Chief Operating Officer

Los Angeles, CA, USA
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Job Description

Title: Chief Operating Officer

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer

Supervises: Program staff and consultants

Position Type: Full-time employee; hybrid role

Compensation: Competitive benefits and compensation package, including $150,000 annual salary

Mission: Partnership for Growth LA’s mission as a Black/Jewish community development corporation partnership is to catalyze generational community wellness and cooperative development among South and West Los Angeles through effective and replicable systems of addressing food insecurity and economic development.

Position Summary: Partnership for Growth LA is a recently established and growing organization, and is searching for a Chief Operating Officer (COO) to serve as a thought partner and right-hand person to the organization’s co-leading President and CEO. The ideal candidate has significant experience establishing organizational operations through tangibly felt policies, infrastructure, and systems, and has preferably worked their way up to an executive or leadership role. This individual is passionate about social and racial justice issues, and may have knowledge and experience that has intersected with housing, community-centered solutions, cooperatives, food access, or job training. The COO will directly oversee the organization’s operations and programs, including anticipated hires of 6-8 full-time staff, as well as supporting staff with their management responsibilities, such as managing contracted workers and serving programmatic clientele. 

To Apply: You must submit a resume and cover letter to Submissions that do not include a cover letter will not be reviewed. 

Summary of Responsibilities:

  • Help operationalize PFGLA’s mission’s by leading the architecture and construction of the organization’s operations, infrastructure, key policies, and culture. 
  • Build operational and program capacity through hiring and recruitment of organizational staff and additional consultants/contractors as needed.
  • Establish policies that promote a company culture and vision of equity, sustainability, and wellness.
  • Oversee operations of the company, including collaborating with staff to complete program reporting for funders.
  • Consistently set and oversee comprehensive program and operations goals for performance evaluation.
  • Consistently monitor and evaluate organizational performance by analyzing and interpreting data and metrics.
  • Manage the organization’s human resources and payroll processing, utilizing a well-equipped HR and payroll information system. 
  • Work with employees to encourage effective mission-aligned work.
  • Communicate the status of organizational operations - including successes and challenges - via continuous meetings and reports to the President and the CEO in all matters of importance.
  • Manage relationships with key stakeholders such as Board members, program partners, and vendors.

Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge of methods of developing organizational operations with tangibly felt policies, infrastructure, and systems.
  • Procedural knowledge federal and/or state administered reimbursement-based grants.
  • Knowledge of the impacts of racism on communities in Los Angeles.
  • Knowledge and skill in human resources management is a plus. 
  • Writing, editing, grammatical, organizational, and research skills.
  • Excellent Management, time-management, and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated strength in leadership and leadership development.
  • Demonstrated strength in program design, management, and implementation.
  • Conflict resolution and collaborative communication skills.
  • Skilled at combining proactive visioning with practical application.
  • Strategic planning and goal setting skills.
  • Flexibility, adaptability to changing circumstances.
  • Strong ability to coach and develop staff.
  • Strong ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly.
  • Strong ability to be a people’s leader and team player, someone who motivates and educates other team members.
  • Strong ability to plan, implement, and refine systems in a demanding environment.
  • Strong ability to set and manage differing priorities and deadlines.

Education & Experience

  • Master’s Degree, or equivalent training, certifications, and job experience.
  • 10+ years of relevant professional experience.
  • 7+ years experience in positions of operational leadership.
  • 5+ years experience with establishing operations and systems, including establishment of centralized tracking systems through information systems software.
  • 3+ years experience with government and private grant reporting. 
  • Experience working with nonprofits or socially minded organizations or causes.
  • Experience in start-up and rapidly growing organizations or environments.

Work Environment

  • PFGLA is based in West Adams, Los Angeles, CA and serves parts of South and West LA. 
  • This role is hybrid telework and in office support
  • Work is performed in an office setting and sometimes in the community. Must be able to move about with reasonable accommodations. 
  • Evening or weekend hours may be required on a rare as-needed basis.

As an EOE/AA employer, the Partnership for Growth LA will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.