EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Chief Operating Officer
Maliasili Initiatives began operations in 2011 and over the past six years, we have built a portfolio of over a dozen leading African organizations working across over 20 million hectares of critical landscapes and ecosystems in four countries; helped generate or leverage roughly $4M in funding for our partners; developed a growing set of organizational support tools, methods and practices; and helped many of our partners significantly grow their work and impacts. After six years of development, learning and growth, Maliasili Initiatives is at an inflection point in our own evolution and we are looking to grow our portfolio, investments, and impacts. As key part of this next phase in our organizational development, we are looking to expand our team through the recruitment of a COO.
The board and executive director (ED) are looking for a mission-focused, experienced, strategic, and process-minded leader with experience scaling an organization, leading a management team, and developing a performance culture among a group of diverse, talented individuals. The COO must be a leader who is able to lead a diverse and growing team in order to deliver measurable, cost-effective results in service of our mission. The successful COO will have the skills, sensitivity, and personal confidence to tap into the power that each member of the team brings to this mission. While it is essential that the COO bring efficient and effective systems to increase the productivity of the organization, it is also critical that the team retain the innovative spirit that drives the Maliasili approach to organizational development.
Applications should be sent to email@example.com and include a CV or resume and cover letter succinctly highlighting your interest in the job and why you are the right person for the position.
The successful candidate will be an outstanding organizational leader and manager who can design and implement the most efficient ways to run the organization and help it take its work and impact to scale. Reporting to the ED of Maliasili Initiatives, the COO will lead all internal operations and will have the following responsibilities:
- Participate in the Leadership Team of the organization, which includes the Executive Director, the COO, and the Portfolio Director;
- Serve as the internal leader of the organization, with decision making authority over day-to-day operations;
- Design, implement, and regularly evaluate the efficiency of administrative systems according to organizational objectives, and apply improvements;
- Lead on the design and execution of the organization’s recruitment and talent development strategies.
- Design and support the implementation of all management systems, including financial, human resource, and monitoring and evaluation.
- Design and lead the performance management process that measures and evaluates progress against goals for the organization and individual staff members;
- In concert with other members of the Leadership Team, contribute to the design of strategy and implement new processes and approaches to execute against major organizational goals;
- Develop and oversee the execution of the annual operations plan and budget;
- Provide for a strong day-to-day leadership presence; bridge remote operations and support an open-door policy among all staff;
- Oversee the Portfolio Director, who leads Maliasili’s service delivery to partners in Africa, and support their responsibilities and development, including:
- Overseeing the team of Portfolio Managers and supporting their service delivery work to Maliasili partner organizations;
- Managing relationships with the senior leaders in Maliasili’s portfolio,
- Cultivating potential portfolio organizations; and
- Ensuring the highest quality of service delivery and reviewing and developing new methodology as needed.
Additionally, the COO will have the following functional responsibilities:
Human Resources & Technology
- Produce and implement monitoring instruments to track performance throughout the organization;
- Cultivate the values of Maliasili within the organization;
- Instill a human capital development and “coaching” culture within Maliasili; upgrade human resources functions including: training, development, compensation and benefits, employee relations, performance evaluation and recruiting; and
- Analyze the current technology infrastructure and scope out the next level of information technology and financial systems that support the growth of specific programs and the organization overall.
- Support the ED as needed in raising funds by developing proposals and network development with funders and others.
Financial Management & Budgeting
- Oversee the management of a financial management system that provides the organization with quick access to financial information, enables strategic budgeting, and provides efficient and accurate financial reports;
- Design and execute an annual organizational budgeting process that engages and empowers programmatic staff;
- Ensure sufficient and quality quarterly financial reporting to the Board.
- Working with the Leadership team to evaluate and track the pipeline of new opportunities for building our portfolio of partners;
- In conjunction with other Leadership Team members, manage key relationships with Maliasili partners, collaborators and funders;
- Work closely with the ED to identify and manage geographic growth opportunities and priorities;
- Represent Maliasili externally as needed; and
- Communicate the brand values, mission and vision internally and externally.
As a prerequisite, the successful candidate must believe in the core values of Maliasili Initiatives and be strongly motivated by the organizations’ mission. The candidate should demonstrate a passion for leading change and impact in African conservation. Beyond that, we are seeking a candidate that has proven experience in scaling a geographically dispersed organization and a demonstrated ability to both lead and build the capabilities of a driven, talented, diverse team.
The successful candidate will have had management experience with a for-profit business or non-profit organization. As noted, this is an organization driven by the values of its people, so experience in managing a “values-driven” organization is strongly preferred. Additional requirements are:
- Proven track record: of exceeding goals and a bottom-line orientation; evidence of the ability to consistently make good decisions through a combination of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; high level of business acumen including successful financial management; the ability to balance the delivery of programs against the realities of a budget; and problem solving, project management, and creativity.
- Strategic Vision and Agility: Ability to think strategically, anticipate future consequences and trends, and work with the leadership team to incorporate them into the organizational plan;
- Capacity Building: ability to effectively build organization and staff capacity, developing a world-class team, performance-driven organizational culture and the processes that ensure the organization runs smoothly;
- Leadership and Organization: exceptional capacity for managing and leading people; a team builder who has experience in scaling up organizations; ability to connect staff both on an individual level and in large groups; capacity to enforce accountability, develop and empower talented individuals, provide effective coaching and mentoring to staff, cultivate entrepreneurial approaches to problem-solving, and learn the strengths and weaknesses of the team so as to put people in a position to succeed;
- Action Oriented: enjoys working hard and looks for challenges; able to act and react as necessary, even if limited information is available; not afraid to take charge of a situation; can overcome resistance to leadership and take unpopular stands when necessary;
- General Management: thorough understanding of finance, systems, and HR; broad experience with the full range of business functions and systems, including strategic development and planning, budgeting, business analysis, finance, information systems, human resources, and marketing;
- Solid educational background: undergraduate degree required; MBA or similar advanced degree highly desired.
- Subject-matter knowledge: and experience pertaining to African conservation, land rights, and natural resource management, and conservation issues more broadly, is strongly preferred.
Terms of Employment
Maliasili Initiatives will offer a competitive compensation and benefits package in line with the successful candidates’ experience and qualifications.
The position’s location is geographically flexible, and any candidate must be able to work successfully with a remote and dispersed team.
The position’s starting date will ideally be in the third or fourth quarter of 2017.
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