About the Job
About us: Connect Humanity is an impact fund advancing digital equity. We support, catalyze, and scale holistic solutions providing people with the internet access and means needed to participate fully in a digital society. Our work centers on the 3.6 billion people who are currently disconnected from the online world and equal opportunity to essentials like financial security, education, and healthcare. We advance our mission by making philanthropic grants, providing low interest loans, advocating for policy change, conducting research, and supporting a community of practice dedicated to connecting the unconnected backed by the capital to do so.
Incubated by the World Economic Forum, our expert team blends a deep knowledge of connectivity policy and technology with decades of experience managing multimillion-dollar philanthropic programs and global investments. We focus on the financial realities of this massive and multifaceted problem, offering support when, where, and how it is needed. Alongside our partners, we take a holistic approach to achieving digital equity, supporting projects in five interrelated areas:
- Infrastructure: Supporting, catalyzing, and scaling non-traditional operators to meet the needs of underserved communities and expanding access to devices.
- Affordability: Highlighting best practices and de-risking financing and business models to connect the unconnected, pioneering blended capital models to sustainably support network builds, and investing in technology at key points in the connectivity stack to reduce the cost of building networks.
- Digital Skills: Innovating in delivering digital literacy at scale while increasing the pipeline and community of network engineers working in the public interest.
- Locally Relevant Content: Developing and sharing best practices in scaling the production of locally relevant content, which is a critical incentive to use the internet.
- Policy: Building grassroots power and advocating for changes to accelerate the rate at which people are connecting.
About the role: We are looking for an accomplished organizational leader to join our founding team as CFO. This role is a key member of our organization’s leadership team, reporting directly to the CEO, and will play a pivotal role in building and shaping this multi-million dollar organization. We’re a small team at the moment, and we’re looking for a senior leader to ensure that we’re implementing the right infrastructure, organizational scaffolding, strategic processes, and internal controls so we can seamlessly scale. While we have a creative, collaborative team culture based on constructive candor where good ideas can come from anywhere in the organization -- we all play on Team Internet here -- this role will have primary responsibility for:
- Managing our business operations and finances, and building the systems and internal controls to ensure we’re managing our donors’ and investors’ money responsibly.
- Leading the development of the structures, policies, and practices to help us thoughtfully scale to a $100 million+/year in grants, low interest loans, and impact investments.
- Initially, this role will include liaising with and overseeing staff at our fiscal sponsor organization. Later in the year, this position will lead on creating the financial and operational infrastructure for us to transition to our own 501(c)(3) and thoughtfully scale. If you’ve ever come into a new job and been frustrated by legacy systems, this is an opportunity to build the efficient setup of your dreams.
- Leading all finance functions including reporting (e.g. preparing monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements), investor reports, grant reports, forecasting, planning, budgeting, analysis, cash management, payroll, procurement, etc.
- Ensuring compliance with all relevant local, state, federal, and international reporting requirements, and coordinating financial audits.
- Identifying, onboarding, and managing consultants, vendors, contractors, and outside legal counsel to support our operational and programmatic activities.
- Coordinating the organization’s internationally distributed staff, including facilitating our weekly team meetings, leading strategic planning, owning and prioritizing our task management system (currently in Asana), and developing and implementing systems and policies to help the organization do its best work.
- Leading our recruiting and HR functions, as well as working with the rest of the leadership team to create and maintain a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture.
- Representing the organization in conversations with external partners and funders. It would be a plus if you also wanted to represent the organization at conferences, in the media, and by writing for our blog and elsewhere.
- Assisting the CEO, Chief Partnerships & Strategy Officer, and the rest of the leadership team in developing our fundraising strategy and recruiting supporters to our work.
- Liaising with our Governance Board and Advisory Council.
About benefits, salary, and location: Initially, the institutional home of Connect Humanity will be with our fiscal sponsor, Tides Center, which offers a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and retirement savings plan. We expect to offer a similar benefits package when we transition to our own legal infrastructure.
The expected salary range for this role is $150,000-200,000 plus bonus.
We’re currently an all-remote team and open to applicants from around the world.
About you: We’re open to a number of different backgrounds for this role, and would strongly encourage members of underrepresented communities to apply. We care more about your ability to deliver on these responsibilities and your passion for this work than the letters after your name or where you went to school. In turn, we’re committed to ensuring that you have the support necessary to succeed. That said, we think the right candidate will probably have several of these qualifications:
- 10+ years professional experience with expertise in operations, project management, and financial management, ideally at a nonprofit organization.
- Experience managing multi million dollar budgets. Experience with multiple types of funding (grants, loans, and investments) is a big plus.
- Demonstrable ability to bring order and direction to a fast-paced and fast-scaling organization.
- Track record of leading a performance-based culture that motivates employees to excellence and promotes accountability; capable of recruiting, mentoring, and training Connect Humanity leadership and staff.
- Strong attention to detail, ensuring each spreadsheet formula is accurate and reliable follow-through.
- Demonstrated ability and comfort in communicating persuasively in a variety of ways. This role might be working on a quarterly investor report on Monday, sending an update to our board on Tuesday, writing a blogpost on Wednesday, pulling together a grant report on Thursday, and negotiating a vendor contract on Friday.
- Experience and comfort coordinating internationally distributed remote teams. Our team is currently spread across 5 cities and 2 timezones, but we expect that to grow soon.
- Collaborative approach to creating processes and standards that support Connect Humanity’s mission and programs.
- Connects with the urgency and importance of the work, while modeling compassion, humility, and conviction in the workplace.
Connect Humanity is an impact fund advancing digital equity. We support, catalyze, and scale holistic solutions providing people with the internet access and means needed to participate fully in a digital society. Our approach centers on non-traditional operators and civil society organizations who are demonstrating progress in connecting historically underserved communities, pioneering efforts to make the internet more affordable, providing digital literacy training, and more. What we hear time and again is that they lack access to the capacity and capital to meet the needs in their communities. That’s why our model focuses on meeting these non-traditional operators where they are, assessing the needs of the communities they serve, and providing a range of financial tools to help them holistically and sustainably achieve digital equity.