Job Description: Chief Operating Officer

Chief Operating Officer Office of the Presiding Bishop The Episcopal Church The Episcopal Church seeks a professional with extensive experience as a leader within complex organizations to serve as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Reporting to the Presiding Bishop at the Episcopal Church Center in New York City, the COO oversees a broad portfolio of responsibilities including the day-to-day operation and management of Human Resources, Information Technology, Buildings and Facilities, and real estate acquisitions. S/he will join the church at an important moment in its history and will serve as a senior member of the leadership team that will guide the Church into its exciting future.

Installed in November 2015, Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry serves as President and Chief Executive Officer, overseeing the Episcopal Church’s 109 dioceses and three regional areas across 17 nations. The COO will serve as a member of Bishop Curry’s Staff Leadership Round Table and Officers’ Round Table, and will be an ex-officio member of the Church’s Executive Council. This is an exciting opportunity for a service-oriented professional with a collaborative approach to building partnerships in a multi-class, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, and multi-lingual atmosphere.

The Chief Operating Officer (COO), together with the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Legal Officer in their respective areas of responsibility, manages and provides support services to the Presiding Bishop, the President of the House of Deputies, the Executive Officer of the General Convention, and Executive Council. The Chief Operating Officer (COO) does not have responsibility for carrying out the plans, program, or mission of the General Convention, Executive Council or the Presiding Bishop. Specifically, the COO:

  • Ensures the capacity and effectiveness of management systems, operational structures and procedures, and communications infrastructure.
  • Administers the day-to-day operations of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (DFMS) at the Episcopal Church Center, its field offices, and other staff locations.
  • Supervises the departments of Human Resources; Information Technology; Building and Facilities; and real estate acquisition, development and management.
    • Oversees the work of Human Resources in providing an effective personnel management system including hiring, compensation, performance management, and employee relations.
    • Oversees the work of Information Technology in providing essential management information systems (MIS), equipment, and support.
    • Oversees the work of Building and Facilities in maintaining the physical operation and upkeep of the Episcopal Church Center and other properties.
    • In collaboration with the Chief Legal Officer and Chief Financial Officer, oversees real estate acquisition, capital projects, leasing, development, and management in accordance with Executive Council action or policy.
  • Supports and advises the Executive Council, its officers, and the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget & Finance, and as requested, on the development of the triennial and annual budgets of The Episcopal Church. Chief Operating Officer The Episcopal Church
  • Advises the officers of Executive Council and the officers of DFMS on issues related to the Chief Operating Officer’s scope of responsibilities.
  • Works with the Chief Legal Officer in all legal matters within the Chief Operating Officer’s scope of responsibilities.
  • Serves ex officio as a Vice President of the DFMS and fulfills the legal and fiduciary responsibilities required of that position.
  • Serves ex officio with seat and voice, but no vote on Executive Council.
  • Is a member of the Presiding Bishop’s Staff Leadership Round Table.
  • Is a member of the DFMS Officers’ Round Table.
  • Serves ex officio as a member of the Board of Episcopal Relief and Development

The successful candidate will be a collaborative manager with proven, extensive experience in organizational management, multiple staff management, fiscal management, and facilities management. The COO must have:

  • Demonstrated ability in team-building within a complex and varied organization
  • A deep understanding of human resource functions and best practices
  • A deep understanding of information technology and emerging practices
  • Experience in supervising, developing and managing facilities and real estate
  • Demonstrated success in solving problems within complex systems and with multiple constituencies

Critical competencies include:

  • Strategic planning with sensitivity to time constraints and resource availability
  • Excellent presentation, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Skilled in conflict identification, management, and resolution
  • A relationship builder both with individuals and groups
  • Ability to serve effectively in a multi-class, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, and international Church
  • A heart for service to others

Please provide your résumé and a cover letter that includes at least three professional references. Materials should be submitted by email to Review of materials will begin immediately and will continue until this position is filled.

Background screening will include, but not necessarily be limited to: reference checking, criminal records check, Social Security check, credit check, and drug screening. Affiliation with the Episcopal Church is not required for this role.

The Episcopal Church values diversity of culture and thought and seeks talented, qualified employees regardless of race, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age, gender identity and expression, or any other protected classification under Federal, State or Municipal law as well as the Canons of the Episcopal Church and resolutions of the Episcopal Church General Convention. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.


  1. The Chair and Vice Chair of Executive Council agree to a Chief Operating Officer (COO) Position Description.
  2. The Executive Council Executive Committee reviews and approves the COO Position Description on behalf of Executive Council.
  3. The Chair and Vice Chair of Executive Council retain a search firm and agree on scope of retention. The Chair and Vice Chair interview (by telephone or video conference) at least two search firms before engaging a firm.
  4. The Chair and Vice Chair review the scope of the position and desired attributes and experience with the search firm. The Chair and Vice Chair receive guidance regarding the search process from the search firm which may result in changes to the process described below.
  5. The search for a COO is posted and announced with the application process and position description widely distributed.
  6. The Chair and Vice Chair jointly appoint a COO Nomination Advisory Committee. The Chair and Vice Chair name a convener.
  7. The search firm receives all applications and searches for other appropriate candidates. The search firm consults with Chancellor Beers and Chancellor Johnson regarding deep referencing and investigation of candidates.
  8. The search firm recommends at least five and no more than ten candidates to the COO Nomination Advisory Committee.
  9. The COO Nomination Advisory Committee reviews information provided by the search firm and may conduct interviews the candidates (by telephone or video conference). The committee recommends to the Chair and Vice Chair at least three and no more than five candidates.
  10. The Chair and Vice Chair, upon receiving the names, will determine any further process before jointly nominating one individual to Executive Council.
  11. Pursuant to Canon I.4.2(f), the Executive Council appoints a Chief Operating Officer

Dr. George Conway
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