Chief Operating Officer

Job Type

Full Time




111 Myrtle St, Suite 101
United States


Girls Leadership is seeking a Chief Operating Officer (COO) during a moment of strategic change at every level of the organization. We are seeking an experienced nonprofit executive to join the leadership team at our headquarters in Oakland, California. Our growth is driven by a three-year strategic plan to expand our work across differences, including culture, ethnicity, and class. We are looking for a COO who is deeply committed to building a team and culture to serve a diverse population of families and schools across the country.

The COO will report to the CEO and Co-Founder, Simone Marean. The COO will manage organizational effectiveness, and growth by overseeing the business strategy, including finance, HR, operations, and information technology. The COO will collaborate with the CEO, Chief Programs Officer, and Chief Partnerships Officer to create a healthy organizational culture based on the values of equity, courageous growth, play, and authentic communication.

Girls Leadership is focused on one driving goal at the moment: preparing to scale by creating powerful transformation for girls, families, and schools across the socio-economic spectrum. The COO will identify and build the infrastructure to bridge the gap between where we are and where we are going. The ideal candidate will:

  • Thrive in a fast-paced startup environment,
  • Understand what it takes to build and manage successful teams,
  • Love to build nimble accessible systems,
  • Enjoy managing financial processes and analysis, and
  • Possess a drive to make things happen while maintaining a sense of humor.


  • Partner with the CEO to generate a strategic plan, annual organizational goals, and organizational culture;
  • Build an effective core leadership team and create a culture of authentic communication across the staff teams;
  • Oversee financial operations. This includes managing an outsourced finance team, in-house accounting support.
  • Oversee operations of the organization including maintenance of the office, program support and website logistics;
  • Oversee and execute human resources. This includes building our culture and community, growing practices of equity and inclusion, managing human resources policies and procedures, staying up-to-date with evolving human resource law, and executing all HR tasks, including open enrollment, onboarding, off-boarding, unemployment verifications, etc.;
  • Oversee inter-departmental coordination and communication to stay current and build efficiencies;
  • Oversee and execute IT system design and implementation, including ongoing assessment of existing platforms and services, research of ever-evolving software, maintenance of current systems, including SalesForce, and maintaining vendor relationships; and
  • Partner with the CEO to support the Board of Directors.


The ideal candidate:

  • Is self-motivated, resourceful, a strategic thinker, comfortable working independently with high personal accountability;
  • Feels passionate about girls’ empowerment, leadership and the potential to create a cultural shift in our society;
  • Has a demonstrated history of building communities committed to equity and inclusion;
  • Is a confident leader, able to juggle the needs of a growing organization with the bold vision for national impact;
  • Has exceptional written and verbal communication skills, including cross-cultural communications;
  • Has experience implementing and maintaining SalesForce;
  • Is a strong team player;
  • Is highly relational, at ease serving and stewarding board and executive volunteer relationships; and
  • Works with high attention to detail

Organization Overview:

For over 15 years, Girls Leadership has awakened thousands of girls to a life of authentic leadership. Girls Leadership teaches girls the skills to exercise the power of their voice.

We teach in-person programs across the US, and produce free educational content and conduct original research, such as our current project, “Closing the Gap: Understanding How Girls of Color Become Leaders.” Our in-person programs teach girls, educators, and parents the core practices of emotional intelligence, healthy relationships, and assertive self-expression. Taught by professional, salaried instructors, all Girls Leadership programs use interactive lessons and educational theatre-based techniques to help girls connect with their emotions and practice the tools for building healthy, authentic relationships. The courses are age-appropriate and progressive, following girls’ developmental needs from grade school through high school.

We ask people to join our team who are skilled, experienced professionals in their field, but this is only part of what will make you successful as a Girls Leadership team member. We also seek team members who are authentic, seek to contribute to an equitable and inclusive community and build strong relationships with fellow team members, Girls Leadership clients and partners.

Compensation & Benefits: This is a full-time exempt position. The starting salary for this position is $85,000 – $90,000. Benefits include health insurance (99% coverage for employee), optional dental/vision, unlimited paid time off, separate sick time, 11 holidays per year and a 401(k) plan available after 1 year of service.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Girls Leadership encourages individuals of all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply for this position. Girls Leadership is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

To apply, please send a resume and a cover letter in Word or pdf format to The subject line of the email should include your full name and “COO.”

Applications will be reviewed and processed in the order received through March 31, 2018 or until the position is secured. To learn more about Girls Leadership, please visit