Treehouse - Chief Operations Officer

Seattle, Washington, United States | Full-time | COVID-19 remote


Comprehensive Position Profile

The Organization
Treehouse is a rapidly growing nonprofit with a 30-year history of addressing the academic and other essential support needs of children, youth and young adults experiencing foster care. Services are provided throughout Washington State, and Treehouse is an emerging leader in the foster care and education conversation on the national level.

Since 2012, Treehouse has dramatically increased the extended graduation rate for youth in care across ten counties—expanding annually—from less than 50% to about 75%. And that's just the start. Today, Treehouse is partnering with young adults after leaving foster care well into their 20s while they pursue career credentials, a living wage and stable housing.

With a mission of giving kids and youth in foster care a childhood and a future, Treehouse provides education-focused coaching, as well as experiences that foster community connections, exploration, and growth. Fighting for systems change, Treehouse joins forces with like-minded organizations to advocate for landmark reforms that reduce the inequities at the root of unjust barriers.

Well-loved, community-based, and fiercely optimistic, Treehouse is uniquely positioned to partner with youth, schools, organizations, caregivers, social workers, and funders to improve outcomes from childhood through high school graduation and beyond, including a successful transition into independence. This is a rare opportunity for an accomplished executive leader to join a team that is passionately committed to helping youth succeed.

The Position
Reporting directly to the CEO, the Chief Operations Officer (COO) serves as a key member of the Executive Team, participates in ongoing strategy development, and works collaboratively with peer Executive leaders to ensure all finance, accounting, information technology (IT), real estate, facilities, risk management, and operations activities positively support Treehouse’s evolving program delivery needs. The COO provides strategic staff management for leaders across a wide array of functions, decision-making, staff communication and other activities to build organizational culture and support achievement of overall agency goals.

The COO will lead a team of Directors and Managers including the Controller and IT leadership, and the opportunity to hire new leaders in Finance and Operations. Treehouse is forecasting a budget of approximately $20M for FY 2022 and anticipates the staff to expand from about 135 to approximately 200 in response to an expanded commitment to serving all youth in foster care across Washington state by 2023.

Representative duties of the COO include, but are not limited to: overseeing the annual agency planning and budgeting cycle; overseeing long-term financial planning and management in alignment with the strategic and business plan; overseeing and assuring effective, accountable processes and reporting in finance and accounting, information technology, facilities, and real estate; assuring best practices and regulatory compliance; preparing materials that reflect the operational and fiscal health of the organization for management and the Board of Directors; and developing mutually supportive, collaborative relationships with Board members and other key volunteers.

Treehouse is charged with oversight and management of the 2100 Building, a collaborative space where many local nonprofits are based. The COO will oversee building management and work as a representative of building ownership to tenants and community partners.

Total Compensation & Benefits

The annual salary range for this position is $185,000 - $200,000.

Treehouse is committed to supporting all employees through competitive salary and benefits, a commitment to equity and inclusion, and training and professional development opportunities.

The comprehensive benefits package includes:

● Medical, dental and vision benefits
● Matching 403(b) plan
● Flexible Spending Account for health care and dependent costs
● Long-term disability and life insurance
● Paid holidays and staff appreciation days
● Generous paid time off policy for vacation and sick days
● A dog-friendly office
● Employee Assistance Program
● Dependent medical, dental and vision benefits offered at employee cost

To Be Considered

Candidate materials are reviewed on an on-going basis and initial interviews will begin by early November. Please submit a resume and a two-page (or less) cover letter addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, Lisa Chin. Priority deadline is November 26, 2021.

Please upload the resume and cover letter as a single, combined WORD or PDF document.

You may direct questions to Ed Rogan at or 206.697.8428.

Treehouse Commitment to Diversity and Equity:

Treehouse values diversity and it is expressed in all aspects of our work, from the individuals and communities we serve to our organizational culture, employees, and volunteers. We understand that historic structural inequities have influenced each one of us, and we use this knowledge to deliberately cultivate the success of all people and treat everyone with dignity, humanity, and respect. Treehouse believes that our capacity to affect sustainable change is strengthened when diverse individuals, beliefs and perspectives are included. We model an institutional commitment to equity by investing resources at all levels and working toward measurable indicators of change.

Treehouse is a progressive, equal opportunity employer. All employees and potential employees are entitled to be treated respectfully and without discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression and identity, age, political ideology, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or disability. Employees are protected from retaliation for complaining of discrimination, opposing discrimination, and cooperating in discrimination investigations.

Treehouse is a harassment free workplace. Treehouse’s Seattle office is a dog friendly work environment.

As of October 18, 2021, Treehouse staff are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by October 18th. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Staff may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.