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Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Company: ExecuNet
Location: Boulder
Posted on: June 9, 2021

Job Description:

What You Will Do:

The Chief Operating Officer is responsible for the smooth and efficient operations of company and provides leadership and management oversight for the development of high quality and cost-effective support services designed to meet the needs of National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) laboratories and programs.

Has responsibility for leading the COMPANY Operations team in integrating and implementing the COMPANY strategic plan. Develops, tracks, and analyzes metrics used to assess progress towards organizational goals. This will either be done directly, or through delegation of responsibility to the appropriate COMPANY staff. Works closely with other senior leaders and serves on the COMPANY Presidents Council.


Management of Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC)

  • Primary point of contact for the National Science Foundation (NSF) customer, responsible for the COMPANY Cooperative Agreement and Cooperative Service Agreement negotiations and performance.
  • Directs COMPANY operations and services to provide the highest quality services to support the needs of NCAR and COMPANY Community Programs (UCP).
  • Responsible for overseeing the preparation of COMPANYs Annual Management Report and other required reports to NSF.
  • Provides advice on the strategic business case for new opportunities and reviews major sponsored research proposals within this context before they are submitted for review to potential sponsors.
  • At times acts for the COMPANY President in his absence.

Leadership of Operations Functions

  • In collaboration with the COMPANY President, serves as a primary leader in the areas of capital and operating budgets, strategic plans, operating plans, budgets, service improvement, performance measurement, and accountability.
  • Creates critical operational measures and metrics in support of program management, operational, financial and strategic goals; reports on these on a quarterly and annual basis with a focus on the operating plans of all COMPANY administrative/service units and their execution.
  • Oversees all facilities maintenance, repair, operations, sales and construction. Leads efforts to modernize facilities as needed.
  • Manages the following operations units Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer (OCHRO), Office of the Chief Operating Officer (OCOO), Facility Management, Risk Management and associated staff.
  • Evaluates operations service offerings for business efficiencies, develops new offerings as needed and sunsets programs that are no longer required or efficient. Leads and oversees change management initiatives related to operations activities.
  • Responsibility for Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) function in consultation with the ERM Manager.
  • Manages and facilitates the Operations Council.

Financial Oversight

  • Responsible for the leadership and management of the COMPANY Board of Trustees COMPANY Budget and Planning Committee.
  • Responsibility for strategic financial performance of the organization in consultation with Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
  • Co-leads with the Board of Trustees the Internal Audit function.

Leadership of Organizational Initiatives

  • Responsible for reorganization, as appropriate, across the operations areas of responsibilities, including cross-organization realignments.
  • Responsibility for Human Resources performance in consultation with the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), Leads strategic efforts to modernize the workforce environment.
  • Responsibility for Information Technology, Cybersecurity, and Network Engineering and Telecommunications Section (NETS) in consultation with the Chief Information Officer (CIO). Leads efforts to modernize technology and secure the IT environment.
  • Leads special projects at the request of the COMPANY President and the COMPANY Board of Trustees

Promotion of Organizational Excellence

  • Works collaboratively with other members of the Senior Leadership Team to establish and promote positive working and interpersonal relationships with all employees, Board of Trustees, sponsors, University members and stakeholders.
  • Promotes an efficient service-oriented culture within the organization by ensuring leadership develops methods and/or systems for improving quality, accountability, and reducing costs.
  • Models and promotes an inclusive and respectful workplace culture that is supported by comprehensive and proactive policies and practices.
  • Identifies opportunities and delegates responsibilities to better enable staff to learn, grow and develop their abilities.
  • Employs and promotes effective management practices to continually improve organizational culture and performance.

What You Need:

Education and Years of Experience

  • Masters Degree, preferably in business administration (MBA) or equivalent masters degree and ten (10) years of comparable operational management leadership experience, including at least three years on an executive leadership team.
  • Demonstrated leadership and complex organizational management skills. An understanding of how to achieve results in a complex environment.
  • Prior experience taking initiatives to scale (piloting something, then implementing on a broader scale).
  • Knowledge of government funding environment and complex non-profit requirements desirable, preference will be given to candidates with experience working in a management organization with NSF funding relationships.


  • Prior experience in a management role at a Federally Funded Research and Development Center highly desired.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Broad knowledge of:fundamentals of business operations and the functions of all support departments
  • financial management and strategic planning
  • emerging best practices in organizational operations and benchmarking relating to innovations in process, technology, user experience; as appropriate to COMPANY.
  • strong orientation toward customer service, quality/process improvement, and team building
  • Advanced analytical skills in order to organize, plan, and direct the work of operations leadership staff, and develop short- and long-range plans and financial strategies, etc.
  • Project management experience/certifications, total quality management experience/certifications in business process excellence highly desired
  • Ability to respect and bring together diverse perspectives and needs and build high performance teams
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills which are equally effective with large and small audiences, on a one-on-one level and to a wide range of constituencies, including Board level stakeholders.
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive matters with utmost discretion

Keywords: ExecuNet, Boulder , Chief Operating Officer (COO), Other , Boulder, Colorado

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