Founded in 1991, Living Cities harnesses the collective power of the world's largest foundations and financial institutions to close racial income and wealth gaps in American cities.
Together, we are partnering with cross-sector leaders in cities across the country to imagine and create an America in which all people are economically secure, building wealth, and living with dignity. Our investments, research, convenings, networks, tools, and resources support efforts that operationalize racial equity and inclusion in local government, create inclusive narratives, bring communities together to devise and act on a shared vision for the future, and eliminate inequities in systems such as entrepreneurship, homeownership, jobs, and access to capital.
We combine support for innovative, comprehensive, local approaches with cross-city learning communities and the real-time sharing of knowledge to accelerate and deepen adoption in more places.
Living Cities' core values – the ones they believe are fundamental to the organization's success in achieving its mission – are collaboration, innovation, leadership, impact, and racial equity and inclusion. These organizational values guide its everyday decisions about how, why and what they do.
Living Cities values:
Collaboration: As a partnership of foundations and financial institutions, collaboration is core to who we are. Living Cities believes that respect, diverse perspectives and the open exchange of ideas will lead to the innovative solutions and catalytic change that our country needs.
Innovation: We take risks, catalyze fresh thinking, and test new approaches in order to creatively disrupt the status quo, change broken systems and provide opportunities for all.
Leadership: Living Cities continually asks difficult questions, challenge obsolete norms, and support others in their efforts to do the same. They look for strategic opportunities to promote our point of view and to move innovation from the periphery to the mainstream.
Impact: Living Cities is committed to making material improvements in the lives of low-income people, cities, and the systems that affect them. They hold themselves accountable for evaluating effectiveness and are intentionally self-reflective as they strive to continuously improve, adapt, and inform future innovation.
Racial Equity and Inclusion: Racism is at the root of so many of the problems Living Cities is trying to solve, so addressing racism must be squarely at the center of how they work. They rely on each other to hold the organization accountable to moving the needle on racial equity and inclusion, including through living the following culture norms: Work to Understand History and Ongoing Legacy of Racism; Interrogate Our Own Biases; Extend Mutual Acknowledgement and Respect; Challenge Damaging Power Norms; Be Open to Vulnerability and Risk
To learn more about Living Cities, visit https://www.livingcities.org/
The Chief Operating Officer will serve as an organizational leader, developing and strengthening the financial, operational, and people functions that enable Living Cities work. This is an ideal opportunity for a leader who is committed applying their skills to building and sustaining an organization grounded in anti-racist practices.
Working in a collaborative organization grounded in shared power and distributed decision making, the COO serves as a member of R&R, including chairing one of R&R's committees, Operations and Sustainability. The COO also participates in the CORE team, serving as an integral bridge between that team and R&R.
Resources & Results (R&R) - This is the management team of the organization and is committed to maintaining integrity, accountability, and discipline in making the highest and best contribution to our organizational outcomes. The team holds the "why" of the organization and ensures that we are using all of our assets; our financial resources, our staff, and our influence in their highest and best use toward the organization's results, ensuring that the Board of Directors' vision is executed with fidelity. The make-up of R&R seeks to maximize experience, expertise, and exposure and representation of staff and our communities. We want the fundamental decisions about using our assets and maintaining our culture to have the benefit of these diverse and broad perspectives.
Operations & Sustainability (O&S) - The COO chairs the Operations and Sustainability Committee, providing strategic and critical feedback, as well as support to the Operations, HR, and Finance teams. They will convene and facilitate participants to make critical cross-cutting decisions and keeping a pulse on what is happening with relevant teams in the portfolio, what roadblocks they are facing, where course correction on approach, strategy, resourcing is needed from the committee, and providing coaching, support, strategic thought partnership, as needed.
Colleagues Operationalizing Racial Equity (CORE) - As a team member of the CORE team, the COO is charged with supporting Living Cities staff to:
Reporting to the CEO, the COO will coach, mentor, and manage a team of three leaders: Assistant Director of Talent and Organizational Development; Controller; and Assistant Director of Operations and Compliance.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Financial Leadership and Oversight
People Systems and Processes
Operations and Facilities
Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.