Executive Vice President of Operations

  • Roca, Inc.
  • Chelsea, MA

This position has been filled.

About Roca, Inc.

Roca is a fast-paced, data-driven, and relentless organization that serves over 1,300 high-risk young people every year. Founded just outside of Boston in 1988, Roca operates a nationally acclaimed Intervention Model with five sites in Massachusetts, one in Baltimore, Maryland, and a site in Hartford, CT. Roca operates with a $23 million annual operating budget with a mix of over 100 public and private funding sources, including earned revenue from a variety of sources.  Roca is on track to grow to a $38 million budget annually within 5 years.

Over 34 years, Roca has learned that to impact urban violence, we must work directly with the young people and systems at the center of it. Roca’s Intervention Model engages young people at the center of urban violence in an intensive four-year program to address trauma, teach life-saving cognitive-behavioral skills, and break the cycle of incarceration and poverty that traditional youth programs alone can’t break. And, because it takes all of us, Roca also helps institutions like police and state agencies change the way they work with young people who are traumatized and living at the intersection of gangs, drugs, poverty, violence, immigration challenges, and involvement with multiple public systems.

As part of work to maximize our impact, Roca launched the Roca Impact Institute.

Founded in 2019, the Roca Impact Institute  equips public and private institutions and individuals working at the center of urban violence with tools and strategies to address trauma, reduce violence, and improve outcomes for young people. We do this by working with agencies that have significant impact on the young people most likely to shoot or be shot, by providing:

  • Training in trauma-informed interventions to build new knowledge, skills, and practices.
  • Facilitating the design and implementation of focused, coordinated approaches to supporting agency and systems change.
  • Coaching to build staff capacity to implement, adapt and sustain programming over time.

Roca is an internationally recognized community violence intervention agency that has been moving the needle on urban violence for more than three decades. The program is best known for its results. In recent years in Massachusetts, for example, 4 of 5 young men who came to Roca with a violent record stopped engaging in violence, and 95% of young men who completed two years of Roca were not re-incarcerated.

No young person is a lost cause to Roca, even if they have lost all trust and hope for the future. Roca moves the needle on urban violence by relentlessly finding and focusing on the traumatized 16–24-year-olds living at the center of it. We never give up. Young people can count on us to keep showing up, even when they fail. That’s how we build trust over time and give young people the tools and support to change the trajectory of their lives.

We are committed to defining, implementing and advancing race equity internally while advocating for race equity externally in the field and the community. For more information on Roca, Inc., please visit our website.

The Opportunity

The Executive Vice President of Operations (EVP of Operations) will be a strategic thought-partner, and report to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The successful candidate will be a hands-on and participative executive and will lead and develop an internal team to support the following areas: finance, business planning and budgeting, human resources, administration, and revenue generation.

The EVP of Operations will play a critical role in partnering with other members of the senior leadership team in strategic decision making and operations as Roca, Inc. (Roca) continues to enhance its quality programming and build capacity. This is a tremendous opportunity for a finance and operations leader to maximize and strengthen the internal capacity of a well-respected, high-impact organization.

Candidate Profile

The EVP of Operations provides oversight to a series of shared services across the organization including finance, revenue generation, facilities and vehicles, IT, and human resources.  There is a strong team of leadership in each of these areas and this key Executive Team member will oversee the coordination of this work and its integration with the Roca Programming Teams.  The EVP of Operations must be able to understand the organization as a whole and drive shared services to support programmatic growth and innovation.  They must understand both the rules of financial management and how those can be flexibly used to meet the needs of the organization.

The EVP of Operations of Roca will possess the following attributes and competencies:

Financial Management

  • Provide organizational oversight for all financial management and accounting functions for the organization.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of appropriate financial strategies to allow for the growth and development of the organization.
  • Understand and develop a range of financial modeling allowing for a wide variety of funding sources and integration into program operations.
  • Oversee and lead annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with the CEO and VP of Finance; administer and review all financial plans and budgets; monitor progress and changes; and keep senior leadership team abreast of the organization’s financial status.
  • From a financial and resource perspective, advise on the strategy for the organization.
  • Effectively communicate and present the critical financial matters to the board of directors and Executive Team of the organization.
  • Analyze and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly and annual financial statements; collate financial reporting materials for all donor segments, and oversee all financial, project/program and grants accounting.
  • Serve as the organization’s lead in ensuring the integration of financial management and revenue generation activities.

Revenue Generation

  • Expand the culture of philanthropy at Roca by serving as a senior advisor to the CEO on all issues related to revenue generation and providing effective leadership to the revenue generation team as well as the Board of Directors.
  • Work with the VP of Revenue Generation & Communications to oversee revenue generation functions to ensure efficient and consistent operations as the organization scales.
  • Ability to develop alternative revenue sources and financially model how those might impact the organization.  (i.e. Roca is currently working to develop Medicaid as a sustainable funding stream for the organization.  This includes a range of activities from understanding the possibilities of the funding source, to negotiating access to the funding source, completing appropriate financial modeling and piloting all aspects of data collection financial management for the new funding source.)
  • Work closely with the Roca Board of Directors and key staff to provide strategic direction and innovation to the revenue equation for Roca and expanding partnerships with foundations and corporations.
  • Serve as a key linkage between revenue generation activities, financial management and programmatic services for all Roca programs and sites.

Human Resources

  • Work with the VP of Human Resources to further develop Roca’s human resources and administration, enhancing professional development, compensation and benefits, performance evaluation, training, and recruiting.
  • Oversee the development and enforcement of policies and procedures.
  • Oversee risk mitigation for the organization.

Facilities and IT

  • Oversee all facilities and expansion of facilities across the organization.
  • Oversee all information technology work, ensuring appropriate security and risk management policies are in place and that the data needs of the organization are being met.

In addition, strong candidates will offer:

  • Experience of final responsibility for the quality and content of all financial data, reporting and audit coordination for either a division or significant program area, and has preferably overseen a human resources function previously.
  • Ability to translate financial concepts to–and to effectively collaborate with—

programmatic and fundraising colleagues who do not necessarily have finance backgrounds.

  • A proven track record in grants management.
  • Technology savvy with experience selecting and overseeing software installations and managing relationships with software vendors; knowledge of 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.
  • A multi-tasker with the ability to wear many hats in a fast-paced environment.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the mission of Roca.
  • Track record of progressively responsible experience, with broad financial and operations management preferred.
  • An MBA degree or CPA certification is desirable, though applicants with compelling and equivalent work experience are encouraged to apply.
Compensation & Benefits

The salary range for this position is $180,000 – $200,000 and it is offered along with a competitive benefits package.


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Roca, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants.

*Roca, Inc. requires full vaccination against COVID-19, subject to any accommodations under applicable law.

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