Chief Operating Officer

Friends of the Earth Ireland is looking to recruit a dynamic leader to the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer (COO).

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One of the two most senior management positions in Friends of the Earth, the Chief Operating Officer will work closely with the Chief Executive to manage the organization.

Friends of the Earth has grown significantly in the last 5 years, with the number of staff more than doubling to 12. With that growth comes an increasingly complex financial, funding and operational jigsaw that requires increasingly sophisticated management. In strengthening Friends of the Earth to better respond to the challenges ahead and the need to grow the organization’s reach and impact, the Board will now be supported by two senior managers, a CEO and a COO. While ultimate accountability to the Board rests with the CEO, lead responsibility for key organizational goals is split between the two roles. The COO will also deputize for the CEO as needed.

The COO will have responsibility for the strategic leadership of the work to advance two of our four organizational goals:

Developing our organization

To ensure Friends of the Earth has robust governance and effective management systems, and the appropriate financial resources, to maximise our impact and to cultivate a positive working environment.

Cultivating our community

To ensure Friends of the Earth supporters feel they are members of a mutually supportive community and present ways for them to participate in and sustain the work of the organization for as long as it is required.

Managed by and accountable to: The Chief Executive.

Along with the Chief Executive, the Chief Operating Officer will attend Board meetings as necessary to report on the management of the organization.

Direct Reports: The Head of Finance and Operations and the Head of Supporter Care and Fundraising.

This is a fulltime post on a 5-year renewable contract.

To apply send your CV (2-page max) with a cover letter (1-page max) outlining your motivation for applying to this position to We will interview qualified candidates as we identify them, so please do apply at your earliest convenience. We plan to interview all suitable candidates by Friday 3rd June.


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