Position: Chief Operations and Development Officer


Reports to: Founder

Location:  Remote, USA, (Central or Eastern time zone strongly preferred), some travel to Haiti and Chicago area required



Founded in 2013, Lakou uses construction as a vehicle to provide job training, employment opportunities, economic stability, growth and dignity for the people of Haiti.  Since its founding, Lakou has developed programs to support these goals and entrenched itself into the Haitian community.  Lakou has grown quickly and is poised to make a significant impact in Haiti. 



Reporting to the Founder, the Chief Operations and Development Officer is responsible for partnering with the Founder to execute the organization’s strategy as well as supervise and strengthen the administrative and operational foundation of the organization, in particular those in the USA. 


Additionally, this role will expand and strengthen the organization’s fundraising strategy, as well as coordinate marketing and communications for Lakou.  While the position reports to the Founder, it is considered a leadership role and will work closely with the Board of Directors on the execution of organizational strategy and fundraising.  This role also oversees the part time Director of Finance and Administration.



USA Operations

  • Work closely with Founder to understand vision and current priorities

  • Determine next steps, including prioritizing critical issues and bringing information and critical insights to Founder and Board of Directors that facilitates strategic decisionmaking and progress towards goals

  • Lead execution of strategic goals as set by Founder and Board of Directors

  • Report progress, obstacles, next steps, as appropriate, to Founder and Board members to ensure transparent communication and engaged stakeholders

  • Create structures to strengthen organizational operations, including:

    • Oversight of part time Director of Finance and Administration

    • Creation of policies and procedures, where needed

    • Support of Board structure and decisionmaking

  • Act as lead on administrative issues, including finance and human resources



  • Create annual fundraising plan with an aim to diversify funding, including

    • Strategy for engaging corporations

    • Research and apply for grants

    • Engage Board members in fundraising

  • Report progress towards fundraising goals to Founder and Board Members

  • Work closely with Founder to steward existing donors and cultivate new donors

  • Ensure donors are properly acknowledged and donations are tracked

  • Create and execute communications strategy that engages donors and spreads awareness of LaKou’s work, including website, email and social media



  • Three or more years experience working in nonprofits, strongly preferred

  • Management experience with demonstrated success in project management

  • Experience with coordinating fundraising efforts, including managing deadlines, working with stakeholders and ensuring donor acknowledgements

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred

  • Passion for the international development work, experience with international nonprofits preferred



  • Strategic thinker

  • Self-starter, comfortable taking the lead and working with a small team with big goals

  • Able to create structure within an entrepreneurial environment

  • Ability to turn vision into action, to manage competing priorities and execute strategies that drive results

  • Ability to engage with a variety of populations, humility in the international sector

  • Understand and value stakeholders with a variety of beliefs

  • Thrives on results and working as a team


To apply, please submit a cover letter describing your interest along with a resume to:

Ms. Alex Montgomery



Lakou is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.