Chief Operating Officer, United States-Canada Province

  • Society of the Sacred Heart
  • , MO

This position has been filled.

Grant Cooper is seeking a Chief Operating Officer for the Society of the Sacred Heart's United States and Canada Province based in St. Louis.Society of the Sacred Heart, United States-Canada, is part of an international congregation of religious Catholic women. Founded in 1800 by St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, the Society of the Sacred Heart has more than 2,200 members in provinces in 41 countries. Members of the Society are known as Religious of the Sacred Heart (RSCJ) and participate in the mission of the Church through the service of education. RSCJ include teachers, administrators, lawyers, nurses, doctors, artists, writers, therapists, pastoral counselors, spiritual directors, and social workers. Members can be found in a wide variety of ministries and settings, including universities, secondary and elementary schools and popular education centers; in hospitals, shelters, parishes, retreat centers, and prisons. Developing leaders and building relationships among people from all walks of life, members of the Society work with students of all ages including: migrants, indigenous people, and refugees; women and children; the poor, the sick and the searching.

Position Overview

The Chief Operating Officer will serve as the chief administrative officer for the operations staff of the United States-Canada Province. The selected candidate will provide the leadership, management, and motivation necessary to ensure that the organization has the proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, people and systems in place for the organization to perform well, and to ensure financial strength and operating efficiency. The position is expected to accomplish these ends through a respectful, constructive and energetic style, guided by the mission, vision and values of the Society. The Chief Operating Officer will be responsible for driving the organization to achieve and surpass pertinent business- and culture-related goals and objectives; fostering a success-oriented, accountable environment within the organization; and communicating the organization’s mission statement and strategy to the staff of the Provincial office so that the day-to-day operation is strongly connected to both. Reporting to the Provincial and the Provincial Leadership Team of the United States-Canada Province, the Chief Operating Officer will oversee six direct reports plus an indirect staff of 15 employees located within the U.S. and Canada. Oversight will include IT, communications, advancement, finance and archives.


  • Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees (MS/MBA or equivalent), are required.
  • Demonstrated successful work experience as a Chief Operating Officer or in a relevant and related role. In lieu of this requirement, candidates will be considered with at least eight years of senior leadership experience that includes the successful oversight of multiple functions in an organization (i.e. Finance, HR, Advancement, IT, and Communications).
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and translating a strategic plan into effective organizational action.
  • Committed to supporting strategies employed to fulfill the mission of the Society: “To discover and make known the love God through the service of education.”
  • Track record of serving as an executive/leader with high integrity, vision, strong interpersonal skills, and leadership ability in a multi-site organization.
  • Polished communication and relationship building skills, and the ability to work effectively at all levels and across organizational lines.
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