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Chief Program Officer

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Chicago, IL, USA


CGF is seeking to hire its first Chief Program Officer (CPO) at a pivotal moment of strategic decision-making and growth. Joining a small but mighty team, the CPO will supervise the program administrative team. Reporting to the Executive Director and serving as a key partner in organizational strategy and leadership, the CPO will work collaboratively with the CGF Program director, across the K-12 education and higher education fields to drive shared action and impact by:

●      Evaluating systems to measure impact of current programs 

  • Developing a clear vision for CGF’s next phase of programmatic impact, evolving core activities and team processes to coherently achieve goals
  • Creatively and entrepreneurially think, build, and leverage partnerships and resources to execute envisioned program activities alongside CGF’s programmatic and external relations leaders.
Areas of Responsibility: 


Oversee and supervise the ongoing execution, improvement, and development of CGF’s programs. 

  • Establish annual program goals, achievable objectives and with key results across programs based on data 
  • Develop a clear plan with the program director to execute programs and projects, including the articulation of timelines, progress milestones, and performance indicators
  • Ensure coherence across program projects
  • Develop program budget and monitor program budgets throughout the calendar year 
  • Support the acquisition and management of resources for programs, including shaping proposals and plans, reporting on progress against key metrics, and communicating with potential supporters as needed
  • Develop a clear vision for how the program team will operate together with an eye toward quality, collaboration, innovation, efficiency, and equity.
  • Prepare and present program report at CGF Board Meeting for board members 




  • Minimum 10 years of professional experience in education or youth development roles.
  • Experience working with youth in underserved communities.
  • Proven leadership style of collaboration and team building.
  • Experience with public speaking/ presenting.
  • Excellent communication skills that comfortably adapt from donors to board members, to students.


Organization Info

Common Ground Foundation

Chicago, IL
About Us

The Common Ground Foundation (CGF) empowers & uplifts youth from high potential communities to become future leaders. Our specially curated mentoring programs focus on character development, political and social impact, health & wellness, technology, generational wealth, entrepreneurship/career exploration, creative expression, and leadership.

Listing Stats

Post Date: 
May 23 2022
Active Until: 
Jun 23 2022
Hiring Organization: 
Common Ground Foundation