Title: Chief Operating Officer
Department: Executive Office
Reports To: President
Positions Reporting to this Position: SVP, Finance; SVP, Human Resources and Administration
Location: Washington, DC
Union Position: No
Job Classification Level: M-V
Salary Range (depending on experience): $140,000-$250,000
LCV believes our earth is worth fighting for because everyone has a right to clean air, water, and a safe, healthy community. To ensure those rights are protected, we help people use their power to shape policy, hold politicians and polluters accountable, and influence elections.
Our over 2 million members, our volunteers and staff, and our more than 30 state affiliates (together, the Conservation Voter Movement) work for a more just and equitable democracy, where people—not polluters—determine our future. This movement is an influential national network with unparalleled influence in Washington, DC, in state capitals, and in communities around the country. We are unmatched in our ability to ensure meaningful action on our key issues. We aim to bring people and communities together across racial, geographic, political, religious, economic, and other differences toward collective goals instead of dividing us from one another.
LCV is hiring a Chief Operating Officer who will be responsible for overseeing all the business operations and procedures for the LCV family of organizations—LCV, LCV Action Fund, LCV Victory Fund, and LCV Education Fund. This role requires an innovative leader committed to LCV’s mission who will actively promote our core value of advancing racial justice and equity. The primary objective for this position is to develop and maintain an organizational infrastructure and culture that enables staff to efficiently and effectively achieve our mission. This position reports directly to the President; oversees the functions that support LCV including Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Facilities and Operations; and works closely with the Legal team and the Chief Officer for Racial Justice and Equity.
- In all facets, help build a more powerful, active, anti-racist family of organizations.
- Ensure that all business functions have adequate resources and tools to support the needs of the organization.
- Implement systems, processes, policies, and procedures to improve efficiencies and strengthen the organization’s infrastructure.
- Establish policies to promote the culture, mission, and vision of LCV.
- Set and monitor operational performance metrics to ensure a high quality of internal customer service.
- Ensure office infrastructure is optimized and able to support the future growth of the organization.
- Identify operational gaps and areas of improvement and implement collaborative strategies to make the organization more effective.
- Guide and support the effective implementation of the collective bargaining agreement with the labor union representing LCV’s staff (Washington-Baltimore News Guild, TNG/CWA Local 32035). Develop and propose strategies and recommendations for the negotiation of collective bargaining provisions.
Racial Justice and Equity, Values & Integrity – Working closely with the President, Chief Officer for Racial Justice and Equity, and the Executive Team:
- Support LCV’s long-term process to advance racial justice and equity in all aspects of the organization.
- Support efforts to create an organizational culture that is inclusive, respectful, and equitable.
- Serve as a key leader in the successful implementation of the organizational change processes underway within the organization.
- Serve as one of the ambassadors of our racial justice and equity work, ensuring that our values and principles are reflected in employee relations.
Human Resources & Administration – Working closely with the SVP, Human Resources and Administration and Learning and Talent Development Director:
- Identify and guide initiatives that strengthen the organizational culture in support of the overall strategy, mission, and values of the organization.
- Ensure that hiring, staff supervision, employee development, and performance management practices are consistent with our racial justice and equity goals and philosophy.
- Ensure training and learning opportunities are offered that strengthen the leadership capabilities of LCV’s managers and support them in the success and development of the individuals in their department.
- Support all staff at every level in identifying formal and informal professional development activities.
- Support efforts to build a compensation and benefits system that helps with recruitment and retention of staff.
- Ensure office administrative operations run smoothly, including the negotiation and execution of contracts, vendor relationship management, and the streamlining of general office operating procedures.
Information Technology – Working closely with the SVP, Human Resources and Administration:
- Guide the development of a comprehensive IT plan that provides staff the tools to effectively do their jobs and integrate across departments and functions.
- Maintain an accessible and reliable network of distributed systems and tools to enable the connectivity of employees throughout the country.
- Regularly assess the organization’s cybersecurity threat and oversee the organization’s cybersecurity posture.
- Guide the organization’s disaster recovery and incident response efforts and planning.
- Support the evaluation, selection, and negotiation services for all technology related matters.
Financial Management – Working closely with the SVP, Finance:
- Ensure a robust set of financial controls are regularly followed.
- Make certain that the Finance department is responsive to the needs of the Board, external constituents, and staff and is meeting their expectations.
- Guide financial analyses as necessary to understand long term trends and business risks.
- Ensure the budgeting process is efficient and meets the needs of the Board and staff.
- Ensure compliance with all internal and external financial reporting requirements including IRS 990 forms and state tax returns.
- Work Experience: Required – 15+ years of management experience; proven experience as a Chief Operating Officer, Vice President of Operations, or relevant role. Proven success managing and leading a diverse team; thorough understanding of financial and HR systems. Broad experience with the full range of business functions and systems, including budgeting, business analysis, finance, information systems, facilities/operations, and human resources. Proven successful experience enhancing leadership capabilities of senior managers, as well as training, coaching, and developing all levels of employees. Strongly Preferred: Experience working within a union setting.
- Skills: Strategic and creative thinker, excellent interpersonal and emotional-intelligence skills. Exceptional listener and communicator; excellent written and oral communication skills. Highly collaborative. Instinctually inclined to engage others while also being able to successfully drive a project to timely conclusion.
- Cultural Competence: Ability to consistently integrate an understanding of key racial justice and equity concepts into projects and interactions by addressing structural implications and disproportionate impacts of policies, activities and decisions on race, class and other group identities within the context of job responsibilities and projects. Demonstrated sophisticated understanding of how race dynamics impact supervisory relationships and organizational culture and can demonstrate a history of successfully intervening in problematic dynamics and deepening a racial justice approach within an organization or team. Demonstrated awareness of one’s own cultural identity, views about differences, and the ability to learn and build on varying cultural and community norms. A commitment to the complex understanding of racial justice and the urgency of confronting institutional racism and inequity. Commitment to equity and inclusion as organizational practice and culture. Proven track record of successfully working across lines of race, ethnicity, language, class, gender and other identities and experiences.
- Working Conditions: This job operates in a professional office environment and routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and audiovisual systems. This position is largely sedentary, often standing or sitting for prolonged periods. Ability and willingness to travel up to 10% for staff retreats, trainings, conferences, and other meetings as needed. This position is based in Washington, DC. Please note that all LCV staff are currently working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with “COO” in the subject line by May 11, 2021. No phone calls please.
LCV is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a racially just, equitable and inclusive workplace.