United Way is an equal opportunity employer, offering competitive salaries and benefits and a friendly, diverse work environment.

Chief Program Officer

The Chief Program Officer (CPO) will serve as a critical member of the executive management team. In collaboration with the President, the CPO will articulate and implement the strategic vision and leadership of the agency; oversee a significant portfolio of grant making, community engagement, and capacity-building programs and their assessment; evaluate the effectiveness of programs and initiatives to provide ongoing feedback; help to promote and diversify funding through effective resource stewardship; and provide mentoring, guidance, supervision, and professional development to staff.

The Chief Program Officer will continuously refine and help develop the United Way of Central New York’s strategies to insure impact in identified areas.


Optimize use of United Way resources by developing and implementing effective funding and collaborative strategies based on community needs and identified impact areas.

Cultivate relationships and partnerships with government, businesses, philanthropic community, community organizations, educational organizations and professional organizations for leveraging grants, developing strategic initiatives, keeping current on community initiatives, and implementing developments/best practices in United Way priority areas and the nonprofit sector.

Oversee strategic community investments, including the monitoring of program performance, measurement of community outcomes, and analyzing and communicating performance indicators.

Lead site visits, meet with programs and organizations, and serve as primary point of contact for funded agencies, programs and initiatives.

Monitor and learn from funded programs and organizations on an ongoing basis, assessing and reporting on the overall effectiveness of investments as they relate to achieving our mission. Where relevant, work with staff and partners to support standardized and more robust data collection and assessment systems.

Supervise federal, state, and local grant programs, including the application process, compliance and reporting requirements, budgeting and procurement, and staff management.

Oversee ongoing research into grant and other funding opportunities that meet identified priority impact areas; coordinate review of opportunities and supervise application process for selected grants.

Oversee and participate in the development of position papers on current or emerging issues that impact community need.

Prepare written materials and presentations for executive management team, board members, donors, committees, and other stakeholders.

Participate in conferences, affinity networks, and meetings with thought leaders to advance the United Way of Central New York’s learning, networks, and impact.

Direct supervision of United Way staff assigned to the program department.

Serve as staff member assigned to the Community Initiative committee and work with the chair of that committee as required.

Other Duties:
In addition to the core responsibilities there will be opportunities to participate in and/or lead other cross-organizational and cross-program projects.

Position Qualifications:

Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in a relevant field with knowledge and experience in program management, human services provision, social work, nonprofit management, and public administration.

At least five years of experience in a nonprofit setting, including at least two years of management or supervision. Demonstrated ability to manage and supervise staff with the skill of creating positive teamwork, staff empowerment and accountability, with a focus on professional development and consideration of cultural sensitivities.

Understand and work with fiscal and programmatic information, with the ability to analyze, interpret, and manage data.

Strong oral and written English language skills. Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, Excel, and Access, with ability to learn new and/or customized software.

The Organization:

United Way of Central New York is an innovative and collaborative nonprofit organization that drives solutions to the most pressing human service community needs in the region. Through our advocacy and relevant leadership, we provide options for impactful giving and we fund programs and initiatives that help create a thriving community. Our engaged staff, board, volunteers, donors and partnerships distinguish us as a trusted champion for positive change. We are guided by our values of compassion, empowerment, collaboration, leadership and inclusion.

Our mission is to improve lives in the region by mobilizing the caring power of the community. We believe in the promise and importance of creative thinking, strategic leadership and strong collaborations to help bring about change. Our intention is to help make measurable progress in improving the lives of others.

This job description is not an exclusive statement of the responsibilities of the position. Other appropriate duties may be required.

To apply, please send cover letter and résumé to resumes@unitedway-cny.org by 1/31/19.

UWCNY is an equal opportunity employer. Diverse applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please note: We welcome resumes from qualified candidates applying for specific open positions, but we do not retain unsolicited resumes submitted for general consideration. We ask candidates to apply separately for each position for which they would like to be considered.