Website rural_action Rural Action

  • Title: Chief Program Officer
  • Department: Admin
  • Reports to: CEO
  • Supervises: Rural Action Program Directors (9)
  • Hours of work: 40 hours/week, exempt
  • Pay Range: Starts at $60,000 annually.

Rural Action is seeking a passionate, experienced leader to support our mission of working for a more just economy in Appalachian Ohio. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Chief Program Officer (CPO) is responsible for leading and managing a dynamic team and comprehensive array of programs, projects, and partnerships. The ideal candidate is a systems thinker and uses a coaching style of leadership to provide support, guidance and thought partnership to all program directors. The CPO will implement and manage all grant writing efforts in partnership with lead staff.

The position is based at our office in The Plains, Ohio. Some remote work is possible, but the position is primarily on site at our offices and program locations.

The CPO will be responsible for all program planning, operations, and staffing. The CPO is responsible for developing the program’s annual budgets with the CFO and CEO and working with the CEO on overall program and organizational strategy and direction. With a commitment to data and outcomes measurement, the CPO will continuously assess and review program processes and results, ensuring that they are consistent with Rural Action’s overall theory of change, and with the needs and interests of Rural Action’s membership base.

Rural Action is Southeast Ohio’s premier community-based sustainable development organization. We have been on the ground working in communities for 30 years. Nationally recognized for our work in sustainable development and environmental restoration, Rural Action is an award-winning organization. Our mission is to build a more just economy by developing the region’s assets in environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways. Rural Action operates five offices in Appalachian Ohio and has more than 600 members. The person in this position will have the chance to lead a passionate and committed team in a stable community development organization.

Job Summary

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Chief Program Officer (CPO) is responsible for leading and managing a dynamic team and comprehensive array of programs, projects, and partnerships using the most up-to-date community development program design, strategic thinking, a coaching style of leadership, and daily direct support to all program directors. The CPO will coordinate and oversee all grant writing and reporting efforts in partnership with lead staff, and work with the CEO on program visibility with major donors.

The CPO will be responsible for all program planning, operations, and staffing. The CPO is responsible for developing the program’s annual budgets with the Chief Financial Officer and CEO, and working with the CEO on overall program and organizational strategy and direction. With a commitment to data and outcomes measurement, the CPO will continuously assess and review program processes and results, ensuring that they are consistent with Rural Action’s overall theory of change, and consistent with the needs and interests of Rural Action’s membership base. The CPO will also be responsible for working with the CEO and Chief Innovation Officer on new business development. The CPO will communicate frequently with the CEO on all program issues and accomplishments.

Essential Functions of this Position

Leadership & Supervision

  • Work with Rural Action’s leadership to maintain a strategic focus on the mission, to regularly monitor performance and course correct, and to scale our work effectively;
  • Provide effective, supportive, and inspiring leadership and direct supervision to all programs and program staff;
  • Assist program directors with annual and semi-annual budget planning, in partnership with the Chief Financial Officer;
  • Support staff in managing program partnerships and collaborations, providing process and planning tools as needed;
  • Work with program teams to engage in the organization’s strategic planning and visioning process, including setting SMART goals and targets, developing logic models, and regularly assessing progress in collaboration with the RA Board Impact Committee;
  • Develop and implement staff training, recruitment and retention strategies;
  • Manage the annual program staff review process while also providing on-going, routine feedback to staff on performance;
  • Support staff to follow and improve, as needed, all Rural Action policies and procedures including marketing and communications protocols;
  • Ensure that all program activities operate consistently and ethically within the mission and values of Rural Action.

Grant-writing, Reporting, and Implementation

  • Coordinate staff to build an annual fundraising plan;
  • Oversee all program contracts, partnership agreements, and memorandums of understanding;
  • Coordinate grant-writing timelines and support program staff to submit timely applications and reports to private, state, and Federal funders;
  • Monitor progress on grants for programmatic activities, working with program teams to complete deliverables at a high-quality;
  • In collaboration with the Finance Department, ensure correct billing to different funding sources and monitor spend-down of each grant and contract.

Operations

  • Implement and lead a continuous quality improvement process throughout the programs focusing on effective planning, systems/process improvement, communications, and strategy refinement;
  • Develop, implement, and monitor an outcomes measurement system with indicators and metrics that reflect Rural Action’s strategic plan goals;
  • Assist the CEO with Board reporting and presentations.

Partnerships

  • Ensure successful member engagement in programs including program advisory boards and committees;
  • Ensure effective internal and cross-program communications and planning including coordination of staff meetings;
  • Partner with the CEO and Program Directors to represent Rural Action publicly, including with members/donors, community, funder, governmental, and business organizations;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a related field or related college experience;
  • At least ten years of professional experience overall, with a minimum of five years of supervisory experience;
  • Ability to see big picture goals and help program staff align their work strategically;
  • Understanding of best practices in asset based community development and their practical implementation;
  • Knowledge and/or experience in partnership development and in developing, working with and leading collaborative efforts, both internally and externally;
  • Ability to work effectively in teams, create teams, and lead teams, having strong mentoring and coaching experience building the capabilities of teams with diverse levels of expertise;
  • People and project management, organizational, verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Significant experience with foundations, grants writing, and grants management;
  • Track record of managing strategic planning, implementation and evaluation;
  • Experience with contracts and memos of understanding and other legal tools;
  • Ability to and interest in working with a wide range of individuals: senior management, board members, volunteers, members, donors and communities of interest and place;
  • Driven by and focused on Rural Action’s mission;
  • Deeply appreciative and respectful of rural people and places;
  • A self-reliant and results-oriented problem solver;
  • A systems-thinker oriented to improving processes;
  • Energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive;
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed;
  • Valid driver’s license and a reliable vehicle.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume outlining your experience as it relates to this job description. Send materials to hr@ruralaction.org. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is hired. For best consideration, please apply by May 31, 2022.

NOTE: The above noted job description is not intended to describe, in detail, the multitude of tasks that may be assigned but rather to give the applicant a general sense of the responsibilities and expectations of the position. As the nature of business demands change so, too, may the essential functions of this position. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity

Rural Action is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and is committed to making employment decisions based on merit. We are committed to complying with any and all pertinent Federal, State and local laws providing equal employment opportunities, as well as all laws related to terms and conditions of employment.

To apply for this job email your details to hr@ruralaction.org