PICO California aspires to create a just and inclusive society that recognizes and embraces the inherent dignity of all Californians. Our mission is to unlock the power of people to place their values into the heart of state, regional, and local civic decision-making. Founded 20 years ago, PICO California operates out of three offices (Sacramento, Berkeley, and Los Angeles) that serve 485 congregations within 19 member federations across 73 cities located in six major regions: Central Valley, Inland Empire, Southern California, Los Angeles, Bay Area and Northern California. Our network of more than 500,000 Californians extends from San Diego to Del Norte. PICO volunteer leaders are among the people most impacted by equity issues: immigrants, the formerly incarcerated, low-wage workers, chronically uninsured and underinsured, and young people. Our diverse institutional membership from more than a dozen faith traditions anchors our outreach, analysis and action in a prophetic theology of resistance that helps people understand the systemic roots of their shared suffering as well as articulate an alternative narrative that liberates individuals and communities from the dominant cultural norms that perpetuate inequity.

As PICO California continues to experience significant growth and build upon its unique strengths, a search is underway for an experienced visionary Chief Operating Officer. PICO has exclusively retained Nonprofit HR to assist in its recruitment efforts for its next Chief Operating Officer. The Chief Operations Officer (COO) supports the backbone of PICO California in service to the organization’s current and future federations. This work is done through three overarching objectives: 1) To steward organizational alignment among division of labor leading to strategic growth, 2) to drive the success of the organization in terms of efficiency, compliance, operations, and financial management and 3) to support the internal health of the organization and its federations. The COO works towards these objectives by managing the logistical, technical, and communications needs of the organization as a whole. This is a multi-faceted role with several moving parts, significant responsibility, and a great deal of autonomy. The COO oversees all operations employees and manages external partner firms.

Success in this role requires a deep commitment to beloved community, social justice, and the mission of PICO. The COO must have a strong commitment to cultural sensitivity with the emotional intelligence to work in a multicultural, multi-faith environment.  S/he must have demonstrated capacity to work effectively with culturally diverse staff and populations, with the ability to be inclusive and respectful of differences.

The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree or advanced degree highly preferred, in one of the following disciplines: Business Management, Organizational Effectiveness, Nonprofit Management, or Communications, or related field and a minimum of 7 years of executive administration and operations experience including significant leadership and management experience. The position requires the ability to handle multiple, high-leverage partner relationships in execution of overall organization strategy.  S/he must be a self-starter with the ability to multi-task, and thrive in a fast paced, deadline-driven environment.   It is essential that s/he possess excellent written and oral communication skills (bi-lingual is a plus), with considerable experience in writing and presenting information, particularly financial information to a variety of audiences.

PICO is committed to building a racially and culturally diverse team and encourages candidates from all backgrounds to apply. The work is empowered by a staff that is rich in diverse faiths, thoughts, perspectives, cultures and human identities.

For consideration, interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume.  Your cover letter must address your experience and qualifications being sought. Send materials to: execsearch@nonprofithr.com ATTN: PICO

California COO Search in the subject line. Electronic submissions highly preferred. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. Please visit: www.picocalifornia.org for more information about the organization. To obtain further details about this opportunity, contact Myra T. Mathis, Executive Search Practice Leader at Nonprofit HR at (202) 785-2060.