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8 Dec 2022

Full-Time Chief Operating Officer (COO)

USA Triathlon – Posted by Sandra Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

Job Description

At USA Triathlon, we believe that life is better when you swim, bike and run.


USA Triathlon is the Olympic and Paralympic National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of triathlon and all things multisport and is the largest multisport organization in the world. We spend every day thinking about ways to grow and support the sport. We’re building the most innovative service organization in sports and transforming lives by inspiring participation to help communities become healthier. We also represent our country at the highest levels of international competition, striving to win medals with class and integrity.


We are defining the modern-day NGB, with innovation as a cornerstone of our strategy. We are guided by principles of service leadership, performance excellence, collaboration, and diversity and inclusion at all levels of the organization. Our focus on listening, collaborating and adapting our existing model has allowed us to create step function changes in our business model, governance and constituent support, and play a leadership role throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Movement.


We are all about going above and beyond to serve the triathlon community, and we work equally hard to serve our teammates. We are committed to being the best place to work in the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic movement by focusing on hiring, training and promoting talented, dedicated, passionate individuals who want to get better every day. We have unlimited vacation, 100% paid medical benefits, access to the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center and more.


Come to Colorado Springs, ranked No. 4 as a Best Place to Live by U.S. News & World Report in its 2020-2021 survey!  USA Triathlon was selected as one of Front Office Sports Best Employers in Sports in 2020 and 2021! USA Triathlon was also selected as an honorable mention in Outside Magazine’s 2020, 2021 and 2022 Best Places to Work. USA Triathlon has been nationally recognized for its commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access, having been awarded the USOPC’s Advancements in Diversity and Inclusion Award in 2017 and the USOPC’s National Governing Bodies’ Diversity & Inclusion Choice Award in 2018, 2019 and 2021. Be part of the Olympic & Paralympic movement. Hone your skills and expertise while creating opportunities for triathletes to live their best lives.


We hope you are ready for a fulfilling challenge.




Position Summary


Reporting to the CEO and serving on the executive team, the Chief Operating Officer will drive key financial and administrative functions to ensure that USA Triathlon has the financial and operational model needed to continue the organization’s success and impact. Overseeing and directing the finance and administration of a $18M nonprofit with 68 staff, the Chief Operating Officer will have responsibility for Finance, Administration and Operations including Human Resources, and Strategy & Planning.  The incoming Chief Operating Officer will a proven leader who can actively collaborate with the rest of the organization to establish a clear and positive culture, provide balanced leadership with authenticity, respect for others, high emotional intelligence, flexibility, innovation, collaboration, trust building and integrity.


General Duties and Responsibilities


Finance Oversight & Development

  • Carry out the strategic management of the accounting, finance, and financial reporting functions
  • Provide leadership and coordination of the organization’s overall financial planning, budgeting, and annual audit/990 process
  • Analyze and interpret financial results and trends
  • Ensure compliance with Unites States Olympic Committee NGB Compliance Standards
  • Serve as leadership to the Board for all financial matters and participates in Board and Finance Committee meetings

Administration & Operations

  • Oversight of the human resources team, including the recruitment, supervision, training, and evaluation of staff
  • Provide leadership that fosters a culture focused on people first mentality, collaboration, growth, and support
  • Oversees office management and technology team and outsourced relationships
  • With the leadership team, works to analyze the organization’s evolving technology needs and builds a strategy based on gaps and needs identified


Strategy & Planning  

  • Act as a business partner to the CEO to guide and build value in USAT
  • Guide organizational strategic direction; create dashboards and reporting packages
  • Work directly with the CEO to manage and drive key operational initiatives across the business, ensuring full alignment and accountability across the organization
  • Collaborate with metrics team to develop and track team-wide success metrics

Executive Leadership

  • Attract, develop, coach, and retain high performing team members, empowering them to elevate their level of responsibility, span of control, and performance
  • Demonstrate the highest-level financial, administrative, and ethical practices towards the achievement of organizational priorities.



Supervisory Responsibilities  

This position has supervisory responsibilities for approximately 15% of the organization.


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field from an accredited institution is required
  • A Master’s degree or CPA is preferred
  • 10+ years of progressive experience, including a minimum of five years of proven leadership
  • Non-profit experience helpful
  • Good organizational, management and communicational skills
  • Proven ability to act as a senior partner and advisor by demonstrating outstanding financial analysis, communications, interpretation, and leadership skills
  • Proven leader that can motivate, manage, and maximize capacity of a team


Please provide a resume and a cover letter in which you briefly describe why you are the ideal candidate for this position.

Additional Job Information

  • Location: Colorado Springs
  • Hiring Pay Range:  $130,000-160,000
  • This is a full time, exempt position


We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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