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13 Jan 2022

Chief Operating Officer – Crystal Cove Conservancy

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Crystal Cove Conservancy and Crystal Cove Management Company seek an experienced COO to lead operational and property management

Crystal Cove Conservancy and its wholly owned subsidiary, Crystal Cove Management Company (CCMC), work together in a unique social enterprise model for the protection, preservation, and sustainability of Crystal Cove State Park — a sparkling stretch of coastline and pristine backcountry in Southern California. CCMC’s properties and concession operations are used to fund The Conservancy’s mission to support important preservation, education, and conservation initiatives that will cultivate our planet’s next generation of environmental stewards. The Conservancy and CCMC strive to create equitable opportunities for access to the coast and coastal accommodations and ensure that Crystal Cove, and places like it, live on for generations.

Crystal Cove Conservancy’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) will be responsible for the for-profit management of Crystal Cove Management Company. The COO must be able to set goals and operate independently while working in partnership with the President & CEO as a key member of the organization’s leadership team. The ideal candidate may come from a variety of career pathways but will bring a strong understanding of both for-profit and nonprofit management and will demonstrate a passion for The Conservancy’s mission. This position requires a strategic whiz with a talent for cultivating relationships, proven negotiation and project management skills, and a keen eye for financial analysis and planning.


The COO position will be based at the Crystal Cove State Park Historic District in Newport Coast, CA. Flexible remote work for a portion of each week is possible.


This is a regular, full-time, exempt position. We offer a competitive compensation package with a starting range of $135,000–$155,000 annually and participation in The Conservancy’s Executive Bonus Pool which allows for a 10% performance bonus based on individual and organizational performance.

Benefits include paid time off, medical/dental insurance, long- and short-term disability insurance, life insurance, and retirement plan contribution. Relocation assistance will be offered if necessary.

Start Date

Spring 2022.

To Apply

Interested candidates should apply by January 28, 2022 for priority consideration.

Please send an email to crystalcovecoosearch@potrerogroup.com with the subject line “Crystal Cove Conservancy COO Search”. Applications should include a resume and a cover letter describing your qualifications that match the position criteria and what you will bring to the role.

For More Information

For more information on this search, or to nominate a candidate, please contact Andrew Leider, Managing Director, Potrero Group: aleider@potrerogroup.com

Download job spec at: https://potrerogroup.com/executive-search/crystal-cove-conservancy-chief-operating-officer