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POSITION TITLE: Chief Operating Officer [COO]

COMPANY: GR Initiative for Leaders [GRIL]

LOCATION: Grand Rapids, MI


COMPANY PROFILE: GR Initiative for Leaders (GRIL) is a faith-based organization founded by alumni of the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative (DVULI). GRIL invests in leaders by providing training using the DVULI curriculum to help leaders expand or develop the core values of balance, accountability, empowerment, interdependence, leverage, and diversity. This process helps leaders plan and implement personal, professional, business and ministry growth more effectively with their communities.

MISSION STATEMENT: Strengthening leaders to transform communities.

POSITION OVERVIEW: GR Initiative for Leaders (GRIL) is looking for an experience Chief Operating Officer (COO) to oversee our organization’s ongoing operations and procedures. The role is part of the leadership team, reporting directly to the CEO. You will be expected to maintain control over diverse business operations, adhere to deadlines and the ability to produce high-quality work while meeting deadlines. This position requires the ability to work well being part of a team, as well as independently. If you have strong leadership, communication, exemplary work ethics and people skills we would like to meet you.


Financial, Tax, Risk and Facilities Management

  1. Recommend yearly budget for Board approval.
  2. Prudently manage organization’s resources within those budget guidelines according to current laws and regulations.
  3. Acquire and maintain necessary insurance policies for D&O, General Liability and Staff.
  4. Oversee Bookkeeping and Budget Work and serve as primary contact for the payroll company.
  5. Approve staff expense reports.
  6. Serve as primary controller for GRIL financial obligations and banking administration in coordination with the Board Treasurer and Staff Bookkeeper.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  1. Effectively manages the human resources of the organization according to authorized personnel policies and procedures that fully conform to current laws and regulations.
  2. Promote an organizational culture that is Christian, professional and mission driven.
  3. Directly supervise staff (VP of Advancement, Alumni and Project Manager)
  4. Maintain organizational policy and procedure manual and update accordingly.
  5. Perform necessary quarterly evaluations, P4P work and manage human resource paperwork and files.

Community and Public Relations

  1. With the CEO, assures the organization and its mission, programs, products and services are consistently presented in strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders.
  2. Oversee development of Website and Marketing which presents clear and strong organizational brand.
  3. With the CEO, develop and maintain strong community relationships, and partnerships which nurture and grow GRIL’s mission.
  4. Develop and maintain a strong strategy for corporate and company partnership growth in alignment with the mission and vision of GRIL.


  1. Oversee fundraising planning and implementation in collaboration with VP of Advancement.
  2. Identify resource requirements, research funding sources and collaborate in establishing strategies to approach funders.
  3. Assist VP of Advancement in submitting proposals and administrating fundraising records and documentation.
  4. Guide and set the direction of development and community relations work in alignment with GRIL’s mission.


  • Minimum BS/BA degree with at least 5 years of experience and a track record in senior management.
  • Experience either as an employee or board member of a non-profit organization; must be familiar with non-profit finance, accounting and HR regulations.
  • Proven track record of success facilitating progressive organizational change and development within a growing organization
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills including negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Strong mentoring, coaching experience to a team with diverse levels of expertise
  • Entrepreneurial team player who can multitask
  • Superior management skills; ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers
  • Self-reliant, good problem solver, results oriented
  • Energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive; a team leader who can positively and productively impact both strategic and tactical finance and administration initiatives.
  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface with senior management, GRIL’s board of directors, and staff
  • Ability to operate as an effective tactical as well as strategic thinker
  • Passion for GRIL’s mission

If you are interested in this opportunity, please forward your resume, cover letter and examples of your written work to