Applications will be reviewed beginning Friday, November 20th. Position open until filled.

About the Position: The Finance and Operations Director will be a strategic thought-partner, and report to the Chief Executive Officer. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual with experience in managing finance and operations a senior level of an organization, preferably in a nonprofit or government agency. The successful candidate will be a participative senior manager and will lead and develop a team that works in the following areas: finance, business planning and budgeting and general administration. This position plays a critical role in strategic decision making as the agency continues to enhance and expand its quality programming. This is a great opportunity for a mission-focused, strategic, process minded and experienced finance and operational leader to contribute to improving the lives of children, youth and families in the Central Coast.

About the Agency: Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance, Inc. (PVPSA), based in Watsonville, California, is seeking a Director of Finance and Operations to lead the finance department of a highly effective, multi-service nonprofit. PVPSA’s mission is to improve the quality of life of the student and families of the greater Pajaro Valley by providing health education, counseling and prevention services, and by advocating for public polices that protect the health of our community. As the dedicated non-profit to the Pajaro Valley Unified School District, PVPSA team members provide an array of social and health services to thousands of children and families per year at school sites and in the community.

Responsibilities - Financial Management:

  • Overall responsibility for financial management, polices and systems, including accompanying training and support for staff adoption and compliance

  • Oversee budgeting and financial forecasting, including cash flow

  • Oversee and manage all bookkeeping and monthly close processes

  • Coordinate the annual audit activities, liaise with external auditors and the finance committee of the board of directors

  • Manage grants and contracts including compliance, reporting, financial management with a primary focus on grants and contracts received and the administration of subcontracts

  • Update and implement all necessary business policies and accounting practices; improve the finance department’s overall policies and procedures

  • Effectively communicate and present financial and operational matters to the Board of Directors

  • Lead a team of supportive personnel in the areas of finance and operations

Responsibilities - Operations:

- Overall responsibility to ensure that the management of projects meet all contractual obligations in a timely manner and adhering to scope
- Oversee human resource management activities
- Responsible for identifying opportunities for improvements in the areas of information managements, technology, and overall business practices


The ideal candidate will have:

• Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance; relevant advanced degree such as MBA, MPA or similar preferred
• At least 3-5 years of overall professional experience in the area of finance and management; ideally 3+ years of broad financial and operations management experience in the nonprofit sector

• Experience coordinating the budgeting process for an organization with a multi-million-dollar budget and significant grant funding
• Strong project management skills inclusive of the ability to lead and solve cross-functional matters across the organization
• Aptitude for understanding and optimizing the financial administrative components of an organization

• A successful track record in setting priorities and accomplishing them in a timely manner; keen analytic, organization and problem-solving skills which support and enable strategic decision making
• Excellent written, communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
• A strong work ethic with the following qualities: organized, flexible, reliable, goal-oriented, dependable
• Personal qualities that align with the core values of the organization which includes integrity, collaboration, respect, commitment, community and cultural responsiveness and innovation.

Competitive Salary and Benefit packet for this senior-level position in the organization. Offer will include employer-sponsored competitive health benefits (individual + family) medical, dental and vision, employer sponsored retirement plan and life insurance plan among other benefits.

Interested applicants, please submit the following:
• Statement of Qualifications that highlight your experience
• Resume noting the name of the agency, your title, and salary
• At least three references that include their name, title, and contact information

Human Resources Office: . For questions: please contact Ms. Collazo at 831-728-6476.

PVPSA is a drug-free and smoke-free workplace and an equal opportunity employer.

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