Associate, Finance and Operations

The Data Quality Campaign (DQC) is one of the country’s leading education advocacy organizations, with a 15-year track record of success and a growing, talented staff headquartered in Washington, DC. DQC is a nonprofit policy and advocacy organization leading the effort to bring every part of the education community together to empower educators, families, and policymakers with quality information to make decisions that ensure that students excel. To realize this vision, DQC works toward three goals:

  1. Increase public understanding of the value of data in supporting the student journey through the P–20W pipeline (early education, K–12, postsecondary and workforce).
  2. Build the capacity of policy and education leaders to develop trust with communities to ensure data is used.
  3. Ensure that state leaders use the policy levers available to them across P–20W to make data work for students and communities.

If you care passionately about changing the role of data in education so that every student is not only counted, but counts, DQC is the place for you. DQC values the diverse backgrounds, experiences, and opinions that each team member brings to this work—and seeks to add individuals who continue to expand our thinking, push our boundaries, and commit to bringing their whole selves and experiences to our team. We offer competitive salaries, benefits, and opportunities for career growth.

Note: DQC’s staff is headquartered in Washington, DC, and is currently working remotely. We expect to return to the office in a hybrid work environment no earlier than September 2021 (this date is subject to change).

Position Summary

DQC Associates are ambitious, energized by their colleagues, and passionate about supporting DQC’s mission. The person in this role must be a strong project manager with excellent attention to detail. This position will provide finance and operational support, as well as support to other cross-functional teams of DQC.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Co-manage approval payment process for vendor invoices, credit card forms, and expense reports.
  • Co-manage payroll function. Process and administer payroll for entire organization on semi-monthly basis. Manage data entry in ADP payroll system. Review general journal entries in QuickBooks in support of payroll activity. Download ADP payroll reports and maintain payroll records. Review checks issued to ADP to cover payroll and payroll taxes.
  • Review 401k function for employee/employer retirement contributions on semi-monthly basis. Review 401k spreadsheets, data entry in Ascensus Contribution 401k system and general journal entries in QuickBooks in support of 401k activity. Ensure accuracy of 401k reports, Ascensus documents, and checks issued to Ascensus to cover 401k contributions.
  • Review credit/debit bank transactions and other general journal entries in QuickBooks.
  • Assist the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with DQC’s annual audit. Prepare supporting documentation and other forms as requested by Auditors.
  • Manage credit card expense forms. Create forms and upload receipts in FileMaker Pro database to track/maintain credit card usage.
  • Work closely with Senior Associate, Finance to provide backup materials for financial reconciliations and provide backup support to the CFO.
  • Manage DQC leadership expense reports. Prepare expense reports and track receipts. When applicable, keep track of travel expenses that are to be reimbursed by external organizations and complete and submit appropriate external expense reports.
  • Support Director of Human Resources and Operations in the day-to-day general office administration, procurement, and other support services plus various other projects.
  • Serve on various teams to coordinate staff activities and special functions.
  • Maintain a high level of confidentiality and security regarding corporate and personnel information and documents.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements & Qualifications

The successful applicant will be ambitious and intrigued by the opportunity to grow this position by proposing new solutions to complex problems.

Education and experience:

  • DQC values both education and work experiences that demonstrate the ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of this position.
  • Ideal candidates have a minimum of five years of experience, which can include a combination of postsecondary education, internships and professional, full-time work experience. (For example, five years of experience could include the completion of an associate’s degree, two six-month internships and two years of full-time work experience.)
  • In your cover letter, explain how your combination of education and work experience (including internships) demonstrates how you will contribute to DQC’s mission and strategies. Specific examples (especially those above and beyond what is included on your resume) are encouraged.

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Ability to take initiative and follow through on tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Be a problem solver at heart with the ability to work in start-up environment.
  • Superior organizational and multitasking skills. Attention to detail a must.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and ability to interact with DQC staff as well as staff at external organizations.
  • Provide excellent customer service to DQC staff and constituents.
  • Ability to perform work functions with some level of interruption and complete work assignments in a timely manner.
  • Working knowledge of MS Office including Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, and Excel.


  • Starting salary is in the high $40s. Salary commensurate with qualification
  • Excellent benefits and work environment.

Reports to

Director, Human Resources and Operations

How to apply

  • Please send resume, cover letter, and list of three references (with email addresses) to
  • In your cover letter, indicate how your work experience relates to the position’s job functions.
  • Please indicate “Associate, Finance and Operations” in the subject line.
  • Priority will be given to applications received by August 20, 2021.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

The Data Quality Campaign (DQC) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, gender expression or Veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. 

DQC is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process, please send an email to and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.