Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Organization: Positive Coaching Alliance
Responsible to: Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Responsible for: 7-8 direct reports and 20+ indirect staff nationwide
Key Relationships: CEO, Board of Directors, EVPs, Board committees and task forces, consultants and other external constituencies
Location: Negotiable.

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Who We Are

As a catalyst for a positive youth sports culture in all communities across the U.S., Positive Coaching Alliance provides research-based training and resources for coaches, parents, athletes and leaders to improve culture and ensure a positive youth development experience for ALL kids through sports. PCA ensures sports are ‘done right’ with programming that is research-based and designed to have impact at three levels in a youth sports organization or school:

  • YOUTH experience improved life skills and character development.
  • COACHES become more positive and increase their focus on using sports to teach life lessons.
  • YOUTH SPORTS ORGANIZATIONS AND SCHOOLS see their cultures become more positive and everyone involved has more fun.

PCA believes that all youth can benefit from a positive, inclusive sports culture that develops social and emotional skills, molds character and prepares them for competition and for life. In over two decades of work, PCA expanded from a small local nonprofit to a strong, nationwide organization that does programming in all 50 states, reaching thousands of organizations around the country and positively impacting millions of youth athletes every year. PCA has now partnered with roughly 3,500 schools and youth sports organizations nationwide to deliver more than 20,000 live group workshops, reaching over 20 million youth in more than 20 years of work.

Position Summary

As PCA enters a new accelerated growth stage, we are seeking a candidate for our Chief Operating Officer (COO) position who will be a mission-focused leader and will provide operating and strategic oversight to help achieve new levels of success. We are looking for someone who can be a primary partner to the CEO and Executive Team and be responsible for analyzing ways to optimize our organization for sustained growth and efficiency; someone who can envision the path to success and execute on our growth strategies. This individual will oversee PCA’s core administrative functions (e.g., finance & accounting, human resources, legal and information technology), in support of the mission. The ideal candidate will possess strong credentials as an executive leader within the sports, non-profit, philanthropy and/or corporate sectors. She/He will bring a passion for youth sports and ideally possess strong experience working within a mid-large and complex national organization with local chapters or field/sales structure.

To be successful in the role, the COO will possess an open, inclusive and collaborative style, and will be guided by the core values and mission of PCA. She/He will provide the leadership, management and vision necessary to ensure the organization has the proper operational controls, administrative procedures and physical and human resource systems in place to ensure that team members thrive and organizational outcomes are met.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the CEO in setting and driving organizational vision, strategy, operations, and reporting; the COO’s internal focus will allow the CEO to engage externally with critical strategic partners, donors and funders.
  • Setting a tone for professionalism, collaboration and accountability, provide leadership and mentorship to a dynamic and energetic team at PCA, including helping to create staff development plans and ensuring that all staff members have the resources they need to succeed.
  • Analyze internal operations and identify areas for improvement (e.g., technology, product development and innovation); develop consistent processes and systems.
  • Work with the CEO and Executive Team to develop, implement and manage the ongoing strategy of PCA.
  • Set annual performance goals and the organizational planning and evaluation processes in collaboration with the CEO and Executive team.
  • Effectively oversee and manage PCA’s infrastructural requirements, including appropriate IT needs, systems, desktop support, security and work environments necessary to carry out our mission and deliver robust training and content to partners and stakeholders.
  • Oversee the full range of financial and accounting functions and systems so that all financial planning, budgeting, reporting, and analyses provide meaningful information for management and Board decision-making. Supervise the Director of Accounting & Finance to build bridges and partnerships with the finance and audit committees and the full Board of Directors as a whole.
  • Ensure the accuracy and integrity of PCA’s financial information, reporting and disclosure requirements, internal controls, and other compliance requirements, including adherence with all state and federal laws relative to a 501c3 organization.
  • Oversee the Human Resources function to identify, develop, and retain top talent, while ensuring that all HR support systems (e.g., policies, compensation, benefits) are fair, progressive, reflect best practices, and are in compliance with local/State regulatory bodies.
  • Ensure legal and regulatory compliance and appropriate risk mitigation through the timely review and approval of all of PCA’s policies, contracts and agreements.
  • Develop strong working relationships with PCA’s diverse internal constituents, including senior leadership and staff, and promote integration across the organization – nationally and locally.
  • Advocate for PCA among a broad range of external partners, including educational institutions, youth sports organizations, donors, non-profits, lenders, bond agencies, government and other existing and potential public and private partners.

Personal Attributes Desired

The successful candidate will also have a proven track record of the following or similar:

  • A mission-driven individual with a deep belief in and commitment to the values and mission of PCA and the constituents we serve.
  • Given who we are, the nature of what we do, and the communities and partners we serve, it is essential that this individual be knowledgeable and passionate about sports,
  • A servant leader with a “team-first” mentality and a passion for youth sports, which will be critical to building authentic relationships with stakeholders.
  • Strong professional ethics, integrity, transparency, and accountability in all actions
  • A “doer” with a willingness to work hands-on developing and executing a variety of activities ranging from the internal day-to-day operations to the highly creative and visible.
  • Ability to clearly, effectively, and persuasively communicate, both orally and in writing.
  • Experience with, and commitment to identifying opportunities to integrate diversity, equity and inclusion principles into an organization’s work.

Education and Other Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in (i.e., business administration, sports management, sports leadership, or similar field) from an accredited university is required. An MBA is strongly preferred. 7-10 years of senior-level leadership, ideally in operations, finance, or similar, with P&L responsibility, and a track record of leading/managing a complex national organization with local chapters/affiliates. The ideal candidate will also be agile and skilled at managing staff and carrying out his/her work with a staff that is geographically distributed across the country.


The compensation and benefits package will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

How To Apply

To express your interest in the position, please submit to COOSearch@positivecoach.org the following:

  • Letter of Application highlighting relevant experience
  • Up to Date Resume / Curriculum Vitae
  • Salary Requirements

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