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Chief Operating Officer


Job Overview:

Do you have a passion for developing organizational infrastructure for continued success?  Do you resonate with an organizational mission which supports environmental sustainability? Howard EcoWorks empowers communities and diverse workforces to respect and restore our natural systems for future generations. Howard EcoWorks in Columbia, Maryland is seeking a Chief Operating Officer to enhance the organizational sustainability of our mission. The Board of Directors is seeking a Chief Operating Officer to work with the Founder and Board to lead, plan, implement, and manage all operations, programs, and activities of Howard EcoWorks. The COO will manage the annual  budget, supervise a diverse staff of employees, and serve as a non-voting member of the Board of Directors. The COO is appointed by the Board of Directors, serves as a non-voting member of the Board of Directors, and ensures that the organization is run with integrity and transparency.

Responsibilities & Duties:​​


  • Directs and manages all Howard EcoWorks functions with a focus on efficiency to enhance and sustain the organization’s capacity building.

  • Maintains business systems to ensure effective and efficient operation of the organization.

  • Coordinates activities with and directs vendors, contractors, and consultants to assure performance under their agreements in compliance with budget and operational considerations.

  • Ensures the organization’s compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. 

Program Management & Evaluation:

  • Aligns project proposals with the mission of the organization.

  • Develops, implements, and maintains quality assurance protocols.

  • Supports client satisfaction monitoring and designs systems to gather relevant data.

  • Ensures sound program management and recommends improvements.

  • Supports and implements community events in collaboration with the Founder.

Staff Management:

  • Mentors, hires, supervises, and develops Howard EcoWorks staff and volunteers.

  • Develops and implements policies that promote the organization’s culture and vision.

  • Performs supervisory administrative tasks, including weekly scheduling, time sheets, petty cash, expense reports, payroll processing, benefits management, etc.

Financial and Budget Management:

  • Ensures overall financial viability through strong fiscal management of and accountability for Howard EcoWorks resources.

  • Tracks contractual deliverables, management obligations, and processes for reporting results to funding organizations and the Board of Directors.

  • Provides financial reports and forecasts to the Board Finance Committee in collaboration with the Founder.

  • Monitors the annual budget and submits periodic financial reports to the Board of Directors.

  • Approves all invoices, signs checks, and approves purchases within the limits of the approved budget.

  • Oversees accounting activities in partnership with bookkeeper, outside accounting firm, and external auditors.

Marketing, Community, and Public Relations:

  • May be asked to represent Howard EcoWorks at relevant events and meetings.

  • Implements the marketing strategies to promote Howard EcoWorks and its programs and services in the region through web, print, video, email, and social media.

  • Actively participates in the development of partnerships and projects that support the mission and enhance relationships with relevant stakeholders.

  • Assures that Howard EcoWorks and its mission, programs, and services are consistently presenting a strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders, including funders, clients, government, business, civic groups, the community, and the media.

Fundraising, Grant Management, and Business Development:

  • Collaborates with the Founder and Chief of Sustainability and Partnerships to identify fundraising and business development activities to further the mission of Howard EcoWorks.

  • Participates in the development of new and diverse sources of funding for program development and management, including fee-for-service work. 


  • Reports to Howard EcoWorks’ Board of Directors and implements its policies.

  • Cultivates a strong, transparent working relationship with the Board of Directors and provides accurate, complete, and timely information on the organization’s programs, services, and finances.

  • Guides strategic planning with the Board of Directors, staff, and stakeholders and oversees effective design, implementation, and evaluation of programs and initiatives.

  • Informs and advises the Board regarding current trends, problems, and opportunities that are important to the organization’s mission and operations.

  • Serves as a non-voting member of the Board of Directors.

Required Qualifications:​

  • Minimum 8+ years of experience of managing staff and nonprofit experience preferred.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in business, management, or related field preferred.

  • Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills.

  • Proven experience in leading efficient teams to meet and exceed expectations.

  • Working knowledge of customer relationship management (CRM) packages, financial management software, and other IT systems.

  • First-class people skills and exemplary work ethics

  • Excellent written and oral communication.

  • Proven knowledge of performance evaluation metrics in a business setting.

  • Preference for candidates with knowledge of the environmental industry and sustainable resources.

  • Ability to use technical skills to read and interpret design plans, weather forecasts, and other data that impacts the operations of the organization.


  • The anticipated annual salary begins at $83,000.00 (commensurate with experience), along with a benefits package, including medical insurance, FSA, and retirement benefits. A generous paid time off program is also available.


To Apply: 

The Search Committee, under the direction of the Co-Chairs of the Board of Directors, will begin review of applications immediately and will continue its work until an appointment of a Chief Operating Officer is made. For full consideration, applicants MUST submit the following in a Word Document:

  • Letter of interest: Please address how you can help lead Howard EcoWorks as Chief Operating Officer in achieving our mission and strategic initiatives.

  • Professional Resume.


Howard EcoWorks is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourages applications from minority candidates.


Equal Opportunity Employer: Recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce is a high priority at Howard EcoWorks. HEW does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, military, genetic information, ancestry, marital status, age, citizenship or any other basis prohibited by law in any of its policies or programs.

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