Chief Operating Officer, Riverhead, NY

Chief Operating Officer, Riverhead, NY

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County

With a high level of initiative and discretion, provide Association leadership and direction for all delegated and assigned functions of the Association.The Chief Operating Officer's role is to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of administrative systems and processes of CCE of Suffolk County in collaboration with leadership.An essential component in this role is developing systems and practices that remove barriers to full inclusion in the organization's activities and promote innovation.This position requires a skill set necessary to develop inclusive and efficient systems that impact the internal workforce and the Association's community.This position will be responsible for a full range of management duties, including accessing confidential data and completing complex projects and reports. As the COO, you will be providing high-level leadership and management of the Financial and IT operations for the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County (CCE-SC). Under the Suffolk County Executive Director's supervision, the position develops and maintains effective working relationships among the leadership and staff within CCE-SC. This position works in conjunction with the CCE-SC Finance Manager, Extension Administration, and other Leads from across New York State to lead the operation of the Association to its optimal state.The position involves diversified duties requiring an intensive knowledge of a job or work area. It requires good judgment in analyzing facts and circumstances surrounding work situations, problems, or transactions and determining action to be taken within the limits of standard accepted policies.

The Chief Operating Officer will aim to improve organizational efficiency and effectiveness. This will be achieved by developing and improving systems for functions within all operations/administrative areas, including Finance, Technology, Communications, and Operational system improvements.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree with 4 years of related experience, including 2 years' experience in a leadership capacity relevant to the position's role. (Master's degree may substitute for 2 years of experience).
  • Strong understanding of not-for-profit organizations.
  • Experience in training design, development, delivery, and evaluation.
  • Strong grant research and writing skills.
  • A deep and practical understanding of the technical, community, and business aspects of developing and implementing employee work systems and programs.
  • Ability to demonstrate the tact, judgment, and flexibility to relate to people to motivate and direct their activities effectively.
  • Ability to initiate, plan, and organize work.
  • Ability to communicate effectively through oral and written channels.
  • Advanced computer skills, including database management.
  • Excellent analytic and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently
  • Ability to manage long-term goals within the context of day-to-day deadlines
  • Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
  • Ability to meet acceptable background check standards.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree and 5- 10 years experience in employee relations, workforce development, and strategic management.
  • History of effectively developing systems, programs, and teams in ways that eliminate inefficiencies, discrimination, biases, and other barriers impeding optimum organizational efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Expert in budget preparation and management, accounts receivable/payable tracking, expense/revenue tracking, cash flow tracking, reconciliation, reporting, compliance, and financial statement preparation.
  • Experience in successful grant writing and fund development

Equal Opportunity Employment

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO,

Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.


Salary: $100,000.00 to $110,000.00

Schedule: Exempt (40+ hours)

Date Position Available: Position open until filled – Immediate vacancy

Benefits: Full Benefits include 21 days of vacation days per year, 3 personal days, accrued sick days, 16 holidays, health and dental insurance Program (NYSHIP), Employees' Retirement System (New York State Retirement System -NYSLRS), Cornell University Tax-Deferred Annuity Plan (CUTDAP), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), Long-Term Disability, Auto/Home/Pet Insurance, Legal Insurance, Group Universal Life Insurance (GUL), Personal Accident Insurance (PAI), Long Term Care Insurance, and NY's 529 College Savings Program.


A review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until a qualified pool of candidates is obtained.

Applicants need to:

Attach/upload a cover letter to the online application in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

  • Attach/upload a resume to the online application in Microsoft Word or PDF format.
  • Attach/upload contacts info for three references to the online application in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

Apply HERE

No relocation or VISA Sponsorship is available.

The Association may make reasonable accommodations to enable applicants to participate in the hiring process and employees to perform their essential functions. If you require an accommodation to participate in the selection process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County Human Resources at (631) 727-7850 ext 242 or via email at

Cornell Cooperative Extension collaborates with Cornell University, the United States Department of Agriculture, the State of New York, and New York State residents. Per NYS Law, county and regional extension service associations are subordinate government agencies. This employment opportunity is with the entities listed and not with Cornell University.

Last updated June 22, 2022