Job Posting: Operations Manager

Apr 21, 20220 comments

United for Iran (U4I) is a nonprofit based in the San Francisco Bay Area working to advance civil liberties in Iran by advocating for human rights, supporting civil society, and engaging citizens through technology. Two of our longest-running projects are the Iran Prison Atlas (IPA) and IranCubator. IPA is a dynamic database that tracks and publicizes the prosecution and imprisonment of Iran’s political prisoners. IranCubator is a technology incubator that supports the development of secure mobile applications that protect and empower persecuted populations inside Iran. In 2017 and 2018, IranCubator supported the creation of mobile apps that directly empower Iranian citizens to connect, organize and disseminate critical information and is continuing with its IranCubator 2 program today. Learn more at



Job Description

The Operations Manager will be responsible for daily organizational support for the U4I team, reporting directly to and working closely with the Managing Director. The Operations Manager will assist the leadership team in making important internal decisions, as well as the development and implementation of operational policies and procedures. The Operations Manager will play a role in promoting an organizational culture that encourages positive morale and performance. This position has the potential for growth and promotion to a directorship. This is an exciting opportunity for an energetic professional to join a growing organization and redefine the story of human rights and technology in Iran. Candidates in the Bay Area are preferred, with remote candidates considered.



Job Responsibilities

The Operations Manager will be responsible for daily operational support for United for Iran, including, but not limited to:

  • Grants Management
    • Grant writing assistance
    • Proposal submissions
    • Grant deliverable timelines
    • Financial reporting and monthly funder reimbursement requests through the funding portal
    • Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) data gathering and input
    • Quarterly grant reporting
    • Audit assistance
  • Contracts Management
    • Writing each contract
    • Risk assessment and risk mitigation plans
    • Tracking and ensuring deliverables and payments input and output
  • Basic Accounting and Bookkeeping
    • Reconciling daily transactions in QuickBooks Online
    • Requesting reimbursements
  • Policy Management
    • Bi-annual review of Human Resources, Operations, and Accounting policies
  • Board Management
    • Scheduling and planning three annual meetings
    • Operational updates
  • Administrative support for the Executive Director
  • Purchasing and procurement
  • Processing bills, invoices, and payments
  • Coordinating travel and meetings
  • Day-to-day human resources support such as assisting the Managing Director with hiring, onboarding, evaluations, and firing of staff 
  • Possible organizational systems management
  • IT support services in collaboration with other teams


Job Qualifications

The ideal Operations candidate will have the following qualifications:


  • Impeccable written, editing, and strong English communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail and well-organized
  • Creative, flexible, and proactive problem-solving skills 
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Project management experience  
  • Comfort and experience with basic accounting practices
  • A proven track record of managing several complex projects, budgets, large grants, and stakeholder relationships simultaneously
  • Knowledge of Google Docs, Quickbooks Online, and Microsoft Office suite
  • Excellent spreadsheet skills
  • Ability to work independently 
  • A strong commitment to social change and access to technology
  • 4+ years of relevant work experience 
  • A bachelor’s degree 


Optional Bonus Qualifications

  • Fluent in Persian 
  • Knowledge of IT security for small organizations
  • Working knowledge of human rights and a basic understanding of the complexities of Iranian politics and policy, Iran-US, or Iran-EU relations


Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience. U4I staff enjoys generous working benefits including unlimited paid time off, teleworking options, and flexible schedules, all while taking pride in meaningful work with a critical social mission. The salary range for this position is $65,000-$80,000 USD depending on experience and location.  


How to Apply

Please send your resume and answers to the questions below and 2-3 writing samples to 

  • Why are you applying for this job? (word limit 250 words)
  • How are you qualified for this job? What is your accounting, contract management, administrative, or other experience related to this job? (word limit 500 words)


A cover letter is not required. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. 


United for Iran values diversity and provides equal opportunities to all people or entities submitting their qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. People of color, LGBTQI individuals, and women are strongly encouraged to apply.