Operations Coordinator

  • Entry-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 12 June 2019
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 11 July 2019

Job Description

The Cadasta Foundation provides a global platform and digital tools to help marginalized communities and individuals document their land, property, and resource rights. We are seeking an Operations Coordinator based in Washington, D.C. to support our international programs and provide critical support to the senior leadership and to the organization as a whole. As a member of a small team, the Operations Coordinator has the opportunity to work with a growing and dynamic organization dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable people through land and resource rights. The Operations Coordinator will have the opportunity to contribute at various levels of the organization, with flexibility and a willingness to chip in, collaborate, and take tasks at any level as opportunities to learn and contribute. Cadasta is a welcoming, people-first environment that’s dedicated to providing growth opportunities.

This role will provide a range of functions, including executive support, administration, grants and contracts support, program management, reporting, and admin support to new business development. The position reports to the CEO and also supports the Chief Program Officer, providing day-to-day assistance on travel, financial tasks, board and donor reports, presentations, and other functions. This position is an exciting opportunity to take initiative, learn new skills, and to grow professionally in the field of international development. The successful candidate will manage a range of tasks that facilitate smooth operations, build organizational systems, and support program delivery.

Our ideal candidate is someone who is detail-oriented and organized, with excellent writing and communication skills, a strong team player, and a passion for our work. We seek a candidate who has familiarity with the use of technology to solve development challenges, cross-cultural skills, and experience working in a developing economy context. We seek someone who is familiar with the operating environment of the international development sector (land experience an additional plus) as well as organizations such as NGOs, consulting and implementation firms, and/or donor organizations. Proficiency in one or more language other than English is a plus.

  • Work with the CEO and Chief Program Officer to lead coordination of activities such as travel, events, board meetings, staff meetings, and external meetings with key stakeholders;
  • Manage the inputs and outputs of the organizational CRM system, including production of key reports;
  • Provide support and administrative backstopping for overseas programs and home office day-to-day operations;
  • Support timely submissions of proposal-related documents to partners;
  • Provide support for grants and contracts administration;
  • Help monitor donor, partner, and industry publications for potential project opportunities;
  • Assist with preparation and monitoring of project reports and deliverables;
  • Assist with relevant research as requested, including attending and reporting on conferences and other outside events when needed.
  • Support organizational marketing and communication efforts when needed;
  • Provide support to the human resources function as needed;
  • Some travel to the field may be required, but is not a core requirement;
  • Other tasks and duties as assigned.
Desired Skills, Qualifications and Experience
  • A college degree, preferably in a relevant field (international affairs, international business, non-profit management, or area studies);
  • Self-motivated, team-oriented, strong interpersonal skills, and willingness to take on a variety of roles and tasks;
  • 2-4 years’ experience working in an international development setting in the U.S. or abroad;
  • Excellent English oral and written communication skills required, other languages a plus;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a global team;
  • Ability to quickly research, analyze, and provide written summaries of relevant program and industry information;
  • Experience writing briefs, proposals, notes, reports, agreements, and other documents;
  • Detail-oriented with an ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines;
  • Administrative skills and leadership ability to anticipate needs and take action;
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of variables in situations where complex tasks are necessary;
  • Experience with mapping, land issues, and/or GIS is a plus, but not required;
  • Familiarity with donor organizations and their regulations & operating procedures a plus.

Cadasta is committed to a people-first approach and provides an invigorating, dynamic workplace focused on achieving our mission. We have a collaborative, learning-focused environment that helps employees reach their full potential while making a positive impact on the world. For full-time employees, we offer a competitive benefits package that includes health, dental, vision, and life insurance, disability, workman’s compensation, and a 401 k retirement plan. In addition, we offer:

  • 20 days paid vacation annually plus 10 sick leave days;
  • 10 National holidays;
  • Pre-tax commuter benefit and monthly reimbursement for public transportation up to $50;
  • Pre-tax flexible spending option for dependent care and medical costs;
  • Conference attendance and professional development opportunities.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until filled.

About the Organization

Cadasta Foundation works to help marginalized communities and individuals document their rights and interests in land, property, and resources. Cadasta is committed not only to a people-first approach as a social good endeavor, but also to maintaining an invigorating work environment. We support our staff by using a flexible work structure that caters to your strengths, and a collaborative, learning-focused environment that helps you reach your full potential while making a positive impact on the world. We empower our staff by giving them ownership over their work and license to take risks. When those efforts pay off, Cadasta celebrates those accomplishments in ways that are meaningful to you and to us. At Cadasta, we champion the representation of traditionally underrepresented populations both on our staff and in the work that we do, so we highly encourage applications from traditionally underrepresented groups in tech such as women, People of Color, People with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ individuals.

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