Non-Profit Operations Manager

The AAKOMA Project

Arlington, VA

Full time

$80-90k (annually)

Business Operations


Feb 24

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The AAKOMA Project, Inc. has been growing steadily and is now seeking to accelerate further. The Founder and Board are looking for a mission-focused, seasoned, strategic, and process-minded team member with experience supporting an organization and co-developing a performance culture among a group of diverse, talented individuals. The Operations Manager (OM) must be a leader who is able to help AAKOMA deliver measurable, scalable results that operationalize AAKOMA’s mission and vision. Importantly, the successful Operations Manager will have the skills, sensitivity, and personal confidence to enhance the unique gifts that each member of the team brings to this mission. While it is essential that the OM bring efficient and effective systems to increase the productivity of the organization, is it also critical that the team retain our focus on the central mission of The AAKOMA Project, Inc.


Work independently reporting to the Founder managing the activities for the non-profit organization, The AAKOMA Project, Inc. Provide support to the Board of Directors and to AAKOMA staff to facilitate the achievement of our goals.

Benefits & Compensation:

This is an outstanding opportunity for a highly motivated professional to assume a pivotal role in the evolution of a fast-growing, highly respected organization. We value a culturally affirming atmosphere with a focus on the mental health of our staff. We are prepared to offer an attractive compensation package of $80,000 - $90,000/year including health benefits and vacation. Additionally, we offer all employees a mental health day each month to ensure they are able to achieve optimal mental health.

Essential Job Functions:


  • Responsible for working with Founder and offsite financial and accounting services on all matters related to budgeting, revenue and expenses
  • Coordinate all details related to the recruitment and engagement of interns, AmeriCorps
  • VISTAs, and volunteers *(as needed).
  • Support the administrative needs of the Founder
  • Coordinate all communications and logistics related to the board and board committees
  • Responsible for the management of office resources, vendors, technology and supplies
  • Responsible for tenant / landlord matters *(as needed).
  • Work with Founder to identify and research potential funding sources
  • Prepare packets, background materials, and research to present to funders.
  • Draft grant proposals, reports and correspondences for funders and be responsible for their timely submission.
  • Engage donors and sponsors throughout the year through events and regular communications

Key Qualifications

As a prerequisite, the successful candidate must believe in the core values of AAKOMA ( and be driven by our specific mission. Candidates will demonstrate a passion for social change and innovation in this space. AAKOMA is growing and quick-paced organization requiring an adaptable workforce with vision and ability to execute against the vision.

AAKOMA’s ideal candidate will demonstrate independence, strong interpersonal skills and a proven track record of leadership toward leading and building the capabilities of a diverse, highly motivated, and driven team. Thus, additional requirements are:

  • Exceptional organizational skills are a must
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • An entrepreneurial work ethic and a desire to “get the job done”
  • Solid Work Experience - Minimum Required Experience: 10+ years
  • Willingness to share own ideas, even among senior staff and board members
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access)
  • Interest and commitment to enhancing the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations
  • Attention to detail in all aspects of work and interpersonal interactions.
  • Results-proven track record of exceeding goals
  • Evidence of the ability to consistently make good decisions through a combination of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment
  • High level of nonprofit acumen; the ability to balance the delivery of programs against the realities of a budget.
  • Problem solving, project management, and creative resourcefulness.
  • Strategic Vision and Agility-ability to think strategically, anticipate future consequences and trends, and incorporate them into operational plans.
  • Capacity Building—ability to effectively build organization and staff capacity, along with community engagement for social change.
  • Leadership and Organization-exceptional capacity for managing and leading people as well as able to take direction and self-correct. A team builder who has ability to connect staff both on an individual level and in large groups; capacity to enforce and accept accountability, develop and empower future leaders from the bottom up, exhibit compassionate leadership and directness and learn the strengths and weaknesses of the team so as to put people in a position to succeed.
  • Action Oriented—enjoys working hard and looks for challenges; able to act and react as necessary, even if limited information is available.
  • Solid educational background—undergraduate degree required; advanced degree highly desired
  • Additional Skills - Knowledge of technical, business, consultation, project management, and cultural awareness, consumer focus, building trust, communication, critical thinking, and influencing skills. 
  • Technical Skills and Exposures/Experience: Grantwriting, public speaking, professional development trainings, Microsoft Office, statistical software, mixed research methods training, Adobe Acrobat, Endnote or similar reference software, GoToMeeting, Project
  • Management software

Preferred Schedule: 

Full-time role with expectations for coverage during core business hours and flexibility required as necessary to accommodate business needs (some nights and weekends).

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