VACANCY: Director of Operations

16 September 2021 | Careers

Catalyst 2030 – A Global Movement of Social Change Innovators

Catalyst 2030 comprises social enterprises, NGOs, intermediaries, funders and other social change innovators, collaborating in this urgent moment to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We live in a unique era of human progress. Extreme poverty, malnutrition, violence, and infectious disease have plummeted, while life expectancy, literacy rates, and electricity access have soared. Yet, severe inequalities in income, health, education, and representation disadvantage billions around the world. Meanwhile, humanity’s growing ecological footprint is threatening many of the natural systems we all depend on—such as climate, oceans, land, biodiversity, and fresh water—which are nearing irreversible tipping points. These crises often intersect, creating conditions ripe for instability and conflict.

We may be the last generation that can act to reverse these trends. Catalyst 2030 believes that collective action and bold, new strategies are needed to address the crises of our time. Joining forces with communities, governments, businesses, and others, Catalyst 2030 members are working toward changing systems at all levels. Cumulatively, members have already impacted the lives of millions, often with limited resources. Together, we envision the realisation of the SDGs for all.

One Family Foundation and Catalyst 2030 actively promote equality, diversity and inclusion. We consider experience of all candidates, irrespective of age, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation, disability, gender, gender identity or gender reassignment.

This position is remote and can be carried out from most regions that have some overlap with CET working hours.

Catalyst 2030 is seeking an Operations & Finance Facilitator (Director level)

Occupying a newly established position, the Operations & Finance Facilitator is adept at systems thinking and data analytics, s/he has helped steward an organisation during a period of rapid growth, developing systems and processes that integrate and streamline the work of multiple departments. The Operations & Finance Facilitator is a Servant Leader who knows how to hire and collaborate with senior professionals to create teams that are productive, efficient, empowering, strategic, and joyful. A professional with previous experience within a non profit/INGO in an international setting, the Operations & Finance Facilitator embodies the value of Catalyst 2030 to their core, in particular to empowering the diverse voices and communities representing the Catalyst 2030 community.

Scope of the work

As a member of the Facilitation Team, the Operations & Finance Facilitator is a key contributor to strategic global initiatives, and organisation-wide planning and decision making. In particular, the Operations & Finance Facilitator is responsible for leading planning processes and benchmarking progress and ensuring effective coordination and teamwork among Catalyst’s functional units, whether part of global facilitation or local/regional chapters, to maximize efficiency, productivity, and impact.
In addition, the Operations & Finance Facilitator leads the efficient implementation of programme objectives and activities by ensuring sound management and optimal performance in all areas of administration including but not limited to financial management, knowledge management, safety and security, office management, and information technology, while calling upon the expertise and respecting the authority of other subject matter experts.

The Operations & Finance Facilitator is responsible for:

Managing the Business Operations

  • Overseeing human resource operations including hiring, contracting and terminating staff as needed
  • Representing the organisation externally as necessary, particularly in contracting, banking, leasing and other business negotiations
  • Budget creation, monitoring and reporting
  • Ensuring that the financial operations – including budget projections and reports – are sound and delivered on a timely basis to the board and membership
  • Overseeing the finances and leading the financial monthly and quarterly and annual close
  • Leading and overseeing internal and external audits
  • Creating and consolidating an informal shared balance sheet that can be used across initiatives and organisations within Catalyst 2030, keeping close track of inputs and outputs
  • Ensuring compliance with all grants and contracts
  • Monitor key metrics to ensure that budgeted deliverables are met
  • Develop and implement staff task and time tracking systems
  • Develop systems and reporting that inform financial performance and decision making
  • Ensure that fundraising systems are well-designed, efficient, and serving the needs of staff and donors at all levels
  • Further develop and oversee the CRM system, Salesforce, to keep membership journey up to date
  • Ensuring quality control with regard to messaging and marketing.
  • Other duties as required


  • Advanced degree in business, finance, international development, nonprofit management or a related field
  • 10-15 years’ experience in a senior management role
  • Strong background in the management of complex international and regional programming and operations
  • Demonstrated understanding of the synergy between the programmatic, operational and financial components of development initiatives both at headquarters and field levels
  • Demonstrated experience with INGO reporting, financial management, procurement, logistics and project management and procedures including demonstrated ability to develop and monitor budgets, and collaboratively manage operational activities of complex programs including sub-grant management.
  • Excellent capacity building, team building/management, and coordination skills. An ability to delegate responsibilities effectively and coach and mentor staff.
  • Ability and willingness to work in challenging and changing environments, and to see through challenges and find solutions
  • Experience creating new systems in a growing organisation
  • Keen analytic, organisation and problem-solving skills which support and enable sound decision making
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • A commitment to empowering the diverse communities served by Catalyst 2030

One Family Offers:

  • A competitive salary in line with the guidelines outlined for the sector in the Netherlands, range of 5500 – 7500 EUR gross per month including 8% holiday pay
  • 23 paid leave days plus Dutch national holidays
  • The opportunity to work with a young and dynamic team in a fast-paced global environment
  • Working in a dynamic network of more than 800 organisations across the globe including Skoll Foundation, Ashoka and Echoing Green

How to apply?

To apply, please email your CV and letter of motivation in English to Paula Conaghan at  before 30 September 2021.

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