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Director, Operations and Finance

The National Consumers League seeks an experienced finance and operations candidate with a strong commitment to public interest to work with the Executive Director to oversee daily operations. The League is a 118 year-old national nonprofit, that advocates on behalf of consumers and workers on a range of issues including labor rights and consumer protections, telecommunications and fraud, healthcare, food and drug safety, consumer education for youth, and product safety.

The operations and finance director will oversee office functions to insure the smooth operation of the organization. In addition, the director will be a partner to the executive director in overseeing resources and needs of the organization.

The director’s responsibilities will include:

OPERATIONS

  • Acting as liaison to board of directors, including organizing and staffing committees and meetings, drafting policies, and writing minutes for all meetings.
  • Manage all human resource & personnel issues to include benefits and associated vendors. Also, oversee payroll processing, personnel files and recordkeeping.
  • Recruit and hire new hires and interns.
  • Hire and oversee IT consultant to troubleshoot information technology and phone system functions, including keeping systems files, subscriptions, and other renewals up to date with assistance from support staff.
  • Maintain vendor relationships and negotiate contracts.
  • Keep business license, incorporation, and other filings up to date.
  • Provide daily counsel to executive director and staff members.
  • Proof and edit articles for newsletters and various documents, including press releases and fundraising appeals as needed.
  • Act as main contact with building management and services.
  • Supervise interns and administrative staff.
  • Help plan and staff NCL’s LifeSmarts annual national championship with site visits required to cities around the U.S.
  • Assist LifeSmarts state coordinators by tracking permission forms of participants in state competitions, which culminate in the national championship.
  • Writing personal finance questions for LifeSmarts online quizzes and in-person competitions.

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

  • Create short-term and long-term financial objectives, policies, and actions for fulfilling operating and capital budget needs.
  • Manage and oversee accountants and accounting firm relationship, and manage audits
  • Prepare and direct the preparation of timely, accurate and comprehensive financial statements, activity reports, financial position forecasts, annual budgets and other reports to continuously monitor the organization’s financial performance and budget management as may be required by grantors and regulatory agencies.
  • Prepare annual budget, monitor revenue and expenditures against budget, and analyze financial reports against budget. Manage the day to day operations of the Finance department and staff, overseeing the staff’s workload and determining needed resources for the efficient management of the department.
  • Responsible for all fiscal management aspects and financial compliance requirements of grant agreements and contracts to include cash management, expense classification and allocation, and indirect cost allocation.
  • Develop and implement finance and accounting policies and procedures, oversee financial controls, and identify and install mechanisms for internal and external control to ensure compliance with laws, regulations, grant documents, contracts and other grantor requirements.
  • Oversee banking accounts and investment portfolio and associated relationships
  • Maintain all financial and accounting records.
  • Serve as staff liaison to the Treasurer and Finance and Audit Committee of the board.
  • Prepare for and facilitate the annual year-end audit of the financial statements and any other applicable audits.
  • Manage accounting functions, including but not limited to: A/R, A/P, G/L, Fixed Assets, Payroll, Budget Management, indirect expense recovery, cost management, investment management, revenue generation, bank relationship management, etc.

OVERALL MANAGEMENT & SUPPORT

  • Work collaboratively and communicate directly with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, department heads and other key stakeholders to document the financial impact of various policies and initiatives and maintain fiscal integrity throughout the organization.
  • Maintain current knowledge of organizational policies and procedures and ongoing federal and state/city regulations and standards.
  • Assist with the analysis and creation of business plans/project proposals, as needed, to support new revenue opportunities including tax-exemption registrations, charitable registrations, miscellaneous registrations, and filings.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Commitment to working in the public interest.
  • Bachelor's degree. 5-7 years experience in finance, budget management, and/or human resources strongly desired.
  • Exceptionally strong writing, editing, and oral communication skills.
  • Super organized.
  • Ability to plan events.
  • Detail-oriented and capable of working well with multiple deadlines.
  • Self-starter with excellent interpersonal skills and a sense of humor.
  • Responsible in the handling of confidential information.
  • Experience with federal grants and grants management
  • Knowledge of consumer issues, rights, and protections helpful.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite. Proficiency in Excel and QuickBooks a plus.
  • Available for travel.

SALARY & BENEFITS

Excellent benefits, including health, dental, short and long term disability, life insurance, 401(k), flex time, annual and sick leave, and most federal holidays. NCL is an equal opportunity employer.

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to NCL Recruitment, NCL, 1701 K Street, N.W., Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20006, fax: 202-835-0747, email: info@nclnet.org.

 

Internships

Public Policy, Telecommunications and Fraud Intern

Child Labor Policy Intern

Communications Intern

LifeSmarts Intern

Health Policy Intern

The National Consumers League, a progressive consumer advocacy organization, seeks staff members who have a strong commitment to public interest work. NCL is a national membership organization that protects and promotes social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad on issues including telemarketing and Internet fraud, food and drug safety, and fair labor standards. 

To apply for any of our available positions, please submit cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to jobs@nclnet.org.

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Internships

Public Policy, Telecommunications and Fraud Intern Full or Part Time

The National Consumers League seeks a motivated intern who wants to work with a nonprofit advocacy group. The League is a national membership organization that protects and promotes social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad on issues including telemarketing and Internet fraud, food and drug safety, and fair labor standards. The intern will assist NCL staff with ongoing projects and research related to its public policy, telecommunications and anti-fraud campaigns.  Such projects include researching and drafting content for NCL’s campaign websites, drafting fraud and telecommunications-related content for NCL’s LifeSmarts competition, assisting in organizing a national anti-fraud conference, and helping to coordinate meetings of the Alliance Against Fraud (AAF), a national coalition of non-profit, government, and private sector organizations dedicated to fighting Internet and telemarketing fraud.This internship will provide an opportunity to:

  • Gain knowledge about a variety of public policies affecting consumers, particularly regarding consumer fraud;
  • Become familiar with the agencies, organizations, and other stakeholders active in combating consumer fraud;
  • Understand coordination and management of a national coalition; and
  • Be involved in initiatives that advance the public interest and help keep millions of consumers safe from scams and con artists.


In addition, a National Consumers League public policy, telecommunications and fraud internship provides the following areas of experience:

  • Because the League's staff is small, interns are an integral part, and are given responsibilities outside of their research duties, including:  keeping project files up-to-date and providing limited office support (occasional data input, mailing, and filing).
  • The League requires from its staff and its interns a high level of oral and written communication skills. Interns are frequently called upon to write brief reports for NCL staff to provide background information on various issues.


Internships are unpaid. We ask that interns make a minimum time commitment of eight weeks, spending at least 20 hours per week working at the League. Of course, we welcome longer time commitments. Work hours per week are flexible for longer-term assignments. Our goal is to tailor your internship to suit your specific needs. The League is happy to consider the particular interests of applicants and will develop specific projects, complete paperwork, etc., as needed for class credit.

Please submit cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to Public Policy, Telecommunications and Fraud Intern, NCL, 1701 K Street, N.W., Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20006, fax: 202-835-0747, email: intern@nclnet.org.

 

Child Labor Policy Intern Full or Part Time

The National Consumers League (NCL) seeks a motivated intern who wants to work with the Child Labor Coalition (CLC), a 31-member group that serves as a national network for the exchange of information about child labor; provides a forum and a unified voice on protecting working minors and ending child labor exploitation; and develops informational and educational outreach to the public and private sectors to combat child labor abuses and promote progressive initiatives and legislation. The CLC has both a U.S. and international focus. 

The intern will assist with ongoing CLC projects and research related to our work. The CLC’s domestic agenda includes several related initiatives to strengthening protections for working youth, with specific focus on children working as migrant and seasonal farmworkers, child trafficking for sex work and forced labor, and children in other worst forms of child labor.

This internship will provide an opportunity to:

  • Gain knowledge about child labor issues, both international and domestic;
  • Become familiar with various non-governmental groups and relevant government agencies, and their role in addressing child labor issues;
  • Attend congressional hearings and briefings and work with congressional offices;
  • Practice social media skills;
  • Write for the public;
  • Understand coordination and management of a national coalition; and
  • Be involved in international campaigns on child labor and basic education for all children.

In order to succeed in this internship, interns should possess superior skills in the following areas:

  • Communication skills. Interns must possess high level oral and written communication skills. Interns will be asked to write blogs and articles.
  • Research skills. Interns are frequently called upon to write brief reports for NCL staff to provide background information on various issues. We are also in constant need of web site updates and basic statistical “facts about” lists.

A typical day might include attending a meeting with other NGO groups, writing a blog, conducting internet research, working to expand our social media outreach, and providing web site updates.

Internships are unpaid. We ask that interns make a minimum time commitment of eight weeks, spending at least 20 hours per week working at the League. Of course, we welcome longer time commitments. Work hours per week are flexible for longer-term assignments. Our goal is to tailor your internship to suit your specific needs. The League is happy to consider the particular interests of applicants and will develop specific projects, complete paperwork, etc., as needed for class credit.

NCL is a national membership organization that protects and promotes social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad on issues including telemarketing and Internet fraud, food and drug safety, and fair labor standards.

Please submit your cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to Child Labor Policy Intern, NCL, 1701 K Street, N.W., Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20006 or via email:reidm@nclnet.org.

 

Communications Intern Full or Part Time

The National Consumers League seeks a motivated intern who wants to work with a nonprofit advocacy group. The League is a national membership organization that protects and promotes social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad on issues including telemarketing and Internet fraud, food and drug safety, and fair labor standards. 

The communications department of the NCL is looking for an intern with good communications and marketing skills. The intern’s responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Marketing NCL publications and promoting NCL's consumer education materials. This will include calling former buyers, finding prospective buyers, and publicizing publications in the media.
  • Press Releases Drafting press releases to help promote publications, and possibly, for other NCL events.
  • Communications Materials Writing and gathering information for an NCL press packet.
  • Press Files Maintaining clips and releases.
  • Press Outreach Checking existing lists for accuracy by calling reporters.
  • General Outreach Conducting outreach with members and answering general consumer questions.

Internships are unpaid. We ask that interns make a minimum time commitment of eight weeks, spending at least 20 hours per week working at the League. Of course, we welcome longer time commitments. Work hours per week are flexible for longer-term assignments. Our goal is to tailor your internship to suit your specific needs. The League is happy to consider the particular interests of applicants and will develop specific projects, complete paperwork, etc., as needed for class credit.

Please submit cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to Communications Intern, NCL, 1701 K Street, N.W., Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20006, fax: 202-835-0747, email: intern@nclnet.org

 

LifeSmarts Intern Full or Part Time

The National Consumers League seeks a motivated summer intern to support the LifeSmarts program. The intern will assist NCL staff with ongoing projects and research in support of LifeSmarts. This internship will provide an opportunity to:

  • Develop LifeSmarts materials such as study aids to be posted at www.lifesmarts.org.
  • Write questions for the LifeSmarts online quiz and live competitions.
  • Work on special projects such as LifeSmarts program outreach, recruitment of state coordinators, and assessment of the program.
  • Work with NCL’s other summer interns to prepare for the upcoming LifeSmarts program year.
Internships are unpaid and interns will work out of NCL’s headquarters in downtown Washington, DC.  We ask that interns make a minimum time commitment of eight weeks, spending at least 20 hours per week working at the League. Of course, we welcome longer time commitments. Our goal is to tailor your internship to suit your specific needs. The League is happy to consider the particular interests of applicants and will develop specific projects, complete paperwork, etc., as needed for class credit.

This internship is only available to members of the LifeSmarts Alumni Association. If you are interested, please email a cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to intern@nclnet.org and include “LifeSmarts summer intern” in the subject line.

Health Policy Intern Part Time

The National Consumers League seeks a motivated intern interested in consumer safety and advocacy. The nation’s oldest consumer organization, the League is a national organization that protects and promotes social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad on issues including telemarketing and Internet fraud, food and drug safety, and fair labor standards.

The intern will assist NCL staff with ongoing projects and research, related to consumer education and outreach around a variety of health issues, including general health education, health reform, health information technology, and medication safety. 

The intern will assist NCL staff with research, outreach, legislative and regulatory tracking, and in the development of materials ranging from blog posts to consumer education pieces. 

This internship will provide an opportunity to:

  • Gain knowledge about current health policy issues;
  • Become familiar with various health care organizations, including government agencies; and
  • Understand coordination and management of collaborative efforts such as meetings, joint letters, and coalitions.


In addition, a National Consumers League health policy internship provides the following areas of experience:

  • Because the League's staff is small, interns are an integral part, and are given responsibilities outside of their research duties, including: keeping project files up-to-date and providing limited office support (occasional data input, mailing, and filing).
  • The League requires from its staff and its interns a high level of oral and written communication skills. Interns are frequently called upon to write brief reports for NCL staff to provide background information on various issues.


Internships are unpaid. We ask that interns make a minimum time commitment of eight weeks, spending at least 20 hours per week working at the League. Of course, we welcome longer time commitments. Work hours per week are flexible for longer-term assignments. Our goal is to tailor your internship to suit your specific needs. The League is happy to consider the particular interests of applicants and will develop specific projects, complete paperwork, etc., as needed for class credit.

Please submit cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to Health Policy Intern, NCL, 1701 K Street, N.W., Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20006, fax: 202-835-0747, email:intern@nclnet.org