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Chief Operations Officer New York, NY

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is currently seeking a Chief Operations Officer (COO) who is mission focused, energetic, results oriented, experienced and competent in directing and scaling nonprofit or business operations and the implementation of strategic initiatives. The COO will work with the President and Director-Counsel and with the Associate Director-Counsel on overall strategic planning and execution, playing a direct leadership role in organizational development, strategic operations, and administration processes.

The COO is a member of LDF’s senior management team with direct oversight of three departments: Human Resources and Administration, Information Technology, and Facilities/Operations. The COO directly supervises the directors of these three departments as well as an executive assistant. The COO indirectly oversees a staff team of 10-15 employees across these portfolio departments. Additionally, the COO serves as a member of LDF’s Executive Team, along with the President and Director-Counsel and Associate Director-Counsel, providing strategic leadership and executive guidance for the entire organization. The COO also works closely with the Office of the General Counsel and external consultants on matters of compliance, policy and security.

LDF is in a period of rapid growth and expansion in all areas of the organization. Currently LDF employs over 160 professional and support staff working at LDF’s headquarters in New York City and its office in Washington, DC. By the end of 2022, LDF is projected to increase staffing to 200+ employees and open a third office in Atlanta, GA. The COO will be a key leader driving the planning and execution of the operational, infrastructure, and people and culture aspects of LDF’s expansion.

The ideal candidate will be a skilled, strategic and highly organized senior leader with 10+ years of professional experience in the non-profit, government, or business sector and at least 5-8 years of senior leadership experience in operational/administrative management. The COO will evidence a well-developed capacity for systematic analysis, relationship-building, and leading complex teams of mission-driven professionals in a fast-paced environment with a culture defined by passion, deep personal commitment, excellence and high-performance. The COO must be a leader who is able to help others deliver measurable, cost-effective, and high-impact results that make LDF’s organizational vision a reality. The successful COO will have the executive, cultural, and social competence and skills to help steward the rapid growth of a legacy organization and confidently tap into the power and promise of its multi-generational, multi-cultural staff.

This position is located in LDF’s New York office and reports to the President and Director-Counsel and the Associate Director-Counsel.

Screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. All inquiries, nominations, and applications will be held in strict confidence and should be directed below.

Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged. Applications and nominations submitted by December 23, 2021, will receive priority consideration. 

Ernest Brooks is leading this search with Diana Carmona.

LDF is an Equal Opportunity Employer. LDF is committed to providing equal employment opportunities without regard to race, creed color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, veteran status, sexual orientation, and disability.

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