Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Date Posted: November 2, 2021

Job Description

Reporting to the CEO, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) will be a trusted, collaborative thought partner that will help launch the new 2022 strategic framework and align our resources to advance our mission. This individual will be responsible for effectively managing our internal teams, infrastructure, processes, and human and financial resources. Working closely and collaboratively with staff, this individual will be responsible for implementing processes that enhance collaboration and efficiency between and across teams. This position plays a critical role in ensuring we utilize our resources in the best ways possible in order to pursue our mission and vision.

The Children’s Campaign seeks a diverse pool of candidates. Multiple pathways of lived and professional experiences, academic backgrounds, and skillsets can culminate in capabilities and expertise responsive to the job description.

To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to Please include in your cover letter where you heard about this position. We review applications on a rolling basis – so it is to your advantage to apply as soon as possible. The Colorado Children’s Campaign encourages candidates with diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply. You can learn more about the Colorado Children’s Campaign at

Our Story

The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child well-being in health, K-12 education, family economic security and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child well-being, and organizing an extensive statewide network of dedicated child advocates.

Job Responsibilities

  • With the guidance of the CEO, assess, recommend, and implement efforts to strengthen organizational culture and operating structures centered in equity and inclusion.
  • Responsible for working in partnership with the CEO in creating future strategic plans and implementing new processes and approaches to achieve them.
  • Lead annual organizational planning that aligns with and advances the goals of our strategic plan. The Officer Manager provides support for this.
  • Proactively drive effective employee communications in collaboration with the Leadership Circle
  • In collaboration with staff and board, oversee the development of annual diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) strategies and guide the implementation to move us forward on our DEI journey and accomplish our organizational goals. The Children’s Campaign is committed to integrating values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our daily work with intention, action, and humility to advance racial equity internally, externally with our networks and partnerships, and in our policy, advocacy and research work.
  • Assess, recommend, and implement HR strategies and practices, staying current with changing HR policies and techniques. This work is currently supported in collaboration with the CEO, Finance Director, Office Manager and membership with an HR firm.
  • Serve as a resource for staff members seeking guidance on HR matters.
  • Strengthen team effectiveness in working collaboratively across functional areas and within teams by developing and facilitating solutions. This may include individual coaching, identification, and delivery of training; and the design, or delivery, of aligned equity and inclusion efforts.
  • Ensure annual development plans are implemented for all employees, focusing on immediate and long-term professional development and organizational needs.
  • Supervision of Finance Direct Reports: Responsible for supervision of the Finance Director, ensuring financial operations, financial management, budget process, audit, and other financial responsibilities are accomplished.
  • Supervision of Fund Development Direct Reports: Responsible for supervision of fund development staff to achieve the annual fund development goals.
  • Supervision of Communications Direct Reports: Responsible for supervision of the Communications Director to accomplish the annual communications goals.
  • Serve as a trusted, collaborative thought partner with the CEO.
  • Serve on committees of the Board of the Directors as requested by the CEO.
  • Serve as a trusted colleague to all members of the Children’s Campaign team.
  • Participate in internal organizational meetings and DEI efforts.

Job Requirements

  • Passionate about the mission and work of the Colorado Children’s Campaign.
  • Outstanding communication, interpersonal management, and planning skills are essential.
  • Relevant, demonstrated experience managing multiple facets of an organization.
  • The cultural competence to oversee the DEI efforts in an organization still evolving in centering race equity. The Children’s Campaign highly values lived experience.
  • Experience in human resources.
  • Ability to interpret financial statements and serve as oversight to financial systems.
  • Familiarity with digital communications strategies and performance measures.
  • Familiarity with fund development strategies and performance measures.
  • Ability to effectively build organization and staff capacity, while developing the talent and processes that ensure the organization runs smoothly.
  • Self-motivated and organized.
  • Flexible, innovative, energetic, and willing to work in a collaborative environment.
  • Undergraduate degree and minimum of 5 years of relevant experience preferred

Compensation and Benefits

  • This is a full-time position. The salary for this position is $92,000 to $105,000 based on experience. It includes a robust benefits package including a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match, health insurance, paid time off, and paid family leave.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Colorado Children’s Campaign is an equal opportunity employer that values workplace diversity. The Children’s Campaign strives to create an inclusive work place that embraces diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and perspectives. The Children’s Campaign prohibits discrimination of employees or applicants on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual identity, sexual orientation, religious or political affiliation, disability, or any other classification considered discriminatory under applicable law.