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Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Company: National Council of Nonprofits
Location: Oakland
Posted on: January 13, 2021

Job Description:

PUBLISHED: December 14, 2020 EXPIRY: January 15, 2021 Remote Oakland, California Full Time Administrative Executive Thousand Currents is thrilled to launch a search for its Chief Operating Officer (COO). We are a dynamic, values-based organization in the midst of a period of significant growth in a rapidly evolving environment. For nearly 35 years, Thousand Currents has invested in and learned from more than 1,000 community-led initiatives in over 40 countries. Today, Thousand Currents is a public foundation funding grassroots organizing that addresses the interdependent issues of food sovereignty, alternative economies, and climate justice in the Global South. We partner with an ecosystem of grassroots-based formations, including, but not limited to, movements, grassroots groups, and research institutions in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and Latin America. We are seeking a professional with demonstrated experience providing leadership and working collaboratively to develop the next generation of internal systems and practices that address the interplay between growth, learning, innovation, complexity, culture, and equity in the key organizational areas including Finance and Operations; Planning and Internal Alignment and People and Culture. Duties and Responsibilities The Chief Operating Officer (COO) reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for providing internal leadership to support management, internal collaboration, alignment and organizational capacity-building. This newly created role will provide leadership for the design and development of the next generation of innovative, flexible, strategic and values-aligned operational systems to position our work for the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly evolving landscape. The COO will: --- Supervise the organization's key operational staff and functions, serve as the Executive Director's deputy and will work closely with the organization's senior management team and other stakeholders to foster a-- values-based, mission-aligned, practice-centered culture across the organization. --- Be responsible for leading and overseeing Thousand Currents' operational functions in the areas of finance, IT, human resources, planning and strategy, internal systems, learning and innovation. Other roles and configurations may evolve over time, for example, with selected members of the senior management team, as this new role is implemented and organizational requirements evolve. KEY ROLES AND FUNCTIONS: A. Finance and Operations a. Act as the Executive Director's big picture thought partner on strategic, management, human resources, evaluation and financial decisions, in partnership with the senior management team. b. Strengthen the organization's human resources systems, including work planning, learning and reflection, and performance management systems to support individual, team and organizational alignment across goals and priorities. c. Supervise and support the Finance Director in developing the annual budget and budget development process, establishing budget and financial goals, strengthening financial performance, budgeting and financial management practices. d. Support the evaluation and onboarding of new, organization-wide support systems, tools and project/workflow management platforms. B. Planning, Internal Alignment and Collaboration a. Develop systems to maximize communication, synergy and collaboration with the organization's Philanthropic Partnerships, Grassroots Partnerships, Communications and other teams and special initiatives to facilitate collaboration, internal alignment and planning. b. Oversee and strengthen cross-team communications by developing systems, practices and structured interactions that facilitate synergy and collaboration. c. Support the executive director in providing staff support to the board of directors in its governance and fiduciary roles, including managing preparation for board meetings, retreats, and special meetings (virtual and in-person). C. People and Culture a. Supervise HR and operations staff and consultants. b. Partner with the senior management team to design, plan, and execute staff meetings, planning activities and retreats (virtual for the foreseeable future) to foster communication, team-building, collaboration and a positive, values-based organizational culture. c. Oversee staff recruitment and retention, including developing opportunities for professional development, coaching, and advancement while continuing to tend to a strong, values-centric organizational culture. d. Work with the staff to create a culture of joy, collective care and connection. qualifications a. Demonstrated lived and professional alignment with Thousand Currents' values and mission, including a strong commitment to racial, gender, class, social and/or environmental justice. Deep commitment to our mission will be demonstrated through previous work within progressive social change organizations, foundations and/or movements. Experience working with organizations supporting grassroots and movement organizing in the Global south highly valued. b. Ten or more years of relevant, comparable professional experience including a track record reflecting experience in senior management, operations and/or finance roles including, but not limited to previous service in the roles of deputy director, operations, finance managing or executive director of a social change organization. c. Significant skills as a seasoned collaborative leader and senior level manager with expertise in organizational leadership, management and operations; talent management and development; and financial management and forecasting. d. Strong staff management experience with the ability to provide coaching and accountability metrics to support the achievement of individual, team and organizational goals. e. Proven success leading and effectively implementing collaborative strategy and strategic planning processes. f. Demonstrated experience working collaboratively to develop systems, strategy and best practices that address complexity and culture, diversity, equity and evolving requirements of different stages in the organizational life cycle. g. Strong oral and written English skills. Outstanding analytical and strategic thinking skills, with a focus on creativity, results and impact. h. Bachelor's Degree or equivalent - required; Master's degree or equivalent experience - preferred. i. Impeccable judgment and discretion in dealing with confidential information. HOW TO APPLY Please submit a substantive letter of interest and resume to coosearch@thousandcurrents.org with "Chief Operating Officer" in the subject line by January 15, 2021. The complete position overview is available here - https://thousandcurrents.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/JD-COO.pdf . Early applications are welcome and encouraged. Due to the volume of applications, we will only contact applicants that have been moved to interview rounds.

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