Vice President, Operations and Engagement

Children Now is a nonpartisan whole-child research, policy development and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting children’s health, education, and well-being in California. Children Now also leads The Children’s Movement of California, a unique network of more than 4,600 parent, youth, business, labor, civil rights, faith, and community-based organizations, as well as thousands of individuals, working together to make children a top priority in public policy. Learn more at including about Children Now’s core organizational values.

About the Role

Children now is seeking a Vice President of Operations and Engagement (VPOE) to provide day-to-day management, including overseeing the finance, operations, human resources, development, communications, and Children’s Movement teams. This position will supervise the Director of Finance, Director of People and Operations, Director of Development and Communications, Associate Director of Design and Technology and Director of The Children’s Movement. Children Now has exceptional staff across all areas of work and strong systems to support each functional area. The VPOE will support the professional development, effectiveness, growth, and support for each of the departments under their supervision.

The VPOE will serve on the Organizational Culture and Staff Development committee (which also includes the President, Vice President of Policy and Programs, Chief Learning Officer and Director of People and Operations), and through that committee and working with all supervisors, help ensure organizational racial equity and inclusion goals are operationalized, and support strong communication, coherence, and mission alignment across the entire organization. They will be responsible for fostering mutual respect and trust and supporting collaboration across all teams at Children Now in order to deliver excellent work products and help create and sustain an organizational environment that ensures healthy boundaries around our work, so that we are able to accomplish our departmental and individual goals while meeting the needs of the organization as a whole.

The VPOE will also work with the President and other organizational leaders to chart and implement the operational and strategic path to the next level of growth for Children Now, including increasing the power of The Children’s Movement, strengthening communication, and deepening engagement with the thousands of kids-related groups in California.

This full-time position is based in our Oakland office, with the opportunity for a hybrid work environment, and reports to the President.

Required Experience and Skills

  • Demonstrated leadership and commitment to racial equity.
  • Extensive supervision experience, including supporting, coaching, and mentoring team members from a wide range of backgrounds and talents and strong abilities to attract, retain and motivate staff while nurturing a culture that is aligned to Children Now’s values, centering diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Extensive management experience, including experience in Finance, HR, Operations, Development, Communications, Technology, Design, Network Building and Partnerships, including significant experience overseeing audits, grant compliance and financial reporting, development proposals, reports and budgets, strategic marketing analytics and data collection and use.
  • Strong understanding of GAAP accounting principles and practices and nonprofit fund accounting systems.
  • Strong understanding of legal principles, employment laws and regulations, and best practices, including the organization’s compliance with federal, state, and local laws.
  • Excellent planning, project management, analytic and problem-solving skills, with the ability to align Children Now’s mission and strategy with the day-to-day tasks.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • Empathetic, curious, humble, and passionate about helping others.
  • Deep commitment to Children Now’s mission and understanding the context of our strategy, including some level of familiarity with California politics and the prenatal to age 26 children’s landscape, as well as an understanding of the institutional racism and other systemic barriers that adversely impact children’s well-being in California.
  • Agility and nimbleness, given the audacious mission and strategy of Children Now.
  • At least 10 years of management and executive leadership experience required, with non-profit experience highly preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.

Primary Responsibilities

Financial, Human Resources and Operations


  • Supervise, advise, and support the Finance Director, and play a crucial role as a collaborator, critical thought partner, problem solver, and financial communicator.
  • Oversee annual budget and planning process, and actively monitor income and progress in releasing temporarily restricted grants to cover expenses throughout the year.
  • Oversee monthly and year-end financial reports and financial reporting requirements, as well as the completion of the annual audit and IRS form 990.
  • Oversee development and adherence to financial policies, grant allocations and internal controls.
  • Work with Finance Director to communicate financial reports and policies to Children Now staff and fiduciary board members that are in line with the organizational values and with financial integrity, and equity.


  • Provide oversight of the organization’s information technology systems (specifically Microsoft, Salesforce, web hosting, as well as project management and communication applications), including long term planning, management of external IT resources, IT security, and ensuring effective staff communication and resource capacity for effective operations.
  • Working with the President, Directors of Finance and People & Operations, and outside counsel, oversee a range of legal issues, including copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property; contracts management, privacy and data protection, corporate governance; organizational mergers; maintenance of separation of affiliated organizations; contracts; real estate; general non-profit corporate and tax law compliance and other issues as needed.
  • Provide oversight of organizational facilities including leases, subleases, and moves; office management and events; equipment management; and workplace safety, including adherence to COVID and OSHA safety protocols.
  • Provide oversight of all general compliance obligations, including lobbying reporting; FPPC compliance; electioneering and political activity monitoring; out of state employee reporting and taxes; conflict of interest, whistleblower policies and document retention policies.

Human Resources:

  • Provide oversight for development of HR strategy and definition of goals and metrics in areas of culture; racial equity; supervision; recruiting, staffing and retention.
  • Actively assist People and Operations Director in managing multiple priorities and assist with hands-on support as needed to ensure progress towards long term goals as well as day-to-day people management: hiring and onboarding, staff advising, supervisor support, workload requests and counseling, performance management, leave management, benefits and compensation, compliance issues etc.
  • Provide oversight and support for employee performance challenges; staff and supervisory conflict resolution; disciplinary actions, including Performance Improvement Plans and terminations; employee complaints including investigations; personal crises, protected leaves, and accommodations.
  • Maintain knowledge of trends, best practices, and regulatory changes, in human resources, talent management and employment law.
  • Supervise, coach and mentor the People and Operations Director, and play a crucial role as a collaborator, critical thought partner, problem solver, and provide counsel and influence on decisions, with a lens of employee experience, and effectively mobilize them in resolving complex issues.


Development, Communications, Design, and Technology

Overall Support:

Advise and support the Director, Development and Communications, and Associate Director, Design and Technology, and serve as a strategic advisor to the team, including helping to develop team and individual goals, and fostering professional and career development.


  • Provide guidance and oversight regarding Children Now’s development strategy, including reviewing proposals and reports as necessary.
  • Manage the cultivation and solicitation of current and prospective foundation funders and individual donors, including identifying new sources of funding for the organization.
  • Prepare proposal budgets and financial reports, as needed.

Communications, Design, and Technology:

  • Provide strategic and tactical communications support to the team, including the development of a media relations plan, and review of communications materials (Children Now reports, press releases, op-eds, blog posts, etc.) as needed.
  • Oversee communications activities to better engage multiple audiences and increase engagement with Children Now.
  • Leverage technology and systems automations to expand capacity.
  • Ensure thatrace equity is prioritized in all of the organization’s communications, provide feedback and guidance to staff on race equity communications best practices, and work to improve staff communications when they don’t center race equity and/or address intersectionality.

The Children’s Movement

  • Manage the re-build of the Children’s Movement team, working with the People and Operations Director and others to recruit and hire a Children’s Movement Director and additional Children’s Movement Coordinator, and re-bench as needed the roles of current staff on the Children’s Movement Team (the Children’s Movement Equity Fellowship Associate Director, the Children’s Movement Coordinator, the Engagement Manager and potentially others).
  • Working with the President, the Children’s Movement team, the Development and Communications Director, the Design and Technology Associate Director, the Government Relations team, and others, oversee the development and implementation of the next phase of growth and impact of The Children’s Movement.
  • Oversee the creation of a roadmap for expansive and sustainable membership growth, and the implementation of a data-drive member recruitment, engagement, and retention strategy.
  • Oversee and ensure close coordination of the Children’s Movement team with the Communications and Design/Technology teams, including ensuring all Children’s Movement communications align with brand and voice and successfully engage current and prospective members.
  • Oversee the development and management of Children’s Movement advocacy and communications campaigns, ensuring strong engagement with the Government Relations, Policy, and Research teams.
  • Serve as an external leader and spokesperson for The Children’s Movement.


Salary range is competitive and commensurate with experience. Generous benefits.

Application Process

Please complete the online application form. All applicants must attach the following as part of their online application: 1) cover letter, 2) resume, 3) two-to-three-page writing sample, and 4) three to five references. Please submit attachments in PDF or Microsoft Word format only.


Children Now COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
The health and safety of our employees is our number one priority. Thus, Children Now has implemented a COVID-19 vaccination policy covering all employees. To be compliant with this policy, all new staff members shall be required to provide proof of their vaccine status at the start of their employment, unless a reasonable accommodation is requested and approved.

Children Now is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to staff diversity, equity, and inclusion. Children Now values diversity as an asset essential to accomplishing our work and views diversity as including differences in race, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability, veteran status, job skills, education, and geographic location and any other category protected by law. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply.