Director of Operations


Title: Director of Operations

Location: Tucson, Arizona

Salary Rate:  $65,000

Classification: Exempt

Application Deadline: Open until filled.

Benefits: Paid Time Off (200 hours), health insurance, vision plan, optional dental plan (50% subsidized), 401k plan with 20% employer match, life insurance, short term and long term disability insurance.

Archaeology Southwest:

For three decades, Archaeology Southwest has practiced a holistic, conservation-based approach to exploring and protecting the places of the past. We call this Preservation Archaeology. By exploring what makes a place special, sharing this knowledge in innovative ways, and enacting flexible site protection strategies, we foster meaningful connections to the past and respectfully safeguard its irreplaceable resources.

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Position Objectives:

Reporting to the President/CEO, the successful Director of Operations will be a hands-on and participative manager with experience in nonprofit finance, planning and budgeting, human resources, and administration.

The Director of Operations is a critical member of the senior leadership team in strategic decision-making and operations as Archaeology Southwest continues to enhance its quality programming and build capacity.

Duties of the Position:

Financial Management

  • Manage an operating budget of $3 million; prepare, analyze, and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly and annual financial statements; and oversee all financial, project/program, and grants accounting.
  • Coordinate and lead the annual audit process; work with external auditors and the finance and audit committees of the Board of Directors; assess any changes necessary.
  • Oversee and lead annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with the President/CEO; administer and review all financial plans and budgets; monitor progress and changes and keep senior leadership team abreast of the organization’s financial status.
  • Implement a robust contracts and grants management and financial management/reporting system; ensure that the contract and grant billing schedule is adhered to and that financial data and cash flow are steady and support operational requirements.
  • Update and implement all necessary business policies and accounting practices; improve the financial policies and procedure manual if necessary.
  • Effectively communicate and present critical financial matters to the Board of Directors.

Human Resources, Technology, and Administration

  • Further develop Archaeology Southwest’s human resources and administration, enhancing professional development, compensation and benefits analysis, performance evaluation, training, and recruiting.
  • Work closely and transparently with all external partners including third-party vendors and consultants.
  • Manage Archaeology Southwest’s external IT service provider to assure all IT systems are meeting the organization’s planning, tracking, reporting, and program needs
  • Oversee administrative functions as well as facilities to ensure efficient and consistent operations.


  • Minimum of a B.A.
  • At least 7-10 years of overall professional experience; ideally 6+ years of broad financial and operations management experience in a non-profit organization.
  • The ideal candidate has experience of final responsibility for the quality and content of all financial data, reporting, and audit coordination for either a division or a significant program area, as well as the ability to translate financial concepts to – and to effectively collaborate with – Board and staff members, who do not necessarily have finance backgrounds.
  • A track record in grants management
  • Technology savvy; experience with accounting and reporting software
  • A successful track record in setting priorities; keen analytic, organization, and problem-solving skills which support and enable sound decision-making
  • Excellent communication and relationship-building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • Flexible and a self-starter; able to multi-task while also being willing to “roll up the sleeves” and get tasks done.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the mission of Archaeology Southwest

Supervises: 1 Office Manager/Bookkeeper

Submit cover letter and resume to:

Linda Pierce, Deputy Director
Archaeology Southwest
300 N. Ash Alley
Tucson, AZ  85701


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