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Chief Operating Officer

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Engineers for a Sustainable World


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Published 3 months ago

Recurring
A few hours per week

Chief Operating Officer

Reports to: Executive Committee

Team: Executive

Type / Time: Volunteer, up to 10 hours per week

Location: Remote, flexible within the U.S. or Canada

Additional Requirements: Attendance at the in-person Leadership Team retreat (location varies within the U.S. year to year). Lodging for all Leadership Team members and need-based travel assistance provided. In-person meetings are currently suspended during the coronavirus pandemic.

Overview

The Chief Operating Officer (COO) is primarily responsible for coordinating the daily operations of ESW. The COO is the second-in-command of ESW and will work side by side with the Executive Director to set the vision and strategy for the organization. 

About Engineers for a Sustainable World

Engineers for a Sustainable World is a nonprofit network made up of people passionate about technical sustainability. We consist of 1,750 student and professional members across 50 chapters at colleges and universities. We work to empower engineers to tackle the biggest sustainability challenges of the 21st century. ESW members have created everything from solar charging stations on college campuses to devices that collect waste in rivers to community-designed structures that promote earthquake resilience.

Responsibilities 

The COO will be responsible for:

  • Coordinating the 25+ person digital, remote staff of ESW-HQ, which is mostly volunteers but includes staff, including teams in fundraising, programs, communications, technology, events, and membership
  • Supporting a strong team dynamic and an organization that the best volunteers and staff want to remain in for years to come
  • Providing detailed information to the Executive Director regarding the performance capabilities of each department, which they have learned through regular conversations with team leaders
  • Develop and implement new organizational operations to drive better team communication, morale, efficiency, conflict resolution and collaboration. Manage existing systems
  • Leading the annual recruitment efforts to staff ESW’s Leadership Team
  • Attending, and sometimes leading, Executive Committee meetings every two weeks

Qualifications

  • Passion for sustainability and technical problem solving. Background in engineering not required
  • Experience recruiting great people to fill critical roles. Experience recruiting volunteers preferred
  • Leadership experience
  • Managing a team, digital teams preferred
  • Skilled in conflict resolution and interpersonal skills like nonviolent communication, candor with safety, or similar
  • Your friends would describe you as a “people person”;  you have high emotional intelligence
  • Preferably, you have experience working with volunteers who may not be subject matter experts in the roles they are filling
  • Experience using digital tools such as Google Suite, Slack, and video conference (we use Zoom).

To apply, please send a cover letter and resumé/CV to apply@eswusa.org. Please contact us with any questions you may have as well.       

Reports to: Executive Committee

Team: Executive

Type / Time: Volunteer, up to 10 hours per week

Location: Remote, flexible within the U.S. or Canada

Additional Requirements: Attendance at the in-person Leadership Team retreat (location varies…

Details at a glance

  • Remote Possible
  • Training Provided
  • Virtual Opportunity
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Location

Pittsburgh, PA

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