Children’s Council is seeking a Chief Program Officer to provide leadership, management, and oversight for our programs toward our organizational mission and vision—quality child care and early education for all children in San Francisco. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Chief Program Officer leads a team of Program Directors in establishing the vision, goals and strategies for our programs, effectively managing our programs, ensuring deliverables in our state and local contracts, and partnering with public and private funders and community-based organizations in furtherance of goals. The Chief Program Officer is a member of the Executive Team. Children’s Council is at a major inflection point in its service delivery and program development. Providing service to San Francisco families and child care providers/early educators and partnering with government since our founding in 1973, Children’s Council is at the hub of child care and early education in San Francisco. We seek to leverage our position, experience, and reputation to expand our impact. We recently completed a strategic program plan, and are developing private support for our program initiatives. We seek a Chief Program Officer who can lead and manage our efforts to take our services to the next level. 2 The ideal candidate will have substantial experience providing program leadership and supervising program managers in a multi-faceted social service organization. He/she will have provided leadership in strategic program planning and will have developed, implemented and successfully managed programs and program initiatives. The candidate must have outstanding interpersonal skills, and work effectively with a wide variety people--including staff, Board members, funders, community members, and people of culturally diverse backgrounds. He/she will be data-driven, with excellent analytic and problem-solving skills and will have developed and managed sizeable budgets. The position requires excellent written and verbal communication skills and demonstrated success with proposal/grant-writing and reporting. Child development knowledge, experience with child care, child care resource & referral, child care subsidy administration, early learning, family engagement and support and related fields is highly desirable. Experience managing government-funded programs or working with government funders is also desirable.
Establish the program vision and strategies to achieve maximum impact consistent with organizational mission, vision, and goals; Oversee program systems, structures, and policies to support the highest level of quality and effectiveness; facilitate program alignment, collaboration, and communication across teams Oversee the development of annual program goals, strategies and work plans; monitor progress toward goals Ensure that effective data, evaluation and reporting systems are in place to track program performance, effectiveness, and impact Oversee performance on government contracts; ensure compliance and progress toward contract goals and objectives Build and maintain effective relationships with government and private funders and community-based partners; leverage relationships across the various fields relevant to Children’s Council’s services to advance the organization’s work Ensure effective program management and development by hiring, inspiring, mentoring and supervising capable and talented program leadership. Work with the Deputy Director for Finance and Operations and program managers to develop and manage program budgets and grant budgets Complete proposals for government and private funding and submit required reports on a timely basis Partner with program staff, the Executive Director, and Director of Advancement to identify and secure new sources of funding for program development Stay abreast of research and trends related to our mission and programs Actively collaborate with our statewide and Bay Area colleagues through the California Resource & Referral Network, California Alternative Payment Providers Association, and similar organizations to develop and promote shared goals and program and policy initiatives. Advocate on issues that affect Children’s Council’s constituencies Other Responsibilities Serve as a member of the Executive Team and the Senior Management Team, participating actively in developing, leading and monitoring organizational goals and strategies, providing operational leadership and management, and shaping and nurturing an effective organizational workforce, culture and morale Provide leadership for annual work plan development and reporting Plan and facilitate management and staff meetings Attend Board meetings, and support Board committees and activities as needed Perform other functions as needed
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