General Management / Strategic Planning
NY - New York metropolitan area
About the Organization

Established in 2008 as an initiative of the Open Society Foundations, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement is a national membership network with a mission to ensure the growth, sustainability, and impact of leaders and organizations committed to improving the life outcomes of Black men and boys. In 2015, CBMA spun off from Open Society Foundations into an independent entity which supports a growing network of more than 8,000 individuals, representing over 2,500 organizations and affiliations organizations across the United States.

The ethos of CBMA is rooted in our core organizational values: Trust, Accountability, Affirmation, Entrepreneurship and Resiliency. We express our ethos to our members and partners through the values of Love, Learn Lead. CBMA leads with a mission mantra that posits "together we are a Thinking, Doing, Learning, Growing, Teaching enterprise".

CBMA remains committed to the goal of enabling Black men and boys to thrive and flourish. In affirming our intermediary role, CBMA aspires to fill a distinctive and critical niche in the market. We have chosen to embrace three interconnected roles, described at a high level below:

  • Leadership Developer: Support fellowships and provide in-person convening spaces and leadership training to strengthen and sustain BMA leaders and organizations.
  • What Works Engine: Curate existing insights, conduct/commission original research, and share knowledge with members via various channels to help develop, identify and actively scale effective practices.
  • Catalytic Investor: Develop a plan and pitch for engaging with high-potential funders to raise and direct sustainable flows of money to the BMA field.

Across these three roles, CBMA focuses on two cross-cutting areas of emphasis:

  • Narrative change: Shift the narrative about Black males using an asset-based frame and elevation and support of successes, aspirations and contributions.
  • Health and healing: Across activities, promote health, healing and strategies overall sustainability within the BMA field.
About the Position

The Chief Operating Officer (COO) will serve as a key member of CBMA's Executive Leadership Team (ELT) and will ensure that CBMA builds and refines the organizational infrastructure necessary to support the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer's (CEO) vision and strategy. Reporting directly to CBMA's CEO, the COO will lead and manage CBMA's internal systems, processes, policies and annual budget ultimately allowing CBMA to achieve its strategic targets. The COO will also oversee mission-critical vendor partnerships across finance, HR, IT and legal, providing CBMA with the organizational health it needs to deepen its programmatic impact. The COO will serve as a thought partner to the CEO and will lead CBMA's strategic planning, change processes, guide culture and ensure the continued success of CBMA's core and new programmatic strategic initiatives. The ideal candidate is an experienced executive leader with a proven track record of leading finance, operations, strategy and people at a national non-profit organization.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Provide leadership and strategic guidance over CBMA's finance and accounting functions to ensure proper maintenance of all accounting systems and overall organizational financial health.
  • Analyze quarterly reports and monthly reconciliations created by GrowthForce, CBMA's third-party vendor.
  • Oversee complex financial situations by setting key goals, establishing strategic priorities and implementing plans with the CEO, the Executive Leadership Team and the Board of Directors.
  • Leverage nonprofit fiscal best practices in compliance with state and federal laws aligned with GAAP, GASB, FASB, Sarbanes-Oxley and audit guidelines.
  • Lead the annual budget process, providing strategic guidance and analysis of growth scenarios to create sustainable financial models.
  • Manage annual audits, regulatory, compliance procedures including tax filings.


  • Advise the CEO and other key members of senior management on strategy, sustainability planning, financial budgeting, investment priorities, and policy matters.
  • Establish continuous lines of communication with and keep the CEO informed of all critical issues.
  • Lead, develop, implement and refine CBMA's strategic goals and objectives, as well as the overall management of the organization.
  • Create and foster a high performing culture in the program department aligned with CBMA's core values.


  • Develop, implement and refine of CBMA processes, policies and protocols, ensuring that they are rooted in CBMA's culture, values and ethos.
  • In partnership with the CEO & ELT, advise on the overall development, strategic planning, service delivery, and management of the organization across multiple sites and departments.
  • Lead the people and technology functions to improve efficiency by establishing internal systems to streamline finance, IT, legal, risk, safety, facilities, human resources, communications and others as assigned by the CEO.
  • Assess and manage all third-party vendors that provide mission-critical support across finance, HR, IT and legal to mediate organizational risk.
Candidate Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree required, advanced degree desirable.
  • 15 years of leadership experience, ideally with at least five years at the executive level and with a focus on managing finances for a complex organization with multiple sites.
  • Proven ability to understand and assess financial aspects of business projects and ability to assess finance-related business capabilities, identify gaps and recommend solutions; preferably with non-profit experience.
  • Exceptional track record of serving as an operational leader, with a systems-building orientation
  • The COO must be a self-motivated "doer," who is able to work autonomously while leading a team and coordinate with senior management. The COO must assume a sense of "ownership" of their functions, be responsive, have good follow-through, and move quickly and emphatically, using strong and sound judgment.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to "multi-task" and to take issues and projects through to conclusion under deadlines.
  • Approaches operations and executive leadership with excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills.
  • Flexibility to work in a rapidly-changing environment; comfortable with ambiguity.
  • Prior experience working with Boards and Board committees.
  • Demonstrates clear passion for CBMA's mission and work; brings a high level of integrity and mission-oriented approach to their work.
  • Ability to travel up to 30%.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.
Compensation and benefits:

Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

This organization is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds.