Chief Operating Officer

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The Riverside Church of New York

Published 22 days ago

General Summary

The Chief Operating Officer supports the Senior Minister and directly supervises senior staff in the following areas: Archives, Auxiliary Programs, Communications, Finance, Property Management, and Operations (Rentals, Technical Services, and Theatre). The COO works to ensure that the organization functions in the most efficient, compliant and cost-effective manner, enabling effective administration on all levels. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

* Provide direct supervision senior staff in the following areas: Archives, Auxiliaries, Communications, Finance, Property Management, and Operations.

* Cooperates with the Senior Minister in the supervision of the Director of Stewardship & Development department with regard to fundraising and financial reporting. 

* Recommend and support the implementation of relevant policies and procedures within the COOs supervisory areas 

* Conduct efficiency analyses for departments within the supervisory areas; recommend and oversee implementation efforts

* Manages the annual budgeting process for the Church.  

* Participates in the management and implementation of all strategic planning efforts.

* Monitor the annual certified audit by the Church’s outside auditors including audits by any outside governmental agency, and internal audits or reviews of any of the departments, programs, or auxiliaries of the Church. 

* Acts as primary liaison to the Finance Committee. 

* Acts as liaison to outside attorneys regarding financial and contractual matters of the Church and legal matters for the areas under his/her responsibility. 

* Identifies additional revenue generating opportunities and cost savings and efficiencies for the Church.

* Assures that all accounting policies and procedures are in conformity with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and Best Business Practices.  

* Maintains all banking and investment management relationships.  Acts as primary signatory for all Church checks and wire transfers.

* Assures the timely filing of all required tax and informational returns of the Church and its affiliates.

* Recommend and support the Archives in the management of The Church’s archival collections

* Provide oversight and approval of Archives related activities to ensure alignment with The Church’s mission and vision. 

* Support Archives in obtaining grants and other project related or operational funding

* Ensure fiscally responsible budgeting for auxiliaries is adopted and executed

Support the auxiliaries in obtaining grants and other program related or operational funding* 

* Attends Church Council, Budget & Planning, Building Committee and other committee meetings at the request of the Senior Minister.

Consults with the Senior Minister in the establishment of  operating policies consistent with the Senior Minister and the Church Council’s broad policies and objectives and ensures their execution. 

* Evaluates the results of overall operations regularly and systematically and reports these results to the Senior Minister. 

* Ensures that all organization activities and operations are carried out in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations and laws governing business operations. 

Experience and Education:

* Master’s degree required (MBA, MFA, etc.), CPA preferred.

* Minimum of 15 years of leadership experience

* Demonstrated success in leading a multifunctional not-for-profit organization, preferably for a large church.

* Considerable experience working with volunteer boards and committees.

* Strong financial and administrative management experience.

* Exceptional negotiation skills.

* A demonstrated servant leader who is willing to learn and support the administrative vision of the Senior Minister.

* Proven collaborative leader who is able to garner the respect of church leaders, foster cooperation among the clergy, staff, and lay leaders.

* Proven ability to design, develop and implement strategic programs.

* Strong organizational skills with outstanding detail orientation.

Demonstrated ability to work with and manage people/teams in a changing environment. * Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate ideas and persuade others to accomplish challenging goals & objectives

Working Conditions and Physical Demands:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee will be required continually to sit, use hands and fingers, and talk and hear.  Frequently, the employee will be required to walk, reach with hands and arms, and lift and carry up to 10lbs (typically a chair moved around the office).  Occasionally, the employee will be required to stand, climb or balance, taste and smell, and lift up to 25 lbs.  The position requires close and distance vision.  The work environment is quiet and is typically indoors.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by people assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties, skills, and responsibilities required.

General Summary

The Chief Operating Officer supports the Senior Minister and directly supervises senior staff in the following areas: Archives, Auxiliary Programs, Communications, Finance, Property Management, and Operations (Rentals…

Details at a glance

  • Full Time Schedule
  • Master's Degree Required
  • Executive





Flex Spending


Life Insurance






Flex Spending


Life Insurance




490 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10027

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