Chief Operating Officer

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Application deadline

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

FLSA Status

Full-Time, Exempt

Reports to

Executive Director

Salary Range


Description of Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights

Do you want your everyday work to fuel social justice, in local community and beyond? If so, we invite you to join our team at Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (“Lawyers’ Committee”), where we advance, protect and promote the legal rights of communities of color, low-income people, immigrants and refugees in the Bay Area and California through direct legal services, impact litigation, and advocacy. As one of the oldest and most esteemed civil rights organizations in our area, Lawyers’ Committee has been at the forefront of social justice movements for over fifty years.

We’re looking for a seasoned executive and creative mind to join our senior leadership team, to oversee the financial and operational wellbeing of the organization and safeguard its future. You will have the chance to leave your mark on the organization at a critical moment in its history, as we set intentions for the next phase of our work with an eye to expanding impact. As COO, you’ll bring your expertise to bear assessing current systems and procedures and implementing effective solutions to organizational challenges. You will be a key thought partner to the Executive Director in building and nurturing a supportive and impactful workplace culture and sustaining the LCCR on a successful growth trajectory.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Chief Operating Officer (COO) works closely with the Executive Director to manage LCCR’s finance and administrative needs in support of the organization’s mission and strategies. This is a systemsoriented, high level leadership position. The COO is expected to be a senior, experienced manager who brings strong financial and administrative skills from the nonprofit or private sector. The COO will serve as a core member of the Management Team. Responsibilities include:

Financial Management

• Monitor LCCR’s financial performance. Manage LCCR’s accounting processes, including reviewing, approving, and analyzing monthly income and expense reports.

• Prepare the annual budget in conjunction with the Board’s Finance Committee, Executive Director, and LCCR staff. Prepare and consistently update long-range financial cash flow projections.

• Design and implement financial management systems to guide LCCR’s current and projected operations.

• Working with the Development Director, coordinate income and reconcile data between the general ledger and the development database.

• Prepare budgets for grant proposals and financial statements for grant reports, and meet with grantors (including city and state agencies).

• Prepare monthly reports on the cash flow of grants received and spent for the Executive Director and the Management Team. Prepare and present all financial reports, on a monthly basis or otherwise necessary, including a balance sheet, revenue and expense statement, investment statement, and statement of cash flows.

• Prepare materials for outside financial advisors or consultants as needed. Prepare materials and assist CPA with tax preparation and annual audit, as needed.

Process & Infrastructure Improvement

• Lead and implement financial and organizational systems analysis and improvement to streamline organizational structures.

• Oversee human resources processes, developing strategies for recruitment and retention of a diverse and highly capable and engaged staff.

• On an annual basis, review health care costs, research health care plan adequacy, survey staff to determine needs, and recommend modifications to the Executive Director.

• Supervise Operations Assistant/Receptionist and coordinate work of the administrative staff.

• Provide support and recommendations to the Executive Director on legal, financial, personnel and other administrative matters, and such other matters as requested by the Executive Director.

• Manage organizational facilities, including furniture, office equipment, software, supplies and maintenance.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

• Work to further LCCR’s mission and long-term goals, including without limitation, cultivating good relationships with the community and private bar, collaborating with program staff as needed, assisting communications staff with public relations materials, attending LCCR’s events and Board/member related meetings, and work on other matters as requested by the Executive Director.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Required

• Demonstrated skills in budget management, accounting, internal controls, and financial analysis, including scenario planning;

• Previous management experience, including supervising staff and working effectively with other staff;

• Previous management experience overseeing human resources;

• Firm commitment to the mission and principles of Lawyers’ Committee;

• Bachelor’s degree or relevant training or experience in business, accounting, or financial management;

• 3-5 years of financial management experience in a significant managerial role;

• Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills, including developing organization-wide systems and a keen attention to detail;

• Work experience that demonstrates a confident and professional work style and an ability to work creatively and independently;

• Ability to work effectively across ages, races, socio-economic statuses, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and gender identities/expressions;

• Proficiency with QuickBooks, Excel, PowerPoint, Salesforce, and other financial software;

• Ability to think strategically and creatively, solve problems, innovate, exercise initiative, and manage multiple tasks/projects and sensitive information, while also being able to determine when an issue may require supervisor attention;

• Impeccable integrity, judgment, discretion, and great sense of humor.

LCCR provides a competitive salary, based on experience, and generous benefits, including medical, dental, and vision insurance.

Application Instructions

If you are ready to join a highly-motivated, hard-working and caring team working together alongside courageous clients to make a more just and equal world for all, we invite you to apply! Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Submit a cover letter, resume, and list of three references by email to (Subject Line: “Chief Operating Officer”).

In your cover letter, please respond to the following question, or we may choose not to consider your application:

LCCR serves highly diverse communities. To ensure that we are best positioned to serve these communities, we strive to promote behaviors, attitudes and policies that help us work effectively in cross-cultural situations with clients, our coworkers, and our communities. We seek to create an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued. How have your background or experiences, professional or otherwise, prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural competency and racial equity? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences.

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Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. People of color, LGBTQIA candidates, women, persons with disabilities and individuals over 55 are encouraged to apply.