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Director of Operations

Location: (Multiple states)

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Executive

Director of Operations

Full-time position, flexible/remote location within North America 

 

Position Description

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is seeking a highly respected professional based in North America with previous nonprofit experience to serve as its Director for Operations. The radical change of making the Apparel and Footwear industry more sustainable can only happen if all actors, private and public work together.  The inner workings of the SAC must run efficiently and effectively if the organization is to fulfill its purpose.  The successful candidate will lead the development and implementation of strategies to ensure that SAC utilizes tools and processes that enable efficient collaboration, effective workflows, consistent record-keeping, vendor selection/management, information sharing, and impactful project management. This individual will be a seasoned, mission-focused, and process-minded manager with experience executing on vision and strategy through day-to-day operations, financial oversight, back-office functions and staff management.

 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

 

Operations: 

  • Guide the SAC to run more smoothly and strategically, with less friction, and reactive decision-making
  • Manage day-to-day operations of the organization including but not limited to office space, tools, technology, travel, etc.
  • Create a work environment that is engaging, positive, and pleasant for staff and contractors 
  • Act as the liaison between all domestic and international offices and remote workers
  • Develop internal systems to support the long-term sustainability of the organization
  • Oversee contracts and management of outside vendors and contractors
  • Ensure appropriate record and contract management processes are followed

Finance: 

  • Responsible for the overall cash and budget management of the organization per approved policies 
  • Internally drive the development and management of the budget across all functions
  • Manage in-house financial staff 
  • Manage the contracted financial services provider to: 
    • Ensure that each monthly close is prompt and accurate 
    • Report the financial health of the organization to leadership and the Board 
    • Provide forecasting, cash flow management and additional approved functions. 
    • Support the audit service provider in the appropriate manner, ensure that tax forms are completed, and audit results are acted upon 

Human Resources

  • Manage the uniform application of approved policies to ensure a safe, diverse, equitable and healthy work environment 
  • Ensure that each employee understands their role, has annual SMART goals to guide their work, has an annual performance evaluation and understands the compensation/ bonus system
  • Manage the contract HR specialist in execution of day to day HR functions

 

Legal: 

  • Work with key organizational stakeholders, advisors, and counsel to develop and manage the organization’s intellectual capital/property strategy
  • Manage contracted legal counsel who will:
    • Oversee compliance with local, state, national, and international corporate laws with the various structures required to operate in multiple jurisdictions and countries
    • Ensure compliance with Sarbanes Oxley or other provisions related to nonprofit organizations
    • Review legal contracts and address questions as requested

About You

  • Organization and process orientated by nature, and adaptable and flexible to match the requirements of an ever-evolving organization 
  • A global perspective and experience in managing multiple international offices
  • Versatility to wear many hats while running a variety of projects
  • Consistently inspire excellence 
  • Professionalism, empathy and the ability to work as part of a team, maintain a sense of humor, and interact with a diverse array of people from all over the world
  • Ability to work autonomously, with a high-degree or maturity, personal integrity, and interpersonal skills, and is self-motivated
  • A passion for social and environmental issues
  • Ability to use sound judgement to make independent decisions on issues
  • Be an outside player and coach with high EQ

 

Qualifications

Ideal candidate has:

  • 10+ years of an outstanding performance and execution in previous operations-based roles 
  • A combination of education and work experience that provides functional understanding of Operations, Finance, Human Resources, and Legal functions for a non-profit organization. Special expertise in two or more of these functions required with a strong desire to learn about the other functions 
  • Proven ability to build a strong community with growing multiple internal teams and contractors, coordinating between teams to ensure we are moving towards our company-level goals, and staying on our scheduled timeline
  • Experience managing remote and international employees, contractors and teams
  • Familiarity with apparel and footwear supply chains strongly preferred
  • Strong verbal, written, analytical, and interpersonal skills
  • Willingness and ability to engage in regular domestic and international travel
  • Developed internal systems to support long-term sustainability of the organization
  • Developed risk mitigation strategies and contingency plans with incomplete information
  • Be a strategic and management partner to the Executive Director

 

Reporting Structure and Timeline

This is a full-time role, reporting directly to the Executive Director with a start date of September 2020.  

 

Diversity, Compensation, and Location

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition offers a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience and a competitive benefits package, including health (medical, dental, vision), paid time off, and a matched retirement plan. The SAC’s members are global organizations, and as such, the SAC staff has shifted hours on certain days of the week to accommodate different time zones. This position will be located in North America and may work remotely, so relocation is not a requirement.

 

SAC is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

 

About the Organization

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) was founded by a group of sustainability leaders from the global apparel and footwear industry who recognize addressing our current social and environmental challenges are both a business imperative and an opportunity.

SAC’s Purpose:

Through multi-stakeholder engagement, the SAC seeks to lead the industry toward a shared vision of sustainability built upon a common approach for measuring and evaluating apparel and footwear product sustainability performance that spotlights opportunities for technological innovation and priorities for action. The Higg Index, our common measurement tool, is currently in use by thousands of brands, retailers, and facilities within our industry.

SAC is a fast-paced organization that has an ambitious mission that seeks to reward those who challenge themselves to provide membership and the organization with very high-quality deliverables and engagement in line with our mission. SAC values trust and strong relationships where team members collaborate effectively and support each other and the work across the organization.


 

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