Becoming a COO
This section of the Chief Operating Officer learning center is dedicated to those who would like to become a nonprofit chief operating officer (COO) (or similar role). Articles and tools have been selected for this area to help you through this transition. Whether you are moving within the nonprofit sector, growing into a senior management role, or transitioning into the nonprofit sector for the first time, you will find helpful resources here.
The Executive Director: The COO’s Most Important Partner
For a nonprofit organization to run smoothly, the executive director (ED) and chief operating officer (COO) must act as a unit. While some bumps in the road are always to be expected in such a complex and dynamic relationship, there are things you can look for in the job search process to avoid a potentially problematic pairing, as well as approaches you can use on the job to help make the ED relationship you are in work better.
Finding the Right COO Position
The key to success in a job search is finding the right fit between your skills, interests, and disposition on the one hand, and the characteristics of the potential organization, role, and leadership team on the other. Because of the tremendous variety in role definition across COO positions, finding the right fit can be particularly challenging and important for COO candidates.
Frequently Asked Questions: Becoming a COO
Answers to some common questions from people considering and seeking Chief Operating Officer positions at nonprofit organizations.
Ruth Passo: Discovering the Role that Is the Right Fit
Finding the right nonprofit role can be challenging. Learn how one bridger used online resources to refocus her job search efforts and find the nonprofit chief operating officer role that was the best fit for her.