Chief Operating Officer

West Virginia    Full-Time

West Virginia First Foundation (WVFF) is an equal opportunity employer. We offer a welcoming and inclusive environment in service to one another, our partners, the diverse communities we represent, and the state we call home. We do all of this with kindness, empathy and respect for each other. WVFF will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment with the Foundation because of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law relating to discrimination in employment.

About Us:

West Virginia First Foundation is dedicated to mitigating the impact of the opioid crisis and supporting individuals and communities affected by Substance Use Disorders (SUD). Our mission is to provide evidence-based solutions, support recovery efforts, and foster resilience through innovative programs and strategic partnerships. We operate under a strong set of guiding principles focused on compassion, integrity, collaboration, and measurable outcomes.

Job Summary:

This position plays a pivotal role in the strategic direction and operational efficiency of the foundation. Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the COO will lead and oversee various functions including strategy planning and execution, organizational development, sponsored program performance monitoring, budget adherence, operations and process management, program development and launch, as well as establishing and maintaining partner relationships.

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Strategy Planning and Execution
    • Collaborate with the Executive Director and executive team to develop and implement organizational strategies to execute the foundation’s vision.
    • Identify opportunities for strategic initiatives.
  • Organizational Development
    • Lead efforts to enhance organizational effectiveness, including talent management, performance evaluation, and succession planning.

    • Foster a culture of continuous improvement and innovation throughout the organization

  • Sponsored Program Performance Monitoring:
    •  Oversee the performance of sponsored programs, ensuring vision adherence and contractual obligations

    • Implement monitoring mechanisms to assess the effectiveness and impact of sponsored initiatives.

  • Budget Maintenance:
    • Develop and manage the organization’s budget in collaboration with finance and executive leadership.
    • Monitor budget performance and implement corrective measures as needed to ensure adherence to financial targets.
  • Operations and Process Management:
    • Streamline operational processes and workflows to optimize efficiency and productivity.

    • Implement best practices in project management and resource allocation to drive operational excellence.
  • Program Development and Launch:
    • Lead cross-functional teams in the development and launch of new programs and initiatives.

    • Ensure alignment of program objectives with foundation goals and priorities.

  • Establishing and Maintaining Partner Relationships:
    • Cultivate strategic partnerships and alliances with external stakeholders, including government agencies, industry partners, and external organizations.

    • Negotiate agreements and contracts to support collaborative initiatives and mutual goals.


  • Master’s degree in Business Administration, Management, or a related field. 
  • Minimum of 5 years of senior-level leadership experience in a similar role.
  • Proven track record of strategic planning and execution, with demonstrated success in driving organizational growth and performance. 
  • Strong financial acumen and experience in budget management and financial analysis. 
  • Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build and motivate high-performing teams. 
  • Exceptional communication and negotiation abilities, with a demonstrated aptitude for relationship building and stakeholder management. 
  • Results-oriented mindset with a focus on continuous improvement and innovation.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit their resume, cover letter, and references to [email protected] by July 26, 2024. Please include “Chief Operating Officer” in the subject line of your email.

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