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VP of Program

Company: Nonprofit, San Francisco, CA
Location: San Francisco
Posted on: March 18, 2019

Job Description:

At the onset of a new four-year strategic plan, Company is poised for its next phase of growth, innovation and impact. With a vision to foster the development of “students who fulfill their potential and lead their families and communities to thrive,” we aim to broaden our program outcomes to include education, employment, and income, expand our post-secondary support to students, and increase the size our incoming class by 50% by 2022.

The Vice President of Program (VP) is a critical member of organizational leadership. Leading a 10-member national program team, the VP will oversee the development, codification and evaluation of Company’s core program model and network-wide adoption of recent innovations. Additionally, the VP will lead the reimagining and expansion of our post-secondary programming.

Working collaboratively across our network of five regional sites and national office, the VP will join an organization that is committed to equity, relationships, and learning and continuous improvement. This is an exciting opportunity for a seasoned program leader who is committed to youth-centric and high-impact programming, as well as energized to take a successful program to its next level of performance and outcomes.

Specifically, the VP will:

Provide strategic leadership for Company programming
• Oversee the design, development, delivery, and evaluation of program strategy that maximizes outcomes of Company’s multiple program elements (High School Mentoring, Summer Experiences, Post-Secondary Access and Success.)
• Enhance, flesh out, and implement the organizational vision as established in 4-year strategic plan and beyond. Balance bold thinking with pragmatism, setting priorities that increase Company’s capacity to deliver strong outcomes.
• Ensure that experiences and voices of students, alumni, and program staff inform programmatic direction, and that the organizational vision for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) is incorporated into all facets of the program; guide the strengthening of culturally responsive programming.

Strengthen core program model and performance
• Ensure high-quality operations of the core program model in order to achieve measurable and replicable outcomes and maximize efficiencies of scale; establish consistent, objective program performance standards of accountability across the entire network of sites.
• Partner with CEO, Finance, Development, regional Executive Directors, and National Program Team to develop and manage program budget; partner with development team to inform and design fundraising strategies to realize programmatic goals.
• Oversee nationally-led program functions inclusive of staff training, learning and development, systems management, data collection and reporting, and research and evaluation.
• Provide direct supervision to 4 director-level program staff, as well as support of the entire program team; ensure ongoing national support to regional program teams.

Lead and advance new programmatic initiatives
• Oversee the conception, implementation, operationalization, evaluation, and continuous refinement of innovation initiatives, including building models, systems, and tools necessary to grow size of programs while reducing costs of program delivery and/or to grow new revenue streams.
• Oversee the national roll-out of successful pilot programs and internal adoption and execution of initiatives at the regional site level (e.g. Group Mentoring, Post-Secondary programming.)
• Provide leadership in development of network-wide communication and cohesiveness, sustaining culture and supporting staff during organizational growth.

Serve as a highly visible and collaborative leader
• Serve as subject matter expert and thought partner to practitioners in the field; distinguish Company in the field of Positive Youth Development; ensure the program outcomes are leveraged for community impact.
• Partner with marketing and development teams to raise Company’s profile and secure funding.
• Foster collaboration and two-way feedback across the national program team and regional sites; ensure understanding and adoption of programmatic decisions across the entire network.
• Leverage the board of directors as thought partners in programmatic decisions, educating the board on program opportunities and challenges, and advocating for board support as needed; serve as executive sponsor of a Board Program & Evaluation Committee.

The VP will embody Company’s values and lead with high standards of excellence, spirit of curiosity, and heartfelt belief in youth-centric programming. Specifically, this hire will bring:
• PASSION FOR MISSION: A commitment to Company’s mission of unleashing students’ potential through mentoring and transformative experiences.
• PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE: At least 15 years of work experience, including 5 years in a leadership position, inclusive of program design, implementation, management, and evaluation. Subject matter expertise in a field related to Company’s mission (e.g. positive youth development, youth mentoring, post-secondary access and success) is required. Experience at a national and/or multi-site organization is strongly preferred.
• STRATEGIC ACUMEN: Ability to hold the “big picture” and understand how strategic decisions impact both staff and students. Genuine love of tackling complex program challenges.
• CHANGE LEADERSHIP: Skill in leading diverse groups of stakeholders through change processes, with the ability inspire excitement and foster a culture that embraces change and innovation.
• EDI KNOWLEDGE AND ANALYSIS: Cultural sensitivity and humility in working with diverse and low-income populations, with an understanding of institutionalized racism and classism facing low-income communities of color. Commitment to developing self-awareness and helping teams engage around Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Applied knowledge of racial/ethnic identity development in youth is a plus.
• TEAM LEADERSHIP AND PEOPLE MANAGEMENT: Track record of hiring, managing, developing, and coaching high-performing teams. Able to delegate and empower others to be successful in their roles.

• Bachelor’s degree is required; MPA, MBA, or similar advanced degree is a plus.
• Demonstrated knowledge of impact evaluation, ideally gained at an organization that has done robust evaluation work is a plus.
• Familiarity with the Positive Youth Development framework is a plus.
• Willingness to travel approximately 10% of time e.g. to regional sites, board meetings, conferences, donor meetings.

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