Denver Institute for Faith & Work (DIFW) is an educational nonprofit based in Denver, Colorado that explores the meaning of faith for our work, calling, and culture. Our passion at DIFW is to form men and women to serve God, neighbor, and society through their daily work. Our mission is accomplished through three program areas:
- Public events & forums;
- Media, books & educational resources; and
- Emerging leadership fellowships.
Founded in 2013, DIFW is built on five guiding principles:
- Think theologically;
- Embrace relationships;
- Create good work;
- Seek deep spiritual health; and
- Serve others sacrificially.
All DIFW employees embrace the historic Christian faith as expressed in the Nicene Creed, exhibit a mature personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and enthusiastically support DIFW’s mission and guiding principles.
DIFW has built a strong foundation of missional impact in our region and is ready to expand on that impact by developing an effective organization that is well aligned, operationally excellent, and based in a relationally grounded staff culture. As of today, DIFW has:
- Reached more than 6,000 event attendees since 2016 and doubled our online reach since 2018;
- Commissioned 113 Fellows and documented measurable change in Fellows in character and leadership growth;
- Launched CityGate, a new initiative to expand our fellowship program to new cities and support gospel-centered leaders at the intersection of faith, work, justice and community renewal; and
- Doubled the size of our staff since 2017 and grew our total budget by 40% for the 2021 calendar year.
Please read our annual reports to learn more about the ways DIFW has already impacted the Front Range of Colorado and beyond.
In the midst of this fast-paced growth in impact, we’re eagerly looking forward to improving our effectiveness and advancing the gospel in our culture today. The vice president of Operations and Finance will be an integral leader in bringing that vision about at the next level.
The Vice President for Operations & Finance Opportunity
The VP of Operations & Finance will join the Denver Institute team in fulfilling the organization’s mission by giving executive leadership to the overall operational and financial aspects of the organization. The candidate must be a unifying team leader, create clarity and alignment, drive results, develop effective systems, create accountability for staff goals being achieved, and execute the organizational vision.
Responsibilities for this role include:
- Assisting the CEO with reporting on organizational effectiveness and impact across functions to the Board of Directors and funders;
- Assisting the CEO with growth plans, focusing the CEOs ideas on the highest and best use of DIFW’s time, talent and financial resources;
- Creating alliances and strong partnerships with donors, partner organizations, and vendors that drive organizational expansion and growth;
- Creating organizational clarity, alignment, and communication across departments;
- Designing and implementing plans and procedures to support the organizational vision and strategy, broadly based on the EOS Traction model;
- Setting goals for organizational performance and growth in conjunction with the CEO and holding staff accountable to achieving those goals;
- Facilitating team and organizational rhythms such as directors’ meetings and retreats, in partnership with the VP of People and Culture;
- Leading all human resources processes and systems;
- Overseeing all financial reporting and budgeting, tracking of cash flow, financial projections, and reporting to the CEO and board;
- Tracking key performance indicators and sharing “scorecard” data with team leaders;
- Collaborating with the Sales/Marketing team to hit fundraising and earned-revenue goals; and
- Overseeing IT, business systems, organizational administration, facilities, and capital expenditures.
Strengths and experiences needed for success in the role include:
- A personal and vibrant commitment to Jesus Christ and a full embrace of the mission and guiding principles of Denver Institute for Faith & Work;
- Passion about the integration of faith and work and the gospel’s influence on public life;
- A generosity in relating to a variety of people and Christian faith perspectives in a way that promotes unity and a sense of shared mission;
- Motivation to join a hard-working, mission-driven team that values results and relationships
- Three to five years of experience in a business or nonprofit leadership role that includes an understanding of core business functions, such as HR, finance, operations, and marketing;
- Giftedness that is focused on identifying and developing talent in others;
- Experience in building effective relationships, strategies, systems, and structures that helped scale and grow an operation;
- The strategic use of financial and organizational performance data points to advance organizational mission and outcomes; and
- A desire to be actively involved in managing projects and staff members to achieve results.
This is a full-time, executive-level role. Pay is competitive, benchmarked against the Colorado Nonprofit Salary and Benefits report, and commensurate with experience and ability.
- Salary range: $80,000 – $90,000
- Paid medical and dental benefit for employee
- Employee retirement matching after one year of employment
- Paid time off, sick leave, and parental leave included
- Cell phone reimbursement as a monthly stipend
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If you feel compelled by the opportunity and would like to initiate a confidential conversation with our search consultant, Mark Stevenson, please contact him at [email protected] or (612) 747-7472. Alternatively, you may also express interest directly to the search committee through its confidential [email protected] email address. Please include a cover letter and current resumé in your email.
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