Chief Operating Officer

Official Posting

FEE is the leader in inspiring the next generation with the principles of a free society. We do so currently through six distinct program offerings: online commentary, video production, student programs, classroom resources, FEE en Español, and Revolution of One.

Managing organizational growth will be an important focus for the organization and for the COO. In the past two years, FEE’s operating budget has increased from $5.0 million to $7.2 million and our headcount, now at 45 professionals, has grown commensurately. The impact of our programs has also grown dramatically, as shown in our most recent annual report..

The COO will work closely with the President on these key operational issues:

  • Strategic assessment: The COO will be responsible for measuring the effectiveness of programs by agreed-upon metrics and for proposing improvements in how effectiveness is measured. This should lead to recommendations as to how programs might be improved and which programs might be discontinued or expanded. Additionally, the COO will evaluate new proposals for growth and the proposed staffing to accomplish them.
  • Talent management: The COO needs to have active awareness of employees’ roles and responsibilities, encourage professional growth and advancement, identify opportunities for improvement in the working environment, assist in the recruitment of new talent, and oversee the annual process of performance evaluations, salary adjustments, bonuses, and promotions.
  • Organizational dynamics: As the organization expands, the COO will need to identify whether the organizational structure, processes, and procedures strike the right balance between encouraging entrepreneurship and fostering teamwork. The COO will be responsible for detecting and addressing any morale issues, compliance issues, or conflicts of an interpersonal or interdepartmental nature as soon as they arise.

The COO will also have direct responsibility for the following areas, overseeing a staff that currently consists of a controller, an HR manager, an office manager, and two data and analytics professionals:

  • Business intelligence
  • Financial control, budgeting, and reporting
  • Human resources
  • Physical and digital infrastructure
  • Contractual arrangements
  • Risk management

The ideal COO candidate will be a proven manager of people and processes, but need not be an expert in these disciplines.


  • Passion for FEE’s mission and a deep alignment with the freedom philosophy it is grounded in
  • 6+ years of relevant management experience, preferably for liberty-focused organizations
  • Strong emotional intelligence and understanding of team dynamics
    A bias for action
  • Results-oriented, data-driven approach to nonprofit management

FEE is headquartered in Atlanta, where about half of its full-time employees live. Preference will be given to candidates who intend to relocate to Atlanta. However, FEE will consider exceptional candidates who present a credible plan for succeeding in this position while working remotely.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:

  • Cover letter detailing your interest in FEE, how your experience has prepared you for this position, your salary requirements, and your geographical preferences
  • Résumé

Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link:

Questions can be directed to Claire Kittle Dixon, Executive Director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: [email protected]

There is no application deadline for this position. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

This job will remain posted on our site until it is filled. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.