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Chief Operating Officer - Minnesota Council of Churches

Minneapolis, MN

Position Profile: Chief Operating Officer – Minnesota Council of Churches


kpCompanies is leading the search for the next Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Minnesota Council of Churches.  They will understand the culture, business goal, and strategic priorities of the organization to optimize the success of the organization.  This person must demonstrate interpersonal skills, be an excellent communicator, be administratively competent, and be able to communicate the business vision.  This person will possess characteristics that include honesty, straightforwardness, accountability, leadership, and dedication.  This position will have a spiritual softness and be open to communion with all. 

THE ORGANIZATION: Minnesota Council of Churches

The Minnesota Council of Churches links together more than 1 million people of faith to the common good in the world.  The Council’s program areas include building interfaith relationships, racial justice, and refugee resettlement.  A premiere statewide council of churches, MCC is constituted by its 27 member Mainline Protestant, Historical Black Church, Orthodox regional denominational offices.  


This position is responsible for providing leadership to direct, administer, manage and coordinate all day-to-day corporate activities in accordance with policies, goals, and objectives established by the Chief Executive Officer, Executive Committee, and Board of Directors. 

The Chief Officer of Operations is responsible for overseeing all the financial records and transactions, monitoring cash flow, and ensuring all insurance matters.  The Officer supervises accounting and office systems and prepares the annual budget in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer.  The Officer oversees all functions of the Minnesota Church Center, directs long term building use, maintenance, improvements, and funding.  The Officer reports to the Chief Executive Officer and supervises the operations and administrative staff.   This position requires strategic short and long term planning for financial performance and growth of the organization.  This person will create and maintain a high level of morale among all levels of staff within the organization and build and/or enhance teamwork with particular attention to member/participant/client focus while maintaining the highest ethics and integrity within the organization. 


  Financial Management

  • Provides staff services to work of the Finance & Facilities Commission and Endowment Committee: working with the chairperson in preparing agendas, meeting materials, in follow up; assisting the nominating committee in the recruitment of new commission members; provide for the assimilation of new members and development of the commissioners.  

  • Develops policies for board oversight of all MCC investments. Assures that all investment policies are carried out.  Consults with auditor and prepares materials for annual audit, so that a timely and accurate audit can be completed annually.

  • Manages all insurance coverage for MCC, assuring appropriate coverage, the consolidation and integration of all insurance coverage, and competitive bidding.

  • Directs and oversees a $6-7 million budget, and all accounting and financial activities of the organization including investments, annual audit, banking relationships and activities, and insurance coverage for MCC.

 Church Center

  • Provides oversight for the use, maintenance and safety of the building and grounds 

  • Manages  Church Center finances including annual budget preparation and oversees authorization, developing and implementing a long term financial plan to meet building needs, and oversight of risk and liability management.

  • Provides for positive relationships with Church Center tenants and community organizations including: Oversee the negotiation rental agreements and space rehabilitation to accommodate the changing needs of tenants and related uses in conjunction with long term building plan.

  • Provides staff services to the work of the Church Center Commission including: working with the chairperson in preparing agendas, meeting materials, in following up; assisting the nominating committee in the recruitment of potential new commission members; provide for the assimilation of new members and development of the commissioners.

  • Develop procedures for and oversees necessary administrative functions related to the Church Center including: invoicing tenants, room reservations, obtaining bids on non-contracted services, overseeing the parking lot, tracking of building and parking cards and numbers, production of a directory of all occupants, maintain building, updating Tenant Handbook of Information as needed, monthly invoices for UPS and related items.

  • Maintains a comprehensive energy conversation and efficiency program.


Below are some of the typical requirements for a Chief Operating Officer.  We recognize that skill sets can be a complex combination of experiences. Even if your background does not exactly match these requirements but you have a passion for our work, we would love to hear from you and we recognize the value of transferable skills.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance or Accounting, MBA preferred or College graduate with ten years work experience in leading, managing , and developing business operation, strategic planning and staffing.   

  • Training in insurance, personnel, and network systems 

  • Experience with payroll systems and benefits administration

  • Experience managing property or building management

  • Ability to coordinate complex work assignments.

  • Solid interpersonal communication and writing skills.

  • Computer experience and related software aptitude including Microsoft Office Suite

  • Demonstrated experience working with and understanding of the constituency of the MCC, including diverse religious and racial/ethnic backgrounds preferred

  • Knowledge of all Federal, State, County, and local agency requirements

  • Demonstrated ability to provide thorough, organized, and detail-oriented approach to work 

  • Demonstrate ability to identify, evaluate, problem solve, and give direction regarding problem resolution for individual and organization-wide issues independently and effectively

  • Experience managing the accounting and finance functions, preferably in a non-profit environment


Interested candidates should submit a cover  letter and resume no later than 9:00pm on Monday, October 3rd, 2022. You can apply in the following ways:

Apply on our website: https://kprecruiting.catsone.com/careers/28261-General/jobs/15591575-Chief-Operating-Officer--Minnesota-Council-of-Churches/

**Normal office hours.  This is a regular, exempt, full-time position.  This position works out of the Minnesota Council of Churches office at 122 West Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis.  Benefits include medical insurance, pension, sick leave, vacation, and holiday benefits as provided by MCC human resources policy.

Equity & Salary Disclosure

We believe in practices that create real equity and pay parity regardless of background or identity and we freely discuss compensation with all qualified candidates the first time we interview them. Saving the salary discussion for the first conversation allows us to fully understand the needs of each candidate and to ensure that qualified candidates, even those who’ve historically been overlooked and/or underpaid, don’t self-select out of the processes based on salary alone, as our experience and research suggests. In addition to those who opt out because they fear the salary may be out of reach for them, we equally don’t want to miss out on conversations with candidates who are slightly over the range when in some cases the total compensation including factors such as bonuses, flexibility, and better health benefits, etc may exceed expectations. Finally, as a search firm – we are always looking for top-notch talent to introduce to our clients. Should the salary or any other requirement not be a fit, there is often a chance that someone on our team is working on another position you may be a better fit for. If you would like to discuss your qualifications for this role as well as salary and compensation - email mary@kpcompanies.com, I’d be happy to discuss!

All submissions received in strictest confidence. Both kpCompanies and Minnesota Council of Churches are equal opportunity employers.

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