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Chief Operating Officer

The Chief Operating Officer (COO) is responsible for directing the operations of the firm in accordance with its vision, values and objectives.  Manage the operational functions that support the firm’s programs and services, including: Human Resources, Finance and Accounting, Information Technology and Administration.  Member of the executive leadership team. This COO role is a full-time permanent position and is located in Washington D.C.



Finance/Accounting, Human Resource, Information Technology and Administrative Services:

  • In collaboration with the firm’s Principals, develop, implement and manage an operating plan that is designed to achieve the firm’s objectives and its vision.
  • Provide strategic input and leadership for decisions affecting the business.
  • Provide strategic and operational leadership and management related to the firm’s financial and administrative operations:
    • Sound budgeting and financial management, with a relentless focus on ensuring that overhead expense delivers optimal efficiency, effectiveness and thus profit
    • Recruiting and development of outstanding talent
    • Competitive health, retirement and other wellness plans
    • Implementation and maintenance of technology that enhances the performance of the professional staff and helps the firm maintain a competitive edge. Enable staff to have the tools they need to achieve peak performance
  • Maintain a physical work environment that enhances the performance of the professional staff, to include: property maintenance; furniture/equipment/leasehold improvements; and general office management.
  • Responsible for contract review and approval to include: leases, vendor contracts, and all major purchases.
  • Responsible for managing the firms risk management program to include:
  • Participate in review of non-standard project contracts and subcontractor contracts and coordination with legal counsel and professional liability carriers as necessary.Define requirements, review and negotiate all of the firms general business insurance, key-man insurance, health, life, disability and dental policies. 
  • (Co-)lead development of effective organizational policies and processes.



  • Create and maintain an efficient and effective infrastructure to support delivery of professional services, always examining cost/benefit opportunities.
  • Advise the Managing Partner on all operating issues.
  • Document and maintain all relevant policy and procedures.
  • Maintain relationships with all providers of support services, including legal, accounting, banking and insurance firms. Leverage these relationships to maintain technical knowledge to ensure tax, audit, legal, information technology, payroll and local, state and national regulations and filing requirements compliance.



  • Executive presence and execution; ability to command respect from and negotiate issues with the firm’s Partners from a position of expertise in all areas of responsibility
  • Appreciation and commitment to the Vision and Mission of the firm
  • Proven success in accommodating fast-paced growth within a business; manage multiple tasks and deadlines simultaneously in a calm manner
  • Ability and desire to lead and manage in a manner compatible with a highly creative and entrepreneurial environment
  • Servant leader mentality; able to constructively engage in difficult conversations, blending candor with tact
  • Highly collaborative
  • Ability to see the “big picture” and act to benefit the organization
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • Relate in a flexible way to diverse populations, needs, and concerns, interacting with diverse individuals equitably
  • Develop and implement strategies to assure continuous operations when faced with conflicting priorities, short-term objectives or limited resources; lead and manage with a “we will succeed in spite of…” mindset



  • Bachelor’s degree required; Masters degree in business (MBA) preferred
  • 10+ years of experience managing financial and administrative operations.
  • Experience with Deltek Vision or similar enterprise software application highly desirable



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