CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

This senior team leader is responsible for the oversight of administrative and financial systems including strategic partnerships, development, finance, accounting, information technology, and human resources. As a member of the senior team the Director of Finance and Administration will be involved in a range of strategic planning and internal initiatives.

THE CANDIDATE

We are looking for a hard-working, mission-driven, highly collaborative work style senior team leader with a positive team-first attitude. The successful candidate will have experience leading planning efforts and running operationally effective organizations that have multiple functional areas. Demonstrating an ability to handle competing priorities in a growing organization, effectively leverage resources, meet multiple deadlines and balance numerous projects for the good of the organization is a priority. The COO must harness technology solutions in order to more quickly and efficiently communicate resources needed for key activities and performance against plans. Nonprofit experience is a plus, with a strong preference for someone who has operated in a fast-growing environment that has limited budgets and resources.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

Strategic Planning, Outreach, and Governance

  • Oversees the operational activities of the organization;

  • Ensures the organization’s culture and external activities are aligned with its core mission;

  • Develops and implements processes to improve the organization’s overall efficiency and effectiveness;

  • Leads strategic plan implementation and performance monitoring;

  • Establishes performance metrics and leads quarterly reviews;

  • Manages external relations as directed by President;

  • Co-leads off-site advance trips with Directors;

  • Provides staff support to the Board of Directors;

  • Liaises with board committees on specific matters

Financial Management

  • Analyze and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly and annual financial statements; oversee all financial, project/program and grants accounting

  • Coordinate and lead the annual audit process, liaise with external auditors and finance committee of the board of directors

  • Oversee and lead annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with the President, administer and review all financial plans and budgets, monitor progress and keep senior leadership team abreast of organization’s financial status

  • Develops program/project budgets in consultation with President and functional leads;

  • Manage organizational cash flow and forecasting

  • Update and implement all necessary business policies and accounting practices

  • Effectively communicate and present financial matters to the board of directors

  • Human Resources, Technology and Administrative

  • Further develop the organization’s human resources and administration, enhancing professional development, compensation and benefits, performance evaluation, training & recruiting

  • Establish and manage ongoing training program to support a learning culture

  • Oversee risk management and legal activities ensuring compliance with all relevant regulations.

Development and Corporate Giving

  • Create and implement ambitious and achievable annual fundraising strategic plan and accompanying development work plans that details how the organization solicits donors and identifies funding sources such as grants, in-kind donations, charitable events and marketing opportunities.

  • In tandem with fellow FPI senior staff, cultivate strategic partnerships and initiatives to further FPI’s mission and programmatic goals.

  • Prepare annual budgets detailing the cash required to fund programs in a realistic, consistent and measurable manner.

  • Shares development plans and budget with senior leadership and the board of directors, who provide oversight and leadership.

  • Grow a major gifts program including identification, cultivation and solicitation of major donors • Research, identify, and coordinate the submission of potential grant opportunities.

  • Ensures all grant reporting requirements are tracked and submitted on time. • Initiates and maintains relations with foundations, corporations and individuals.

  • Personally solicits high level donors, demonstrating strong relationship building and solicitation skills and prepares organizational leadership and other staff for successful engagements.

  • Develop and steward all proposals and reports for foundation and corporate giving.

  • Oversee the design and implementation of all donor communications and marketing materials, including social media and advertising campaigns, as part of a fundraising strategy that expands the target audience through community relations, speaking engagements, newsletters, and charitable events.

  • Responsible for all grants reporting and appropriate release of temporarily restricted funds;

Personnel Management

  • Responsible for all personnel files;

  • Maintains and updates employee handbook and policy and procedures manual;

  • Develops and implements Emergency Action Plan in an emergency;

  • Directly supervises support staff employees in accordance with office policy and applicable laws;

  • Interviews, hires, and trains support staff employees;

  • Plans, assigns, and directs work of support staff employees;

  • Evaluates performance and rewards and disciplines support staff employees;

  • Establish and manage ongoing trainings to support a learning culture;

  • Enhance professional development for individual staff members and for the team;

  • Ensures staff issues are addressed properly and in a timely manner;

  • Assist with programs, events, and activities as directed;

  • Meets attendance requirements as established by the office

QUALIFICATIONS Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • A minimum of 7-10 years of overall professional experience; ideally 6+ years of broad financial and operations management experience with some experience in audit, legal compliance, and budget development

  • Ability to translate financial concepts to – and to effectively collaborate with- programmatic and fundraising colleagues who do not necessarily have finance backgrounds.

  • An independent, resourceful self-starter able to interact with grace, calmness and cheer equally with the public and with members of Congress, appointed government officials, political leaders and corporate executives.

  • Ability to work in fast-paced team environment.

  • Technologically savvy with experience overseeing information technology and vendors

  • Minimum of B.A in business, finance, accounting with and MBA/CPA or preferred

  • A successful track record in setting priorities, keen analytic, organization and problemsolving skills which support and enable sound decision making

  • Familiarity with all Microsoft programs and Raiser’s Edge desired, or ability to quickly learn and to seek to update and sharpen skillsets.

WORKING CONDITIONS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to handle or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. The employee may also be regularly required to travel by automobile, walking short distances, taking trains or air travel, up to 10%, to achieve work goals. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the described essential functions of the manager's job.

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

FPI will offer a competitive compensation package to attract the most qualified candidates. The organization provides benefits to its employees, including a health care plan, 401K, life insurance, and paid annual leave.

THE ORGANIZATION

The Faith & Politics Institute was founded in 1991 with the hope of providing opportunities for meaningful interactions and experiences among those who lead and serve our nation. In 1997, the Institute sought to involve members of Congress more closely with its work and Congressmen Amo Houghton (R-NY) and John Lewis (D-GA), civil rights icon agreed to serve as the honorary cochairs of the Institute's Board of Directors. With their leadership, the Institute’s work expanded considerably, increasing participation of members of Congress with an interest in reflection and conversation across racial, religious, ideological and party lines.

Conscience, Courage, Compassion, Diversity, Integrity, Trust, Spiritual Engagement, Personal Reflection, Interfaith Understanding, Forgiveness, Civility, and Community are all among the values that The Faith & Politics Institute holds most important.

The Faith & Politics Institute makes the following commitments:

  • To serve members of Congress and other political leaders in the fulfillment of their constitutional oath to form a more perfect union

  • To abstain from advocating for public policy initiatives

  • To integrate reflective leadership practices into most programming

  • To cultivate diverse leadership within their organization and among their constituents

  • To uphold the separation of church and state while strengthening the influence of reflective leadership in American public life

  • To bridge the differences that arise in a thriving democracy

  • To act with integrity and adhere to the highest ethical standards

  • To promote a climate of trust and seek to earn the trust of others

The Institute's programs encompass three general areas of leadership, including:

  • Leading from Within: Provide opportunities for members and staffers to strengthen their inner dimension of leadership

  • Leading Across the Divides: Foster a spirit of reconciliation across lines of race, religion and political party

  • Leading in Service: Engaging the public in programs that bring together leaders and their constituents

Activities within these three broad areas include reflection groups, retreats, pilgrimages, and public forums. The weekly reflection groups and occasional retreats are important opportunities for elected officials and political leaders and professionals to connect their role with their greater calling as human beings and leaders. The public forums include lectures and engaged dialogues by well-known speakers whose promote or whose lives reflect courage in the political arena. The pilgrimages allow men and women from both houses of Congress, along with senior staff leaders and special guests, to participate in trips that provide information, inspiration, and opportunities for reflection on the lessons to be learned from past struggles, such as the civil rights movement. Since 1998, a regular pilgrimage to six southern states has been led by Hon. John Lewis, a civil rights icon.