Reporting to the President/CEO, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) will be a strategic thought-partner and exceptional leader working collaboratively with other senior leaders, employees, teams, board, and stakeholders to build and sustain the organization’s current and future infrastructures and initiatives.
The successful candidate will be a proven leader with a demonstrated ability to be both hands-on and agile in support of organizational goals. S/he will oversee strategic planning, major partnership development, executive leadership of all programs and services and direct leadership of Research/Program Evaluations. S/he will be a creative and strategic thinker, strong at improving and institutionalizing processes, a quick learner, and a team player committed to strengthening NorthStar’s organizational culture.
Direct Reports: Director of Education, Director of Operations, Director of Athletics and Adventure, Director of Program Growth
Essential Duties and Responsibilities Strategic Leadership (25%)
- Participate as a key organizational leader on the Senior Leadership Team, leading and overseeing organizational strategies, programs and internal initiatives.
- Work closely with the President and Senior Leadership Team to establish appropriate annual, mid-term, and long-term program and financial objectives which ties to the strategic plan.
- Lead organizational initiatives and teams, with implementation of the core framework.
- Driven by the Strategic Plan, advise the President and Board of Directors regarding executing a diverse, sustainable program model that ties to core organizational outcomes.
Developing, Leading, and Managing People (55%)
- Leads & develops Senior Leaders within the organization, to build effective teams.
- Cares about people; is approachable, relatable, and engaged in other’s success.
- Relates well to diverse populations; uses diplomacy and tact.
- Negotiates skillfully in challenging situations and can influence desired outcomes.
Research/Program Evaluations (10%)
- Leads the Data Collection and Evaluation Committee, which includes the relationship with external evaluation partners
- Brings current research, journal articles and program design elements to the team to ensure NorthStar is on the front edge of the ever-changing educational landscape.
- Supports strategic efforts to build measurement and impact data for long-range documentation and annual reporting for stakeholders.
Building Partnerships and Working Collaboratively Externally (10%)
- Enhances organizational and program visibility through various strategies.
- Ensures organization is represented at special events, area schools, non-profit forums, and specific collaborative initiatives.
- Confidently engages community leaders in education, non-profit and political arenas
- Perseveres; pursues everything with energy, drive, and a need to finish
- Establishes and keeps trust with partners; keeps confidences, does not misrepresent
- Sensitizes self and others to complex political situations
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Strong leadership experience in K-12 Education, non-profit leadership, program design, &/or youth development is highly valued.
- Ability to plan and prioritize multiple projects while being adaptable in a changing environment.
- Knowledge of general management practices and approaches; knowledge of non-profit &/or educational organizations including general operations, financial responsibilities, and regulations.
- Ability to problem solve and quickly adapt when needed.
- Negotiates skillfully in tough situations with both internal and external groups
- Decisiveness in the face of ambiguity
- Excellent communication skills; ability to communicate with clarity, resolve conflict, and articulate to diverse audiences’ process and systemic decisions with participants of diverse backgrounds.
- Ability to recognize signs of child neglect and/or abuse.
- Bachelor’s degree is required, master’s degree strongly preferred.
- A minimum of seven years prior experience in a progressively responsible management or leadership position that includes fiscal control, program delivery, fund development, and management skills.
- Experience in program evaluation and quality assurance desired
- Must be willing to work flexible hours
- Must submit to a thorough criminal history background check
- Must have access to a vehicle, possess a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance
Physical and Environmental Conditions:
- Must be able to walk the building (including staircases) and assist children in and out of vans/buses.
- Must be able to lift a minimum of 20 lbs.
- Must be prepared to handle accidents and emergencies at any time.
- Normal working conditions; work primarily in office, program rooms, gymnasium, kitchen, playground area and field as well as off-site meetings.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for personnel so classified. This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.
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