Chief Program Officer (San Francisco)
Location: San Francisco
Application deadline: open until filled
About the organization
The ACLU of Northern California (“ACLU-NC”) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to defending and advancing the principles of freedom, equality, and justice contained in the United States Constitution for all. Since its formation in 1934, the ACLU-NC has been at the heart of many of the major struggles for civil rights in the state and country. Today, it is one of the largest ACLU affiliates in the country with 170,000 members in the ACLU-NC Union membership.
The ACLU-NC is comprised of two entities: the ACLU Foundation of Northern California (the Foundation) (a 501 c3 non-profit corporation) and the ACLU of Northern California (the Union), a 501 c4 non-profit corporation. The ACLU-NC works to advance civil liberties by employing litigation, policy advocacy, legislative advocacy, public education, organizing, and communications to protect and promote a broad range of individual rights. The Foundation does so through impact litigation, policy and educational work, and the Union does so through a range of legislative and community action programs. The ACLU-NC maintains offices in San Francisco, Fresno and Sacramento. ACLU-NC Union houses the Center for Advocacy and Policy in Sacramento, which advocates for the ACLU California affiliates in the legislature.
For more information on The ACLU of Northern California, please visit www.aclunc.org.
The ACLU of Northern California (ACLU-NC) has experienced rapid growth over the last three years, and is undertaking a more comprehensive array of programs than ever before. With this growth comes the need for the creation of a new position - a Chief Program Officer (“CPO”).
The ACLU-NC seeks an experienced, innovative and collaborative leader, who works well with diverse groups of people, to lead the implementation and coordination of the ACLU-NC’s strategic framework through four functional program areas: 1) Legal & Policy, 2) Communications, 3) Organizing, and 4) Legislation (through the Center for Advocacy and Policy). Each of these areas is led by an experienced Director who in turn supervises team members.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the CPO will be responsible for the organization’s high-level program strategy, planning, cross-functional integration between the program areas, resource allocation, and development of evaluation and learning tools and processes consistent with our strategic framework. While the CPO will have the authority to oversee the implementation of the comprehensive strategic framework for the Foundation and the Union as a whole, they will have specific responsibility – and resources – to ensure that the ACLU-NC advances and integrates the components of the strategy to advance equity and racial justice. The CPO will be part of the statewide collaboration with the ACLU of Southern California and ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties.
The Chief Program Officer’s core responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Supervision & Support of Department Directors
Provide supervision and support to four Department Directors (Legal Policy, Communications, Organizing, Center for Advocacy and Policy) at the level of long-term and short-term strategy, staff management, and implementation;
Supervise one additional staff position (and consultants as needed) that supports overall program planning, evaluation, and equity and racial justice responsibilities of the CPO; and
Support the Department Directors and other program staff in the use of integrated advocacy strategies across the four departments.
Planning, Implementation and Evaluation
Strengthen the reach, impact and effectiveness of ACLU-NC’s programs through effective planning, implementation and evaluation to carry out the organizations’ strategic priorities;
Lead the process and engage stakeholders for program planning and evaluation to set goals, assess progress and foster learning across issues and strategies;
Develop plans, gather data and conduct evaluations of individual program priorities and initiatives; and
Provide support and oversight to ensure the effective implementation of programs.
Resources, Operations and Infrastructure
Work in conjunction with Director of Finance and Administration and Department Directors on the development and management of program budgets, guiding resource allocation and resource deployment;
Develop and maintain information systems and other critical aspects of infrastructure that support and improve delivery of programs; and
Foster a culture that promotes teamwork and professional growth while establishing clear performance standards.
Equity and Racial Justice
In conjunction with the Department Directors, develop and strengthen partnerships with organizations working with communities most impacted by civil liberties and civil rights violations;
Advance the organizations’ strategies in a manner that increases the power and voice for sustained change;
Support the framing of communications to the public and arguments to policymakers that effectively make the case for addressing equity and racial justice in the context of ACLU-NC’s mission of advancing constitutional rights for all; and
In conjunction with the Department Directors, enlist social science and other resources to ensure that solutions and remedies address the causes and effects of systemic inequalities.
Serve on the organization’s executive team and senior management team;
In conjunction with the Executive Director and Office of the Executive Director, support the work of the boards by providing regular, timely and accurate information and reports to the boards for program planning and evaluation;
Foster and strengthen statewide collaboration through the ACLU of California in conjunction with the ACLU of Southern CA and ACLU of San Diego and Imperial County; and
Take on other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
The Chief Program Officer is a full-time position based in San Francisco, California.
The Chief Program Officer must be a highly driven, self-motivated leader who takes initiative, listens well, communicates clearly, and engages in strategic goal-setting.
The ideal candidate will have the following desired skills, knowledge and characteristics:
Commitment and passion for the ACLU mission and vision;
Minimum of 15 years of relevant experience and at least 5 years in senior-management roles (relevant experience in any sector is welcome, including non-profit, campaigns, government, and for-profit);
Demonstrated experience in planning, implementation and evaluation to help an organization increase and sustain its impact;
Demonstrated experience in fostering and supporting organizational partnerships and working in a collaborative manner Experience and demonstrated track record working to advance equity, inclusion and racial justice in their professional capacity to effect change;
Possess executive presence, thought leadership, and interpersonal skills to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds;
Experience in resource allocation, budgeting and resource deployment;
Excellent analytic, problem solving, coaching, skills; adept at overseeing and executing strategic projects with significant visibility and impact;
Demonstrated ability to develop and manage effective teams in a fast-paced, complex, non-profit environment;
Tactical and inspiring leadership style with ability to create, effectively operationalize and lead implementation of strategies;
Strong professional independence and professional ethics and integrity;
Effective written and oral communication skills; excellent interpersonal skills;
Strong professional discipline and professional standards;
Solution-oriented; strong strategic insight and professional judgment; and
Unlike attorney positions at the ACLU, this position does not require a law degree, and is open to candidates from a range of educational backgrounds.
Competitive salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits include four weeks paid vacation in addition to 14 office holidays; medical, vision and dental insurance for staff members, their dependents and spouse or domestic partner; life and long-term disability insurance; and, 401(k) plan with employer match.
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The ACLU of Northern California advances equity and inclusion in the workplace by providing equal employment opportunity to support a work environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age (over 40), sexual orientation, military and veteran status, and any other basis prohibited by law. The organization also provides reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. This equal employment opportunity policy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, selection, advancement, training, problem resolution, and separation from employment. Through this policy, the ACLU-NC strives to establish and maintain an equitable and accessible work environment that is free from discrimination and supportive of a workforce that reflects the rich diversity of our communities and the people we serve.