Chief Program Officer

Transforming Education, Inc

Posted: 11/19/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Programs

Primary domain: Education

City: Flexible

Postal code: 02110

State: Flexible

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$1M - $3M


Mission statement:

Transforming Education partners with school systems to support educators in fostering the development of the  whole child so that all students, particularly those from underserved populations, can thrive. 

Position Details:

Job Description:

Transforming Education (TransformEd) seeks a strategic and visionary Chief Program Officer to lead the redesign of our programmatic work with school systems, ensuring that our approach to whole child development is inclusive, equitable, and antiracist.

Organization Summary

At TransformEd, we believe that every young person deserves to be supported in the development of their whole self, yet, due to systemic oppression, students from historically marginalized populations often do not have the access they deserve to rich, positive learning environments that foster their development. We believe that the education system is ripe for transformation, to better serve the needs of students, families, and communities. We focus on the school system as the unit of change, partnering directly with school districts and other education support organizations in order to support educators and leaders in changing policies and practices to foster whole child development. 

Over the past five years, TransformEd has worked with schools and districts serving over one million students in twenty-six US states. TransformEd’s portfolio includes work with individual schools, districts, networks, and other education support organizations, focused on integrating a whole child focus into each system’s work. We have recently completed a strategic planning process and, as we begin this first year of our new strategy, we are seeking to identify and bring on board new team members who are passionate about the transformative potential of antiracist, equity-based whole child development for young people nationwide. 

Learn more about Transforming Education on our webpage at

Position Summary

As a new, key member of the organization’s executive team, the charge of the Chief Program Officer (CPO) will be to lead a transformation in the organization’s programmatic work to ensure that our approach is inclusive, equitable, and anti-racist. This involves building upon the organization’s recently completed strategic plan to conceptualize and codify the details of our standard model for partnering with districts and schools. The CPO will ensure the success of the Programs and Research & Learning teams, working closely with the leaders of both departments to ensure alignment and integration of these core components of our model. 

As a senior leader of the organization, the CPO will serve as an external ambassador for our work and will also play a key role in internal culture setting, leading by example and supporting the organization’s internal equity initiatives to ensure strong alignment with our programmatic work and our core values. This role will directly and indirectly manage a team of up to 8+ staff who are highly knowledgeable in their subject areas. The CPO will draw upon their own expertise, the team, and other resources to ensure that TransformEd is able to design and deliver informed and actionable services and research.

If this job sounds like something you would find fulfilling and is aligned with your career goals, even if your experience isn’t exactly in line with the qualifications, please consider applying anyway. Experience comes in many forms, and your interest and passion can go a long way. We know that a diverse team makes for the best collaborative work and creative thinking. We are dedicated to adding new perspectives and experiences to the team and encourage everyone who is interested in the work to apply. 

TransformEd is committed to building the diversity of our team and creating and maintaining a positive, inclusive workplace culture where all can thrive. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who represent the diverse backgrounds and experiences of the students and educators in the districts we serve. 


Lead Programmatic Work

Articulate and implement the strategic vision for the organization’s programmatic work with education systems and other education-focused organizations through a number of efforts, including:

  • Design and implement programs and research that support school systems in advancing antiracist, equitable whole child development

  • Work with Programs and Research & Learning team leads to identify, develop, and execute on innovative research and partnerships to test new ideas, approaches, and services that acknowledge the inextricable link between identity, inclusion, and equity with other aspects of whole child development

  • Manage staff and projects of the Programs and Research & Learning Teams, including:

    • establishing and monitoring progress toward annual goals;

    • collecting input and supporting collaborative decision-making on prospective client partnerships;

    • overseeing departmental budgets and advocating for staff and resources as needed; and

    • directly supervising a subset of Programs and Research & Learning Team members.

  • Oversee and support the organization’s efforts to conceptualize, develop, and codify tools, resources, and approaches that are innovative, research-informed, and adhere to inclusive, equitable, and anti-racist approaches and best practices.

Organizational Leadership

  • Play a key role as a senior leader in the overall management of the organization, including strategic planning, service delivery, organizational culture, and fundraising

  • Provide mentorship, guidance, and support to team members to encourage their professional growth and success

  • Model our core values and core competencies, and directly support the organization’s internally-facing initiatives (including diversity, equity, & inclusion work) to support the development and maintenance of a positive organizational culture

Serve as an Effective External Ambassador

  • Provide deep knowledge and leadership on the intersection of whole child development and topics related to racial justice, equity, diversity, and, inclusion

  • Position TransformEd as a respected leader in antiracist whole child development work by communicating our work and beliefs through external-facing thought leadership and presentations, both virtually and in-person (when safe to do so)

  • Support the organization’s financial sustainability by stewarding resources effectively, engaging with prospective clients, and building relationships with prospective funders

  • Engage with a small number of high-complexity clients in the role of a Partner, to maintain understanding of the work on the ground


  • Exceptional leadership skills, with experience managing a high-performing team, ideally in a remote structure; experience with change management, leading visionary strategies, and driving sustainable equitable change among internal and external partners are strongly valued.  

  • Strong subject area knowledge of, and deep commitment to, whole child development, including educational equity, human development, anti-racist approaches in education, social-emotional learning, school culture & climate, or similar

  • Experience with K-12 educational systems via work and/or applied academic experiences; specifically an understanding of how schools and districts are structured, how change is made, and what topics are top of mind for school and district leaders

  • Experience facilitating conversations about racial justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion with adults in non-profit and/or educational settings

  • Fluency with research on whole child development, including antiracist practices, and an understanding of what that research looks like in practice.

  • Excellent management, communication, project management, and administrative skills

  • Working knowledge of non-profit management, fundraising/development, and program planning

  • Orientation to innovation, vision, and solution-finding

  • Bachelors’ Degree in a related field, or equivalent experience, required; Master’s Degree preferred

  • For someone to succeed in this role, they must have extensive experience in a leadership role within a district, school, or non-profit setting

Core Competencies

All team members at Transforming Education are expected to demonstrate the following competencies in their work, regardless of department, team, level, or functional area.

  • Collaboration: Approach work with humility, candor, and integrity. Seek out and value input and feedback from others

  • Empathy: Consider others’ perspectives in making decisions or taking actions

  • Equity: Develop an ever-deepening understanding of and act on authentic concern for issues of equity, inclusion, and racial justice, particularly as they apply to students and the U.S. education system. Demonstrate self-awareness, social awareness, and cultural humility in all internal and external interactions.

  • Growth Mindset: View challenges as opportunities and mistakes as chances to learn

  • Project Management: Conduct work in a way that is planful, thoughtful, and intentional. Effectively manage time and resources to successful project completion.

  • Communication: Communicate clearly and honestly with colleagues and clients in a way that considers contextual and cultural nuance. 

  • Adaptability: Nimbly shift focus across tasks, projects, and communication modes and maintain forward momentum in the face of setbacks.

  • Evidence: Use high-quality, evidence-based resources. Uplift best practices and curate content from a variety of experts, including researchers and practitioners.


This is a full-time role reporting to the Executive Director. Location is flexible, as Transforming Education is moving to a fully remote workforce model as of January 2021. Salary is commensurate with experience, expected to be $125,000-$145,000. 

Our lean team enjoys people-first benefits including unlimited paid time off, paid parental leave, flexible working hours, 401(k) with employer match, and generous medical and dental/vision benefits (company subsidized at 90% and 100%, respectively). 

This position may require a moderate amount of domestic travel, depending on how and when in-person interactions with clients and conferences return. The safety of our team members and clients is of topmost concern; in light of the coronavirus pandemic, team members will not be asked to travel until they feel comfortable doing so. 


$120k - 140k

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

Interested applicants should submit a resume at In lieu of a cover letter, applicants should submit answers to the following questions along with their resume  (200-250 words, each): 

  1. Briefly describe your leadership style or approach, including a time you’ve led an organization through significant change.

  2. Describe how you believe a focus on social-emotional learning and positive learning environments can support equitable outcomes for young people. Please touch upon concerns school systems should be attuned to in order to avoid furthering inequitable outcomes while doing this work.

  3. Describe the ways in which you integrate a focus on equity, inclusion, and anti-racist practices into your work. 


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