Director of Program Compliance and Risk Management


The People’s Action Institute (501c3) and sister organization People’s Action (501c4) are national progressive organizations supporting grassroots mobilization and leadership for an agenda that reflects people rather than profits. People’s Action/Institute empowers the poor and working people in rural, suburban and urban areas to achieve change through campaigns and elections.

With offices in Washington, DC and Chicago, IL, and remote staff across the country, we support and advance national and state struggles for progressive policies on the environment, decarceration, health care, economic security, housing, education, etc. . Our member organizations, nearly 40 organizations in 30 states, improve lives by organizing campaigns and issues at the local and state level, leading tables statewide, and coming together collectively to change national policy and politics.

People’s Action/Institute has a proven track record of leadership in coordinating grassroots mobilization and advocacy to advance a range of issues at the local, state, and federal levels. Our member organizations have won important victories at the national, state and local levels, including health insurance for millions of people and the repeal of health care laws that discriminate based on citizenship, preventing banks of Wall Street from selling predatory payday loans to their customers; and historic legislation like the Community Reinvestment Act to victory and the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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The Opportunity

Have you ever thought about making a significant impact within an organization? Are you interested in taking serious action to ensure program compliance and prevent or mitigate risk while enabling organizations to stay on track and achieve their goals? If so, this might be the perfect opportunity for you!

Job Overview

The Director of Program Compliance and Risk Management plays a key role in helping to ensure that corporate governance, risk, policies, programs and compliance processes are strategically structured to advance business objectives. of the mission and proactively mitigate risks, with a focus on continuous improvement. This role must be able to astutely influence key stakeholders, find synergies and drive communication/collaboration at multiple organizational levels within and across business units and geographies. Management committees

As a Director of Compliance and Risk Management, your typical day will include (but is not limited to):

Program Compliance and Organizational Ethics

  • Provide effective leadership and oversight of workflow between all program related activities for 501(c3), 501(c4) and related entities; provide strategic support to address functional and organizational challenges to minimize risks arising from our program work.
  • Develop compliance training materials for internal and external audiences and provide compliance technical assistance to partner organizations as required.
  • Through People’s Action, developing a plan and coordinating workflow should support SAA activities.
  • Collaborate with the governance and risk management committees of the board of directors to strengthen the organizational culture of ethics and compliance; ensure that all departments communicate effectively and support each other as needed to meet compliance requirements.
  • Create, oversee and administer an ethics hotline and internal investigation process to ensure reports are properly assigned, investigated and resolved in accordance with internal procedures

Management of insurance, travel and corporate risk programs

  • Work with the enterprise risk management committee and senior management across the organization to evolve the organization’s enterprise risk management framework and program, including establishing the risk appetite and risk tolerance limits and developing training to promote a strong risk culture
  • Partner with management across the organization to develop risk mitigation strategies and key risk indicators to measure and monitor risks and threats to the organization’s strategic objectives using state-of-the-art best practices; integrate and build on existing controls, processes and accounts for various compliance and enterprise risks such as financial, cyber, programmatic, operational and human capital with the COO and Chief Strategy Officer and partnerships
  • Provide strategic oversight of the organization’s insurance programs and claims management process, and insurance brokers to ensure the most cost-effective and comprehensive coverage execution; Oversee the business travel function of the organization, ensuring superior customer service, effective controls, reporting and risk management

Team leadership

  • Build a cohesive, high-performing, and collaborative team of risk and compliance professionals, leverage strengths, drive alignment and performance, and provide regular coaching and development opportunities
  • Work closely with the finance department to develop and manage the annual budget, regularly monitor expenses and purchases, maintain accurate forecasts and accruals

The ideal Director of Program Compliance and Risk Management should have the following experience and qualifications:

  • Strong commitment to racial, gender and economic justice and their intersections, both inside and outside the organization
  • Ability to work with various people and organizations
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships based on trust and shared personal interest
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and move people into action
  • Demonstrated ability to think and plan strategically
  • Effective communicator verbally, in writing and through active listening as well as excellent interpersonal skills; ability to communicate information and ideas clearly and concisely in a timely manner.
  • Minimum 5 years of work experience in election campaign environments.
  • Understands the difference between 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and PAC campaign work.
  • Familiarity with FEC and State Election Commission reporting systems.
  • Solid experience in accounting.
  • Experience in budget management.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize responsibilities and strong attention to detail
  • Proven recording reliability and speed.
  • Must be flexible and able to work well under pressure.
  • Must be self-directed and able to work well with people at all levels, both inside and outside the organization.
  • Ability to maintain and respect confidentiality.
  • Commitment to the mission and values ​​of People’s Action/Institute.
  • Commitment to economic, racial and gender justice is essential.

Benefits and Compensation:

Status: Full-time, exempt, eligible for benefits

Union position: Nope

Wage scale: F-level – $95,000 – $130,000, depending on experience

Location and travel: May be based in our Chicago, IL or Washington, DC office, but remote locations can be considered anywhere in the continental United States. Supervision and most communications will be via videoconference.

Reports to: Financial director

Supervise: Senior Finance Accountant

Travel requirements: The manager must be able to travel to the United States as required.

Benefits include: Health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, flexible spending account for medical and dependent care, 401(k) plan, long term disability insurance, life insurance, 9 paid holidays plus the last two weeks of year that include Christmas Eve/Christmas New Year’s Day and New Year’s Day/New Year’s Day, and you accrue two weeks of vacation in your first year of employment.

Our Commitment to Fair Compensation:

We believe in fair compensation for your work, no matter where you live. Our pay scale is comparable to the salaries you would find in Chicago, IL, where our headquarters is located. It is based on your months/years of work experience. While we do not determine education as a determining factor if we hire someone to work for People’s Action Institute, we do consider any relevant higher education experience you have. To further address pay inequities and inequities within the team, we have a non-negotiable compensation practice and offer opportunities for advancement to full-time employees based on performance appraisal. Your starting salary reflects your position in our salary scale and is based on the information you provide to us on your CV. PAI continues to monitor salaries through a triennial compensation analysis to ensure that we continue to offer our potential and current employees fair salaries.

Commitment to disability, diversity, equity and inclusion

Popular action is a Equal Opportunity Employer; Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Vaccine transparency

Due to travel requirements and in-person interactions during employment, candidates will be required to present proof of being fully immunized (two doses of Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or one dose of J&J plus any appropriate booster doses) against COVID-19 before starting employment. Reasonable accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis for exemptions to this requirement in accordance with applicable law.

Closing date: October 23, 2022

Please apply here!

No phone calls, please.

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