We are seeking a Chief Program Officer to join our leadership team. The incumbent will report to the President & CEO.
This is a full-time, exempt position at our Santa Barbara office.
Please review our Job Description below, before applying.
ALL applicants must submit a professional resume, cover letter and completed copy of our employment application, in order to be considered.
See the bottom of our ad for information regarding benefits!
The Chief Program Officer (CPO) works directly with the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), to develop and oversee implementation of the Foundation’s programmatic and community work, including grantmaking, evaluation and learning and the collaboration for social impact. The CPO has five direct reports: Director, Evaluation and Learning, Director of Grantmaking, Director of the Collaboration of Social Impact, Community Engagement Coordinator and the North County Director. The CPO is a member of the President’s Council, the Foundation’s senior leadership team.
- Serve as the lead member of the Community Engagement division, overseeing multiple departments and direct reports.
- Create and collaborate with CEO on board book and board committee material, especially as it relates to community engagement programs and strategy. Prepare all content for the Board of Trustees’ Strategy Committee.
- Assess, align, and implement all programming consistent with the Foundation’s strategic plan; as well as develop and implement new program areas. Strategically transition legacy programs not included in current plan.
- Monitor programs to ensure performance targets and contractual obligations are met.
- Work with trustees, senior staff and others to ensure quality and alignment of all foundation strategies, products and services.
- Continue to strengthen and refine the existing program model, with particular attention to applying a data- informed, inclusive and equitable approach to inform community grant programs.
- Drive regional strategies in programmatic areas, oversee program evaluation and represent the Foundation’s programming and impact to the board and external audiences.
- Provide leadership and inspiration to the Community Engagement team.
- Manage budgets of various programs within the Community Engagement division at-large.
- Working with the leadership team, strengthen partnerships between the public, affiliate organizations and/or business partners.
- Supervise development and implementation of evaluation frameworks for key performance indications.
- Serve as a key member of an executive team of four (President’s Council), and collaborate closely with other organizational leaders, including human resources, finance and operations, and development teams.
- Direct supervision of multiple staff, including; feedback, goal-setting, coaching, support and completion of review cycles.
- Nurture positive organizational culture and attainment of our mission through demonstration of our values (empathy, accountability, respect, resilience, etc.).
- Other duties as assigned.
- Seven years related philanthropic grantmaking or public sector experience. Included or in addition should be five years of nonprofit work experience.
- Demonstrated fundraising experience.
- Emotionally intelligent, with the ability to successfully and diplomatically navigate complicated staff and board relationships.
- Five years demonstrated experience managing teams and a larger division of multiple departments.
- Experience developing, managing and leading staff, including the ability to coach, mentor, discipline and have difficult conversations while maintaining empathy and firmness.
- Ability to shift from leader to collaborator, and to keep the organization’s long-term priorities in mind in the decision-making process.
- The ability to manage conflict and change through a lens of empathy, respect and accountability.
- Knowledge of the Santa Barbara County nonprofit community, and experience in working effectively with diverse and broad based community constituencies.
- Substantial knowledge of research, practice, policy, and management in one or more of the Foundation’s grantmaking areas including human services and community development, primary and behavioral health, art, education/student aid, environment and technical assistance and program evaluation methodologies.
- Ability to make presentations and to comfortably interact with diverse audiences from donors and Board members to nonprofit and community groups.
- Utilize emotional intelligence to work collaboratively and effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds.
- An effective connector and convener.
- Superior interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
- Excellent organizational and time management skills with the ability to prioritize and then be flexible, as needed.
- Working knowledge of MS Office Suite, especially Outlook.
- Bachelor’s degree required and a Master’s degree is preferred.
- General office environment, maybe in open office area or shared office space.
- Dogs (pets) intermittently on the premises, weekly. See our Pet Policy for more information.
- Significant telephone and computer work (repetitive movement – typing).
- Some driving travel within the county and occasional travel outside of the county (via car or plane).
- Frequent sitting, standing, walking, climbing stairs, bending and occasional lifting/pushing of light to heavy loads (10lbs. to more than 50 lbs.)
At SBF, we value wellness and offer a very generous benefits package, including: up to 15 days of PTO in the first year of employment, sick time, 401K with 4% matching in the first year and an additional 6% of profit sharing after one year anniversary, fully paid medical and ancillary benefits, massages and more!
All applicants are required to submit an employment application, a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
No calls, please.