Audubon Society of Portland
Published
February 27, 2019
Location
Portland, Oregon
Job Type
Salary or Pay Details
$85K-$100k per year

Description

Application Deadline: March 21st

Job Title: Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Department: Finance & Operations

Reports to: Executive Director

Supervises: This position directly supervises the HR & Equity Manager, and members of Finance and Operations including the Accounting Manager, Sanctuaries & Facilities Manager, and IT Support Specialist.

Classification: Full-time, Exempt

Salary range: $85K-$100K

Benefits: See Other Benefits section below

About Portland Audubon

Portland Audubon has been a leading voice in conservation for over a century. Through conservation advocacy, environmental education, and wildlife rehabilitation, we promote the understanding, enjoyment, and protection of native birds, other wildlife and their habitats. We are located in a 150-acre wildlife sanctuary in Forest Park, just minutes from downtown Portland. With over 15,000 members and 450 regular volunteers, we are the largest independent chapter of the National Audubon Society in the United States. Additional background regarding our extensive education, advocacy, wildlife rehabilitation, and habitat programs can be found at www.audubonportland.org.

Portland Audubon is committed to building a diverse and inclusive environment, reflecting the diversity of our community in its board, staff, volunteers, and members; ensuring its internal culture, business practices, and programs are welcoming and advance its diversity goals; and empowering people to make positive changes in their community and environment. Portland Audubon’s Chief Operating Officer is expected to serve diverse audiences and help advance Portland Audubon’s diversity strategies. More background on our diversity efforts can be found at audubonportland.org/about

Position Summary

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Chief Operating Officer leads our operations and finance, providing the leadership, management and vision necessary to ensure that Portland Audubon has the proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, and people systems in place to effectively grow the organization and to ensure its financial strength and operating efficiency. In partnership with the Executive Director and HR & Equity Manager, this position has a leadership role in creating and retaining a diverse and inclusive organizational culture.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

• Provide day-to-day financial and operational leadership to ensure a sustainable organization.

• Provide timely, accurate and complete reports on the operating condition of the organization: financial, facilities and land.

• Collaborate with the Executive Director in the development, communication and implementation of effective growth strategies and processes, including annual work planning and special projects.

• Collaborate with the Executive Director and senior management team to develop and implement plans for improving the operational infrastructure and systems to support our growth objectives.

• Motivate and lead a highly performing team responsible for operations including finance, facilities & sanctuaries, and Information Technology. Works with HR and Equity Manager to attract, recruit and retain members of the team.

• Facilitate Senior Management Team meetings, including agenda development and tracking of work items.

• Serve as acting Executive Director as needed.

• Manage financial activities that control revenue, net income, cash flow and other duties in support of our goals and objectives.

• Review and improve financial systems and performance indicators. Participate in longrange goal setting.

• Serve as liaison to the board and its finance, investment, and sanctuaries committees. Effectively communicate and present critical matters at select board of directors and committee meetings.

• Oversee creation of the annual budget, including operations, maintenance, and capital projects.

• Support individual budget managers to evaluate financial impact of new and changing programs.

• Oversee cash management and investments.

• Work closely with an executive team consisting of the Executive Director and HR & Equity Manager to cultivate an inclusive and accountable culture within Portland Audubon.

• Collaborate with the HR and Equity Manager in the administration of human resource policies and procedures, staff development, equity training, and conflict resolution, consulting with the Executive Director as needed on sensitive personnel issues and strategic initiatives around HR and equity work.

• Work with the HR and Equity Manager and lead the Senior Management Team on professional development skills, and organizational culture that support equitable and inclusive culture practices.

• Oversee risk management policies and practices.

Preferred Skills and Experience

• At least 5 years experience in a management or senior management role.

• At least 5 years experience in accounting and finance. Demonstrated experience in financial planning and analysis using Quickbooks or a related financial software package. Knowledge of GAAP and best practices in nonprofit finance.

• At least 3 years experience in operations management.

• Clear commitment and passion for connecting with the natural world and advancing conservation.

• Consistent track record advancing diversity, equity and inclusiveness in an organization.

• Effective management skills; ability to influence and engage direct reports and peers.

Work Environment and Requirements

The work environment and requirements described below are essential to successfully perform the functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the necessary functions.

• Occasional work after-hours and weekends. Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-the-area and overnight travel may be expected.

• Engage in regular communication in-person as well as through electronic means.

• Routinely use computers, laptops, phones, and A/V equipment like projectors.

• Frequently traverse multiple office sites on main campus.

• Occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

• Ability to work in a multi-functional setting with a variety of open and closed office spaces.

Information Session

Portland Audubon will be hosting an Informational Session at our campus, 5151 NW Cornell Road, on Saturday March 2nd from 10-11am. This session will take place in our Interpretive Center in the main building with light snacks and beverages provided. Please come with any questions you may have for our Executive Director, Nick Hardigg. He will be leading a short tour of our sanctuary after the session.

Diversity Statement

Portland Audubon believes that inspiring all people to love and protect nature is best achieved when we embrace diversity as a value and practice. In the same way an ecosystem needs many types of plants and wildlife, an organization thrives when it includes a diversity of people and perspectives. We recognize that inequities are widespread and create gaps between our present reality and our aspirations. Audubon is committed to:

• Reflecting the diversity of the community in our board, staff, volunteers, and members.

• Ensuring our internal culture, business practices, and programs are welcoming and advance our diversity goals.

• Empowering people to make positive changes in their community and environment.

Portland Audubon has nearly completed two years of a five-year strategic plan. A core priority moving forward is to infuse equity, inclusion, and diversity (EID) into all of the goals and work of the organization. This position will play an important role in achieving the organization’s EID goals through engagement with staff, board members, donors, volunteers and the public. We recognize that in order to serve diverse communities we must also have diversity represented in our staff. Applicants of color, immigrants, and other underserved persons are encouraged to apply.

Portland Audubon is committed to building a diverse and inclusive environment, reflecting the diversity of our community in its board, staff, volunteers, and members; ensuring its internal culture, business practices, and programs are welcoming and advance its diversity goals; and empowering staff to make positive changes in their environment and in Portland Audubon’s culture.

Portland Audubon does not discriminate on the basis of race; creed; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity; age; religion; marital status; national origin or ancestry; political affiliation; citizenship; lawful immigration status; or mental, physical or medical disability; Veteran status; or liability for service in the United States Armed Forces.

This position is expected to serve diverse audiences and help advance Portland Audubon’s diversity strategies. More background on our diversity efforts can be found at audubonportland.org/about.

Other Benefits

• Medical insurance: 100% payment of premiums for medical and dental insurance, for employee only

• Competitive leave benefits including vacation, sick, and family leave

• 401(k) 3% match plus annual fixed amount contribution

• Ability to attend free or subsidized courses at Portland Audubon

• Substantial discount at our Nature Store, including optics

• Opportunity to work in one of the most beautiful forests in Oregon

How to Apply

Please email your cover letter, resume, and completed employment application* to jobs@audubonportland.org with subject: “Chief Operating Officer.”

*Employment application available at www.audubonportland.org/about/jobs

If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact Mosaic Metier, a diversity recruiting and consulting firm. Mosaic Metier is a Black female owned company that has been retained for this search. Contact them at engage@mosaicblueprint.com and learn more at www.mosaicmetier.com.

EMAIL SUBMISSIONS PREFERRED

Submission via US Postal Service to:

Keia Booker, Human Relations and Equity Manager

ATTN: Chief Operating Officer

5151 NW Cornell Road

Portland, OR 97210

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