Chief Program Officer (CPO)
Company: The College Crusade of Rhode Island
Posted on: May 14, 2022
Primary functions and purpose of this position including overall
objectives of the position As a member of the executive team, the
Chief Program Officer (CPO) collaborates with the Chief Executive
Officer (CEO) to define and implement the strategic mission and
vision of the College Crusade. The CPO is responsible for the
oversight and coordination of all student and family-facing
programs of the organization, including guidance, supervision, and
professional development to all program staff. The CPO has a
perspective unique to the organization, with visibility into each
department, including its staffing resources, program delivery,
school-based partnerships, and budget. As a result, the CPO is
responsible for ensuring coordination across departments for a
seamless, integrated experience for students and their families.
The CPO oversees a comprehensive array of programs and services
designed to improve college access and success for Rhode Island
students. The CPO is responsible for directing the allocation of
resources to maximize the impact of the Crusade's programming and
working closely with internal and external researchers to maximize
program impact and effectiveness. The CPO also assists with fund
development and helps to promote organizational visibility through
relationships at the local and national level. Major
responsibilities, essential functions and/or activities required to
perform the position including the portion of time spent needed to
perform each responsibility and how the work of the position should
be accomplished. Major Responsibilities Oversee the planning,
execution and delivery of all programming
- Establish and oversee the process for determining which
programs are offered, identifying opportunities to streamline and
- Design and oversee processes and controls that support
effective program monitoring and evaluation, ensuring that program
goals and objectives are consistently met.
- Coordinate and analyze data to inform programmatic and
operational decision making.
- Promote and facilitate integration among program areas
including middle school, high school and postsecondary success;
family engagement; and research and evaluation.
- Collaborate with an independent evaluator and other researchers
that the Crusade engages to measure impact.
- Monitor emerging trends, challenges and opportunities in the
college access and success field and develop innovative programs
that respond to first-generation students' evolving needs.
Supervise and support the development of full-time program staff
- Directly supervise seven program staff, including the Middle
School, High School Postsecondary and Family Engagement Directors;
Project Specialists; and our Curriculum & Instructional
- Hold regular check-in meetings with all direct reports plus ad
hoc meetings to address issues as they arise.
- Determine, implement and oversee staffing plans that support
achievement of program goals and objectives, and refine as
- Guide the recruitment and participate in hiring decisions for
new program staff.
- Ensure the smooth transitioning of new and existing program
staff to support continuity of program operations.
- Promote and support a high-performing culture in the program
- Cultivate a positive work environment within and amongst all
teams. Identify and coordinate the delivery of relevant
professional development opportunities for program staff. Support
the strategic direction, management and overall health of the
- Together with the Chief Executive Officer and leadership team,
contribute to the overall development, strategic direction, program
delivery, and management of the organization.
- Attend and actively participate in Leadership Team
- Facilitate cross-departmental coordination and communication in
the interest of organizational integration.
- Develop departmental budgets and maintain a high level of
- Collaborate with the Director of Development on the preparation
of grant applications and budgets. Manage relationships with
external partners and stakeholders
- Meet and coordinate with school district personnel regarding
the relationship between the Crusade and districts.
- Develop and update Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) between the
Crusade and school districts as needed.
- Represent the College Crusade on relevant committees and task
forces, as well as at speaking engagements, conference panels, and
- Participate in reporting program successes and milestones to
funders, key stakeholders, and the public. Required KSOC's
(knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics)
- A commitment to the College Crusade's mission and an ability to
communicate this mission to others.
- Demonstrated experience building and managing a high-performing
team responsible for delivering multiple programs.
- The ability to provide meaningful professional development and
mentorship to staff.
- Other required skills:
- comprehensive working knowledge of program planning, budgeting,
administration, and grant development;
- expertise in K-12 education, higher education, and/or youth
- capacity to analyze and present complex data for planning and
- excellent written and oral communication skills; and
- the ability to represent the organization externally.
- Strong relationship builder and facilitator who can find common
ground, build consensus, and strengthen collaboration among diverse
stakeholders both within and external to the organization.
Education and Experience Requirements:
- A minimum of ten years of leadership experience overseeing
programs serving low-income youth or communities in a nonprofit,
government, or philanthropy environment
- Responsible for Departmental outcomes, budgets and managing
- Bachelor's degree required; master's degree in related field
strongly preferred. Each employee of the College Crusade is
expected to demonstrate the following in the regular performance of
his or her job duties:
- Commitment to the vision, mission, and values of the College
- A positive attitude and willingness to contribute productively
to the success of your team and the organization as a whole.
- An understanding of and commitment to the Crusade's core
competencies of accountability, collaboration, communication,
institutional values and service.
- Active participation in efforts geared toward directing and
improving the overall operations of the Crusade, such as strategic
planning, organizational development and performance
- Commitment to acting as an advocate and ambassador for the
- Knowledge of the barriers and obstacles that low-income
families and first-generation students encounter in the journey to
higher education is preferred.
- Sense of ownership and pride in personal performance.
- Adherence to all existing company policies and procedures.
- Perform additional duties as needed. Salary Range: $110,000 to
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