Atlas Corps Seeks Chief Operating Officer (COO)

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Atlas Corps | Washington, DC

Atlas Corps

Published 26 days ago

October 1, 2020
August 14, 2020
$80,000 - $100,000


Atlas Corps is seeking an energetic, organized individual to join our executive team as the Chief Operating Officer and help lead Atlas Corps as we enter our 15th year. We are looking for someone with strong leadership skills, the ability to manage people, an entrepreneurial mindset, development experience, and an international perspective. As an aspiring anti-racist organization committed to social justice and providing opportunities for diverse leaders from around the world, we encourage candidates of all racial and ethnic backgrounds to apply.

About Atlas Corps

Atlas Corps ( is an international organization with an annual budget of approximately $4m. Our mission is to address critical social issues by developing leaders and strengthening organizations through a fellowship and alumni network of skilled professionals. We were founded on the idea that talent exists everywhere in the world, but opportunity does not, and our largest program has identified the world’s best social change leaders and brought them to the U.S. for 12-18 months. Since our founding in 2006, Atlas Corps has supported 800 leaders from 96 countries through our exchange programs, and we expect to support another 200 people through Virtual Leadership programs in the next 12 months.

Atlas Corps specializes in civil society leaders, but recently we’ve launched new programs to support young innovators, entrepreneurs, and tech professionals in long-term professional exchanges for participants ages 25-35 years old. We also manage and build alumni networks such as the American Express Leadership Academy alumni network and the G20’s youth delegate alumni network – both of which we helped build and manage. Atlas Corps has a robust training program that engages professors from Georgetown University and the University of Virginia and a distance-learning program for both participants and alumni. We implement programs with world-class partners, such as American Express, Ashoka, CARE, G20, IBM, Microsoft, Peace Corps, and hundreds more. 

Position Summary

The Opportunity

The world is at an incredibly difficult moment right now with multiple crises sweeping the world at the same time. First, there is a global health pandemic that not only is causing significant loss of life, it has also closed national borders, halted visas and reduced the number of flights. The movement of people in 2020 is at levels lower than we have seen in a very long time. Second, the economic crisis is not only leaving 12% of the U.S. population without a job, but it is decimating nonprofits, affecting philanthropic giving and hurting the sector. Third, the racial justice and equity crisis is shining a light on centuries of oppression and inequality. We are at a turning point in history, and Atlas Corps is well poised to be a history-making organization.

Atlas Corps clearly stands on the side of global engagement and cooperation and counters those who view an isolationist approach. We have a unique financial model, as a social enterprise where the majority of our funding comes from fees charged to our Host Organizations (66%), a large (and probably growing during this pandemic) percentage comes from the U.S. Government (20%), and the remainder comes from strong corporate partners (like American Express, IBM, Microsoft) and a network of 2,500+ individual donors.


As we approach our 15th year and get through this crisis, Atlas Corps is poised for a period of significant growth fueled by virtual and in-person programming, the growth of the Atlas Corps Tech Fellows initiative, demand from organizations seeking talented, diverse team members, and yet-untapped potential from high net worth families seeking to leave a legacy that advances diversity, inclusion, global engagement and social impact.

The Role

The Chief Operating Officer will report to the Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Scott Beale. The COO will be responsible for providing leadership and direction across the organization to ensure the fulfillment of the Board’s strategic goals and the annual operating goals. The COO will lead all programming for Atlas Corps and provide strategic guidance to help scale the organization’s impact. The COO will additionally provide support in resource development and with the CEO represent the organization to donors and external partners. The CEO leads the strategic vision of the organization, interfaces with external audience and is the main liaison with key partners. The CEO is one of the chief fundraisers, working closely with the Chief Development & Engagement Officer who leads fundraising and communications. The COO is viewed as a Deputy to the CEO and would be asked to fill in for the CEO on occasion at public events and with donors. Success in this role will require the COO to demonstrate leadership and credibility across both strategic and operational dimensions of the organization.

Key Responsibilities

1.    Talent Management – The COO will lead the organization’s talent function and develop policies and procedures for attracting, growing and retaining top talent. The COO will also be responsible for compliance aspects of talent management as well as benefits.

2.    Program & Partnership Oversight – the COO will oversee the program and partnerships department to ensure the successful implementation of the Atlas Corps Fellowship. She/he/they will help set the strategic direction of the program and will design and implement strategies for growth and expansion.

3.    Development – Working with the CEO and the Chief Development & Engagement Officer, the COO will support fundraising. Currently Atlas Corps has a strong track record with earned revenue and federal government (State Department) support. We have also done a very good job with online, generally lower dollar donors. We have had some success with corporate giving (American Express, IBM, Microsoft). We have had limited success with high net worth donors. Depending on the skills and backgrounds of the candidate, the COO will take on one element of the fundraising (i.e. high net worth individuals) to expand our development capacity.  

4.    Financial Management – The Controller will report to the COO, so it is important the COO have financial management experience, including reading financial statements.

5.    General Management – Among other things, the COO will be responsible for:

a.    Evaluating and advancing continuous improvement.

b.    Providing inspirational guidance and direction to staff.

c.    Establishing effective decision-making processes at all levels that will enable Atlas Corps to achieve its goals and objectives.

d.    Ensuring a professional and efficient organization whose priorities are aligned with the mission of Atlas Corps.

e.    Ensuring that the appropriate resources are in place for the organization to succeed; this includes facilities, equipment, knowledge management and talent. The COO will manage organization insurance, licenses and registrations.

All Team members are expected to:

  1. Commit to team goals and support the work of colleagues beyond the responsibilities described here. This may include attending events outside of business hours, supporting the Fellow screening process by conducting interviews and reviewing applications, preparing new Fellow housing, and greeting Fellows at the airport.
  2. Maintain all physical and digital files in a uniform way, and in alignment with government requirements.
  3. Support Atlas Corps fundraising initiatives by sharing opportunities to contribute to our mission through social media and other channels.
  4. Seek out opportunities to improve and expand the work of Atlas Corps.
  5. Seek out opportunities to develop new skills and knowledge, and grow professionally.
  6. Contribute to an innovative, high-performing, team culture by engaging in behaviors like: sharing ideas; being open to the ideas of others; accepting and offering feedback; and supporting and treating your colleagues with respect.
  7. Advance our organizational values, which include diversity and inclusion and our stated goal of advancing racial justice in the world. (

Statement of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Acceptance

Atlas Corps seeks candidates for this role who contribute to variety of backgrounds and experiences within the organization. The ideal candidate will increase our ability to connect and develop strong working relationships with the diverse community of Fellows and the staff who report up to this position. We actively seek a diverse pool of applicants from or who have worked closely with historically underrepresented groups, including but not limited to people with disabilities, people of color, LGBTQ people, first- or second-generation immigrants, people of faith-based or religious communities, and all socioeconomic backgrounds. When applying, please include information about your unique background. Tell us your story. We love a good story and we invite you to come as you are. 

The Ideal Candidate will be committed to Atlas Corps’ mission and have 5-15 years of experience in relevant leadership positions. We know that candidates will be stronger in some areas of this role than others. Please don’t let that stop you from applying! We are committed to your growth and development.

  • Entrepreneurial and Experienced – Social enterprise experience highly valued. Experience across sectors, including nonprofit, entrepreneurial, government and/or corporate valued.
  • Results – Proven track record of exceeding goals; evidence of the ability to consistently make good decisions through a combination of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; high level of business acumen, including the ability to balance the delivery of programs against the realities of the budget; problem solving; creative resourcefulness
  • Development – Experience in different forms of fundraising, particularly with high net worth individuals, corporations and/or the U.S. Government.
  • Strong Communicator – Excellent written and oral communication skills are required.
  • Detail oriented “doer” – High level of initiative and follow-through with excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Action Oriented – Enjoys working hard and working towards stretch goals; able to act and react as necessary, even if limited information is available.
  • Team player – Comfort and collegiality in working on a small team.
  • Diverse perspectives and backgrounds –Diverse perspectives, background and set of experiences is immensely helpful at Atlas Corps as we are an inclusive organization that is advancing leaders from all over the world.
  • Cross Cultural and/or International – Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills; proven ability to interact effectively with people of diverse cultures and backgrounds. Multilingual is a plus.
  • Strategic Vision and Agility – Ability to think strategically, anticipate future consequences and trends, and incorporate them into the organizational plans.
  • Networking – Ability to build an extensive professional network.
  • Tech Savvy – Knowledge of and/or the ability to quickly become familiar with Google applications, Salesforce, Vertical Response, amongst others.

Citizenships and/or Legal Status: Due to the fact that we sponsor visas for citizens of other countries, we have a significant preference for candidates who are U.S. citizens or green card holders (LPRs) due to State Department requirements.

Why should you work with us

At Atlas Corps, we believe that people are the most important asset to delivering our mission, and we strive to make Atlas Corps a great, collaborative place to work. We are a small team that believes in flexibility, autonomy, and trust to achieve our goals.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Atlas Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. Atlas Corps is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at Atlas Corps are based on organizational needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, personal appearance, political affiliation, family responsibilities, matriculation, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Atlas Corps will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. Atlas Corps will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. We encourage applicants of all ages. We seek candidates who want to work in and organization committed to doing the work to become anti-racist, focused on racial and social justice, and providing opportunities the world’s best social change leaders.


Atlas Corps is seeking an energetic, organized individual to join our executive team as the Chief Operating Officer and help lead Atlas Corps as we enter our 15th year. We are…

Details at a glance

  • Remote Possible
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Executive


Benefits: The full benefits package includes a flexible work schedule, unlimited sick leave, employer-paid health and dental insurance; and access to pre-tax transportation support. Additionally, Atlas Corps invests in staff professional development. The starting salary for this position will be between $80,000-$100,000, commensurate with experience. Salaries increase with tenure, increased responsibility and demonstrated success on the job. There could be bonus potential associated with development success and organizational advancement. As Atlas Corps grows, so will the suite of benefits we offer to our team members. The COO will be responsible for helping grow our benefits package for the team in the coming years.

All full-time staff members at Atlas Corps receive:

●     Flexible hours: Because we are committed to authenticity and balance, employees are free to work when they want, as long as they meet their objectives.

●     Unlimited vacation time and working remotely: You will have the ability to manage your schedule, including working from home and taking unlimited vacation time.

●     Robust health benefits package and a professional development budget.

Benefits: The full benefits package includes a flexible work schedule, unlimited sick leave, employer-paid health and dental insurance; and access to pre-tax transportation…

Level of Language Proficiency

English required, bilingual a plus.

English required, bilingual a plus.


Washington, DC

How to Apply

How to apply: Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to: with “COO Application from [your name]” in the subject of the email. Your cover letter should outline how your skills, experience and interest related directly to this role. We are especially excited about applications from people who understand the challenges of inequities in the social sector workplace, including people of color, LGBTQ+, and individuals with disabilities. As a result of our commitment to an equitable and inclusive hiring process, please do not include your salary history in your cover letter. We want to compensate you fairly for this role and not based on past compensation. Candidates are also encouraged to connect with Scott Beale on LinkedIn: 

How to apply: Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to: with “COO Application from [your name]” in the subject of the email. Your cover letter…

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