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Chief Operating Officer



Software Engineering
Posted on Friday, October 20, 2023


Founded in 2012, ParentsTogether is a small and growing team using a unique strategy to mobilize parents. We provide timely, highly-engaging content on the topics parents care about the most and then use those same channels to organize parents for tech accountability, economic justice, public education, affordable childcare, kids health, racial justice, LGBTQIA+ rights, protection for immigrant families, and other important priorities.

As an organization, we work collaboratively to solve challenges together. Our strategy framework is based on lean startup principles. We try out ideas quickly, see what works, and iterate. We drive massive impact on high-stakes issues, in a positive, low-ego, low-drama work environment.

Our Executive Director, Ailen Arreaza, stepped into her role at the start of 2023, taking over the reins from a co-founder team. As the long-time parent voice on our messaging platforms, the driver behind so much of our narrative and storytelling work, and as a growing media presence speaking up for families, Arreaza has made a seamless transition into the Executive Director role.


The COO will oversee the organizations human resources, finance, and administrative management. The COO will be a change agent in driving best practices in support of the organizations objectives. We seek a mission-focused, seasoned, strategic, and process-minded leader with experience scaling organizations, and developing a learning culture among a diverse and talented staff.

This is an outstanding opportunity for a senior executive with top-level people skills, and a proven track record of creative problem-solving, operational leadership, and financial oversight. They will join a successful mission-driven advocacy organization and help lead it to become even more efficient, effective and nimble.

This position reports to the Executive Director and will supervise the CFO and Operations Manager.

Opportunities for Impact:

  • Strategy and vision
    • Ensure that ParentsTogether has the operational systems to achieve its strategic goals and objectives.

    • Collaborate closely with the Executive Director and Managing Director to guide the overall management of the organization.

  • Team and culture development
    • Execute and lead human resources functions including: training; staff development; compensation and benefits; employee relations; and performance evaluation, with a strong focus on diversity, equity and inclusion.

    • In support of the ParentsTogether mission, promote a culture of growth and continuous improvement that values learning, feedback and a commitment to innovation throughout the organization.

    • Oversee staff recruitment and hiring.

    • Create, update and execute organizational policies across functions, and ensure they are efficient and transparent.

    • Help champion the values of collaboration, communication, and compliance at ParentsTogether.

    • Lead DEIJ training and practice to build an inclusive, supportive organizational culture where everyone on the team feels valued and can thrive.

  • Financial stewardship
    • Guide strategic financial planning, and ensure the organization has efficient and effective financial systems that support the organizations mission.

    • Ensure transparent reporting that informs decision-making in a strategic way, and be accountable for best practices in controls.

    • Supervise the CFO; serve as the management liaison to the board and audit committee; and effectively communicate and present critical financial matters at select board of directors and committee meetings.

    • Advise the Executive Director and other key members of senior management on financial planning, budgeting, cash flow, growth priorities, and policy matters.

  • Operational leadership
    • Bottom-line compliance at ParentsTogether, and ensure that the organization meets all regulatory and reporting requirements.Supervise the Operations Manager, and ensure that ParentsTogether programs have the operational and logistical support they need to be successful.

    • Create new operational systems and lead with innovation to meet the organizations changing needs.

    • Manage legal needs for ParentsTogether, working with outside counsel as required.

    • Lead governance functions, and support the boards of directors to ensure they can meet their fiduciary responsibilities.

    • Ensure that ParentsTogether has appropriate data, IT and online security resources in place, working with external vendors as needed.

Experience and Attributes

Successful COO candidates will likely possess the following:

  • 10 years of relevant experience in a similar position, or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Demonstrated success building organization and staff capacity and developing top-notch workforce and HR processes that ensure the organization runs smoothly

  • Superior personnel management ability, with strong mentoring and coaching experience on teams with diverse levels of expertise

  • Experience in financial and compliance leadership roles at c3-c4 related organizations

  • Experience guiding strategic financial planning.

  • Excellent judgment and creative problem solving skills including the ability to lead a range of stakeholders in establishing a shared vision and executing it together

  • Entrepreneurial, flexible team player who can think experimentally and can take a learning approach to our work.

  • Organized, detail-oriented and experienced in managing complex projects

  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface with management, boards of directors, and staff

  • Possess confidentiality, integrity, and a sense of humor.

  • Oriented toward taking action and creating solutions: Self-motivated, efficient, and focused on results

  • Strategic and visionary: can dream big, plan well, and execute

  • Commitment to transforming the lives of children and families

Salary, Benefits, and Location

This is a full-time role. The salary range is $145,000 to $160,000, depending on experience.

Location: Remote/flexible - Schedule and geography are flexible as long as you are generally available 12 PM - 5 PM ET on most weekdays. If you are not located in Washington, DC, some travel to Washington, D.C. and New York City is required.

Benefits include health insurance (with cost-share for dependents) for employees working > 75% time, three weeks of vacation (plus holidays and the last week of the calendar year off), paid family and sick leave, retirement match after four months on staff, and a FSA account. This position is considered exempt.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We encourage interested candidates to apply as soon as possible. We will begin first round interviews on a rolling basis. Please apply on our Career Page only and include the following:

  • Resume or CV

  • Answer the following questions:
    • What are your pronouns?

    • Why do you want to work for ParentsTogether?

    • Describe a time when you improved an organization's financial systems/procedures to help the organization operate more efficiently/effectively. What was your role in the process and what were the results?

    • Give an example of a time when you developed and implemented an HR policy to make an organization more inclusive. What was the context and how did you manage it?

    • What is your experience in nonprofit compliance?

    • How did you hear about this role?

At ParentsTogether, we have an intersectional analysis and believe that building a multiracial, cross-class parent movement is non-negotiable. We are actively working to build a diverse team of staff and contractors; people of color, people from poor and working class backgrounds, LGBTQ folks, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate based upon gender, race, national origin, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, or gender expression.

We strongly encourage you to apply if this role and our mission sounds interesting to you, even if you are not sure you meet all of the qualifications. We are interested in a wide variety of experiences and backgrounds.