Jobs at Sonoran Prevention Works

Deputy Director

FTE, exempt
Phoenix office

Reports to: Executive Director
Supervision responsibilities: Administrative Team and Program Directors
Travel: Less than 10% of the time
Compensation & benefits: The salary range for this position is $55,000 – $68,000, depending upon experience and qualifications. Sonoran Prevention Works offers benefits that include health, dental, and vision insurance, 3-4 weeks paid vacation, sick leave, company cell phone, mileage reimbursement, and some remote working opportunities.

The Sonoran Prevention Works Deputy Director is responsible for leading internal organizational activities to strengthen SPW’s capacity. Reporting to the Executive Director, a successful candidate should be able to think broadly and strategically about the organization’s work, as well as be detail-oriented and organized about the structures necessary to move the vision into reality. The DD will identify best practices and improve internal systems with an eye toward future needs and budget realities, manage human resources and administration, and review contracts and vendor relationships. This individual will partner with the ED to translate SPW’s mission of Centering harm reduction in Arizona through participant-driven advocacy, education, and outreach to provide accounting, budgetary, operational, and programmatic support to all agency programs and activities. They will help SPW live its values, which include transformation, collaboration, racial equity, and centering on the lived experiences of people who use drugs.

Strategy, Vision, & Leadership

  • Advise the Executive Director and other key members of SPW’s leadership team on financial planning, budgeting, cash flow, and investment priorities
  • Communicate and present critical financial matters at select Board of Directors and board committee meetings
  • Contribute to the development of the organization’s strategic goals and objectives as well as the overall management of the organization
  • Maintain continuous lines of communication, keeping the Executive Director and other relevant parties informed of all critical issues
  • Help to guide organizational efforts to build a racial equity culture, including identifying best practices, developing new policies, and improving on existing policies
  • Represent the organization externally as necessary, including with financial institutions, funders, and auditors
  • Work with ED to pace and drive organizational development, including analysis and implementation of priorities, partnerships, and infrastructure needs
  • Ensure the financial health of the organization
  • Oversee compliance and quality assurance

Team Development & Operations

  • Oversee, direct, and organize the work of Administration, Finance, Data, and Human Resources for the organization and its programs
  • Provide leadership in developing and implementing practices to strengthen internal communication and facilitate cross-department collaboration and project management
  • Cultivate a learning environment and support team-based structures
  • Establish and maintain comprehensive policies and procedures to support staff, programs, grants, and contracts
  • Work with Program Directors and ED to develop program evaluation and success measurement tools
  • Serve as a mentor and coach to staff
  • Evaluate and work to minimize the organization’s areas of risk and liability

Human Resources

  • Oversee Human Resources activities by enhancing professional development, compensation and benefits, performance evaluation, training, and recruiting
  • Oversee a comprehensive onboarding and ongoing training program to educate employees regarding staff tools, policies, and procedures
  • Mentor and develop staff using a supportive and collaborative approach
  • Evaluate and oversee all benefits negotiations, ensuring policies are as closely aligned with organizational values as possible


  • Ensure that administrative and finance staff maintain financial record systems in accordance with GAAP standards
  • Oversee the preparation and approval of all financial reporting materials and metrics for funders, leadership team, and the Board of Directors
  • Upgrade and implement an appropriate system of policies, internal controls, accounting standards, and procedures
  • Oversee and lead annual budgeting and planning process with the Executive Director
  • Monitor progress and changes in all financial plans and budgets, and keep leadership team abreast of the organization’s financial status
  • Implement a robust contracts and financial management system to ensure that contract billing and collection schedule is adhered to
  • Oversee audit preparation and implementation
  • Assist ED in negotiation of any large purchases and related contractual arrangements
  • Maintain fiscal and administrative compliance for all contracts and grants
  • 3+ years experience in senior nonprofit management
  • 2+ years experience with accounting systems and finance
  • 1+ years of Human Resources experience
  • Must be committed to harm reduction philosophy and to working with people and communities impacted by drug use and sex work
  • A commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Demonstrated knowledge of government contracts, GAAP, and multi-departmental accounting systems
  • Experience with generating financial statements, cost allocation, budget creation and management
  • Facilitative and collaborative leadership style. Proven ability to work in a dynamic team.
  • Must be able to flexibly share leadership
  • Strong mentoring and coaching experience to a team with diverse levels of expertise
  • Self-reliant and entrepreneurial team player with excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills, including negotiation and conflict resolution
  • Proficiency with Quickbooks Online, Google Drive, and Microsoft Office
  • Applicants who are fluent in Spanish, people of color, LGBTQIA2S+, or with lived experience with drug use, sex work, HIV/AIDS, or hepatitis C are strongly encouraged to apply.

People who use (or used to use) drugs, current or former sex workers, people of color, women, members from the LGBTQIA communities, those who have experienced housing insecurity, people who have received harm reduction services, and people living with HIV/AIDS and/or hepatitis C are strongly encouraged to apply.

Sonoran Prevention Works is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, people who are LGBTQI, and people who have personal experience with drug use, sex work, HIV, HCV, and incarceration are strongly encouraged to apply.

SPW does not discriminate in any of its activities or operations on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, drug-related criminal record, marital status, sexual orientation, HIV/AIDS status, substance use, or military status.