Chief Operating Officer

THE OPPORTUNITY

We envision a just world where Black, Indigenous, and Communities of Color experience safety, health, and abundant joy through meaningful relationships with one another and the outdoors. Justice Outside advances racial justice and equity in the outdoor and environmental movement. We shift resources to, build power with, and center the voices and leadership of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color because the health of current and future generations demands it. We know that participating in outdoor programming offers those who have been most impacted by racial injustice a powerful source of healing and growth.

Justice Outside has reached an exciting time in our organization’s history. Against a backdrop of increased urgency around racial equity and broad shifts in public consciousness in support of dismantling systemic racism, the need and demand for our work is greater than ever. We have seen rapid growth in our organization over the past year and we are poised to keep growing. We are currently seeking a Chief Operating Officer (COO) to join our team.

The new COO will report directly to and partner closely with the President & CEO as a trusted advisor to develop and implement strategy and co-lead the organization’s daily operations. Justice Outside is seeking a self-motivated “intrapreneur” with exceptional analytical, interpersonal, management, and system-building capabilities as well as the adaptability and optimism needed to establish a culture of success within an ambitious, growing social change organization.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Strategic Leadership (25% of time)

  • Partner closely with the President & CEO to develop and lead strategic initiatives that are reflective of the mission, vision, and culture of Justice Outside.
  • Track annual goals set for the organization, in partnership with the President & CEO.
  • Analyze current capabilities and plan for advancements that maintain operational capacity well ahead of organizational requirements so that infrastructure is always facilitating and never inhibiting the program’s growth and development.
  • Share expertise in strategic planning, staffing decisions, technology systems, and budgetary responsibilities.

Operational Leadership and Talent Management (50% of time)

  • Oversee day-to-day team operations and keep the President & CEO and team apprised of workplace culture and emerging issues.
  • Establish and execute on human resource systems, including and not limited to a performance review system, updating position descriptions, and supporting opportunities for professional development.
  • Develop, manage, and delegate to staff and vendors as appropriate for functions including payroll and benefits, finance, compliance, contracting, legal, insurance, technology, and general administration.
  • In partnership with the President & CEO, support the management team in tracking social impact while maintaining a strong financial position.
  • Lead development and implementation of new, improved HR processes and best practices to support a growing team.
  • Develop and implement modules for new employee orientation and onboarding.
  • Develop and provide training and learning opportunities for all team members, including organization-wide team meetings and events.
  • Evaluate and oversee third-party vendors.
  • Own operations, systems, and business administration: Manage the team’s information and structural systems, including Blackbaud, Google Apps, and more. Ensure we have the right systems to meet our team’s needs.
  • Ensure strong financial management and accurate accounting: Review monthly accounting closes; collate monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reports.
  • Own all legal and contract administration: Review and prepare vendor contracts, program-related investments, and employee offers. Ensure compliance with all contracts, domestic and international, and relevant IRS laws.

Team Leadership (25% of time)

  • Mentor and motivate direct reports with ongoing, customized support via 1:1 check-ins and team meetings.
  • Directly support and supervise operational staff through onboarding and orientation, performance reviews, coaching conversations, and feedback.
  • Partner with the Director of Learning and Evaluation regarding findings of program effectiveness and support progress improvement and organizational performance.
  • Support donor relations: Work closely with other senior leaders to prepare funder budgets and reports for donors. Ensure compliance with relevant laws, guidelines, and donor requirements.
  • Support the development and delivery of high-quality training to employees, including creating learning content and supporting employee engagement initiatives.

IDEAL CANDIDATE

  • 10+ years of progressive leadership experience, including demonstrated experience with effectively leading a performance-based organization and managing diverse teams, including overseeing operations or related functions within high-performing social enterprises and/or entrepreneurial businesses.
  • Demonstrated commitment to causes such as civic innovation, social entrepreneurship, government reform, environmental justice, cross-sector collaboration and/or leadership development.
  • Proven track record of translating vision into results within rapidly growing environments.
  • Demonstrated success in managing multiple competing priorities and proactively taking initiative while working with a high degree of autonomy.
  • Strong strategist, critical thinker, and problem solver who balances quantitative analytical skills with strong capacities for empathy and emotional intelligence.
  • Ability to engage, motivate and manage a wide array of stakeholders to achieve ambitious results through exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Professional maturity to be seen as an inspiration to a wide array of stakeholders and act as a flexible but centering leader within a dynamic and rapidly-changing organization.
  • Strong oral and written skills with the ability to create and hold a brave space through difficult conversations.
  • Ability to conduct occasional local, regional and national U.S. travel (~25%), including overnight trips.
  • Excited about making social change by supporting our colleagues and partners.
  • Friendly, empathetic, open to feedback, and an experienced communicator.
  • Detail-oriented, professional, and financially savvy.
  • Self-starter who drives toward goals and works well independently.
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced, dynamic setting.
  • Technology-friendly and interested in learning new systems, including hunting down answers.

OUR TEAM: CULTURE, COMPENSATION, & BENEFITS

We work hard and we love to learn. You will join a collaborative team of self-motivated leaders who value equity, cultural relevancy, and inclusion as building blocks for effective work to advance our urgent mission. We rely on creativity, flexibility, listening, critical thinking, and humor to bring out the best in each other and our training participants. As we pursue our vision of a world where all communities can experience the joy from meaningful outdoor opportunities, we meet individuals where they are. Salary for this role begins at $160,000. Our comprehensive benefits package includes generous paid time off, paid health and dental premiums, a supportive team culture, and support for individual professional development activities. Opportunity to join an employer-sponsored retirement plan.

ENCOURAGING CANDIDATES FROM ALL BACKGROUNDS

Justice Outside strongly encourages people from all backgrounds—especially people of color, veterans, LGBTQ+ community members, people impacted by the system of incarceration, and people with disabilities—to apply for open positions. Most importantly though, no matter your background, the person selected for this position must embrace, advocate for, and deeply value racial equity and inclusion. We welcome candidates from all locations within the US, especially the Northwest, Southwest, and East Coast regions of the country. We seek applicants who have a fierce commitment to racial and social justice to join our team as we expand our nationwide movement.

HOW TO APPLY

Interested candidates are invited to submit a resume with an intentional cover letter via email to: Kim Moore Bailey, President & Chief Executive Officer, kim@justiceoutside.org, SUBJECT: Chief Operating Officer. Thank you.

Justice Outside is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

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