Senior Director, Managed Organizations (NYC & Chicago)

We need operationally minded leaders that can demonstrate a passion for process improvement and efficiency in the social sector. This is an excellent opportunity to develop and exercise your COO-like skills in a nonprofit setting. You will help quickly launch, scale, and manage operations for a variety of client philanthropic initiatives, including donor collaboratives, advocacy campaigns, and new nonprofit organizations. You will need to be comfortable working across multiple issue areas. In addition to supporting our client’s initiatives, you will also help the firm and team with its growth. We will need your skills to quickly build internal capacity, systems and technologies to more effectively serve the sector. We need leaders that have experience successfully growing teams and developing team members. The right candidate will embody Arabella’s values, combining entrepreneurial spirit with an eagerness to help our clients accomplish greater good.

About Arabella Advisors

Arabella Advisors helps foundations, philanthropists and investors who are serious about impact achieve the greatest good with their resources.  We help our clients imagine what’s possible, design the best strategies, learn what works best, and do the work necessary to realize their visions.

Our staff is a team of passionate problem-solvers—mission-driven and action-oriented—with a unique combination of experience in philanthropy, business, nonprofits, government, finance, law, and other fields. We combine creative, strategic thinking with knowledge and networks developed through decades of hands-on experience.

The fastest-growing philanthropic advisory firm in the nation, Arabella is also a certified B Corporation. Our leadership team, advisors, colleagues, and staff are fundamentally concerned with social change. We share a desire to make a difference and apply an outcomes-focused approach. Our internal culture supports employee passions, enables continuous learning, and fosters innovation, risk taking, and fun—even as it emphasizes excellence.

About the Managed Nonprofit Organizations

Arabella Advisors provides operations and management support to multiple public charities, including a 501(c)(3) named the New Venture Fund and a 501(c)(4).  These managed organizations house new and innovative public interest projects and nonprofits, as well as coordinate collaborative initiatives between donors and administer grants programs. This type of structure is commonly referred to as fiscal sponsorship, and candidates are highly encouraged to research fiscal sponsorship prior to a first interview.  The managed organizations provide support to a diverse range of projects, including many focused on conservation and global health.  The organizations have also provided fiscal sponsorship to projects focused on voter registration, public policy, education, disaster recovery, and music and the arts.

Essential Responsibilities

Client Services (~50%)

  • Oversee the delivery of excellent client services for a broad portfolio of grant-making, incubation, and fiscally sponsored projects
  • Provide clients expertise in the areas of donor and grant/contract management, capacity building, and financial and legal compliance.  Help projects problem solve as they implement.
  • Cultivate strong relationships with clients, donors, and philanthropic partners

Organizational Growth (~15%)

  • Contribute to the team and organization’s significant year-over-year growth by innovating our systems, operations and processes
  • Contribute to the development and management of the team’s ongoing strategy, structure, annual objectives, and key business performance metrics
  • Lead the achievement of important team objectives
  • Develop and share relevant and valuable expertise 

Management (~15%)

  • Supervise junior and mid-level team members, including an extensive focus on developing, motivating, and mentoring direct reports
  • Identify rising stars on the team, and support strategies to retain them
  • Coach and support staff across the team
  • Serve as a hiring manager

Marketing and Business Development (~20%)

  • Work closely with Managing Directors and other team leaders to inform and support business development
  • Maintain familiarity with ongoing relevant sector research and share with team and clients
  • Contribute to thought leadership
  • Represent the firm at conferences and events

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Graduate degree in relevant field (e.g., business administration, nonprofit management, and public administration) or equivalent experience
  • Experience in philanthropic or nonprofit sectors
  • At least 10 years of work experience with steadily increasing job responsibility, including extensive people management experience
  • Excellent communication skills, including writing skills, and demonstrated ability to structure large amounts of information into written documents that are clear and easy to understand
  • Exposure to a fast-growing organization
  • Extensive experience providing high-quality customer service in fast-paced sophisticated environments
  • Ability to manage and lead a complex project, to oversee and delegate to others on the team, and to meet deadlines
  • Significant experience designing and implementing operational improvements and innovations
  • Experience with grants or contracts and knowledge of general terms
  • Competent in managing and understanding mid-sized budgets
  • Knowledgeable of sales processes

Other Highly Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Experience and Key Characteristics

  • Lean, Six Sigma or similar certification, and experience implementing such principles in growing organizations
  • Obsessed with organization
  • Excited about compliance and contracts
  • Take pride in providing exceptional service
  • Desire to work in a growing office
  • High emotional IQ
  • Constantly seeking to innovate
  • Able to quickly adapt to changing circumstances
  • Sense of humor

A Career with Arabella Advisors

We are committed to having a passion-driven, inclusive, fun, transparent, collaborative, and healthy culture.  We invite you to visit our careers website to learn more about our people, culture, and work. However, we thought you should know that Arabella is committed to providing excellent benefits to our employees.  For you and your eligible dependents, we provide a competitive package that includes health, vision, dental, and prescription insurance. We also provide you disability coverage; life insurance; personal and volunteer leave time; a 401K match that you are eligible to receive when you start; funds for professional development; and a fitness benefit.

We also are committed to building a firm that is diverse and inclusive. We invite our clients and employees to be fully themselves. By integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion into our work, we benefit from increased knowledge, creativity, flexibility, and organizational and individual growth. We expect all Arabella staff to share this commitment.


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Candidates must submit a resume and one-page cover letter to be considered for the position. The cover letter must address: 1) your client management experience and philosophy; 2) your supervisory experience; and 3) how this job fits with your career path. We will disregard candidates that do not submit the appropriate materials.

While Arabella is open to individuals from various locations applying to join our team, please note that we generally are unable to pay for relocation expenses.

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