The Institute for
Nonprofit Practice (INP) is
pleased to invite nominations and applications for its Chief
Program Officer position. INP transforms communities by
equipping the most promising social impact leaders – nonprofit,
public sector, and social enterprise – with the skills, networks,
confidence, and resources they need to effectively lead, advance
justice, and make their organizations more effective, innovative,
Since its founding in 2007, INP has sought to advance
organizational effectiveness while closing historic racial and
gender gaps in leadership, ensuring that the social impact sector
reflects the strengths and diversity of communities served.
Building on the social, knowledge, and financial capital of student
leaders, INP seeks to create a transformed and thriving social
impact sector, driven by effective nonprofits and community
organizations with strong and diverse leadership across all
levels—from staff and managers to executives and board members.
Operating in nine cities across the country, INP trains hundreds of
leaders annually through the Core Certificate Program, Community
Fellows Program, and the Leadership Learning Series, all deeply
rooted in the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and
belonging. As a separate initiative, INP will be launching the
Black Leadership Institute this year in an effort to strengthen
Black leaders in the social sector and actively contribute to the
building of Black power, influence, and wealth.
Now looking to grow and scale their well-established programs
and impact to a national level, INP seeks a visionary and
innovative Chief Program Officer to lead, strengthen, and expand
INP’s highly regarded, transformational leadership programs. The
Chief Program Officer will be a seasoned, entrepreneurial,
results-driven nonprofit leader who will create and drive
people-centered and equity-centered strategies to scale INP’s
programs nationally, while centering INP’s vision and values in
daily operations and management of current programs. They will
bring a well-developed understanding and knowledge of multiple
sectors within the nonprofit space, as well as deep familiarity
with leadership training models. They will build strong,
flourishing programs bolstered by clear, streamlined systems and
processes, and a nimble, adaptive, high-performing and
collaborative team. The Chief Program Officer will bring
significant experience leading teams in highly matrixed
organizations and will be skilled at managing multiple threads and
The ideal candidate will be a visionary, strategic leader of
leaders with deep knowledge of the social impact sector and the
challenges its leaders face, with a keen ability to zoom in and
work comfortably in the details. They will be experienced in
managing change and leading teams through the process of scaling
from a local to a national level. The ideal candidate will also be
a bridge-builder, able to adapt to varying contexts and
constituencies, backgrounds, and skillsets. They will possess a
healthy dose of candor and operate with kindness, clarity, and
grace. They will be someone who thrives in a fast-paced,
entrepreneurial, high-impact setting, and they will work to embed
the organization’s values in the programmatic operations and
strategies they design. The Chief Program Officer will report
directly to Yolanda Coentro, President and CEO of INP.
Success in this role will require someone who
- A seasoned leader able to conceptualize and drive a clear and
compelling vision and direction for INP’s programmatic work at
scale; engage, inspire, mobilize, and galvanize INP’s staff and
faculty, and to ensure the long-term impact and sustainability of
this growing organization.
- An exceptional relationship builder, skilled at increasing
rapport, trust, and transparency across a diverse and growing
community of passionate, talented stakeholders, including staff,
faculty, alumni, funders, supporters, and partners.
- A skilled architect, builder, and refiner of transformational
leadership training programs codified and structured in a unified
way across a national, multi-site organization.
OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES FACING THE CHIEF PROGRAM
The Chief Program Officer will join a close-knit, intentionally
relational team of staff and faculty who are committed to
transforming communities and equipping the most promising social
impact leaders across the nation. INP is in a period of growth and
is looking to its next Chief Program Officer to refine and build
out the structures and systems needed to scale up successfully.
Specifically, the Chief Program Officer will:
Develop and drive equity-centered program strategies for
scaling from the local to national level.
The Chief Program Officer will engage in high-level visioning
and goal-setting with the leadership team, staff, faculty, and
other stakeholders, to design and implement strategies to take
INP’s programs to the next level of growth. They will:
- Work closely with the President, Chief Strategy Officer, and
programmatic senior leadership team to design and execute
organizational program strategy.
- Lead on executing these strategies, guiding the organization to
identify gaps in the field and ideate innovative solutions that
- Design and adapt programmatic strategies as needed to integrate
and scale the organization’s programs.
- Oversee and manage INP’s multiple program offerings and
orchestrate the work of program teams, faculty, and alumni.
- Build on INP’s current well-established and highly regarded
programs, and work to position INP as a world-class leader and
advocate for social sector leadership development.
- Stay abreast of developments in relevant fields, spot emerging
gaps and opportunities for impact in training and equipping social
impact sector leaders.
Lead the Co-Creation of people-centered systems to
support INP’s growth.
The Chief Program Officer will adeptly lead a team that will
work across the organization to build systems that foster clarity
and inspire confidence in the face of significant growth and
expansion. In collaboration with the leadership team, they will
assess current organizational needs and gaps and devise new or
streamlined solutions that support INP’s culture and goals. They
will develop robust, collaborative relationships built on trust and
candor with existing and new stakeholders and will cultivate
opportunities for staff, faculty, alumni, partners, and funders to
engage and build together toward a new era of more equitable
leadership across the social impact sector. They will:
- Leverage deep experience designing curricula and programs
centered around organizational effectiveness and high performance,
racial equity, and human connection to build the internal
structures and systems that drive INP’s work.
- Collaborate with the Strategy Team to develop and refine
efficient, user-friendly recruitment and admissions processes.
- Design relevant, innovative, transformational curricula for
INP’s multiple program areas and develop an associated faculty
training and design to maximize program impact and faculty
experience in the work.
Build and nurture strong teams that are committed to
Co-creating Maximal Impact.
The Chief Program Officer will cultivate and lead a nimble,
fast-paced, high-impact team, articulating and driving a healthy,
values-centered, results-oriented team culture across INP’s
programmatic work. The Chief Program Officer will work to deliver
results and reframe challenges as opportunities for organizational
growth, model organizational values, and translate vision into
action. They will support and build the leadership capacity of
their team and ensure they have the tools they need to be
successful. They will lead and support the program staff and the
broader INP organization as outlined below:
- Ensure team leaders have the skills, tools, support, input, and
feedback they need to effectively lead high performing, high impact
- In partnership with the Executive leadership team, respond and
attend to organizational challenges and work to support
organizational values and culture.
- In partnership with leadership, ensure the availability,
alignment, and good stewardship of INP resources in the long and
short-term, setting priorities and designing programs that optimize
the impact of INP resources.
- In partnership with the Finance leadership, regularly review
organizational financial documents and identify areas for
improvement and opportunities.
- Recruit, hire, assess, supervise program leaders.
Represent INP and Manage Effective External
The Chief Program Officer must have a strong desire and interest
to work and develop program strategies that help equip and empower
leaders in the social impact sector. They will be deeply committed
to advancing social sector effectiveness and to racial and gender
equity within the organization. The Chief Program Officer will work
to maintain, build, and extend partnerships in the service of INP’s
QUALIFICATIONS OF THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
The ideal candidate will be first and foremost committed to
INP’s mission and the visionary evolution of the organization and
its work. They will be eager to step in and help INP leverage
design thinking and collaborative organizational development to
increase investment from staff and partners, resulting in more
sustainable impact. They will be distinguished as a leader in
racial and gender equity and organizational development, as well as
a successful people-developer grounded in an asset-based
The Chief Program Officer will cultivate, assemble, and lead a
high impact team. They will be responsible for articulating and
driving a healthy, results oriented team culture across INP’s
programmatic work. The Chief Program Officer will be focused on
delivering results and reframing challenges as opportunities for
organizational growth. They will model organizational values and
will translate a compelling vision into action. They will support
and build the leadership capacity of their direct reports and
ensure that they have the tools they need to be successful.
While no one person will embody all of the qualities enumerated
below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following
professional and personal abilities, attributes, and
- A hands-on strategic leader who balances a sense of urgency
with empathy and humility when building and maintaining
relationships with new and existing funding partners and faculty in
- A strong people leader who leads for results and understands
how to tailor their management style to create the conditions that
allow for their team to successfully meet their desired
- A skillful integrator of systems and processes that serve and
bolster a diverse set of programs and leaders.
- Lived experience that promotes knowledge of and sensitivity to
the challenges communities face, including appreciation for
historical context, discernment of relationship nuances and power
dynamics, and understanding of social, racial, and ethnic
- Highly developed capacity for self-management and
self-regulation, active listening skills, and the ability to use
interpersonal and political skills in collaborative ways.
- Successful experience leading a multidisciplinary team and
working effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social, and
- Strong relationship building and communication skills with the
ability to have authentic dialogue around sensitive issues,
including strategic priorities and ecosystem partner concerns.
- Excellent writing, editing, analytical, and oral communication
skills, including the ability to collect, review, synthesize, and
present information and findings.
- Ability to multitask and meet deadlines within designated
timeframes as well as demonstrated resourcefulness in setting
priorities; strong organizational skills and exceptional attention
to detail with the ability to work both independently and on
- Exemplary public communication skills and experience
participating in national and regional convenings as a panelist or
- An optimistic outlook and the humor, integrity, kindness, and
enthusiasm necessary to work within a transformative
COMPENSATION, BENEFITS, & WORK LOCATION
Work Location: Currently INP is operating
according to state and federal health and safety guidelines.
However, we anticipate staff to return to the office where
applicable. This is a full-time position and will ideally be based
in the Boston area. For the most highly qualified candidates,
remote work locations with ability to travel will be
Salary and Benefits: The salary range for
this position starts $190,000 and is negotiable depending on
experience. INP has a generous benefits package which includes
health, dental, and vision coverage and a retirement savings 401(k)
plan. In addition, and at present, we offer 15 days of paid
vacation for new team members, ten paid holidays, and a winter
break for all employees.
For more information about the Institute for Nonprofit
Practice, please visit: www.nonprofitpractice.org
This search is being led by Julian Jackson, Yuniya Khan, and
of NPAG. Candidates may submit
their cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications,
along with their resume via NPAG’s website.
The Institute for Nonprofit Practice is an equal
opportunity employer fully committed to creating an environment and
team that represents various backgrounds, perspectives, styles, and
experiences. All are encouraged to apply because we believe a
diversity of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and
outcomes for everyone.