Chief Operating Officer

Job Type

Full Time




1700 Sansom Street
Fl 10
United States


Organization Overview

Partners for Sacred Places, founded in 1989, is the only national, non-sectarian, nonprofit organization focused on building the capacity of congregations of historic sacred places to better serve their communities as anchor institutions, nurturing transformation, and shaping vibrant, creative communities.

Partners builds the capability of congregations through training programs, fundraising assistance, and technical assistance, fostering the active use of their buildings to benefit the larger community.  Partners has served thousands of congregations over the past 29 years and has had an especially strong regional presence in Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Texas.


Summary of COO Role

Reporting to the President, the Chief Operating Officer will serve as an integral member of the senior management team and function as the internal leader of the organization. The Chief Operating Officer will be responsible for the development of Partners’ financial management, project management, and human resource management strategies in addition to contributing to the development of the organization’s strategic goals. The Chief Operating Officer will be charged with developing and implementing more sophisticated policies and procedures both in the finance and general operational realms. This is an outstanding opportunity for an executive with operational experience and a proven track record of creative problem-solving and change management to join a high-growth, mission-driven organization.


The Chief Operating Officer will be responsible for the overall oversight of operations including financial management, project management, and human resource management.

Financial management oversight responsibilities will include the planning, coordination, and execution of the annual budget process in partnership with the Director of Operations. In collaboration with the President and members of the senior staff, the Chief Operating Officer will design and implement business strategies, plans and procedures in addition to setting comprehensive goals for performance and growth.

The COO will work closely with the Senior Vice President to establish protocols and benchmarks for program pricing, invoicing, tracking and management, and will ensure that goals and expectations are met. This includes the full implementation of Partners’ new FunctionFox project management software.

Working with Board and Staff

The COO will report to the Board of Directors on a quarterly basis, ensuring that Board expectations are met and that programs and projects are well-planned, well-executed, and profitable for the organization.

The Chief Operating Officer will oversee, direct, and organize the work of the finance and operations teams while promoting a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality.

The Chief Operating Officer will develop and establish tools to monitor staff performance and development goals, assign accountabilities, set objectives, establish priorities, conduct annual performance appraisals, and administer salary adjustments.

Required Qualifications and Experience


  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in a senior management role as either an employee or board member of a nonprofit organization; must be familiar with nonprofit finance and accounting regulations
  • General Management – thorough understanding of finance, systems, and human resources; broad experience with the full range of business functions and systems, including strategic development and planning, budgeting, business analysis, finance, information systems, human resources, and marketing
  • Leadership and Organization – exceptional capacity for managing and leading people; a team builder who has experience scaling up organizations; ability to connect staff both on an individual level and in large groups; capacity to enforce accountability
  • Capacity Building – ability to effectively build organization and staff capacity, developing a top-notch workforce and the processes that ensure the organization runs smoothly
  • Strategic Vision and Agility – ability to think strategically, anticipate future consequences and trends, and incorporate them into the organizational plan
  • Deep experience in program budgeting and fiscal management
  • Past experience managing human resources function including personnel, compensation, and recruiting
  • Proven track record of success facilitating progressive organizational change and development within a growing organization
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills including negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Strong mentoring, coaching experience to a team with diverse levels of expertise
  • Entrepreneurial team player who can multitask
  • Superior management skills; ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers
  • Self-reliant, good problem solver, results oriented
  • Energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive; a team leader who can positively and productively impact both strategic and tactical finance and administration initiatives
  • The ability to interface with senior management, Partners’ Board of Directors, and staff
  • The ability to operate as an effective tactical as well as strategic thinker
  • Undergraduate degree required; MBA and/or other related advanced degree preferred

Starting Salary: $125,000

Location: Position is based in Philadelphia.


Benefits: Paid Time Off, Health and Dental Insurance, 403(b) Retirement Plan

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to, no phone calls please. EOE.