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Rural Innovation Strategies, Inc. (RISI) and its sister organization the Center on Rural Innovation (CORI) work together as a fast-growing action-tank focused on closing the rural opportunity gap. Our mission is broad and ambitious: advancing economic prosperity in rural America through the creation of scalable entrepreneurship and tech job creation in a network of small towns and cities across the country.

We take a systems approach to addressing all aspects of this challenge, including strategy consulting that advances local innovation hubs and broadband infrastructure. With philanthropic resources, we deploy technology job training and placement, and elevate our network communities through film and national press. We also manage a $5 million seed capital investment fund that invests in early stage technology startups.

Since our founding in 2017 with a seed grant from Reid Hoffman (Founder of LinkedIn), we have been on an aggressive growth trajectory that was only accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the past year, we have nearly doubled in size, added new research capacity funded by national foundations and federal agencies, and completed data analytics and geospatial mapping services used by Fortune 100 companies. While based in Vermont, our organizations serve rural communities across the country. Today our Rural Innovation Network is comprised of 18 communities and we are on a trajectory to grow the Network to 50 communities by the end of 2023.

Recognizing the diversity of rural communities, CORI and RISI have called for transformative action to address the tremendous disparities communities face and are actively working internally and externally to further transformation efforts including ensuring our network communities reflect the diversity of the country. Across the varied challenges, CORI and RISI partner with rural community leaders and employers to build capacity to develop digital economy ecosystems that are truly inclusive.

Requirements

In this next stage of growth, we are looking for a seasoned and dynamic leader who can design and maintain our organizational infrastructure and provide meaningful input into our rapidly evolving strategy. The incoming COO:

  • Is excited to design and manage the operations of a mission-driven organization that blends the best of private-sector innovation with social impact values
  • Can help us prioritize and evaluate a broad set of new opportunities for revenue generation, joint ventures and mission impact as they arise
  • Can ensure RISI and CORI are operating sustainably and effectively against core goals, and in compliance with our legal and tax requirements
  • Has the insight and vision to shape RISI and CORI’s future goals and objectives

We are looking for someone who thrives as a strong right hand to the Executive Director to run internal operations. The right candidate will be financially fluent as they will work intimately with the finance department. They also need to thrive in complex organizations. They need an understanding of both real estate transactions and non-profits. They need to understand the difference between restricted and unrestricted grants and the implications of a multifaceted funding strategy.

This will be a highly demanding role that will expose you to all aspects of CORI/RISI’s business. Some of your key responsibilities will include:

o Oversee daily operations of the company and the work of executives (Marketing, Business development, Finance etc.)

o Help develop and determine long-term goals and execute on the goals, breaking goals down into everyday tactical decisions and duties

o Be the Managing Director’s right-hand person, supporting key initiatives and making sure the Managing Director is able to work on the most important items for the company

o Establish policies that promote company culture and vision

o Design and implement business strategies, plans and procedures

o Set comprehensive goals for performance and growth

o Hold the Managing Director and other senior leaders accountable for commitments

o Develop, manage and execute recruiting, training, development and retention strategies for additional executives and core personnel

o Evaluate performance by analyzing and interpreting data and metrics

o Enable the Managing Director to make better, faster decisions by gathering, synthesizing, organizing, and communicating information from all departments at the company

o Spearhead new growth and expansion opportunities

o Proactively identify and act on opportunities to increase the Managing Director’s efficacy and efficiency

The COO will report directly to the Executive Director.


Job Requirements

  • Executive Experience: seven (7) or more years experience in leading non-profits, management/strategy consulting, real estate or high-growth organizations.
  • Industry Experience: Material experience in the social enterprises, ideally in blended for-profit and not-for-profit organizations
  • Education: BSc/BA in Business Administration or relevant field; MBA is a plus
  • Planning & Analysis: Exceptional analytical problem solving and decision-making skills. Financial modeling experience – you can spin up a quick model to analyze different opportunities and enjoy doing it – is also a plus.
  • Project Management: Strong project management skills with a desire to bring structure to undefined processes
  • Context Switching: Capacity to manage a wide set of priorities simultaneously
  • Team management: experience and an ability to direct and coach colleagues within a non-hierarchical organizational structure
  • Commitment: to our mission of returning prosperity to rural places

This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of the job and the general nature and level of work performed by job holders within this job. However, this job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of qualifications, skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position. This job description is general and may evolve over time. The description is subject to periodic updating. At management’s discretion, the employee may be assigned different and/or additional duties or responsibilities.


IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Please make sure your application materials are tailored to showcase your ability to succeed in this specific role.
  • Cover letters are required. If you are applying via a platform that does not have a cover letter field, please include one in your resume file, otherwise your application will not be considered.
  • Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
  • RISI will manage the application and review process using our Workable platform. Please direct all inquiries through this system. We are unable to respond to phone inquiries at this time.

Benefits

Compensation:

  • Salary will fall between $120,000 and $150,000 per year dependent on qualifications and experience.
  • RISI offers competitive 401k, health Insurance, dental insurance and time-off benefits to all employees


You’ll enjoy working here if:

  • You like strategizing in a converted general store building conference room, over an outdoor beverage, or while grabbing lunch at the new downtown cafe
  • You value an entrepreneurial culture that encourages teammates to think boldly, take risks, and learn from experience
  • You appreciate an independent work environment that supports diverse work styles and preferences
  • You want to be part of a collaborative and interested team that finds opportunities to engage each other and have fun (whether in the office or dialing in)
  • You like the idea of an open and transparent organization that embraces honest conversations and new ideas


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer—people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities. We are interested in your ambitions, personal experiences, great ideas, and passions, and believe that everyone’s unique story and perspective adds value to our organization.

Rural Innovation Strategies, Inc. (RISI) and its sister organization the Center on Rural Innovation (CORI) work together as a fast-growing action-tank focused on closing the rural opportunity gap. Our mission is broad and ambitious…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    May 24, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    May 10, 2021

Salary

$120,000 - $150,000

Benefits

  • Salary will fall between $120,000 and $150,000 per year dependent on qualifications and experience.
  • RISI offers competitive 401k, health Insurance, dental insurance and time-off benefits to all employees
  • Salary will fall between $120,000 and $150,000 per year dependent on qualifications and experience.
  • RISI offers competitive 401k, health Insurance, dental insurance and time-off…

Level of Language Proficiency

A proficiency in English is preferred for this role.

A proficiency in English is preferred for this role.

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Hartland, VT
Associated Location
2 Quechee Rd, Hartland, VT 05048, USA

How to Apply

Please apply via Workable, including a cover letter and resume.

Please apply via Workable, including a cover letter and resume.

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