Senior Operations Manager (Full-Time Position)

Date: February 15, 2023

Pacific Environment
Pacific Environment seeks to protect communities and wildlife of the Pacific Rim. We support community leaders to fight climate change, protect the oceans, build just societies, and move away from fossil fuels and plastic pollution toward a green economy. Learn more at

The Senior Operations Manager will provide critical operational leadership to a dynamic, growing team at Pacific Environment. You will hire and onboard staff, manage, and handle the range of operational needs of our organization (which include HR policies and employment matters, remote and workplace needs, technology, contracts, legal, and support of overall growth management). Your goal will be that you clear hurdles for our program teams to clear their path to success.

You will report to Pacific Environment’s Finance & Operations Director.

The ideal candidate has experience managing operations for a growing organization, has supervised a team, and has a passion for the environment, climate justice, and equity.

Location and Travel

Pacific Environment staff currently work from home. Greater San Francisco Bay Area local applicants and California residents are strongly preferred, followed by candidates located in other states on the U.S. West Coast, plus Anchorage, Alaska. However, we will consider highly qualified candidates residing elsewhere in the U.S. This position requires working West Coast Time Zone hours, and potentially some evenings or weekends. Some travel to the Bay Area may be required if the successful candidate is based outside the greater San Francisco Bay Area. The position may also involve some other travel.


  • Manage recruiting, hiring, onboarding, and offboarding of staff and consultants, including working with recruitment firms.
  • Manage HR policies.
  • Develop and implement processes or policies to increase operations efficiency across the organization, potentially related to IT, travel, expenses, timekeeping, and contracts.
  • Support office management and remote work needs across the organization.
  • Manage centralized vendor and consultant relationships for the Operations department.
  • Manage organizational retreats and large team gatherings.
  • Collaborate with and advise senior leadership on organizational health, growth, and impact; and on the interface between Pacific Environment operations and program execution and success.
  • Manage other tasks and duties as assigned.

Key Qualifications

  • 5+ years of relevant operations experience and increasing responsibility; experience in nonprofit advocacy-campaign organization a plus; experience in rapidly growing organizations a plus.
  • Demonstrated success in developing and implementing operations systems including:
    • Recruiting, hiring, and onboarding processes; experience hiring in countries other than the U.S. a plus.
    • Time tracking.
    • Expense management systems.
    • Contract/consultant management.
    • Experience as an effective manager, team leader, and collaborator across teams or departments.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Experience and expertise in environmental/climate issues a plus.

Relevant experience for this position can take many forms, and we strongly encourage applicants from a diversity of backgrounds. 

Compensation and Benefits

Pacific Environment provides compensation commensurate with experience and equitable with others on our team, plus a full benefits package for staff positions. The salary range for this position is $84,000-$96,000, which is carefully considered to account for equity, and the final offer will be based on a candidate’s qualifications. The final salary might be higher than this range, depending on organization-wide compensation decisions. The employee will enjoy a flexible working environment with a dedicated, diverse group of colleagues.

Physical Requirements

The Senior Operations Manager work involves remaining in a stationary position and looking at a computer for long stretches of time, communicating with co-workers electronically, and occasional travel (including overnight travel), in-person meetings, or events. The ideal candidate must be able to complete all physical requirements of the job with or without a reasonable accommodation.

Pacific Environment has an organization-wide policy that staff must be vaccinated against Covid-19.

To Apply

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Applications encouraged by March 15, 2023. The position will remain open until filled, and we encourage even late applications.

Pacific Environment is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage people from communities harmed by environmental degradation and from backgrounds underrepresented in the environmental movement to apply. We welcome diversity to do our best work and believe that creating teams in which everyone can be their authentic self is key to the change we seek.

No phone calls, please.