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Consumer Watchdog is a national, nonpartisan consumer advocacy organization that develops innovative solutions to some of our country’s biggest problems. Over the last thirty years our investigations have changed corporate practices, driven corrupt politicians out of office and inspired groundbreaking legislation.Our mantra at Consumer Watchdog is simple, but effective. Expose rip-offs and injustice. Confront the industries and politicians responsible. Change the world. Whether we’re at the Capitol, in the media, or in the courtroom, these are the strategies we use to make sure that we win justice for American consumers and taxpayers.



The Operations Manager is responsible for overseeing the financial operations of both the c(3) and c(4), managing administrative projects and office/facilities operations, leading development projects as required, and fulfilling all human resource requirements for the organization.  If you are looking for a challenge and committed to working for justice, this is the job for you.


Financial operations

  • Process litigation fees, ensure proper and timely payment to outside counsel and experts, process grant checks, prepare grant memos, manage grant reporting
  • Oversee accounts payable processes; ensure vendors are paid appropriately and in a timely manner, liase with vendors to investigate and reconcile outstanding invoices, ensure accuracy regarding job coding
  • Oversee management of multiple bank accounts for both the (c)3 and (c)4; work with political compliance attorneys ensuring coding practices and allocations are appropriate, write and deposit checks, make account transfers as needed for both organizations
  • State/Federal Compliance: Work with bookkeeper/accounting firm to complete tax return; facilitate annual audit of financial statements, Form 5500, Secretary of State filings



  • Ensure that office administrative personnel complete tasks in a timely manner and prioritize projects appropriately
  • Ensure all organizational insurance is complete and up to date
  • Maintain Operations Manual for organization
  • Office operations- oversee vendor contracts, coordinate facilities maintenance with building management, maintain office machines and security system
  • Administrate office relocation, including lease negotiations, management of tenant improvements, obtaining permits and coordinating construction vendors






  • Manages majority of grant proposals and reports; writes compelling public and private entity proposals and progress reports, drafts supplemental materials, metrics and collates required financial documents
  • Monitors compliance to grant requirements and ensures proper tracking of grant revenue; stewards funder correspondence and relations
  • Researches new funding sources and prospective individual donors
  • In-house coordinator annual/bi-annual Rage for Justice awards dinner: coordinates vendors and event staff, supervises design and writes copy for advertising program publication, solicits table packages and oversees ticket sales, administrates all other aspects of event planning


Human Resources

  • Facilitate all CW onboarding processes: process documents (health/dental/life insurance, conflict of interest, auto-deposit payroll, 403B contribution, update disability insurance)
  • Manage vacation requests, sick/vacation time and report changes to payroll; ensure salary and payroll deduction changes are made
  • Collect and review staff timesheets; oversee use of staff time tracking software and prepare monthly reports for bookkeeper, other reports as needed
  • Benefits administration: Review health, dental and disability policy annual renewals, manage retirement policy, work with brokers to address staff questions
  • Maintain staff personnel files and strict confidentiality



  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • At least three years of experience in nonprofit finance and administration and a strong interest in CW’s core issue areas
  • Proactive, self-directed and extremely well organized, and comfortable working in a deadline-driven, collaborative environment
  • Technically proficient in Word, Excel, with advanced web skills and social media experience
  • Fluency in a second language, especially Spanish, a plus



Salary is competitive with other similar public interest organizations and the experience level sought; employer-paid health plan, dental and life insurance are provided. Consumer Watchdog also offers a generous retirement savings plan and a casual work environment.


  Metro Area Los Angeles CA
  Job Location City Santa Monica
  Job Location State California
  Job Location Zip 90405
  Job Location Country United States
  Job Category Accounting and Finance, Administration, Development and Fundraising, Employment and Human resources, Event planning, Fundraising and Development, Grants administration, Legal
  Prefered Experience 5 year(s)
  Job Type Full time
  Language 1 English ( Speak Read Write )  
  Job Posting Date Apr. 20, 2017

Organization Details

  Organization Name Consumer Watchdog
  Organizational Focus Consumer Protection, Environment and Ecology, Law and Legal Assistance
  Contact Person Jodi Waxman
  Contact Phone (310) 726-0748
  Contact Fax none posted
  Contact Email
  Web Address

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