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Contracts Manager, Managed Organizations (Washington, DC; Durham, NC; Chicago, IL; San Francisco, CA: or New York, NY)

An experienced, detail-oriented professional who will ensure Arabella’s nonprofit clients’ contractual agreements are compliant with relevant policies and laws

This role sits on the Managed Organizations (MO) Compliance Team. MO Compliance team members provide technical expertise to the nonprofit organizations Arabella manages that serve as fiscal sponsors, including the New Venture Fund, the Windward Fund, and the Hopewell Fund—all 501(c)(3) public charities—and the Sixteen Thirty Fund, a 501(c)(4). These managed nonprofit organizations house new and innovative public interest projects — many focused on conservation, global health, and civic engagement — as well as coordinate collaborative initiatives between donors and administer grants programs. Many of these projects use a variety of contract types to further their missions.

MO team members are deeply passionate about the role that smooth, efficient back-office organizational operations play in achieving social impact. Our colleagues are experienced and skilled in areas like non-profit (c3) and (c4) compliance, budgeting and finance, human resources, technology, and project management. Compliance team members work closely with client-facing colleagues to ensure that projects have the infrastructure needed to meet their strategic and programmatic goals.

Essential Responsibilities:

Review and revise a high volume of contractual agreements to ensure that terms and conditions comply with Managed Nonprofit Organization (MNPO) policies and applicable laws and regulations.

Ensure contracts are written in language that is legally binding and in accordance with MNPO goals. Identify compliance and risk issues reflected in contractual agreements and escalate issues to other team members or Legal department, as needed.

Serve as a technical support resource for all account teams, responding to questions, creating resources, and developing training materials. Join calls with vendors and MNPO fiscally sponsored projects as needed to respond to questions.

Drive operational and procedural improvements related to contracts; collect and analyze data to track compliance and client service metrics related to contracts.

Other Responsibilities:

Contribute to the team and Arabella’s significant year-over-year growth by improving our systems, operations and processes

Contribute to the achievement of important team objectives

Develop an understanding of relevant emerging and critical philanthropic trends

To Be Successful In This Role, You’ll Need:

3-5 years of relevant work experience, at least 2 years of which includes direct work with contracts.

Direct experience with contract development and review, including familiarity with contract principles, clauses, and general terminology.

Demonstrated knowledge of legal frameworks governing organizations exempt from taxation under sections 501c3 and c4 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Ability to clearly communicate and explain complex contract terminology to interested parties in simple, everyday language, including adapting style, tone and content to a variety of audiences.

Experience developing internal policies, procedures, and staff training materials.


advancement of women


global health

human resources

parental leave


project management

The ability to take ownership and be creative and solutions-oriented when encountering challenges that don’t have obvious answers, including the ability to solve challenges independently and create new systems/processes where they didn’t exist before

The ability to effectively manage multiple demands, projects and deadlines, proactively problem solve, and ensure quality control

The ability to solve complex challenges, provide proactive and effective client-centered solutions, pass along service lessons to teammates, and demonstrate a strong understanding of the client’s perspective

A high level of emotional intelligence and the ability to use that intelligence to appropriately adapt to stakeholders’ needs

The ability to work cooperatively and inclusively with others to achieve shared goals, including supporting efforts that promote a safe and welcoming culture, providing timely and constructive feedback, and highlighting and sharing significant and new knowledge across the team

The ability to use available resources and feedback to continually develop mastery in your role and facilitate team learning, including a willingness to request feedback and incorporate it to improve individual performance and to seek out and participate in career-relevant learning activities

The ability to integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) into work processes and demonstrate understanding of how oppression, privilege, and power present in interactions and work

About Arabella Advisors

Arabella Advisors helps foundations, philanthropists and investors who are serious about impact achieve the greatest good with their resources. We work together across geographies on issues ranging from the social and economic advancement of women and girls, and conservation of our climate and planet, to reducing poverty and inequity in the United States and around the world. Our staff members are mission-driven and action-oriented, and have a unique combination of experience in philanthropy, business, nonprofits, government, finance, law, and other fields. We combine creative, strategic thinking with knowledge and networks developed through decades of hands-on experience. The fastest-growing philanthropic advisory firm in the nation, Arabella is also a certified B Corporation.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

Advancing DEI within our firm and in our work with partners is critical to our mission. To be effective partners to philanthropists, nonprofits, and communities impacted by philanthropic dollars, we need to have a highly diverse staff, a workplace where individuals are encouraged to retain their uniqueness and can feel a sense of belonging, and a nuanced understanding of the racial, ethnic, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, and other disparities that undergird the issues we engage in and the interactions we have with one another. For us, equity means that our staff members, our clients, and the people they serve can experience the same level of success, no matter their starting place. We expect all our employees to share this commitment, and always seek ways to improve how well we live these values. Click here to learn more about DEI at Arabella and read our official DEI statement.

Total Rewards (compensation and benefits)

This is a full-time position. We offer a competitive and holistic total rewards package that includes salary, bonus, and benefits. Our base salaries are based on a blend of similar sized organizations from different sectors, including nonprofits, foundations, and professional service firms. They are also based on local market rates and differentiated by geography.

All full-time staff are eligible for our generous benefits package on their first day of employment:

Health insurance- On average Arabella pays 86% of the medical premium, 80% of the dental premium, and 100% of the vision premium

Paid time off- 16 days’ vacation, 10 personal days, 11 company holidays (7 federal and 4 more from a list of inclusive cultural and religious holidays and your birthday), 20 hours’ volunteer leave, 8 weeks’ parental leave

401(k) retirement plan- We offer a 4% employer match on a dollar-per-dollar basis, and there is no waiting or vesting period; all funds contributed by you and Arabella are yours to keep on day 1

Reimbursements for your personal cell phone plan and fitness

Pre-tax withholding for transportation and parking

Bonus incentive opportunities

Access to professional development opportunities

Working with U s

While this position must be based in Washington, DC; Durham; NC; Chicago; IL; San Francisco, CA: or New York, NY, please note that due to COVID-19, all Arabella Advisors’ offices are closed, and we continue to temporarily work in a remote environment.

When we reopen — currently anticipated in late 2021 — we will be returning to work with a hybrid workplace strategy to ensure continued flexibility for our staff, while deepening our strong culture rooted in collaboration and in-person interactions between colleagues. It is our expectation that once we reopen, Arabellans will generally work 2-4 days per week from the office and 2-4 days at home/remotely. We will make reasonable accommodations under the guidelines of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

We are committed to having a passion-driven, inclusive, transparent, collaborative, healthy, and fun culture. We invite you to visit our careers page to learn more.


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