Chief Operating Officer

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation


Chief Operating Officer


Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation


New York, NY


Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation (the Foundation) is seeking a Chief Operating Officer (COO) to partner with the President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to lead and manage the organization as it strives to find cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and improve the quality of life for children and adults affected by these diseases.  The COO will play a vital role leading this national organization with a $90M operating budget and a staff of 320, with expectations for continued growth over the next several years.

The COO will establish a trusted partnership with the CEO and other members of the Senior Leadership Team. The COO will lead, manage, and execute on key strategic objectives for the Foundation as well as manage internal functions of the organization including Human Resources, Finance, Legal, and Operations.

More specifically, the COO is charged with the following key responsibilities:

Strategic Leadership

  • Inform strategy and program development across all areas of the organization.
  • Work closely with all senior leaders to translate the overall strategic vision into implementation and operating plans and processes.
  • Work closely with National and Chapter leadership to create, implement, and roll out plans designed to foster revenue growth and cost efficiencies across the Foundation.
  • Forge strategic partnerships and relationships with vendors, insurance providers, brokers, banks, and all other professional business relationships.
  • Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values a commitment to quality, collaboration, transparency, and customer service.
  • Serve as a liaison to the National Board of Trustees’ Budget and Finance Committee, Investment Committee, Audit Committee, and 403(b) Employee Retirement Plan Committee.

Management of Human Resources

  • Supervise and enhance the overall strategy, purpose, and vision of the Human Resources function: Diversity Equity & Inclusion, compensation, benefits, recruitment, onboarding, learning and development, and performance management.
  • Partner with the Human Resources department leader to guide and manage HR policies and programs.

Management of Finance

  • Provide strategic guidance on enhancing all elements of the Finance function in an evolving and growing organization.
  • Advise the President & CEO and other key members of Senior Leadership Team on financial planning, budgeting, forecasting, investment priorities, and resource allocation.
  • Partner with the Finance department leader to create the operating budget, oversee accounting practices, payroll, financial reporting, and the weekly monitoring of cash flows.
  • Aid in the analysis of the Foundation’s financial results with respect to revenues, expenses, and compliance with budgets.
  • Partner with the National Operations of Finance department leader in providing administrative, financial, and operational support to 35 chapters across the United States.

 Management of Operations

  • Partner with the Operations Facilities department leader to design, implement, and improve the Foundation’s infrastructure with the goal of creating the systems and efficiencies necessary for National and Chapters to decrease expenses and increase productivity.
  • Oversee facility management, lease administration, supply procurement, emergency preparedness, insurance risk protection, regulatory compliance, and Certificate of Insurance processing.

Management of Legal

  • Support the Chief Legal Officer in overseeing the day-to-day legal and compliance functions of the Foundation and strategically assess department growth.
  • Oversee contract negotiation for research initiatives, fundraising events, intellectual property, nonprofit corporate governance and regulation, trusts and estates, lease compliance and negotiations, insurance compliance/risk assessment, and state/federal employment law.


In addition to passion for this important mission, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is looking for the following key attributes:

Key Professional Attributes Include:

  • 15+ years of nonprofit leadership and management expertise within operations, ideally with a national or chapter-based organization.
  • Proven track record of strategic management, ideally with experience in the areas of operations, finance, human resources, and legal functions.
  • Understanding of nonprofit finance and accounting regulations & accounting principles – including budgeting, balance sheets, income statements, cash flow, and capital planning management.
  • Experience with non-profit fundraising.
  • In-depth understanding of the non-profit sector including risk management, compliance, and regulatory requirements.
  • Ability to effectively interface with the Foundation’s National Board of Trustees and other key volunteers.

Key Personal Attributes Include:

  • A trusted partner to the CEO with the strategy, vision, and experience to successfully develop and deliver on enterprise-level and long-term organizational goals.
  • A dynamic, inclusive leader of people and processes who brings the empathy and experience to lead a change management process.
  • A problem-solver who thrives in a fast-paced, complex organization and can forge collaborative relationships across multiple teams.
  • A strong manager who enjoys mentoring and coaching a team with diverse levels of expertise.
  • Exceptional executive presence, business acumen, and interpersonal and communication skills.


Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is a national movement with a clear purpose: cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases.

The Foundation sponsors basic and clinical research of the highest quality. We also offer a wide range of educational programs for patients and healthcare professionals, while providing supportive services to help people cope with these chronic intestinal diseases. These programs are supported solely through our donors, grants, fundraising efforts, and sponsors. See our website for more information:

Compensation: Minimum salary $255,000. Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience.

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community. We support a broadly diverse team who will contribute to our organization. We are an equal opportunity employer regardless of race, color, citizenship, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran or reservist status, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.

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