Umoja Student Development Corporation (Umoja) is a premiere on-the-ground partner for high schools and districts focused on ensuring that all students graduate from high school equipped for college, career and life success. Umoja’s core competencies include college & career readiness, social & emotional learning and restorative justice–each of which Umoja believes is essential to students and schools reaching their academic and postsecondary goals. Through our Seminar and Peace Room models and professional development, Umoja currently partners with 20 public high schools across the city of Chicago. For more information, please visit www.umojacorporation.org.
The Chief Program Officer (CPO) is a dynamic, entrepreneurial and relational individual who is passionate about changing lives and outcomes of students, teachers and high schools. As a key organizational leader, the CPO is responsible for the oversight of Umoja’s program portfolio across our partner schools ensuring that day to day programming aligns with the vision and mission of the organization. The CPO partners with the CEO and COO to define and execute Umoja’s strategic vision and long-term development. Additionally, the CPO shares responsibility for setting tone, crafting policy and ensuring accountability, representing Umoja to stakeholders, modeling great leadership, and actively embracing and living out Umoja’s core principles and values. The CPO reports directly to Umoja’s CEO.
The CPO will ensure the high quality implementation of Umoja’s student facing and adult professional development programming across Umoja’s three core areas (College & Career Readiness, Social & Emotional Learning, Restorative Justice). Essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Lead the vision and implementation of Umoja’s three-year program plan
Work with Umoja’s program Directors to design and implement strategies and procedures for program-level effectiveness and growth
Oversee all day to day Umoja programming and relationships across school partnerships
Cultivate and supervise Umoja Director-level staff through regular meetings, coaching, observations, modeling and evaluation
Partner with Umoja Directors to build and maintain relationships with principals, administrators and key leaders at partner schools
Coordinate with Director-level staff to ensure Umoja’s programmatic best practices are effectively captured into products, tools and systems that ensure organizational sustainability and growth
Collaborate with the COO to provide leadership to internal Umoja teams (e.g. Program Team, Directors & Officers Team, Diversity Team, etc.) including implementing internal structures and systems for documenting, capturing and sharing internal team best practices
Partner with the Director of Evaluation to ensure that outcomes and metrics for Umoja’s programming are identified, tracked and ready for internal and external reporting
Establish and maintain integration and learning across Umoja schools and program areas, ensuring best practices are captured and implemented consistently throughout the organization
Work closely with the CEO and COO to create and facilitate a robust Umoja talent pipeline which includes onboarding and ongoing staff development
Provide oversight to the full execution of Umoja University (UU)–Umoja’s knowledge sharing, outreach and professional development arm for educators–and other knowledge sharing and professional development initiatives (e.g. district-wide trainings)
Partner with the Development team to effectively capture Umoja’s successes, tell the Umoja story, assist in site visits with funders, and support fundraising efforts as needed
Umoja Leadership Competencies
Influential Leadership–Integrating resources to meet objectives and ensure high performance; guiding and motivating others in gaining acceptance of ideas and in accomplishing common objectives.
Strategic Thinking–Scanning the environment and trends, defining future direction, and identifying approaches for achieving objectives. Analyzing changing conditions, creating timely options to achieve results and define future direction.
Leading and Managing Change–Communicating the path from the present to the future; introducing, reinforcing and managing organizational change.
Developing Others–Assessing individual skills and development needs; providing opportunities for individuals to learn and develop skills needed to achieve objectives.
Benefits of working at Umoja include:
Being part of a team and organization that is results-driven, mission focused, and committed to work life balance
Opportunities for growth, leadership, and professional development
Health and dental insurance
Generous paid and sick time off package
For a comprehensive list of Umoja’s benefits, please visit: http://www.umojacorporation.org/about/careers/
This is a full-time, exempt position; hours may exceed 40 hours per week. Salary is commensurate with experience. This position requires a valid driver’s license, reliable automobile, insurance and good driving record.
Umoja Student Development Corporation is an equal opportunity employer and believes in fostering a diverse and inclusive staff. To do this, we not only recognize each individual’s diverse identity but also actively create and maintain a culture of inclusion where all Umoja employees feel involved, respected, and supported for their diverse identities. Please let us know if there are any accommodations you require.
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university required; master’s degree or commensurate experience preferred
Demonstrated track record as an effective supervisor/manager and/or adult coach with a minimum of 3 years of management experience required
A minimum of 2 years teaching or related experience and/or direct service youth development experience with urban youth
Experience with school-community partnerships is required
Demonstrated track record of designing and implementing quality, high-impact programming
Ability to communicate in an effective and compelling manner both orally and in writing
Proficiency in, or willingness to quickly learn, Google Docs and Microsoft Office applications (Word, PowerPoint and Excel)
Expertise in areas of college and career readiness, social and emotional learning, and restorative justice and related curriculum development preferred, but not required
Please send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Attachments must be in Microsoft Word or PDF format only. Please include the job title in the email subject line.
Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with experience