Chief Operating Officer

Job Type

Full Time




195 Montague Street
14th Floor
United States


The Brooklyn Community Bail Fund was founded as a charitable bail fund in 2015 and today is the largest bail fund in the country and a leading voice in the bail reform movement locally and nationally.

Ours is a radical intervention in a system that treats people differently based on wealth, skin color, and influence. BCBF has paid $3.5 million in bail for more than 3,500 indigent New Yorkers, all presumably innocent, who could not afford even modest amounts, and who would have been jailed or forced to plead guilty just to go home. After bail is paid, we provide and facilitate access to services to meet our clients’ self-identified needs.

We also work with allies here in New York, and across the country, in the fight to end money bail and all forms of wealth-based detention. We are committed to challenging the criminalization of race and poverty, the practice of putting a price on fundamental rights, and the persistent myth that bail is a necessary element of the justice system.

We are now looking for a Chief Operating Officer, a new position, to work in partnership with BCBF’s founder and Executive Director to support the organization’s continued growth and development. The COO will be responsible for developing, implementing, and overseeing the internal administrative systems that will support BCBF’s ability to maintain our highly effective bail payment and client services programs; deepen our capacity to lead and support high-impact advocacy initiatives; and continue our successful record of incubating and launching high-impact initiatives. The COO will also be responsible for ensuring that the appropriate resources are in place to support BCBF’s fiscal, development and HR needs. 

Role Overview

Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the COO will have primarily internal-facing responsibilities, ensuring the day-to-day operations of the organization run smoothly to fulfill the Fund’s mission-oriented goals and objectives. The COO will be responsible for coordinating information flow and collaboration across the organization. The COO will also be responsible for managing the organization’s financial, compliance and HR staff and resources.


Qualifications – Required

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Experience working in a non-profit organization (5+ years preferred)
  • Experience in a managerial role (5+ years preferred)
  • Ability to work on multiple projects at the same time and prioritize
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends, as needed
  • Use financial, statistical and economic data to assess organizational results and manage risk
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial and economic justice and strong intersectional analysis 
  • Strong analytical skills and deep critical thinker
  • Proactive and operates with a sense of urgency
  • Ability to develop and execute work plans
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail


Qualifications – Preferred

  • Master’s degree (MBA) or other relevant graduate degree
  • Knowledge of criminal legal system, bail, and criminal justice reform in NY
  • Experience with Google Applications (Google Calendar; Google Drive), Microsoft Office (Word; Excel), Dropbox, and Salesforce

Principal Responsibilities


  • Develop operating strategies to support organizational goals, including creating, improving, and ensuring the successful implementation of processes, procedures, and systems;
  • Manage vendor relationships, including those with insurance companies, bonds for bail agent applications, Human Resources, and Information Technology
  • Ensure that organization meets it staffing needs through recruiting, performance evaluation, and retention strategies and ensure that that staff are supported and provided with development opportunities
  • Analyze the current technology infrastructure and determine the level of information technology to support the growth of specific programs and the organization overall
  • Ensure that organization is in compliance in all regulatory matters
  • Provide day-to-day and ongoing support for ED, department heads, and staff


  • Supervise Office Manager
  • Supervise Senior Budget Analyst
  • Manage relationships with HR consultant, IT consultant, Fiscal Management consultant
  • In consultation with the Leadership Team, plan staff meetings, create agendas, and facilitate meetings
  • In consultation with the Leadership Team, Strategic Planning and HR consultants, develop and implement staff trainings, workshops and retreats
  • In consultation with the Leadership Team and HR consultants, develop, implement and support onboarding of all new staff, volunteers and interns
  • Support staff retention and performance goals


Organizational Leadership and Management

  • Serve as thought partner to ED to identify and support organizational mission and goals
  • Work with the Leadership Team to:
  • Set strategic vision of the organization and execute that vision
  • Look at/anticipate the holistic view of staff needs and respond accordingly
  • Plan Leadership Team meetings and agendas; facilitate meetings


Program Development and Management

  • Work with department heads and the Leadership Team to support department needs
  • Help identify organizational and departmental goals and assist in implementation of processes to achieve them
  • Help create and implement systems to gather, report and share key data across departments
  • Support development of new programs; insure implementation in coordination with existing programs
  • Identify opportunities to leverage existing resources to support organizational mission and goals


  • Help create and manage organizational and program budgets
  • Supporting the Office Manager and the finance department, ensure expense and revenue processes and procedures are followed
  • Ensure coordination of the finance and development departments
  • Oversee organizational purchases
  • Manage banking relationship; sign checks for reimbursements and invoices

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

How to apply

To apply, email resume, salary requirement and cover letter to . Please include “Chief Operations Officer” in the subject line.


No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

Brooklyn Community Bail Fund is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military status, marital status, familial status, caregiver status, predisposing genetic characteristics, veteran or active military service member status, pregnancy, arrest or conviction record, unemployment status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

Brooklyn Community Bail Fund values diverse experiences. People with criminal justice records are encouraged to apply. We depend on a diverse staff to carry out our mission. For more information about Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, visit our website at