The Ounce of Prevention Fund is one of Chicago’s most energized, future-focused organizations devoted to early childhood development.
Our mission is to give children in underserved communities the best chance for success in school and in life by advocating for and providing the highest-quality care and education from birth to age five.
We are recruiting individuals who want to join us in this mission and share a commitment to our core values of appreciation & respect, empowerment, diversity, excellence, learning and communication.
Working on the Finance team, you will provide the Ounce of Prevention Fund with financial reporting, analysis and governance in support of our organization’s mission.
The Finance Operations Associate works closely with the Chief Financial Officer to further the strategic goals of the Ounce by strengthening our financial operations efforts and operationalizing the work and priorities of the Chief Financial Officer and the Finance Committee of the Board.
Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer you will:
Support the CFO by managing overall workflow and ensuring effective prioritization. Triage requests for time and information; perform initial document review, secure additional information as necessary, and recommend changes or signature approval.
Produce well-researched and succinct communications, presentations and other financial and non-financial materials that reflect and advance the Ounce’s goals and priorities including drafting and disseminating briefing papers, letters, memos, emails, talking points, agendas and other internal and external correspondence.
Serve as liaison between Chief Financial Officer, Finance Leadership Team, Director of Compliance and Risk Management, COO, and other Ounce staff, board members and external partners.
Maintain regular communication with other divisions to exchange information and ensure effective internal coordination.
Support the Chief Financial Officer in management of the Finance Committee of the Board, including collaborative agenda-setting; drafting materials, presentations, and talking points; taking minutes and distributing and tracking action steps; and overall ensuing communication flow among staff and Board.
Support the development of annual planning materials and lead the development of quarterly reporting for internal management metrics and Board-facing KPIs.
Assist in the implementation and management of new projects and initiatives.
Contribute to cross-divisional project teams as assigned.
Staff various meetings as requested including collaborative agenda-setting, taking and distributing action steps or minutes, tracking action steps, ensuring communication flow.
Participate in internal workgroups, committees and meetings as assigned.
Perform other duties as assigned within the scope of this job description.
Required - Bachelor's degree in business-related areas such as Finance, Accounting, Business Administration or Public administration with a minimum of three years of experience in program and/or non-profit administration, including at least three years of experience writing materials for external audiences.
Preferred - Master's degree in business-related areas like Finance, Accounting, Business Administration or Public administration with a minimum of three years of experience in program and/or non-profit administration with experience writing materials for external audiences.
About Ounce of Prevention Fund
Here’s what we do:
We serve more than 4,000 children and families directly through birth-to-five programs we fund and operate in Chicago as well as through our network of voluntary home visiting programs throughout Illinois.
We integrate the latest research and best theories into our program development efforts.
We train nearly 3,000 community-based early childhood professionals in Illinois each year.
We advocate for state and federal funding for early childhood services that reach hundreds of thousands of children across the country.
We partner with advocacy organizations in 23 states and Washington, DC, to build their capacity to advance policy change and increase public investments in effective birth-to-five programs.
We communicate through publications and other resources to ensure that what we know is translated into understanding that leads to action—in homes, schools, board rooms, and on Capitol Hill.
We design and develop models, curricula, education materials and other programs that help prevent the academic achievement gap and the social problems it can create, including school dropout rates, teenage pregnancy, juvenile crime and chronic health conditions.