Application Deadline is March 21stJob 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: $85-100k
• 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
• Ability to attend free or subsidized courses
at Portland Audubon
• Substantial discount at our Nature Store,
• Opportunity to work in one of the most
beautiful forests in OregonAbout 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
• 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
• Support individual budget managers
to evaluate financial impact of new and
• Oversee cash management and
• 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
• Clear commitment and passion for connecting
with the natural world and advancing
• 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.
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.
How to Apply
Please email your cover letter, resume, and completed employment application* to
firstname.lastname@example.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
email@example.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 Officer5151 NW Cornell Road Portland, OR 97210Diversity 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
• 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 http://audubonportland.org/about