Chief Operating Officer

Chief Operating Officer

Hiring Organization: 
Council on Foundations

Reporting to the president and CEO and serving as an integral member of the senior management team, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) will be responsible for the development of the Council on Foundations’ financial management strategy, overall operations and the development of the organization’s strategy and goals. In addition to the strategic components, the COO will be charged with developing and implementing equity-informed structure, policies and procedures in finance and operations. This is an outstanding opportunity for a seasoned executive with finance and operations expertise and a proven track record of creative problem-solving and change management to join an evolving, mission-driven organization.


Strategy, Vision and Leadership

  • Oversee the finance and operations, revenue generation, and talent, culture and equity teams.
  • Build collaborative financial leadership across the organization
  • Advise the president and other key members of senior management on financial planning, budgeting, growth, cash flow, investment priorities, operations and organizational policy matters.
  • Ensure that Council on Foundations develops and adheres to its strategy and has appropriate evaluation mechanisms in place to monitor progress.
  • Contribute to the development of the Council’s strategic goals and objectives as well as the overall management of the organization.
  • Advise the CEO on strategic direction and opportunities
  • Participate as an integral member of the senior leadership team

Team Development

  • Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning, excellence and equity.
  • Ensure staff members receive timely and appropriate feedback and training and development.
  • Mentor and develop staff using a supportive and collaborative approach: assign accountabilities; set objectives; establish priorities; and monitor and evaluate results.

Finance and Operations

  • Serve as the management liaison to the board finance and audit committees; effectively communicate and present critical financial matters at board of directors and committee meetings.
  • Oversee the outsourced finance function of the organization
  • Oversee the development/continuous improvement of an appropriate system of policies, internal controls, accounting standards, and procedures.
  • Represent the organization externally, particularly in banking and lease negotiations.
  • Ensure the execution of an annual collaborative budget process.
  • Provide analytical support to internal management team, including development of internal management reporting capabilities.
  • Improve administrative and operational accounting services such as treasury management, 403-B plan, grants payment processing, payroll, accounts payable, and purchasing.
  • Ensure strategic approach to technology and database management that supports organizational objectives.
  • Oversee basic office management and administration that supports operational excellence.

Revenue Generation

  • Oversee team that handles membership recruitment and renewal for a membership program that generates nearly $7 million annually
  • Oversee fund-raising that generates between $4-5 million in grants and sponsorships annually
  • Ensure smooth and effective systems are in place for pipeline development and tracking of member and funding prospects.


  • Minimum 15 years of experience in a senior management role ideally with both in-house financial management experience gained in a high-growth organization
  • Must be practiced in nonprofit finance and able to supervise the accounting function  
  • Proven track record of success facilitating progressive organizational change and development within an evolving organization
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem- solving skills including negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Strong mentoring, coaching experience to a team with diverse levels of expertise
  • Someone who loves building enterprise-level process and systems that enable teams and ultimately and organization perform at its best
  • Superior management skills; ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers
  • Self-reliant, good problem solver, results oriented
  • Energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive; a team leader who can positively and productively impact both strategic and tactical finance and administration initiatives.
  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface with senior management, the Council’s board of directors, and staff
  • Ability to operate as an effective tactical as well as strategic thinker 
  • Passion for the Council on Foundations’ mission
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Position Location: 
Washington, D.C.
Type of Position: 
Experience Requirement: 
> 10 Years