About Hip Hop Caucus
Formed in 2004, the Hip Hop Caucus (HHC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that leverages Hip Hop culture to encourage young people to participate in the democratic process. Through a collaborative leadership network, HHC addresses core issues affecting underserved communities. HHC programs and campaigns support solution-driven community organizing led by today’s young leaders.

Our mission is to use the power of our cultural expression to empower communities who are first and worst impacted by injustice. Our members, as well as our dedicated national team, span the country and globe. We are multiracial and we center our work in communities of color. We span Gen Z, Millennials, and Gen X, and we come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Our vision is for racial justice, healthy communities, and a healthy planet.

Throughout our history, HHC has mobilized hundreds of thousands of young BIPOC voters across seven election cycles, produced HOME (Heal Our Mother Earth) – the first climate album to move over 60,000 people to action in support of the Clean Power Plan in 2014, and led the first protest in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and continually partnered with local organizations for annual commemorations.

In 2021, our community took over 2.1M actions on climate justice with Think 100% including petition signatures, EPA comments, event participation, social media post engagement, and more. We played an influential role as a national partner to the local Memphis community in the cancellation of the Byhalia Pipeline. We also raised and distributed $100,000 in direct relief to families affected by Hurricane Ida across 12 parishes in Louisiana.

Our Respect My Vote! Campaign developed a free resource for people with a felony record and their loved ones to check their eligibility to vote based on state legislation; since its launch, the tool has been used over 100,000 times. In 2022, we completed two successful voter registration and mobilization tours, mobilized 375,000 Black voters to the polls, and contacted 750,000 people ahead of the midterm elections.

Our breadth of accomplishments reflect our principled approach to organizing, advocacy, and campaigning. HHC pioneers culture and narrative to expand our impact, shows up with direct relief and continued solidarity with communities being harmed by systemic injustices, and builds nonpartisan democracy by engaging voters year round.

As an institution built by and for people and communities of color, we are rooted firmly in the belief that racial justice and climate justice are interwoven.

For more information on Hip Hop Caucus, please visit hiphopcaucus.org.

The Opportunity
Hip Hop Caucus is seeking a Finance Director to join the team during an exciting time of growth. As the senior-most finance team member reporting to Managing Director and COO Liz Havstad, the Finance Director will play a key role in helping the HHC achieve its mission by providing strategic financial leadership and managing robust systems and processes across a range of internal teams and functions.

The Finance Director will be a passionate, innovative, and self-directed professional, capable of managing and communicating all aspects of financial operations, budget preparation, and financial reporting for the organization. They will have an understanding of the organization’s strategy and vision and how to translate that vision into refining its internal processes and best practices.

Key areas of focus and responsibilities include:

Team Leadership

  • Partner effectively as a member of the HHC’s leadership team, including cross-collaboration with the Development, Operations & HR, Campaigns & Advocacy, and Storytelling & Communications divisions
  • Oversee and maintain strong relationships with external accountant contractors and other vendors
  • Ensure organization-wide compliance with financial process and policies

Financial Acumen

  • Lead the day-to-day management of the finance division, including receivables, payables, payroll, and contracts
  • Maintain and refine internal financial controls, policies, and procedures adequate to safeguard the HHC’s assets, staying on top of trends and modeling best practices in risk management and compliance
  • Direct the preparation, approval, and management of the annual budget

Monitoring and Reporting

  • Ensure compliance with relevant financial regulations along with audit, legal, contract, and donor requirements
  • Monitor the allocation of resources and controlling of expenditures
  • Ensure timely and accurate budget modeling, analysis, and financial reporting

Candidate Profile 

The ideal candidate possesses the following professional and personal qualities, skills, and characteristics:

  • Proven experience directing finances and budgeting for a nonprofit organization with both a c3 and c4
  • Demonstrated management skills, including the ability to coach internal staff and external contractors to higher levels of performance
  • Critical thinker with experience maintaining and refining systems, platforms, and processes for greater efficiency and innovation
  • Excellent business acumen, with the ability to comprehend programmatic activities and convey complex financial and technical information to people with varying levels of financial expertise
  • Strong written and oral communication
  • Exceptional customer service orientation and ability to foster a resourceful, proactive, and results-oriented culture within and across teams
  • Demonstrated commitment to social and racial justice and a passion for HHC’s mission
  • Unquestioned integrity, ethics, and values

Compensation & Benefits
The salary range for this role is $120,000 – $135,000 and the final salary will be based on experience and qualifications. HHC also offers a comprehensive benefits package. The HHC team has a remote culture, with physical offices in Los Angeles, CA and Washington, DC. This opportunity is location-flexible, with a strong preference for candidates based in one of the office locations.

Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement, which is being led by Molly Brennan, Meghan Franklin, and Dina Tyler. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume by filling out our Talent Profile.

Koya Partners is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals living with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual living with a disability and need assistance expressing interest online, please email NonprofitSearchOps@divsearch.com. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

Hip Hop Caucus is an equal opportunity employer. HHC prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, genetic characteristics, disability, status as a special disabled veteran or veteran, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual identity, or any other basis prohibited by law.

About Koya Partners
Koya Partners, a part of Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits and NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

For more information about Koya Partners, visit diversifiedsearchgroup.com/koya-partners/.