Chief Operating Officer

Chief Operating Officer

Chief Operating Officer 150 150 pathwithart
Path with Art
March 28, 2023
Job Type



Employment status: Permanent, Full Time 

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer 

Do you believe that art can transform lives? So do we! Join a passionate team with a powerful mission to utilize art and community for individual and societal change. 

Path with Art fosters the restoration of individuals, groups, and society from the effects of trauma through arts engagement and community-building.

Path with Art is driven by its Vision: A world where arts engagement is recognized as transformative–– connecting the individual with self, the self with community, and communities with society. In this world, the power of arts engagement is available for all.

Since 2008, Path with Art has been at the forefront of a growing international movement that utilizes the power of art as a means to bring dignity, awareness, and healing to the complexities of the issues surrounding homelessness, and recovery from trauma. As a long-time leader in this field, the Path with Art model is currently being sought out and recognized by communities both nationally and internationally.

It is an exciting time of strategic expansion and increased opportunities at Path with Art.  An emerging organization and leader in its sector, Path with Art has grown exponentially in the past ten years, with a current $2.7M annual budget, wrapping up a $10.3M capital campaign, and getting settled into our new ArtHOME space in Seattle Center. We are hiring for a COO to join our team with the following characteristics:

  • Strong interest in the intersection of arts and well being 
  • Commitment to justice, accessibility, inclusion, diversity, and equity 
  • Collaborative strategic thought partner with an understanding of organizational and business development 
  • Experienced in all facets of operations – finance, human resources, organizational systems and processes 
  • Dedicated people manager 

Position Summary

The Chief Operating Officer (COO) will report to the CEO and is in charge of implementing and overseeing all the internal and day-to-day operations, processes and strategies towards the overall mission and vision of Path with Art. The COO will be responsible for organizational strategic development, human resource management, fiscal management, and program oversight. This position is the second-in-command to the CEO. The COO is responsible for taking the CEO’s vision and turning it into an executable plan. They will oversee all operations and ensure that teams work toward achieving the organization’s goals.

A strong candidate will have proficiency in all facets of MS Office suite, Quickbooks, and basic accounting principles. The ideal candidate will be a team-player, clear communicator, detail-oriented, flexible in nature, extremely organized, and have the ability to manage multiple priorities with a positive disposition.

Primary Responsibilities


  • Bookkeeping, reconciliation, and accounting oversight and/or execution
  • Financial reporting 
  • Monthly meetings with the CEO and board finance committee 
  • Develop, review of, and oversight of financial policies in collaboration with CEO and Board Finance Committee as set by the board  
  • Communication with departmental heads re: revenue and expense projections 
  • Supporting the CEO with budget creation, review, and provide recommendations for adjustments
  • Work with development and program staff to develop and track grant reporting requirements
  • Track organizational cash flow, fiscal health, observations, and concerns 

Human Resources

  • Annual personnel policy review and compliance
  • Hiring and termination policies, compliance, and oversight
  • Development and support of a Path with Art staff training manual and onboarding procedures
  • Employee review scheduling and support 
  • Work with CEO on staff compensation review, adjustments, and recommendations
  • Oversight of staffing, roles and responsibilities, and professional development allocation
  • Staff community building: Help maintain and develop new ways to sustain a positive work environment to support staff retention and wellness

Internal Organizational Oversight 

  • Commit to advance justice, accessibility, inclusion, diversity, and equity (JAIDE) in organizational routines and practice  
  • Oversee the development and implementation of organizational processes, systems, and procedures for all staff to maximize efficiency in administration.
  • Work with senior staff in developing and executing projects and program activities, with an emphasis on effective strategies
  • Assist in the evaluation of both current and new processes  and program operations
  • Develop and oversee document archival policies, procedures, and storage 


  • Contract compliance 
  • Government compliance 
  • Legal compliance 

Skills & Experience

A strong candidate will:

  • Be committed to justice, accessibility, inclusion, diversity, and equity 
  • Believe in Path with Art’s mission
  • Be self-motivated with the ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Possess strong organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills with the ability to manage priorities and workflow
  • Understand financial management practices and nonprofit accounting 
  • Have high proficiency with Quickbooks, MS Office Suite (especially Excel) and Google Suite (especially Sheets)
  • Familiarity with Mailchimp, Salesforce, Cloud Storage platforms, social media management platforms, and Adobe Creative Suite is a plus, but not mandatory
  • Five or more years in nonprofit/business management and operations experience with a proven track record in improving organizational processes with an annual budget of over $2 million
  • Have ease in building trusting relationships and inspiring confidence with a variety of stakeholders, including colleagues, board members, staff, and external partners
  • Have a “roll up your” sleeves approach to getting work done
  • Have a healthy sense of humor 
  • Demonstrate a high level of professionalism in dealing with confidential and sensitive issues


  • Salary range: $105,000-$125,000 DOE 
  • Benefits: 100% healthcare coverage including dental and vision available, 403(b) retirement plan pre-tax distribution with a 3% contribution 
  • ORCA Card and/or parking
  • Time off: Generous paid vacation and sick leave prorated for employment status  

Who We Serve

We serve no- to low- income adults in active recovery from domestic abuse, homelessness, substance abuse disorder, mental health challenges, and other trauma who are working to rebuild their lives. Our Participant Artists are referred to us by more than 65 social service partners. These include housing providers such as Plymouth Housing, Low Income Housing Institute, Downtown Emergency Services Center, as well as social service and mental health agencies such as Sound Health, Recovery Café, King County Drug Diversion Court and veteran organizations.

Work Environment

Path with Art is currently working in a hybrid workspace, with most staff working from home 2 days a week and in  our office adjacent to Seattle Center 3 days a week.  The Path with Art office generally operates 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday. However, this position will periodically require availability outside these hours and during the weekend. 

Path with Art is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin/ethnicity, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age or ability, or any other factor made unlawful under applicable fair employment laws.

Path with Art acknowledges that our society has been built on systems that have historically excluded opportunities for Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC), while maximizing privileges and opportunities for white-bodied folks. Many arts organizations, including our organization, are deeply influenced by and actively benefit from these systems, which include racism, classism, ableism, cisheteropatriarchy, colonialism, and more. Transforming these systems is integral to our core purpose of fostering the restoration and resiliency of individuals, groups, and society from the effects of trauma through arts engagement and community building. In order to bring about our organizational vision of a world where arts access is available to all, we must acknowledge the ways in which we, too, are complicit in upholding systemic inequities, even as we seek to dismantle them. By leading our equity work with race and accessibility, we seek to disrupt all forms of systemic, historical, and structural oppression. We recognize that the road to creating meaningful and lasting change is long, and we commit to walking this path with creativity, connection, hope and possibility.

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How To Apply

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