Chief Operating Officer

Chief Operating Officer at Children's Institute

by CI Communications



Title: Chief Operating Officer

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer

Location: Portland, Oregon; hybrid work options available including at Children’s Institute’s downtown offices

Job Classification: Exempt, 1 FTE (40 hours per week)

Salary: $167,000 – $185,000

Closing: Open until filled

To Apply: Please apply on the Motus Recruiting and Staffing website

Persons of color and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Please contact Director of People & Culture, Whitney Wong, at with any accommodation requests.

Children’s Institute (CI) has always worked passionately to improve outcomes for Oregon’s kids. Since our founding in 2003, we’ve come to know that a brighter future for our state rests on a foundation of love and care for every child and family. We’re committed to shifting these systems toward justice. And we invite you to join us.

To meet our goals, we advocate for strategic investments in high-quality early childhood education and healthy development, the most effective strategies to improve long-term outcomes for children, with a focus on children who experience barriers to opportunity due to race, poverty, disability, and geographic location.

Our advocacy and implementation efforts strive to connect research, lived experience, and community voice as we work to ensure that more children who experience barriers to opportunity succeed in kindergarten and meet third grade benchmarks.

CI prioritizes an integrated, team-based work approach and a flexible, collegial work environment and a culture of inclusion and belonging that centers our values of honor, equity, learning, innovation and connectedness.

Position Description

The Chief Operating Officer will play a pivotal role in leading the strategic and operational management of Children’s Institute. This key leadership position involves collaborating with internal and external teams, supporting the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and the leadership team, while executing priority projects to ensure organizational sustainability and long-term success. The Chief Operating Officer will also serve as a thought partner to promote inclusion and equity within the organization’s culture.


Strategic Planning and Execution

  • Develop and implement long-term goals aligned with the organization’s mission and strategic objectives.
  • Evaluate progress and adjust strategies in real-time to address challenges and opportunities.
  • Collaborate with the leadership team to inspire stakeholders and advance the strategic plan.
  • Represent the organization to external stakeholders and nurture strategic partnerships.
  • Embody a commitment to Children’s Institute’s values and conduct yourself with unquestionable integrity.
  • Create accountabilities, development goals and set objectives.

Operational Resource Development and Financial Oversight

  • Improve current processes and coordinate organizational procedures and resources.
  • Enhance and direct business operations.
  • Strategize resource and revenue approaches with the CEO and leadership team and coordinate operational procedures.
  • Maintain and improve financial systems and internal controls.
  • Develop strategies to secure earned revenue.
  • Support financial reporting and compliance activities.
  • Manage retirement investment accounts and relationships with financial partners.

Position Qualifications  

  • 5 to 7 years of nonprofit management experience, including 3 to 5 years of senior-level management in operations or finance, or
    Minimum 8-10 years of progressive leadership experience in complex organizations.
  • Proven track record in team leadership, cross-functional collaboration, and project delivery.
  • Experience in contract management and negotiation, with a preference for government grants management.
  • MBA or related field preferred, or equivalent work experience.
    Note: The qualifications listed are flexible, and a combination of education and experience will be considered.
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  • Employer fully paid medical/dental coverage
  • Employer fully paid long-term disability coverage
  • Employer fully paid life insurance, accidental death, and employee assistance plan
  • 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan with qualified match and contribution
  • 125 Flexible Benefits Plan
  • Commuter stipend
  • Cell phone stipend
  • Professional Development Stipend
  • Annual office closure between December 26th and January 1st
  • Three weeks paid time off
  • Two weeks sick leave
  • Eleven paid holidays, plus two floating holidays
  • Paid time off to celebrate your birthday
  • Paid time off to volunteer in CI’s community

Equal Employment Statement 

Children’s Institute is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of CI to provide equal employment opportunity in accordance with applicable law to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, political opinion, national origin, familial status, mental and physical ability, source of income, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law in all personnel actions. Personnel actions include recruitment, selection, promotion, compensation, training, and termination. Relations between employees shall be based on mutual respect, and regard for the effectiveness and well-being of the organization.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement 

Consistent with applicable disability law, Children’s Institute will provide reasonable accommodations to assist qualified applicants or employees with disabilities to participate in the job application process, to perform the essential functions of a job, and to enjoy the same benefits and privileges of employment applicable to similarly situated employees without disabilities, provided the accommodation would not impose an “undue hardship” on the operation of CI. 

Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy 

Children’s Institute agrees to follow the internal protocols for partner organizations and school districts as a condition of employment for all employees unless they are granted reasonable accommodation under applicable law.


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