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Chief Operating Officer

Chief Operating Officer

Nonprofit Jobs

Ashland, MT


Educating For Life


To proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Catholic Tradition by providing quality education which celebrates our Catholic Faith and embraces Native American culture, primarily the Northern Cheyenne and Crow tribes, so that Native American individuals and communities of Southeastern Montana are empowered to attain self-sufficiency.


Guided by the mission and vision of the organization, the COO, under the direction and supervision of the Executive Director of St. Labre Indian School Educational Association and in partnership with her/his peers – the Chief Financial Officer, Chief Development Officer, Director of Schools and Director of Youth and Family Services -  provides leadership in assigned areas of responsibility to ensure the success of the organization in accordance with the expectations of St. Labre Indian School Educational Association, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, the State of Montana, and appropriate accrediting and regulatory entities by performing the following duties personally or through subordinates.



  1. Works in partnership with the Executive Director to accomplish the strategic goals of the organization as approved by the Board of Directors.  Develops instruments and metrics to measure progress toward goals
  2. Develops a deep and broad knowledge of all operations and programs.
  3. Assumes responsibility for all activities of the organization when the Executive Director is absent.
  4. Oversees and manages all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the Human Resources, Mission & Ministry Integration, Community Relations, Institutional Operations and Maintenance, and Information Technology departments.
  5. Attends meetings of the Board of Directors as requested by the Executive Director.
  6. Ensures that units within area of responsibility provide responsive and timely service to internal “customers”.
  7. Maintains membership in relevant professional associations. 


  1. Ensures that personnel policies comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws while conforming to the religious and moral teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.
  2. Ensures that policies and procedures are consistently and fairly applied and followed.
  3. Ensures compliance with “safe environments” and other, similar, requirements as promulgated by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and implemented through the Diocese of Great Falls Billings.
  4. Serves on the Compensation and Benefits Committee with the Executive Director, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Human Resources.
  5. Works with managers and supervisors from all areas of the organization to create a supportive and empowering work environment.
  6. With the Executive Director, identifies professional and leadership development opportunities for department directors and principals.


  1. At all times, keeps the mission and vision of the organization at the forefront of actions, words and decisions.
  2. Cultivates the mission and values of the organization.
  3. Invites, educates and encourages all employees to a greater understanding and incorporation of Roman Catholic and Native American traditions into their daily work.
  4. With the Director of Mission and Ministry Integration, ensures regular, annual opportunities for staff at all campuses to gather for staff development, team building, worship and reflection.


  1. Develops and administers a comprehensive internal and external communications and public relations program that provides regular, accurate and positive news about St. Labre to its various local constituencies.
  2. Attends community activities and events that are relevant to St. Labre.
  3. Interprets programs and policies to individual community members, community groups, parents, employees, donors, and local government representatives.
  4. Promotes, advocates for, and ensures the appropriate integration of Northern Cheyenne and Crow culture and language to the greatest extent possible throughout the organization.
  5. Promptly brings to the attention of the Executive Director any activities, events, concerns, or news that may be important to the organization.


  1. With the Director of Institutional Operations and Maintenance ensures that all facilities and properties are maintained in a manner that enhances their safety, usability, life, and benefit to the organization.
  2. Makes recommendation for capital projects to the Executive Director.
  3. Ensures that approved capital projects are completed appropriately, within budget and on-time.
  4. Ensures compliance with applicable regulations and statutes.


  1. Ensures that adequate technological and information systems services and equipment are in place to support the needs of the organization.
  2. Maintains awareness of emerging and evolving technologies. Balances the “latest and greatest” with best practices and what is best for the organization.
  3. Aligns activities of the Information Technology department with the overall goals and objectives of the organization.
  4. Seeks the most cost-effective solutions to meet the desired objective.


  1. Other duties may be assigned.
  2. * Indicates the non-essential duties and responsibilities.
  3. Nothing in this job description restricts St. Labre's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time.


  1. Manages subordinate supervisors who supervise a total of 70 to 80 employees as well as non-supervisory employees.
  2. Is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of these employees.
  3. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.
  4. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, training, and developing employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  1. A Bachelor’s Degree is required but a Master’s Degree in business or education is preferred
  2. Five to ten years related experience and/or training required
  3. Prior experience in a Catholic school setting is preferred
  4. Prior successful experience working with Native American populations desired.


  1. Demonstrated leadership and supervisory skills
  2. Respects the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ in private, personal, and public life
  3. Commitment to results in the education of disadvantaged students
  4. Commitment and ability to integrate Native American culture and language into activities
  5. Commitment to the mission of the Roman Catholic Church in Native American education
  6. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  7. Excellent interpersonal skills
  8. Ability to serve as an appropriate role model for students and employees
  9. Ability to respond to complex inquiries or complaints from employees, members of the community, parents and donors
  10. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format
  11. Ability to effectively present information to public groups, and/or boards of directors
  12. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret educational journals, financial reports, and legal documents.
  13. Excellent computer skills


Valid Montana driver's license is required


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate

Position requires working some evenings, weekends and holidays

Position requires travel both locally, within the State of Montana, and nationally

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Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

Education Level : Bachelors Degree

Job Focus : Administrative, Human Resources, Legal / Compliance

Location : removed from mal warwick donordigital as per aw 10 30 2023

Experience Level : Executive Level

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