Chief Program Officer

Columbus, OH 43215

The Center for Healthy Families

Job Posting Date: March 19, 2021
Job Title Posting: Program Director
Reports to: President and CEO

The Center for Healthy Families is an innovative not-for-profit organization located in Columbus, Ohio for the purpose of engaging pregnant and parenting teens and their children in opportunities to acquire self-sufficiency capabilities of health and well-being, positive networks, education, and employment through a coordinated network of highly effective community services. For more information see

Program Purpose and Essential Function of the Role: Working with the CEO, conceive, establish and manage a new program that will result in positively transforming the quality of life for black girls equity and young women through intentional, proven strategies that result in positive social change. Understand the genesis of the program and the work of the Commission on Black Girls and the resulting research while achieving the following:

  • Set qualitative and quantitative goals over a time that can be tracked and measured
  • Design the program in light of the established strategic direction and goals, aligned with infrastructure necessary for its success. Manage program implementation including budget and business plan
  • Stand up and oversee the new program and it’s development; insure continuous improvement by evaluating, evolving, and challenging current practices to determine future areas of growth for new program creation and partnering with leadership
  • Stay laser-focused on overall priorities, deploying or re-deploying resources to their best and most-impactful uses for the organization
  • Stay up to date about the dynamic racial justice movement and social and political landscape in central Ohio and beyond, including what is happening with major players and stakeholders
  • Ensure integration of grassroots organizing and base building work with nonpartisan electoral and political work to maximize power-building
  • Leverage data, including collecting data and reviewing secondary research, to help support the program and track progress
  • Serve on the Leadership Team with the CEO along with other management leaders and partners
  • Be a thought partner on strategy, management, vision, and program development
  • Ensure that all organizational decisions from leadership are translated to and throughout the program teams
  • Represent programmatic work with Board of Directors
  • Manage the employees of the new program; recruiting, training, developing, coaching, and mentoring to build a high-performing inclusive team fostering a since of belonging and utilizing equitable practices
  • Advise and handle employee relations matters following fair and equitable practices, policies, and procedures
  • Make sure all program employees, stakeholders and volunteers have the support they need to thrive
  • Represent the organization publicly and with allies
  • Strategically establish networks and cultivate relationships with current and key prospective partner organizations and coalitions; participate as key decision-maker for the organization
  • Manage communications to build relationship and awareness in service of program objectives

Keys to Success:

  • Expert manager of people and projects
  • Strong relationship-builder
  • Visionary, strategic, and focused
  • Organizational mindset and leadership
  • Use sound judgement, proactive problem solver, and trusted key decision maker
  • Communication – master at internal and external communications including third party partners and board communications
  • Flexibility and adaptability and commitment to learning
  • Commitment to organizations core values
  • Foster a culture of Equity and Inclusion

Minimum Requirements

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in a related discipline is preferred, (i.e. public affairs, public relations, communications, non-profit administration, business, or political science)


  • 5+ years overall experience with;
  • 7+ years in advocacy, community organizing, and/or legislative issue advocacy experience required
  • A proven track record of success standing up, building, managing, and organizing programs
  • Strong competency for marketing and communications concepts and their practical application as social change strategy
  • Strategic and courageous leadership capabilities; managing and leading employees, building a high-performing team and program with a preference for managing organizers

Essential Knowledge, Skills, Behaviors

  • Ability to work independently and within a team setting
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong business, leadership, and management acumen including interviewing skills
  • Multimedia skills and proven experience
  • Ability to present new ideas, approaches and information clearly
  • Outstanding attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects effectively, as well as manage and meet deadlines
  • Diligent work ethic and insatiable desire to learn and develop skills
  • Ability to acquire new knowledge quickly
  • Strong interpersonal & communications skills, self-starter, and highly motivated
  • Strong attention to detail and time management
  • Empathetic; cultural sensitivity/awareness
  • Collaborative, ability to build strong relations internally across functional areas and externally with partners, allies, constituents, and volunteers
  • Commitment to The Center for Healthy Families’ purpose and values
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel)
  • Creativity and entrepreneurial skills

Compensation: Competitive salary and fringe benefits, salary is negotiable.

For full consideration, all submissions must include resume and a cover letter including salary requirements, licenses, certifications, and experience.

The Center for Healthy Families’ policy is to recruit, hire, and promote job applicants or employees without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, disability, genetic information, or any other class of persons protected by applicable law. Decisions on employment and promotions are based solely upon an individual’s qualifications, with reference to the responsibilities and skills required of the position for which the individual is being considered.

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