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Chief Operating Officer

Full Time
6+ Senior Level
Date Posted
Tue 18 Aug
Brooklyn, New York
Post ID
commensurate with experience
About Company
We are a leading arts and media institution anchored in Downtown Brooklyn whose work spans contemporary visual and performing arts, media, and civic action. For over forty years, our institution has shaped Brooklyn's cultural and media landscape by presenting and incubating artists, creators, students, and media makers. As a creative catalyst for our community, we ignite learning in people of all ages and centralize diverse voices that take risks and drive culture forward. BRIC is building Brooklyn's creative future.

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****** seeks a strategic thinker and innovative, proactive, problem-solver for the role of Chief Operating Officer. Reporting to the President, the Chief Operating Officer is responsible for managing all aspects of the back-office function of ******: Finance, Human Resources, Compliance, Facilities/Real Estate, & Information Technology.

Key Responsibilities Include

Operational Strategy and Financial Stewardship

• In partnership with the President and the senior team, set direction, vision, and strategy for ******'s operational and financial management
• Develop and oversee the structures and processes to allow for strategic measurement of ******’s impact
• Partner with teams across the organization to develop data-informed strategic decisions
• Oversee newly formed One ****** production team
• Drive solutions on key programmatic and operational questions
• Create and implement highly effective and sustainable financial policies and procedures, and ensure the financial strength of the organization including long-term financial planning and analysis
• Ensure strong budgeting, forecasting and monthly accounting, reporting, payables, receivables and compliance
• Accelerate our growth and design roadmaps for success, scale, and sustainability
• Experience taking big ideas & opportunities and creating frameworks for praxis, assessment, and success
• In partnership with the President lead the annual budgeting process
• Ensure effective systems for internal and remote work utilizing technology both for efficiency and effective team motivation

Drive HR Function, Talent, Learning and Culture

• In partnership with the President, set direction, vision and strategy for the organizational culture
• Manage the HR team to drive and sustain the impact of ****** as an employer of choice through acquiring, engaging, and developing high quality, high-potential, diverse talent, and working with leadership and staff to ensure our culture is inclusive and strong
• Foster and support our commitment to being a more diverse, inclusive, accessible and anti-racist organization
• Oversee HR function, including:
o Talent recruitment, selection, and onboarding
o Management of employment policy and ensuring equitable practices
o Management of payroll, compensation, and benefits programs
o Staff performance management and professional development
o Furthering our commitment to having an organization-wide inclusive culture based on our core values and mission
o Handling union relations and contract negotiation, with support from outside counsel
o Oversee employment law compliance, with support from outside counsel

Facilities and Rentals

• Oversee a team of managers who handle various aspects of our facilities needs
• Oversee rentals program with an eye to safety and revenue considerations
• Oversee vendor management
• Ensure compliance with building codes and laws
• Oversee relationship with ****** House concessionaire Contracts and Risk Management
• Create and oversee risk management procedures
• Streamline and oversee contracting process
• Oversee all insurance policies and claims
• Oversee safety and emergency preparedness


• Serve as a liaison for the ****** Board of Directors
• Prepare materials and minutes for board meetings
• Oversee preparation of and compliance with board governance policies

Candidate Profile

The Chief Operating Officer will be a values-oriented self-starter with excellent communication skills who will collaborate across the organization for the success of their team and ******. The COO will work closely with all ****** teams and the ****** Board to maximize the scale of the work. As a high visibility external and internal leader at ******, the COO should have a deep connection with ******’s core values of Creative Risk Taking, Equity, Inclusivity, Integrity, Excellence and Brooklyn.

The ideal candidate will have the following professional skills, qualities, and competencies:

Skills & Qualifications

• Demonstrated commitment to innovation and growth to ensure ******’s future in the cultural landscape
• Ability to plan and direct the work of multidisciplinary professional and administrative staff
• Excellent relationship builder, compelling communication and advocacy skills
• Experience developing strategic plans and managing their implementation
• Capacity to adapt to changing and competing needs, and make timely decisions
• Strong, demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity & inclusion
• Ability to oversee and deliver complex financial models
• Advanced Degree in Public Administration, Business Administration or a related field preferred
• Ability to communicate and collaborate within a geographically dispersed team
• Prior experience working in arts and culture/ the not-for-profit sector is a plus

Compensation & Benefits

The salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included, along with generous paid time off.
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