Chief Operating Officer

Innocent Lives Foundation
November 6, 2018
Remote, Any State
Job Type


The Innocent Lives Foundation started with the desire to make a positive impact on behalf of children. Our Executive Director, Chris Hadnagy, in connection with work that he was doing for his company Social-Engineer, LLC, had the opportunity to work on a few cases that helped track and capture predators who trafficked and exploited children.  Some of these cases hit him very hard.  He saw the impact that these crimes had on innocent people, and he wanted to do something about it.

Innocent Lives Foundation is gaining significant traction and can positively impact many lives. In this mission critical role, you will ensure the firm’s current momentum continues. As a nonprofit Chief Operating Officer (COO), you will be responsible for overseeing the internal functions of the foundation. This includes board communication, internal/external reporting, employee alignment, strategic planning, volunteer coordination and fund raising. The successful COO will have the skills, sensitivity, and personal confidence to tap into the power that each member of the team brings to this mission. It is essential that you bring efficient and effective systems to increase the productivity of the organization while helping retain the creative spark that drives the foundation.

In this position, you will work from home with 100% virtual team distributed across multiple time zones. You may be located anywhere in the continental US.


  • Manage board communications including reporting on funds allocation and results
  • Create the annual operations plan and budget
  • Develop an accounting system that provides the organization with quick access to financial information and enables strategic budgeting
  • Analyze the current technology infrastructure and scope out the next level of information technology and financial systems that support the growth of specific programs and the organization overall
  • Create and report against key impact measurements
  • Assist in fundraising efforts; generate enough revenue to cover operational costs and increased headcount for 2019/2020
  • Provide volunteers and staff with a strong day-to-day leadership presence
  • Generate continued engagement with our community of donors
  • Ensure blog posts are posted on time after clearing a rigorous QA process
  • Manage a volunteer database including reviewing candidates, managing the communication process
  • Lead a team of volunteer researchers including an intensive screening and selection process
  • Event management

Key Qualifications

As a prerequisite, the successful candidate must connect to the core values of Innocent Lives Foundation and be driven by the mission. This includes demonstrating a passion for breaking new ground to lead social change, exhibiting proven experience in scaling a nonprofit organization and authenticating the ability to both lead and build the capabilities of a driven, bright, diverse team.

Additional requirements are:

  • Results-proven track record of exceeding goals and a bottom-line orientation; evidence of the ability to consistently make good decisions through a combination of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; high level of business acumen including successful P&L management; the ability to balance the delivery of programs against the realities of a budget; and problem solving, project management, and creative resourcefulness
  • Strategic Vision and Agility-ability to think strategically, anticipate future consequences and trends, and incorporate them into the organizational plan
  • Capacity Building—ability to effectively build organization and staff capacity, developing a top-notch staff and the processes that ensure the organization runs smoothly
  • Leadership and Organization-exceptional capacity for managing and leading people; a team builder who has experience in scaling up organizations; ability to connect staff both on an individual level and in large groups; capacity to enforce accountability, develop and empower top-notch leaders from the bottom up, lead from the top down, cultivate entrepreneurship, and learn the strengths and weaknesses of the team so as to put people in a position to succeed
  • Action Oriented—enjoys working hard and looks for challenges; able to act and react as necessary, even if limited information is available; not afraid to take charge of a situation; can overcome resistance to leadership and take unpopular stands when necessary
  • General Management—thorough understanding of finance, systems, and HR; broad experience with the full range of business functions and systems, including strategic development and planning, budgeting, business analysis, finance, information systems, human resources, and marketing

Please be advised that when you join the foundation you will be exposed to information, images and stories that will stay with you for a lifetime. All members and volunteers are required to go through rigorous screening and ongoing counseling to manage the intersection of humanity and atrocity that you will encounter in the course of this work. However, this is your opportunity to make a difference.

We look forward to meeting you.



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