Chief Operating Officer - Columbia Industries

Columbia Industries   Kennewick, WA   Full-time     Management
Posted on November 14, 2022
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Chief Operating Officer

Columbia Industries

Kennewick, Washington

Salary: $110,000 - $125,000


Columbia Industries is headquartered in Kennewick, which is located along the shores of the Columbia, Yakima, and Snake Rivers in southeastern Washington. Kennewick is a growing community of over 80,000 residents, which, along with the neighboring cities of Richland and Pasco, comprise the Tri-Cities metropolitan area with a population of over 308,000. The area is in the heart of wine country and averages 300 days of sunshine a year, allowing residents and visitors to enjoy a multitude of outdoor activities, including water sports, golf, and wine touring.


Founded in 1963, Columbia Industries (CI) is a 501(c)(3) that serves individuals with developmental disabilities and other barriers to employment and social inclusion. The nonprofit organization is a social enterprise and a small conglomerate that owns four for-profit businesses that fund CI’s five nonprofit mission services. The for-profit enterprises include CI Information Management (secure document and media destruction), four area Round Table Pizza restaurants, Paradise Bottled Water, and CI Express (FedEx Ground contractor). CI specializes in job and life skills training; job placement; wrap around services that include housing, food, transportation, benefits assistance, and connectivity to community resources. Columbia Industries currently has a 12-member Governing Board and operates on a 2022 budget of $15,477,318. Departments include Administration, CI Community Center, CI Employment Services, Special Events & Fundraising, Empowerment Place, Housing, Richland Federal Building Custodial & Grounds Maintenance (Source America contract), and Opportunity Kitchen. Each of CI’s subsidiaries has an independent three-person Board of Directors, which include CI’s President & CEO serving as a voting member of each Board.


Under general direction of Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Operating Officer is a member of the executive management team that is responsible for maintaining and driving operational results within CI’s business line companies. The COO must be a skilled communicator, effective leader and driven businessperson who will spur business line operational growth and ensure day to day operational excellence. The COO will lead Columbia Industries’ business line professionals to be efficient, productive, and effective. The ideal candidate has extensive experience within similar industries, preferably having worked their way up to an executive role, who has strong leadership skills and the ability to approach business with a creative point of view.


A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in business or a related field, and five (5) or more years of experience in executive leadership roles is required. Candidates must have excellent leadership skills, with steadfast resolve and personal integrity, and the ability to diagnose problems quickly and foresee potential issues. Previous experience in restaurant management, transportation management, sales management, not-for-profits, and multi-faceted business skills is highly desired.


For a complete position profile and to apply online, visit Prothman at and click on "Open Recruitments". For questions, call 206-368-0050. Columbia Industries is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review of applications: December 11, 2022 (open until filled).

Columbia Industries

900 S. Dayton Street
Kennewick , WA