Chief Operating Officer
Company: The Center for Cultural Power
Posted on: May 12, 2022
Location : This is a remote position. We are a California-based
organization, and this individual will be expected to work on a
Pacific time zone schedule.
Reports to: Chief Strategy Officer, VP
About the Role:
Cultural Power seeks a Chief Operating Officer (COO) to lead in a
time of organizational growth. Reporting to the Chief Strategy
Officer/Vice President (VP), the COO will operationalize a strategy
and vision set forth by the VP and President. The COO will be
responsible for ensuring a high level of clarity in collaboration
across dynamic, cross-functional teams. They will work with
directors to build and improve internal systems across entities,
build and hold our culture, and advance our HR, finance, and data
management systems. The COO will directly manage the Finance, HR,
and Communications Directors, supporting the advancement of systems
between and within departments, building up people management
skills, and advancing systems for reporting, compliance, and
forecasting. The position will be split approximately: 90/10% with
You are a dedicated problem-solver who exhibits grace under
pressure, diplomacy and strength. You spot opportunities for impact
and improvement and make things happen. You are comfortable working
on urgent issues as they arise and longer term strategic
interventions. A good day is when you've resolved a challenge. You
are a people person. You love building strong vibrant teams and
culture and are a seasoned people manager. You articulate and
demonstrate strong leadership, and can develop and execute
personnel management. You build, sustain and repair trust. You are
attuned to deciphering behaviors and motivations. You are
comfortable having difficult conversations, working with diverse
people. and mentoring those you manage. You have a track record of
creating positive organizational culture and working environments
and scaling them. You create order where others experience chaos.
You love streamlining systems, operationalizing effective
collaboration, and deploying financial tools to forecast and
reflect programmatic and organizational complexity. You have
extensive experience overseeing large-scale programs/projects from
inception to completion. You are a team player. You materialize
clarity to foster collaboration across teams, creating coherence
and advancing communication. You bring discernment, tact and sound
judgment to complex and fluid situations. You are not easily
discouraged when faced with resistance, rather you are committed to
cultivating buy-in and collaboration.
People Management & Culture Building
Provide people management coaching and support to all Department
Directors in coordination with the Director of HR and in
consultation with the organization's employment lawyer. Directly
manage the Comms, Finance, and HR Directors.
Oversee culture building initiatives in partnership with the HR
Director. Partner with HR Director on racial justice, gender
justice and internal values building work executing scopes,
identifying gaps, and hiring consultants in alignment with strategy
set forth by VP and Director of HR.
Oversee timely responses to HR ensuring our shared values and goals
are leveraged to resolve conflict while ensuring compliance.
Oversee the creation of employee management tools for CEL as
Oversee the employee evaluation process with an emphasis on
building consistent people management practices across the
Develop systems and model behavior that increases the flow of
information and clarity across the organization.
Oversee weekly staff meetings with input from the Leadership
Partner with VP on building a cohesive Leadership Team and managing
weekly team meetings.
Oversee system integration to ensure that Directors are on track to
meet grant deliverables.
Oversee and manage the scheduling and administrative functions of
the CCP and CEL Board of Directors meetings. Maintain board support
documents and ensure both legal and by-laws are being followed
Oversee the administrative functions of the CCP and CEL in-person
Financial Planning & Management
Oversee finance systems across entities, including tracking
grant-related expenditures and board reporting.
Oversee the budget forecasting and reforecasting processes in
partnership with the Finance Team and in alignment with the VP's
strategic direction. Provide multi-year financial scenarios and
build tools to forecast cash flow in scenario planning.
Communicate financial requirements and implications of business
decisions to leadership and the Board of Directors. Provide high
level oversight of the annual budgeting process, support business
planning with sophisticated financial models and accurate revenue
forecasts; update systems for revenue tracking and reporting.
Oversee systems integration and compliance for financial tracking
and revenue with finance and development teams across entities.
Business Operations, Systems Development, & Compliance
Identify, develop, and implement operational systems improvements
that will support highly efficient and effective operational
performance for Cultural Power, CEL and integration with The
Constellations Fund, both improving upon the current state of
operations and moving good systems to great ones. This will include
upgrades to Salesforce and other organizational-wide software,
including the integration of Just Fund.
Oversee the implementation of Salesforce cross-functionally across
Oversee risk management and legal activities such as memorandums of
understanding, contracts, leases, and other legal documents and
Oversee the development and updating of COVID policies, including
vaccine policies and other measures.
Oversee a distributed workforce, including the development of
relevant policies and the pricing and creation of in person
Oversee c3 and c4 compliance in partnership with the Campaign
Director, HR director and outside counsel.
Oversee the management of cost sharing agreements with CEL and
systems integration with The Constellations Culture Change
Ensure a culture of data where we accurately track information that
reflects program operations, key performance metrics, and outcome
Ideally, we'd like to start the person in March 2022 with the
opportunity to be trained under the person who currently holds the
role on an interim basis.
The candidate must have:
10+ years in people management, culture building, and HR.
Expertise overseeing complex legal and financial systems.
Strong project management skills and ability to maintain high-level
focus, delegating tasks while keeping momentum on projects.
Experience fostering and building systems to streamline
collaboration and clarity across cross functional teams.
Ability to create solutions that are both innovative, intuitive,
Cultural fluency and direct experience working with BIPOC
Compensation & Benefits
This position is full-time with a salary range starting at $130,000
or more, determined by experience and qualifications. We offer a
generous benefits package including full medical, dental, vision
(100% company paid for employee & 80% contribution towards
dependent premiums), life, long-term disability, flex spending
accounts, $50 monthly stipend to support cell phone/wifi expenses,
and a 401k plan with 3% employer contribution (regardless of
employee contribution); generous vacation, office closures, sick
leave, bereavement leave, Covid leave, and paid holidays. We also
offer ample flexibility as a remote workplace.
To apply, please send the following to email@example.com with
COO in the subject line:
A cover letter outlining why you are interested in working for
Cultural Power, your relevant professional experience, and your
A report, memo, or policy that you created for internal or external
use. Please explain the problem you were
trying to solve, who the audience was, and what resulted from
A list of three professional references. Two or more of these
references must be previous or current supervisors.
All applications will be acknowledged, but only complete
applications will be reviewed. Applications will be accepted on a
rolling basis until the position is filled.
The Center for Cultural Power supports artists and culture makers
whose voices are most needed to transform the status quo towards a
more just and inclusive future. This includes artists and cultural
workers of color, Black artists, Indigenous artists, migrant
artists, artists with disabilities, queer artists, transgender, and
nonbinary artists, and women of color-identified artists. As such,
we strongly encourage individuals from these communities to apply.
We are committed to the collective work and intentional investment
necessary to consistently move in the direction of equity and
inclusion. The Center for Cultural Power is an at-will
We look forward to hearing from you.
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