Chief Operating Officer

Position Type: Full Time


Location: Oakland, California (currently remote during the COVID-19 Pandemic, and could work remotely indefinitely)


Application Window: Open until filled

To apply: please email cover letter and resume to Kelly at

About Nia:


Nia is the Swahili word for intention and purpose. Our women-led firm brings positive impact investing to carefully designed public market portfolios. We assist individuals, organizations and institutions in investing with values in the public markets. Our unique and concentrated portfolios are built with strong social justice criteria for a sustainable and inclusive economy. We are an activist firm and raise our investor voice to foster systems change particularly when it comes to diversity, equity and inclusion.


Who we are

Nia is a women-led asset management firm investing at the intersection of environmental sustainability and social justice. We are an activist firm seeking to change the face of finance, investing into the very best solutions focused companies. We are known for our work to hold companies to a high standard, engaging with them to improve employee and talent management practices.


Company Culture

Fun team outings and virtual gatherings to include virtual employees 

We are all life long learners with a strong learning environment 

We take pride in our work


Commitment to Impact

We are an activist firm and use our investor voice to foster systems change. 

First GEN Certified Company

B Corp Certified

We the Change founding member

Changing the face of finance internship program

Committed to building the inclusive, diverse, and equitable financial systems we want to see


Who you are

Nia is seeking a chief of operations to lead individuals, hold teams accountable, and guide the organization through Nia’s next phase of evolution and growth.


Team Player 



Flexible, ability to be nimble and balance priorities 


Position Responsibilities


Serving as Nia’s primary internal leader, the creative input, flexibility, and autonomy, the COO partners with the CEO and CCO to develop and implement the strategic priorities for Nia.


The ideal candidate will effectively build organization and staff capacity, develop adaptive processes and systems to streamline operations, guide program development and design, and will work toward achieving greater impact organizational metrics. We are a vision led organization, with a start up mentality. We all roll our sleeves up and tackle needed tasks.


Current responsibilities will Include, and are not limited to: 


Organizational Leadership & Operational Planning 

  • In partnership with the CEO and other Nia team members, create an agile strategic 1-year, 3-year and 5-year plan and work with the team to operationalize and implement sales, growth, activism and reporting strategies

  • Co-manage the team with the CEO, to guide and oversee execution of day-to-day and intermediate priorities 

  • Support CEO in facilitating strategic engagement of the Board of Directors to meet short and long term organizational objectives 

  • Supervise direct reports, responsible for programs, finance, administration, systems, and people functions  

  • Chief project manager, providing a strong, consistent leadership presence within the organization 

  • Work with the CEO on annual budgeting processes

  • Oversee the effective creation, implementation, and evaluation of annual operating plans

  • Ensure consistent communication to the CEO on the status of the organization’s overall performance and emerging operational and programmatic opportunities

  • Lead and implement change initiatives related to organizational processes

  • Drive operational excellence across the organization, implementing and managing systems, processes, and policies that improve capacity, transparency, effectiveness, communication, and ease across the organization as it grows in size and complexity 


Desired Skills

  • Exceptional strategic thinking skills around operationalization and execution in complex and ambiguous environments 

  • Entrepreneurial style, with an enthusiasm for working in a dynamic, fast-paced, change-making environment

  • Industry licenses or professional designations such as the 65, 66, CFA, or CFP.



  • Health, Dental & Vision Insurance 

  • Wellness Stipend 

  • Flexible work policy: some flex hours and opportunity to work from home

  • Retirement plan with employer match

  • 2 weeks of PTO in the first year, unlimited PTO after one year, nine days of paid holidays 

  • Additional holiday PTO during the last week of the year 

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