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Chief Operating Officer

Location: Pendleton
Posted on: November 19, 2021

Job Description:

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Position Summary

  • The COO oversees the implementation of company strategies that are created by senior management and has the responsibility of "delivering results on a day-to-day, quarter-to-quarter basis"
  • Spearheads new initiatives with business plan and delivery metrics in partnership with the Executive Vice President.
  • Supervises the other "chief officers" of the organization (Chief Finance and Business Operations; Chief Information Technology; Chief Human Resources); Director, Facilities and Grounds, and the Foundation Director.
  • Be the first responder in crisis or "critical" change response to the community
  • Provide oversight for campus safety.
  • Performs all functions and activities in accordance with approved policies and procedures and within the guidelines and philosophy set forth in the BMCC Mission, Vision and Strategic Plan.
    Essential Job Functions

    Staff Development
    • Fosters a working environment emphasizing collaboration, one college (no silos), on-going professional development, creative thinking, open communication, and innovation.
    • Supports and champions a student's first vision and operations mindset.
    • Encourages and fosters innovation, business plan development and deliverables for a nimble college.
    • Leads employees to encourage maximum performance and dedication.
    • Evaluates performance by analyzing and interpreting data and metrics.
      Budget Responsibility
      • Provides leadership support in the development of the College annual budget building process and budget planning through the subsequent biennium in collaboration with the Chief Finance Officer, the Executive Vice President, and the President that align with Board goals and guidance.
      • Ensures the budget process is integrated with strategic planning. Provide ongoing leadership for financial decision making at the College.
      • Designs and implements business strategies, plans and procedures that support the Executive VP
      • Assists Foundation Director and CEO in fundraising and grant ventures.
        Administrative Leadership and Strategic Planning
        • Supports and monitors the comprehensive goals, budget and metrics for performance and growth as agreed to by CPC and exec team.
        • Reviews and revises policies that promote BMCC vision, mission, values and goals with the Executive VP and President
        • Oversees and is knowledgeable about daily operations of BMCC and the work of IT, Finance, HR, Facilities, and the Foundation.
        • Collaborates with other departments in the college and is the leader for the operational areas of the college in the development and oversight of related strategic planning, unit outcomes, policies, and accreditation standards.
        • Ensures the development and maintenance of appropriate administrative and operational procedures for the operations of the college.
        • Oversees personnel actions in collaboration with the Chief Human Resources Officer; Examples include payroll, employment, and termination actions and the recruitment, assignment, supervision, and evaluation of staff.
        • Oversees the overall finance and budgeting of the college with the Chief Finance Officer offering support, options and delivery of timely and useable budgets and forecasting.
        • Oversees the overall technology of the college with the Chief Technology Officer offering support, options and delivery of timely and useable technology.
        • With the Director, Facilities and Grounds, administers the operation and maintenance of college facilities, including custodial, maintenance, and grounds. Assumes oversight responsibility for remodeling, construction, facility safety, and ADA building compliance, and other physical facility related items. Coordinates the rental and partner usage of facilities that supports the strategic direction of the college
        • Responsible for ensuring compliance with College, State, and Federal safety regulations, employee safety training, OSHA compliance, and emergency planning related to area of control.
        • Develops or ensures the development of reports to the President, to the Board of Education, and to local, state or federal agencies as may be required by law, policy, administrative ruling, or good management practice including, for example, Clery Report.
        • Provides Safety oversight for the college serving as the College's Safety Officer.
        • Assists in developing collective bargaining agreements and is responsible for their administration and maintenance.
          Other Duties
          • Serve as a member of BMCC's President's Executive Team.
          • Assumes other duties and responsibilities as requested by the President.
          • Required to attend monthly Board of Education meetings.
          • Actively participates as leader or other member of college teams and committees, as assigned.
          • Chairs the colleges Emergency Response Team.


            Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

            Individuals must possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities or be able to explain and demonstrate that the individual can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities:
            • Superior oral, interpersonal, and written communication skills.
            • An in-depth understanding of and familiarity with the following: budgetary procedures, fund accounting, public-management processes, human resources, information systems and technology, and facilities.
            • Understands change leadership in a college structure
            • Demonstrated ability to make data-informed decisions, including a solid grounding in data analysis techniques and moving data to information to knowledge.
            • Demonstrated ability to foster and maintain an atmosphere of openness, collaboration, trust, accessibility, and collegiality with faculty, staff, executive leadership, the Board of Directors, students, and the larger community.
            • Excellent management, organizational, supervisory, and participatory leadership skills, including the ability to assess problem situations and resolve them quickly and effectively.
            • Must possess excellent strategic-thinking and conceptual skills that facilitate planning and results.
            • Ability to manage multiple tasks, to prioritize effectively, and to function under duress.
            • Must be available to work flexible hours, as needed.
              Required Education and Experience
              • Masters' degree in Business Administration or a related field from an accredited college/university preferred; or a bachelor's degree in Business Administration or a related field and demonstrated experience comparable to the degree requirement.
              • Five (5) years of senior administrative and supervisory experience in the management of fiscal and operating resources and activities in either the public or private sector required. Experience to include management experience in one or more of the following areas: information systems, entrepreneurial operations, planning, budgeting, accounting, human resources, facility management, and multi-site operations.
              • Valid driver's license required.
                Preferred Education and Experience
                • Higher education experience preferred; community college experience strongly preferred.
                • Experience with collective bargaining desired. Additional Information:

                  This is a full time position with excellent benefits including: Medical, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, and long term disability insurance; Paid holidays; Sick leave; Vacation; and Tuition waiver for employee and qualified dependents.

                  Pay: _ $84,121 to $98,959/year DOQ _

                  This position is opened until filled, first review of complete applications is August 23rd, 2021.


                  Upload the following documents to your application. Please be sure to include all requested documents and supplements outlined below BEFORE you submit. You cannot upload after submission. Applications that are incomplete will not be reviewed and will be discarded appropriately:
                  • Resume;
                  • Transcripts of course work - graduate and undergraduate (if applicable) unofficial are acceptable for the application process;
                  • Cover letter addressing how you meet the minimum qualifications as outlined in the position description;
                  • Statement of Philosophy on " How do you build sustainable systems, processes and ownership in a college adjusting to a new organizational structure that has limited resources? "
                    Please contact Human Resources ) if you have a special need/accommodation to aid your participation in our hiring process.

                    Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. No sponsorship is available for this position.

                    Blue Mountain Community College is an equal opportunity educator and employer. For complete EEO disclosure statement please go to

Keywords: BLUE MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Yakima , Chief Operating Officer, Executive , Pendleton, Washington

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