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Chief Operations Officer

Employer
American Farm School
Location
Thessaloniki, Greece, Europe
Salary
A competitive salary and benefits package will be offered
Date posted
Feb 12, 2024

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Position Type
Administrative, Executive
Employment Level
Executive
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details

The American Farm School and Perrotis College over the years have developed a number of diverse educational services and production activities that require the skills of an experienced Chief Operations Officer (COO) to oversee the organization’s ongoing operations and procedures. The COO, together with the Vice-President (VP) for Academic Affairs, the CFO, HR, and the Head of Advancement will report to the President, and be responsible for the smooth and successful operation of the whole Institution.  The COO will be an efficient manager of people and projects, and a relentless driver of continuous improvement.

The COO will be a key member of the senior leadership team. The COO will maintain control of diverse administrative and business operations, will support strategic units, and will collaborate effectively and inspire effective leadership with colleagues on campus. The goal of the COO position is to secure continuity, functionality of operations, and support of the extensive growth of programs and infrastructure on campus.

 

Responsibilities

  • Oversees daily operations of the Institution and the work of the units that report to him/her (Facilities Management and Land Development, Educational Farm, IT, the Hub for Innovation and Impact, Strategic Planning, and Purchases); and the implementation of development plans for new products and projects; In collaboration with the CFO and the Departments, develops and implements budgets that allow for sustainable growth as well as prudent management; In collaboration with the VP for Academic Affairs, the CFO, the Head of HR, the Academic Council and the senior leadership team, designs and implements strategies, plans and procedures; Oversees the digitalization of all procedures and improved efficiency; Develops and implements quality systems and ensures efficient work flow; Sets comprehensive goals for performance and growth in coordination with the senior team; Provides support and leadership for the Farm revitalization, and land/infrastructure management. Leads employees in the units that report to him/her to achieve maximum performance and dedication; In collaboration with the HR Department evaluates performance by analyzing and interpreting data and metrics; Writes and submits reports to the President and the Board in all matters of importance; Assists the President and the Head of Advancement in fundraising ventures; Participates in Institutional development and expansion activities (new products, services and markets, investments, networks, etc.); Fosters a campus climate consistent with AFS core values and vision;  Advocates cultural and organizational change within the Institution, nurturing a reflective community adaptable to change, in a way that is consistent with the Schools’ missions and values; and, Manages relationships with external partners/vendors.

 

Requirements and skills

  • Proven experience as Chief Operations Officer or relevant role.  Administrative experience in an academic institution will be considered a plus. Understanding of business functions such as IT, finance, HR, agricultural production and food processing, marketing and sales, land development and facilities management, EU projects, etc. Demonstrable competencies in strategic planning and business development; Working knowledge of data analysis and performance/operation metrics; Working knowledge of IT/business infrastructure and MS Office; Outstanding organizational and leadership abilities; Excellent interpersonal and public relations skills; Strong work ethic, professional integrity  and a collaborative work style Aptitude in decision-making, and a practical orientation to problem-solving; BS/BA in Business Administration or relevant field; MS/MBA considered a plus; An Engineering background and project management knowledge or certification would also be viewed favorably; Experience in fundraising will be a plus; and Excellent English and Greek writing and speaking skills.

A competitive salary and benefits package is offered that may include housing on campus. The appointment will be open as of September, 2024. An earlier starting date could be considered.

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest electronically, a curriculum vitae and the names and contact details of three references to the e-mail address: dtheod@afs.edu.gr. The e-mail should be titled: Application for the COO position, until March 1, 2024. For more information, please contact the Human Resources Department, Despina Theodoridou, tel.: +30 2310 492740.

Applications will be treated in strict confidentiality. References will be contacted only in cases of candidates that reach the second interview stage. Candidates will be informed that their references are going to be contacted by our Human Resources Department ahead of time.

The American Farm School is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Company

The American Farm School was founded on the outskirts of Thessaloniki in 1904. Building on more than a century of tradition cultivating stewards of the land, the Farm School programs, which range from pre-K through higher education undergraduate and graduate studies, prepare future leaders who value and understand the sustainable use of natural resources, preservation of the environment, application of the life sciences for solving problems, and effective utilization of information technology.  True to its mission, the American Farm School is preparing leaders for service to society as responsible and knowledgeable citizens.

The AFS historic Secondary School offers contemporary academic instruction in science and technology, and practical skills instruction in ecologically sound agriculture and food production and processing systems. Many of the students in the Secondary School board on campus and the School offers a comprehensive residential life program. Recently, the Institution successfully launched an innovative primary education division with a focus on environmental education and experiential learning. 

Perrotis College, which offers B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in the fields of Environmental Systems Management, Environmental Science, International Business, Digital Marketing and Food Science and Technology, is under the institutional umbrella of the American Farm School. The College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education in the U.S., and Cardiff Metropolitan University. The Farm School also offers vocational initial and continuing education programs to youth and adults through its Vocational High School, Junior College, Institute for Vocational Training, and Lifelong Learning Department.

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