Deputy Director of Operations and Finance

Herndon, Virginia
Salary commensurate with experience
Aug 07, 2019
Sep 06, 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level

Deputy Director of Operations and Finance

Position Description

I-ASC (International Association for Spelling as Communication) is a start-up non-profit organization, established in June 2019. I-ASC serves the nonspeaking, neurodiverse and disability communities; their families; and trained professionals. I-ASC is committed to ensuring access to effective communication using  Spelling to Communicate (S2C) as originally developed by Elizabeth Vosseller.

To understand what the organization enables, and what this job description means, watch this video on Spelling to Communicate.  This will help you quickly understand the requirements and importance of the job and the organization.

I-ASC’s major initiatives over the next three years are as follows:

  • Increase the access to spelling as communication by a factor of 20x, enabling 20,000 children and adults to the most effective means of communication many of them will have in their lives
  • Expand the number of trained practitioners of S2C from under 50 to over 1,000
  • Develop and deliver web-based education and advocacy in the form of explainer videos, infographics, curated articles, case studies and annotated research articles to speed the understanding of this methodology and its best practices
  • Create and maintain a registry of S2C Practitioners to enable more rapid availability of these services to the general population
  • Develop and maintain standards of practice to ensure quality services by registered S2C Practitioners
  • Advocate in large and small contexts for awareness and acceptance of non-speakers
  • Support research by engaging with researchers to create interdisciplinary collaboration and access to funding for research on S2C.
  • Develop a donor base and raise funds via events, grants, sponsorships and donor engagement.

Including part-time leadership, I-ASC has a staff size of 10, distributed throughout the United States and Canada. The full-time staff is headed by the Executive Director (Elizabeth Vosseller), this role, and a Deputy Director of Community Outreach and Development. In the first year, all other roles will be staffed by part-time leadership and practitioners.  I-ASC’s budget this year is $400k, and it aims to achieve a $3.5 million budget on the fourth year of operations. I-ASC received its founding grant from the O’Sullivan Foundation, the same organization that was an initial major funder of the Khan Academy, CoderDojo, JumpStart International, and others.

Position Summary

Create and build the operational framework for a fast-growing non-profit based in Herndon Virginia, that will deliver services globally. Manages recruitment of practitioners and practitioner training programs, oversees general operational/logistic functions, and manages finances and budget. This role reports to the Executive Director and liaises with I-ASC members, practitioners, and vendors.


Program Management

  • Manage all processes related to trainee application and admission.
  • Coordinate logistics for multiple, simultaneously running training sessions in varied locations.
  • Organize and communicate all policies and procedures related to I-ASC staff and trained practitioners.
  • Maintain master registry of trained S2C Practitioners.
  • Ensure compliance with all local, state, and federal requirements.

Operations and Logistics

  • Track and report on execution, via objectives and measurable key results (OKRs).
  • Logistics and event management for training conferences and meetings.
  • Review contracts and other legal documents and ensure compliance.
  • Prepare and maintain all records required by law, including those associated with  501(c)(3) status.
  • Prepare reports, including financials, for board of directors and other oversight agencies and funders.

Resource Management & Technology Oversight

  • Oversee and manage operations systems including: CRM; financials; website; data systems, working with cloud-based systems and occasional contractors.
  • Model and enforce responsible stewardship of organizational resources.
  • Manage office space, equipment, and facilities.

Financial Management

  • Execute all day-to-day financial activities.
  • Oversee cash flow planning and ensure availability of funds as needed.
  • Establish internal controls, financial policies, budgets and procedures.
  • Oversee funding streams and serve as primary point of contact for financial matters.


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • 4+ years of experience in roles of increasing responsibility in operations and financial management.
  • Knowledge of non-profit accounting rules and IRS regulations.
  • Experience in managing finances for organizations funded by multiple sources including donations and grants.
  • Plus: Experience building an organization’s budget, staffing, and audit compliance processes.
  • Demonstrated skills with web, financial, CRM and organizational technologies.
  • Commitment to transparency, staff empowerment, and day-to-day and big-picture strategic thinking.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. T
  • he ideal candidate will be committed and willing to do whatever it takes to achieve the mission of I-ASC to provide communication access to non-speaking individuals.


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