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Reference # : 18-00026 Title : Chief Operating Officer
Location : Chicago, IL
Position Type : Direct Placement
Experience Level : Start Date : 05/16/2018  
At Trillium, we assist our clients in finding just the right candidates to fit their needs! They are currently seeking a  Chief Operating Officer rto join their team on a full time basis.  The COO will be responsible for turning the organization into a well-oiled machine by standardizing the best of today and building a foundation that is ready to take advantage of future opportunities. This role is responsible for broad oversight and integration of their operations and programs, including school piloting, professional development, whole-school transformation, and edtech initiatives. Additionally, the COO will work closely with the CEO to identify and leverage program and product offerings that can be scaled nationally. The COO will also oversee all of the administrative and operational functions including finance, HR, and IT. Ultimately, the COO will ensure alignment and effective integration across the organization, including programs, research, products and operations.
  • Design and implement the systems and processes needed to ensure the consistent execution of core activities
  • Identify opportunities to streamline and standardize the core operations leveraging technology and state of the art thinking about how to deliver high touch experiences in the most scalable way possible
  • Conceive and implement the mechanisms needed to maintain close alignment between the education programming, research and validation efforts, and the product commercialization engine Strategic Thinking and Planning
  • Design and lead a planning and accountability process that ensures each function is operating with a clear set of quarterly goals / milestones and is on track to deliver them
  • Develop and implement a system for tracking and reporting on the progress of strategic plan implementation
  • Set performance standards in the organization and support the team to ensure that they are able to deliver on them
  • Develop a deep understanding of our client's programming and identify and implement continuous improvements to increase efficacy and efficiency
  • Support the translation of insights from classroom partners into tangible and usable implications for edtech partners, which meaningfully impact their product development
  • Create a solid organizational foundation from which our client can scale its impact through new products, services, and thought leadership
  • Own the new product development process and incubate new ideas stemming from the core programming Integration and Team Leadership
  • Lead, coach, and develop high-performance senior management team with an emphasis on developing capacity in strategic thinking, general management, and team development
  • Cultivate a healthy organizational culture that reflects core values and serve as a role model to the team for effective working practices and inspiring leadership
  • Establish a system of ongoing alignment and communication between education programming, research and product development that ensures that there is effective cross-functional coordination and appropriate levels of communication
  • Partner with Finance Director in the development and submission of an annual operating budget; manage the implementation of the budget to ensure timely and accurate fiscal reporting
  • Safeguard the continued financial viability of operational units through sound fiscal management.
  • The ideal candidate will be a mature, proven leader with 10+ years of work experience with general management responsibilities, oversight of a high performing team, and experience in scaling a business. In addition, she / he will have:
  • A bachelor's degree, MBA or equivalent is preferred
  • Experience as a member of an Executive Leadership Team as the COO or an equivalent role
  • Excellence in designing and leading high stakes projects to completion
  • Success in change management and maintaining stability during times of rapid growth, ambiguity, and uncertainty
  • Ability to rapidly shift altitudes from strategic to executional and to proactively identify and remove obstacles
  • Proven ability to foster a healthy organizational culture, to encourage teamwork and collaboration, and to build a sense of community and pride
  • A demonstrated track record in building strong relationships across a diverse and highly active stakeholder base
  • A passion for education as demonstrated through academic study, volunteerism, or work in public sector roles, and a commitment to company's mission
  • A positive outlook and appreciation for working in a dynamic, results-oriented environment in which expectations are high for both the quality and speed of work
  • An affinity for working in partnership with a high-octane founder with a strong vision for the organization