UpTogether believes every person is an expert in their own life. But too many systems in our society have been set up to prevent hardworking people from getting ahead.
That’s because in the U.S., there is a broadly held stereotype that if you’re experiencing poverty or financial hardship, it’s solely your fault. After all, others have “pulled themselves up by their bootstraps” and you can too.
UpTogether knows that’s not true. Poverty is a policy choice. That’s why starting in 2023, we renewed our focus on a bold goal of changing systems and policies so all people in the United States are seen and invested in for their strengths, and able to build power, reinforce their autonomy and drive their own economic and social mobility.
Our systems change strategy is three-pronged: We work with individuals, families, funders, governments and community partners to:
- Invest unrestricted cash in families and individuals with limited incomes
- Amplify stories that tell the true lived experiences of people with financial hardship and financially under-resourced communities
- Rally for state and local policies and practices that support and accelerate socioeconomic mobility
The strategy is grounded in our strength-based approach of community, capital and choice, which honors people’s initiatives, abilities and self-determination.
|How We Do It||Why We Do It|
|Community:||We learn from financially under-resourced communities and co-create opportunities for people to build and strengthen their social networks.||People benefit from the power of community and naturally and routinely exchange social capital and help one another.|
|Capital||We invest in individuals and families through unrestricted cash.||People must have access to sufficient capital to invest in their own lives.|
|Choice||We trust that people are capable of making decisions for themselves and their families.||People are experts in their own lives and must have full choice and control over their time and resources.|
At UpTogether, we work towards these values:
- Community: We’re better together than we are alone, and we know that with the support of our neighbors, family and friends, all of us will have a better shot at achieving our goals and dreams.
- Impact: We focus our time and energy on collective work that will have the largest impact for people experiencing financial hardship.
- Collaboration: We center the lived experiences of our members, partner with them to change systems and work with them to co-create opportunities for people to reach their financial goals.
- Racial Equity: We are committed to being an anti-racist organization, and we promote anti-racist policies that eliminate the racial wealth divide.
- Leadership: We intentionally create space for everyone to lead, regardless of their title.
- Choice: We respect everyone’s autonomy and know each person is capable of making their own decisions.
Under the direction of the Compliance Manager, the Compliance Specialist will work within the Finance team to support UpTogether in preparing, executing, and reporting on government contracts and grant agreements that meet and ensure compliance with our internal financial, audit, and legal controls, policies, and practices.
This is a 100% remote position (must be based in the United States), so the successful candidate will be located where a solid internet connection is available and perform duties in a functional work environment.
- Assist in preparation of government contract invoices. Collect and store related documentation/proof of expenditures.
- Assist in document collection for government contract audits.
- Conduct program/project expenditure analysis for government contracts and philanthropic funder agreement to assure alignment with milestones, budget, and timelines.
- Conduct fund close out process for closed projects.
- Assure compliance with internal financial and audit controls, policies, guidelines and practices and help identify areas for process improvement and assist with implementation of new processes.
- Coordinate state foreign entity, unemployment and charitable registration state filings with external consultants and/or file on behalf of the organization.
- Secure proof of organizational insurance coverage (certificates of insurance) as needed.
- Serve as lead in organizational insurance renewals annually (liability, crime, D&O, etc.) as well as worker’s compensation audits.
- Other tasks as assigned or needed.
- Demonstrated knowledge of government contracts and philanthropic funder agreement management and compliance.
- Experience monitoring/reconciling budgets against actual expenditures.
- Demonstrated knowledge of nonprofit and government audit requirements.
- Experience in advanced spreadsheet use and visual presentation of financial data and information.
- Familiarity with federal reporting, and federal regulations including experience with OMB uniform guidance and single audits.
Qualifications & Skills
- BA/BS in Business Administration/Math/Accounting/Finance or equivalent work experience.
- Ability to analyze complex financial data and identify outliers and/or exceptions.
- Self-starter with excellent analytical skills, a detail-oriented mindset, the ability to prioritize effectively, meet deadlines, follow through to execute all tasks and demonstrate a high degree of accuracy.
- Interest in working in an organization that continuously evolves and changes requiring flexibility and excitement for iteration.
- Be keenly interested in learning from others.
- Have excellent verbal and written communication skills, responding to internal and external needs in a timely manner and listening, being thoughtful in your response, and setting clear expectations.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team member across disciplines with team members in finance, partnerships & revenue, technology and operations.
- Ability to travel, as needed, for in-person and occasional team meetings.
- Ability to thrive in a remote work environment, self-directed, proactively reaches out, responsive, and comfortable in a virtual setting.
- Demonstrated commitment to, or passion for, our mission; deep belief and trust in the innate capabilities of families with limited incomes and their communities; willingness to engage in conversations aimed at addressing erroneous stereotypes about people with limited incomes and people of color.
- Strong command of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Google applications, Salesforce (generating customized reports and data analysis) required.
This is a full-time salaried position. Compensation range for this position is $55,000–$65,000 depending on experience.
We strive to create a community that embraces equity, diversity, and inclusion, and we support the efforts of others to build such communities. We encourage all qualified and interested persons to apply, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
To be considered for this opportunity, please submit a resume and cover letter via this link: Apply Here. Your cover letter should outline how your personal and/or work history will contribute to the mission of UpTogether. Applications submitted without a cover letter will not be considered.