Chief Program Officer

Girls Who Code
February 27, 2021
New York, NY
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Deborah Waldman


Chief Program Officer

Girls Who Code is an international non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. Since its founding in 2012, Girls Who Code has reached more than 300,000 girls in the US, Canada, the UK, and India with our free direct service programming. Girls Who Code is now one of the largest networks of after-school programs in the US with more than 8,500 Clubs and has ambitious plans for growth as schools reopen across the country. The organization also runs virtual summer programs for high school students and college programming for its alumni and young women in technology.

Through its programming, Girls Who Code is rapidly changing the makeup of computer science classrooms in K–12 and at the college level. The organization has more than 80,000 college-aged alumni who are majoring in computer science at fifteen times the national average. Its alumni are beginning to enter the technical workforce through internships and entry-level jobs, signalling real change is coming in the technology workforce.

Girls Who Code is supported by leading corporations, including AT&T, Walmart, Bank of America, Raytheon, Apple, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Synchrony, and dozens of others. In its short history, the organization was named the Most Innovative Not-for-Profit by Fast Company in 2019.

Position Summary
The Chief Program Officer (CPO) is charged with expanding and evolving a dynamic portfolio of programs for Girls Who Code. They will work as part of the Executive Leadership team to articulate and implement the strategic vision for our programmatic offerings. This role is equal parts strategy, innovation, and evaluationー including new program design and continuous improvement and growth of our existing programs in the pursuit of our mission. Reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the CPO oversees the development and growth of Girls Who Code programmatic offerings, including those for students Grades 3-12, college-aged alumni, and those entering the workforce as interns or employees.

The successful candidate is a seasoned program leader who is strategic, innovative, and has overseen high growth and extensive scale. They are creative and have extensive experience bringing both direct and indirect program ideas to life. They will be capable and enthusiastic about leading the organization in refining and evolving existing programs and developing a strategy to lead innovation of new programmatic offerings including Alumni, Career Readiness and Workforce Development.  Given the rapid evolution of remote learning and the need for continued growth and expansion, they should also have expertise in digital learning and best practices for engaging with underrepresented groups online.

The CPO is also a key member of the executive leadership team driving the overall strategy for the organization and will serve as an external voice for the organization regarding our programmatic work.

Responsible for:

• Leading the ongoing design, implementation and refinement of Girl Who Code’s programmatic strategy, ensuring alignment with organizational vision and goals
• Shepherding the organization’s nascent workforce strategy and new program development
• Working collaboratively with the Programs team to continuously refine direct programming, ensuring all participants continue to have a meaningful, high-impact experience
• Defining success goals, and regularly track progress against these metrics, resetting strategy dynamically as needed
• Playing a key role in organizational strategic planning to ensure alignment of program strategy with overall organizational goals
• Collaborate with the Director of Research & Analytics to assess program effectiveness, improve performance, and drive future programming
• Representing the organization and its programmatic work in funding conversations
• Nurturing a collaborative, unified, positive, equitable, and inclusive culture across the Programs team and the organization; model teamwork, effective decision-making, and candor in interactions; and, ensure a positive and empowering performance culture, with the right role clarity and tools for colleagues to succeed

Required Qualifications:
• A minimum of 15 years of progressive professional experience in career readiness, workforce development or youth program management
• We seek a candidate who has experience leading in nonprofit or educational programs serving diverse schools, students, and families
• Demonstrated ability to attract, develop, motivate and retain quality staff and work effectively with the executive leadership team and the Board
• Has a proven track record of developing and managing high quality programs, program models, tools, and resources to increase program efficacy, and of leveraging data to drive continuous learning and program improvement
• A strategic thinker with demonstrated success in program innovation and has experience in program evaluation
• Has exceptional managerial experience, with an inclusive leadership style, skill in giving and receiving feedback, the ability to hold staff accountable and drive continuous improvement
• Proven success with change management
• Has experience applying an equity lens to programs as well as to building and leading staff teams and management structures
• Strong commitment to equity and social justice including a focus on self-awareness and engagement of continuous learning around issues of diversity equity and inclusion
• Must have demonstrated knowledge, understanding and commitment to the students and communities served by Girls Who Code
• Ability to understand, use and organize data to drive growth, enhance program quality, and demonstrate program effectiveness and impact
• Demonstrated ability and experience developing and managing budgets and resource allocation to maximize available resources for highest and most effective use
• Ability to understand the importance of the Girls Who Code brand and continue to elevate our work through appropriate channels
• Strong communication, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills
• Demonstrated ability to form and maintain strong collaborative partnerships and to build consensus with colleagues and other strategic stakeholders
• A Master’s Degree or graduate degree preferred

Girls Who Code is committed to building a truly diverse and inclusive organization with a focus on valuing, serving, and understanding our target constituents, while challenging all stakeholders to think inclusively for the betterment of our programs.
Girls Who Code is an equal opportunity employer committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its hiring and promotion process without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, partnership status, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital, parental or familial status, national origin, ethnicity, veteran or military status, age, disability, or any other legally protected basis. Racial and ethnic minorities and men are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.  GWC is not able to sponsor employment visas.


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