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Archdiocese of Milwaukee Published: May 25, 2018
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Archdiocesan Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Following is a brief summary of key responsibilities and requirements for the new position of Chief Operating Officer (COO). If you know someone who may be a candidate for this position, please make them aware of this unique opportunity to be of service to the Church.

 The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is seeking an experienced and dynamic individual to serve as its first Chief Operating Officer.  The Archdiocese of Milwaukee, under the leadership of Archbishop Jerome Listecki, covers the ten counties of southeastern Wisconsin.  It includes 197 parishes, 15 n high schools, 90 elementary schools, with a total Catholic population of over 560,000.

The COO serves to oversee the administrative operations of the Archdiocese. This includes Schools, Development, Faith Formation, Catechetics, Marriage and Family, Young Adult/Campus Ministry, Safe Environment, Worship, Human Resources, Diocesan Planning, Intercultural Ministry, Information Technology, Urban and Rural Ministry, and Parish Leadership Consultants

This position directs planning, strategy, and organizational expertise in support of strategic pastoral initiatives. Together with the Moderator of the Curia, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), the auxiliary bishops, and the Chief of Staff, it directs the major initiatives for meeting the mission of the archdiocese.

Major Position Responsibilities

  • Provide coordination and supervision of the seven general areas of diocesan operations. Work with HR in the recruitment, retention, and evaluation of senior department directors in these seven areas.  Meet regulary with these department directors to provide direction and support.  Ensures policies and procedures and workflows are developed, implemented and are regularly reviewed and updated for assigned areas. Determines how departments need to work together to provide the best support to the mission.
  • Provide a coordinated approach to archdiocesan planning that meshes with the archbishop’s goals and mission. As a primary focus of all planning efforts, ensure that archdiocesan resources are available and targeted to assist parishes in meeting the mission of the archdiocese.
  • Coordinate with the Chief Financial Officer in the development of the annual budget, and work strategically to ensure it reflects the goals and mission of the archbishop.
  • Serve on the archbishop’s excutive council, the archdiocesan finance council, and the archdiocesan planning commission. Provides operational reports and updates to the councils and commission.  Serves on other committees as directed by the archbishop.


Skills, Knowledge and/or Abilities (SKA’s)

  • Demonstrated critical thinking and problem solving skills - using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Demonstrated skill in judgment and decision making - considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Knowledge of and ability to use various computer programs such as Microsoft Office, spreadsheet, word processing, Excel, database and presentation software
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and effective listening skills required.
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships with both internal and external stakeholders. They understand that success depends on talented individuals working as a team.
  • Ability to work cooperatively, sensitively, and tactfully, and maintain composure and professionalism with all levels of staff and the general public required.
  • Ability to manage financial resources - Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures. Able to review budgets and maintain the integrity of them annually.
  • Ability to manage personnel resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job. Excellent supervisory skills required with ability to provide leadership, coach and develop staff.
  • Knowledge and ability to do systems evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system. They are strategic with a focus on details.

Education, Training, and Experience

Bachelor’s  degree (Master’s preferred)  from an  accredited  college or  university  in a  relevant  field such  as  Business or Finance or other relevant major; MBA Preferred.

Minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience serving in a senior level leadership position for a for-profit or not-for profit (preferred) organization.

The selected candidate will be a practicing Catholic, able to partake in the full sacramental life of the Church, with a familiarity with the Church’s structures, functions, institutions, and knowledge of current issues.

Target hiring date is August, 2018.  If interested, submit letter of interest, resume, names of three references and salary requirements to:

Director of Human Resources

Archdiocese of Milwaukee

3501 S. Lake Drive P.O. Box 070912

Milwaukee, WI 53207-0912


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