Ocean Career: Florida Oceanographic Society Chief Operating Officer

Working under the direction of the Executive Director, the COO is responsible for achieving organizational goals by organizing, coordinating, and directing the administration of all Florida Oceanographic Society (FOS) operational functions including but not limited to Education, Animal Care, Development/Marketing, Finance and Accounting, Scientific Research, Admissions and Operations.

Position Accountabilities:

  1. Oversees day-to-day operations by providing leadership and direction to Department Directors/Managers to ensure that organizational goals are achieved.
  2. Maintains a broad knowledge of FOS programs.
  3. Look for trends and develops strategies to improve operational efficiency and effectiveness.
  4. Works with the Executive Director in the development and preparation of short-term and long-range plans and budgets based upon broad organization goals and objectives.
  5. Directs and promotes a quality culture and ensures systems and processes are in place to deliver a compelling visitor experience in the most cost-effective manner.
  6. Builds, develops, and manages a Leadership Team capable of meeting performance goals and organizational initiatives.
  7. Represents the organization while attending meetings, conferences, trainings. Builds solid working relationships with other non-profit organizations and community groups.
  8. Ensures that all activities and operations are performed in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations and laws governing business operations.
  9. Develops, implements, and maintains operational policies and procedures that ensure the safety of staff and visitors, enforces compliance with local, state and federal regulations and promotes a culture of professional respect among FOS colleagues
  10. Other duties as may be assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications:

Master’s degree in management, Business Administration, or other related field; A minimum of five years' experience working in and managing a non-profit organization of at least $5 million Must demonstrate project management skills and the ability to build an effective team. Incumbent must possess excellent interpersonal skills and have the ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels. Must possess the ability to think strategically and execute tactically.


Builds Effective Teams: Defines success in terms of the whole team. Fosters open dialog. Shares wins and successes. Creates a feeling of belonging to the team. Creates strong morale and spirit in his/her team.
Command Skills: Relishes leading. Takes unpopular stands if necessary. Encourages direct and tough debate but is not afraid to end it and move on. Is looked to for direction in a crisis. Faces adversity head on. Energized by tough challenges.
Customer Service Excellence: Acts with the visitors/business in mind. Establishes and maintains effective relationships with staff and Gains their trust and respect. Is dedicated to meeting and exceeding the expectations of both our visitors and the board of directors.
Directing Others: Is good at establishing clear directions. Sets challenging goals. Distributes workload appropriately. Maintains a two- way open dialog with others on work and results. Brings out the best in people.
Drive for Results: Sets aggressive goals for self and others; maintains focus on achieving desired results; actively measures results, does not get sidetracked when priorities change.
Integrity and Trust: Is widely trusted. Is seen as a direct, truthful individual. Can present the unvarnished truth in an appropriate and helpful manner. Keeps confidences; admits mistakes. Does not misrepresent him/herself for personal gain.
Motivating Others: Creates a climate in which people want to do their best. Can motivate many kinds of direct reports and team members. Empowers others. Invites input from each person and shares ownership and visibility. Makes everyone feel his/her work is important.

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