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Head of Finance + Operations job with Elevate Prize Foundation | 26425 – The Chronicle of Philanthropy


The Elevate Prize Foundation is seeking a Head of Finance +
Operations to design, build and operate the infrastructure
necessary to support its expansion. This is a unique opportunity
for a highly motivated professional to assume a pivotal role in the
evolution of a fast-growing, highly-respected global

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Head of Finance +
Operations will work collaboratively to design, implement, lead and
manage the Foundation’s core operational functions, including human
resources, operations, tax, accounting, finance, bill-pay,
administration, office, technology, and legal functions, as well as
serve as the Board liaison and actively build and nurture a
high-performing and inclusive internal culture. Based out of the
Foundation’s Miami office, the Head of Finance + Operations will
manage operations for a newly leased office space. They will help
lead a team of full-time staff, contractors and vendors and oversee
operations for a multi-million dollar annual organizational

This stage in the Foundation’s trajectory offers a creative and
resourceful candidate the chance to build new and strengthen
existing internal operations that support the organization’s unique
hybrid model of philanthropy and entertainment. This is the ideal
opportunity for an empathetic, mission-focused, and strategic
leader with experience scaling up an organization, mentoring staff
at all levels, and developing an inclusive culture among a group of
diverse, talented individuals.

The Head of Finance + Operations will work with closely with the
executive team in identifying and evaluating new and existing
initiatives, and will have the opportunity to provide purpose,
discipline, and clarity as the organization grows. They must have
the awareness of foundation trends and have the ability to engage
in analytical thinking, problem-solving, and planning.


The Head of Finance + Operations will be a collaborative leader
who values team-based decision-making, transparency, and
accountability. They will possess outstanding listening and
facilitation skills with demonstrated ability to connect to and
communicate with team members, EPF’s Founder Joseph Deitch, the
Deitch Family Office, the Board of Directors and associated

The Head of Finance + Operations will be confident in managing
various systems and informing strategies to increase efficiencies,
processes and controls across the organization with a bottom-line
orientation; they will have the ability to consistently make good
decisions through a combination of analysis, wisdom, experience,
and judgment, and have a high level of business acumen, including
successful P&< management. 


  • Strategic Planning
  • Assess the financial and operational needs to achieve strategic
    vision set forth by ED, Founder and Board
  • Support the executive team to properly sequence and resource
    program growth and new initiatives, as well as measure ROI for
    major investments across departments and initiatives
  • Ensure that ED has what is needed to make informed decisions
    about personnel, operations, and financial needs to set and deliver
    on strategic vision
  • Operations/Administration/Office
  • Build and optimize systems, support, and technology so that the
    on-site and remote staff can work collaboratively and
  • Oversee management of office space and remote workers’
  • Supervise Office Manager
  • Finance/Accounting/Bill-pay
  • Oversee and monitor tax preparation and filing for foundation
    and where appropriate, the awardees, grantees, and vendors
  • Strengthen and oversee domestic and international grantmaking
  • Monitor program performance with tracking and establish
    corrective measures as needed, and prepare detailed reports, both
    current and forecasting
  • Implement a robust contracts and financial management/reporting
    system; ensure that the contract billing and collection schedule is
    adhered to and that financial data and cash flow are steady and
    support operational requirements
  • Coordinate the annual operations plan and budget
  • Develop and implement systems for reporting, measurement and
    supporting local revenue generation
  • Lead reporting and analysis of financial operations
  • Human Resources
  • Manage all staff benefits
  • Oversee the Foundation’s human resources functions, developing
    strong HR policies and processes and providing for effective
    development across the Foundation
  • Support ED in developing and implementing recruitment strategy
    and onboarding processes for new staff
  • Oversee the strategic planning, implementation, and performance
    of the Foundation’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals
  • Governance
  • Oversee compliance with regulatory and legislative
  • Support ED and leadership team in preparation for and execution
    of Board, Advisory Board and Committee meetings
  • Manage annual cycle to monitor Board performance, induct
    directors, and maintain insurance
  • Liaise with Audit/Finance, Compensation, Advisory and Risk
    Committees to the Board in support of ED
  • Risk/Regulatory/Compliance
  • Monitor the operational risk of the Foundation and identify key
    areas of exposure and develop recommendations for appropriate
  • Provide oversight to the compliance process for funded programs
    and coordinate with executive team members involved in the
    monitoring and audit process
  • Serve as subject matter expert on regulations and trends for
    the Foundation; communicate relevant updates, state and federal
    policy changes, and peer use cases to executive stakeholders


  • 10+ years experience in relevant leadership positions
  • Bachelor’s degree in business or related field with preference
    for MBA
  • Non-profit or foundation sector experience required
  • Strategic finance planning for small to medium size
  • Robust knowledge and user experience of collaboration apps
    (i.e. Slack, Dropbox/Box, Google Suite, Trello, etc.) and Microsoft
  • A solid grasp of data analysis and performance metrics
  • Ability to diagnose problems quickly and have foresight into
    potential issues

This is an outstanding opportunity for a highly motivated
professional to assume a pivotal role in the evolution of a
fast-growing, highly respected organization. We are seeking an
individual of outstanding quality with a respected track record.
EPF is prepared to offer a very attractive compensation package,
including a competitive base salary as well as health, 401(k), and
vacation benefits.


Founded in 2019 by businessman, philanthropist, and author
Joseph Deitch, the Elevate Prize Foundation aims to elevate
humanity on a global scale by funding, guiding, and scaling the
platforms of social entrepreneurs.  Inspired by the power of
heroes in culture to galvanize audiences, Joseph set out to build
the first global fanbase for good. We believe in building an
ecosystem that creates fandom for social heroes and activates fans
to do good themselves. 

The Foundation’s signature program is its annual Elevate Prize –
a search for innovators and activists that culminates with the
selection of 10 leaders to receive funding and guidance to amplify
their work. In 2021, the Foundation launched The Catalyst Award,
which recognizes celebrities who are using their platforms to drive
positive social change. Media star Trevor Noah was the inaugural
winner along with his eponymous foundation in South Africa. Elevate
Giving was launched most recently and recruits the public to engage
in the power of collective action through a giving circle format.
Elevate Prize Foundation is in the midst of a period of remarkable
growth and is thus seeking to expand its team to help us achieve
our ambitious goals.