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Chief Program Officer - Consortium of Florida Education Foundations

Posted on April 22, 2021
Gainesville, FL

The position of Chief Program Officer offers a unique opportunity to join an organization that is deeply rooted in decades of history, while actively reflecting on transition, and moving thoughtfully toward transformation.  Reporting to the President & CEO, the Chief Program Officer will have oversight responsibilities for all existing direct student and teacher services with a focus on cohesion and alignment amongst all programs.  Additionally, the Chief Program Officer will be a key member of a program capacity-building team that will develop, incubate, guide and scale emerging programs while leveraging each member’s creativity and expertise to envision new ways to support students, teachers, and families in reaching the organization’s vision to unite its community to prepare each and every student for life.

The Chief Program Officer will serve as a primary member of the Foundation’s senior leadership team consisting of high-level professionals and will work collaboratively with Sarasota County Schools district leadership, personnel, and other youth serving organizations and partners to support a shared vision to see each and every student graduate with a college, career and life plan that leads to success.  The Chief Program Officer will work closely with the President & CEO and other senior leaders with a strategic mindset to ensure strong design, integration, delivery and on-gong evaluation of the Foundation’s programs.

Chief Program Officer Responsibilities:

  • In collaboration with the CEO, provide strategic planning, design and implementation of all direct service programs in alignment with the Foundation’s 3-year strategic plan.
  • Work in collaboration with the program capacity building team and staff to fulfill the 3-year strategic plan with active engagement and support of other senior team member responsibilities.  
  • Provide management and supervision to the student support staff, including but not limited to, high school college career advisors, college career coordinators, classroom grants manager and mentoring manager to create strong cohesive alignment and team unity. (~8 staff + volunteers)
  • Oversee program content design and delivery ensuring consistent, timely and relevant programs, workshops, webinars, activities and supports are offered to students and families.  
  • Actively assess and evaluate programs using key performance indicators and measurements.
  • In collaboration with the Teacher Advisory Council, create and support teacher-led, professional learning communities that strengthen teacher networks.
  • Develop a comprehensive plan to promote social and emotional learning as a proactive approach to support student well-being.
  • Refine, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of programs with data-informed decision making, making modifications where needed to ensure continuous improvement.
  • Strengthen program quality through people, processes and outcomes.
  • Collaborate with district leadership, school leadership teams and curriculum specialists to promote a shared vision to help students graduate with purpose with a college, career and life plan that leads to success.
  • Communicate various means of measuring programmatic quality to share our story with internal and external partners through evidence-based decision making and for grant reporting purposes.
  • Design and offer professional development workshops for appropriate stakeholders as needed.
  • Oversee the fiscal management of direct program services.
  • Conduct research as needed to stay up-to-date on current issues in education
  • Serve as an advocate and spokesperson in behalf of the Foundation to district personnel, parents, family and the community-at-large.

Education, Experience and Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an accredited educational institution in Education, School Counseling or related discipline; doctorate preferred
  • 10+ years’ experience working in education with increasing responsibilities, Florida public schools experience preferred
  • Experience developing programs for teachers, students, families and volunteers
  • Experience piloting new programs, creating effective measurements, and scaling successful programs
  • Strong computer and technology skills
  • Ability to analyze data and form conclusions
  • Knowledge of college and career counseling and use of community resources
  • Knowledge of services and regulations of community agencies, including Child and Family
  • Services, Juvenile Justice and the Health Department
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Bi-lingual a plus
  • Experience building teams with a clear and cohesive purpose

Education Foundation of Sarasota County Guiding Values:

  • We act on the belief that all children can learn and succeed.
  • We fulfill all professional duties with honesty and integrity.
  • We accept responsibility and accountability for our actions and behaviors.
  • We commit to serving others before self.
  • We enable access to quality education, taking into account not just academic attainment but also the development of the whole student.
  • We make the education and well-being of students the fundamental value of all decision making.
  • We seek to improve the effectiveness of the education profession by investing in professional development.
  • We model the ethical behaviors we expect from others.
  • We uphold a culture of philanthropy through donor-centered relationships.
  • We build strong partnerships through authentic collaboration.

Any new team member who chooses to join the Foundation must demonstrate the following:

  • Flexibility
  • Adaptability
  • Creativity
  • Demonstrated work ethic
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Willingness to work independently and as part of a team
  • High level of trust
  • Technologically adept
  • Impeccable customer service
  • Good attitude and consummate professionalism
  • Believe and support in a donor-centered philanthropic culture
  • High emotional intelligence and cultural proficiency
  • A high degree of self-motivation, ingenuity and creativity
  • Open minded and collaborative
  • Enjoy working in a fast-paced, dynamic and quickly changing environment
  • Highly organized with attention to detail
  • Excellent at follow-through
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Solid judgment and leadership skills, basic business intuition and common sense
  • Persuasive, polished communicator with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • Willingness to be mentored and/or mentor others
  • An excitement about moving a vision to reality for students.
  • A team builder


This is a full-time, exempt, salaried position with benefits. Salary range is $95,000-$120,000.

Submit letter of interest and resume to careersefsc@edfoundationsrq.org.
Jennifer Vigne, President & CEO 941-927-0965



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