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image.pngKids First Law Center is seeking a Director of Operations to enhance our culture of collaboration and innovation. The ideal candidate will enjoy working on a small team with big goals, inspired to positively contribute toward the nonprofit organization’s mission of giving children a voice in conflict.

Kids First is a child-focused conflict resolution center. Kids First helps children through conflict in their families by providing legal representation to kids in high-conflict custody and divorce cases, educational workshops about divorce for children, and mediation for separated parents. Kids First also helps children resolve conflict with their peers through a restorative justice program in Cedar Rapids schools.

Kids First is an equal opportunity employer and strives to create a positive experience for all people regardless of their race, color, age, appearance, disability, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, nationality, social or ethnic origin, religion, or creed.

GENERAL JOB SUMMARY:  The Director of Operations is responsible for providing leadership and direction in all aspects of daily operations. The Director of Operations works closely with the Executive Director in implementation of the strategic plan, human resources, and budgeting and finances to ensure the goals of the organization are met. 

DUTIES:  The duties of the Director of Operations include:

Operations Management

  • Foster a positive attitude that “anything is possible” while keeping the organization on track with the goals of the strategic plan 
  • Provide comprehensive day-to-day administrative and operational support on all matters pertaining to the office
  • Create methods to collect and collate data in an accessible way to track program outcomes 
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director to develop and implement policies and procedures
  • Coordinate mass mailings 
  • Respond to inquiries from judges, attorneys, program participants, and donors 


  • Prepare organizational and project budgets; complete budget reports for grants
  • Prepare monthly financial reports and review with Board treasurer 
  • Invoice and collect case fees and manage client trust accounts 
  • Manage accounts payable/receivable in QuickBooks
  • Work with an outside CPA on audit and for additional support

Human Resources 

  • Ensure all team members are fully trained and informed on relevant policies, procedures, and technology 
  • Give team members honest and clear feedback and communication in reviewing goals
  • Administer benefits, track PTO, and maintain employee personnel files 
  • Communicate data to payroll company

 Information Systems 

  • Analyze operational systems and create new efficiencies 
  • Ensure continuity of technology for team members, assisted by an outside IT vendor
  • Assess technology and equipment needs; obtain bids, make purchases 
  • Serve as administrator for client and donor databases 

QUALIFICATIONS:  The ideal candidate has these attributes:

  • Solution-oriented 
  • Ability to break goals into achievable steps and put a plan into action
  • Independent judgment and initiative; work efficiently with or without defined deadlines
  • Enjoyment working in a collaborative team environment 
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; great interpersonal skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to analyze and interpret contracts from funders, technical procedures, and governmental regulations
  • Excellent time management and prioritization skills 
  • Ability to work in open-office environment 
  • Proficiency in troubleshooting problems with technology and willingness to learn database management
  • Strong Excel skills and the ability to synthesize data
  • Ability to handle confidential information


  • Four-year college degree 
  • Five years prior office management and/or supervisory experience

SALARY INFORMATION:  Kids First has a committed team environment with an egalitarian pay scale. Annual salary for full-time employment is $62,700. Generous benefits include 6 weeks PTO, sabbatical leave, and IRA contributions. Medical, dental, and vision insurance plans are also available with premiums paid by the employee.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and list of references addressed to Executive Director Jenny Schulz at



Kids First Law Center

420 6th St. SE Ste. 160

Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

(319) 365-5437


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