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Senior Vice President for Operations and Finance

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Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Location Vermont - America North
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Deadline 13/08/2011
Company Name Institute for Sustainable Communities
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Directory Entry : Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) mission is to help communities around the world address environmental, economic, and social challenges to build a better future shaped and shared by all.
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IMPORTANT:  This Advertiser has requested that applicants MUST be National Residents / Valid Work Permit-holders.  Other applicants need not apply.


Location: Montpelier, Vermont


The Institute for Sustainable Communities is seeking a Senior Vice President for Operations and Finance. This individual is responsible for the oversight of operations, finance and information management. As senior member of the Management Team, this position provides the leadership, management and vision necessary to ensure that the organization has the proper financial and operational controls, the necessary administrative and reporting procedures, and the required information technology and systems in place to effectively grow the organization, ensure financial strength, and operating efficiency. This position reports to the President and functions as second in command and designated officer-in-charge of the organization’s daily activities in the absence of the president.

Organization Description

ISC is an independent non-profit organization that combines expertise in leadership, institutional development, and community capacity building with environmental and resource efficiency experience, taking a result-oriented, business-minded approach to improving people’s lives and the earth’s ecosystem.. Our current areas of programmatic growth include helping communities become more resource efficient and transition to low-carbon economy; strengthening democratic institutions and citizenship in transition countries; and supporting sustainable community development – particularly in areas recovering from natural disasters or vulnerable to climate disruption. With our headquarters in Montpelier, Vermont, and offices in China, Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo, and Washington, DC, ISC has an international staff of approximately 90 people and an annual budget of approximately $14M. Since our founding in 1991 by former Vermont Governor Madeleine M. Kunin, ISC has led transformative community-driven projects in 23 countries across the globe.


  • Work closely with the President, other members of the Management Team and the Board of Directors to set and achieve strategic goals and objectives for the organization
  • Assume responsibility for all organizational activities when President is absent
  • Act as liaison for Board of Trustees
  • Plan, develop, organize, implement, direct and evaluate the organization’s fiscal function including the strategic as well as the day to day oversight of financial operations
  • Establish financial policies, procedures, controls and reporting systems
  • Ensure legal and regulatory compliance for all accounting and financial reporting functions
  • Evaluate & advise on levels of financial & legal risk during decision-making
  • Develop knowledge management policies, procedures, and systems to assure that critical organizational information is retained and shared across the organization
  • Develop strategies to assure that present and future information technology and facilities needs of the organization are met.
  • Assure the availability of timely and accurate analysis of budgets and financial reports in order to assist the President, Board and other senior managers in managing their responsibilities
  • Enhance and/or develop, implement and enforce policies and procedures of the organization by way of systems that will improve the overall operation and effectiveness of the organization
  • Establish credibility throughout the organization and with the Board as an effective problem solver; be viewed as approachable and as a mentor to people in financial, technical and operational issues
  • Identify enterprise-wide opportunities & challenges, working across teams on innovative approaches & solutions
  • Allocate resources to strategically invest in both immediate term growth and long term stability
  • Establish & monitor performance reporting systems; providing reports on organization’s operating condition

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    • Ability to be a proactive, strategic leader with in depth knowledge of finance, operations and international development
    • Ability to create and manage a multi-year, multi-million dollar budget
    • Ability to manage a diverse international work force
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Excellent presentation skills
    • Experience with public-private partnerships
    • Knowledge and ability to manage information technology and knowledge management systems.
    • A quick study with excellent judgment.


Working Conditions

Some domestic and international travel


  • Advanced degree in finance or other appropriate business discipline
  • A minimum of ten years professional experience
  • Experience in international development programs
  • Minimum five years senior management experience
  • Demonstrated ability to manage large, complex projects to successful conclusion
  • Commitment to the ISC mission and goals

Compensation and Benefits

ISC offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and qualifications along with an excellent benefits program

To Apply

To apply please submit your resume and cover letter to jobs@iscvt.org with last name, first initial and position title in the subject line. This position is opened until filled and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. Please respect our no phone calls policy, candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

ISC is an equal opportunity employer.

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