures while aligning these systems with the organization’s values.
  • Oversee facilities, including managing lease and tenant relations.
  • Oversee information technology, logistics, administration, and integration across all departments.
  • Oversee the supervision of staff and consultants and vendor relationships.
  • Support the work of operations staff; over time make structural changes as appropriate to increase organizational effectiveness and sustainability.


People and Culture

  • Provide proactive leadership, direction, and professional expertise in all areas of human resources (HR) management.
  • Oversee efforts to nurture a healthy organizational culture including managing the Director of Organizational Culture  and providing guidance on policies and procedures for strengthening staff relationships in a hybrid and remote work environment.
  • Provide input into staff recognition and benefits initiatives.
  • Lead the development, implementation and effective communication of HR policies and procedures. 
  • Work with ADP/Total Source to help Advocates comply with federal, state, and local legislation pertaining to all personnel matters, policies, and procedures, inclusive of wage and hour laws and payroll practices. Help coach and provide strategic guidance to managers.
  • Lead and provide oversight to the senior leadership team on HR and other personnel issues.
  • Guide the work of the Director of Organizational Culture over time while making structural changes as appropriate to increase organizational effectiveness and sustainability.



  • Proven leadership experience with broad oversight, and values that clearly align with the organization.
  • Minimum 5-7  years’ experience in a senior nonprofit leadership  role, preferably with experience at a national organization with hybrid and remote staff.
  • Proven experience modernizing and integrating financial and accounting systems.
  • Experience managing at least an $5M+ annual organizational budget.
  • Experience with nonprofit finance, compliance, and accounting regulations.
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem solving skills including negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Strong mentoring, coaching experience to a team with diverse members and levels of experience.
  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface with senior leadership, Board of Directors, and staff.
  • A commitment to Advocates’ mission, organizational values, and goals.


ORGANIZATIONAL DESCRIPTION: Advocates for Youth (Advocates) partners with youth activists and their adult allies to champion youth rights to bodily autonomy and build power to transform policies, programs and systems to secure sexual health and equity for all young people. 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Through funding from private foundations, government agencies, corporations and individuals, Advocates partners with youth activists, state-based organizations, school districts, youth-serving organizations, community-based agencies, and health care providers in the U.S. and abroad to build support for and capacity to promote youth sexual health, rights and justice. The organization has a youth activist network 100,000+ strong and is active on 1,200 college campuses and in hundreds of communities across the U.S. Staff also partner with young people, NGOs, schools and government agencies abroad to improve young people’s access to honest sex education, confidential sexual health services and the resources and opportunities youth need to build strong communities and strong lives. Advocates works towards a society in which all young people are valued, respected, and treated with dignity; sexuality is accepted as a healthy part of being human; and youth sexual development is normalized and embraced. 

HOURS: This is a full-time position (32 hours per week/4 day work week). 

SALARY & BENEFITS: The salary range for this position is $180,000 -185,000 commensurate with experience.  Benefits include flexible compensatory time, health and dental insurance plans, life and short- and long-term disability insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, professional development funds, and student loan pay-down.

START DATE: Negotiable but ideally no later than April 1, 2023

LOCATION: Advocates’ offices are located in the District of Columbia. Candidates for this position can work remotely, but preference will be given to those living in or near the DC area. Successful candidate needs to be available during east coast working hours. Some travel will be required if the candidate lives outside the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area.

TO APPLY:   Please send cover letter, resume, two writing samples (no longer than three pages each), and three references by February 15th, 2023 to afyhr@advocatesforyouth.org with subject line Senior Executive of Operations and last name. 

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.  No telephone calls or email inquiries, please.  Advocates for Youth is an Equal Opportunity/Americans with Disabilities Act employer and strongly encourages people of color and LGBTQ people to apply.