We’re Hiring!

Esperanza is hiring a part-time Director of Operations (DO); this position is our only paid staff member. Reporting directly to the Board, the DO will be responsible for directing and managing day-to-day operations as well as directing portions of the organization’s high-level strategy, interfacing with funders, and building important relationships for the organization. In addition to being passionate about our vision and mission, the DO must be highly responsible, organized, self-motivated, efficient, and thoughtful. We need a person with a broad range of skills, enthusiasm, and humility, as the DO must be comfortable driving big-picture strategy as well as handling the essential tasks required to keep the organization running smoothly.


Strategic Management: Work with the Board to develop and execute on annual strategy goals, including driving expansion of scholarship, rebranding efforts, and exploring new mechanisms for greater organizational visibility. Represent organization to a variety of stakeholders, including but not limited to: donors, scholars, government officials, colleges and universities, high schools, volunteers. Serve as an active project manager for key projects, checking in with the relevant Board and Committee members to ensure members are meeting deadlines in accordance with the organization’s Engagement Calendar.

Data and Reporting: Work with the Board Modernization Committee to maintain data systems and generate reports for a range of stakeholders to communicate about the organization’s impact.
Development: Work with the Board and Development Committee to execute and grow fundraising strategy. Submit foundation grant applications and letters of intent. Coordinate logistics of annual benefit concert.

Marketing: Maintain the Esperanza website (e.g., event updates, scholar bios, new and outgoing leadership). Work with the Communications Chair to maintain Esperanza website and social media accounts.
Mentor and Scholar Relations: Collect proof of enrollment, tuition bills, transcripts, and progress reports from scholars and track scholar progress (using surveys) and academic status. Serve as the main point of contact for scholars and mentors with Esperanza. Support planning for annual orientation event for new scholars and mentors, and annual Career Day.

Committee Support: Support in scholar selection process. Respond to general inquiries from applicants. Produce scholar biographies. Work with Committee Co-Chairs to secure venues, vendors, and print materials for all events and programs, including an annual Career Day for scholars.

Operations: Keep track of legal requirements and filing deadlines. Manage organization’s calendar and internal files. Respond to general email and phone inquiries.

Finance: Coordinate with accounting support to retrieve and deposit checks. Disburse scholarship funds. Send tax-exempt and thank-you letters to donors. Maintain Quickbooks. Support with annual 990 filing.

This is an outstanding opportunity for a highly motivated individual to join a diverse team of young professionals in leading a unique, successful nonprofit organization. An ideal candidate would not only excel at the above-listed operational responsibilities but seek to grow the job by creating new initiatives for improving the organization. Although we will consider candidates who already have full-time careers, an ideal candidate will treat Esperanza as his or her top priority. Individual or freelance consultants are encouraged to apply.
We are also looking for the following characteristics:
You believe in what we do.
You are highly self-motivated and proactively solve problems you encounter in your work.
You feel a strong sense of responsibility, pride, and ownership in whatever you do.
You are organized, detail-oriented, and efficient.
You love spreadsheets.
You have excellent written and oral communication skills.
You are a “people person,” and you enjoy working in a team.
Experience working with youth or high school or college students is strongly desired (i.e. volunteering at a school, mentoring or advising youth, or tutoring students)
You have excellent work references.
Two years of work experience required; four or more years of work experience strongly desired.
Hours, Compensation, Start Date, and Location
This part-time position will start at 20 hours a week, compensated at an annual salary of $30,000 – $40,000. Hours and salary may be increased based on performance. This is a 1099-MISC position that will start as soon as possible, and no later than August 17, 2020. This is a telework position from a location of your choosing in the greater D.C. area.

Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references to Abigail Omojola, Chair of Board of Directors, at aomojola@esperanzafund.org, no later than August 7, 2020. Interviews will occur on a rolling basis the week of August 10th.