Chief of Strategy and Operations (CSO)

About America's Promise

America's Promise Alliance is devoted to helping to create the conditions for success for all young people, including the millions currently being left behind. The organization's work is powered by the belief that all children are capable of learning and thriving, and that every individual, institution and sector shares the responsibility to help young people succeed. In pursuing this mission, America's Promise is committed to being a workplace of choice for professionals of all backgrounds and from all sectors who are dedicated to bettering the lives and life prospects of young people in America.


America's Promise was launched at The Presidents' Summit for America's Future held in Philadelphia in April 1997. All the living presidents (Clinton, Bush, Carter, Ford and Nancy Reagan representing her husband) came to the event to underscore the national commitment to making children and youth a top priority. Each of the presidents signed the Summit Declaration that set out the Five Promises for every child and serves as the guiding force for America's Promise. Ret. General Colin Powell chaired the Presidents' Summit, and then become the founding Chair of America's Promise.


The nation's largest partnership of its kind, America's Promise Alliance brings together hundreds of national nonprofits, businesses, communities, educators, youth and individuals behind a commitment to making the promise of America accessible to all young people. With an annual operating budget of $10M+, APA frames its work around the Five Promises articulated in the Summit Declaration and that must be kept to every young person in America – caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, an effective education, and opportunities to serve.


As America's Promise accelerates its work on existing initiatives like the GradNation Campaign and launches exciting new projects like the Healthy Schools Initiative and the Weiss Institute, the organization is searching for people with the skills, passion, and drive to help work toward its vision that every child in America has the opportunity and support to reach his or her full potential and pursue his or her American Dream.

 

About The Position

America's Promise Alliance is devoted to helping to create the conditions for success for all young people, including the millions currently being left behind. The organization's work is powered by the belief that all children are capable of learning and thriving, and that every individual, institution and sector shares the responsibility to help young people succeed. In pursuing this mission, America's Promise is committed to being a workplace of choice for professionals of all backgrounds and from all sectors who are dedicated to bettering the lives and life prospects of young people in America.

America's Promise was launched at The Presidents' Summit for America's Future held in Philadelphia in April 1997. All the living presidents (Clinton, Bush, Carter, Ford and Nancy Reagan representing her husband) came to the event to underscore the national commitment to making children and youth a top priority. Each of the presidents signed the Summit Declaration that set out the Five Promises for every child and serves as the guiding force for America's Promise. Ret. General Colin Powell chaired the Presidents' Summit, and then become the founding Chair of America's Promise.

The nation's largest partnership of its kind, America's Promise Alliance brings together hundreds of national nonprofits, businesses, communities, educators, youth and individuals behind a commitment to making the promise of America accessible to all young people. With an annual operating budget of $10M+, APA frames its work around the Five Promises articulated in the Summit Declaration and that must be kept to every young person in America – caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, an effective education, and opportunities to serve.
As America's Promise accelerates its work on existing initiatives like the GradNation Campaign and launches exciting new projects like the Healthy Schools Initiative and the Weiss Institute, the organization is searching for people with the skills, passion, and drive to help work toward its vision that every child in America has the opportunity and support to reach his or her full potential and pursue his or her American Dream.

Strategic Leadership 

  • Co-lead leadership team to inform and provide strategic guidance to organization-wide decisions
  • Develop a clear, mission-aligned vision and processes for how teams will operate together, with an eye towards collaboration, innovation, and efficiency
  • Maintain a culture that attracts and retains diverse talent at all levels and that is reflective of the organization's values, supporting high performance and collaboration
  • Define a set of clear and appropriate metrics/goals to measure and enhance operational effectiveness and organizational impact
  • Establish a visible profile and leadership position with key stakeholders, including partners, thought leaders, and corporate audiences

Operations

  • Lead and manage cross-functional teams that work across the full organization to support effective program delivery and continuous learning and improvement; focus on creating a structure and culture that supports growth while maintaining exceptional quality
  • Oversee effective systems, so that staff has the technology and tools to work effectively across functions and programs
  • Lead the talent development function, providing strategic and operational guidance to recruitment, retention, performance management, and initiatives related to diversity and inclusiveness
  • Oversee processes and systems that support the organization's financial health and sustainability, keeping the CEO and Board informed of financial, risk and compliance matters as appropriate to their oversight or management responsibilities

External Affairs

  • Oversee and manage the organization's development and communications functions, working to achieve America's Promise Alliance's short- and long-term fundraising and external engagement goals
  • Equip the development and communications teams with the tools and resources necessary to keep the organization in strong financial health
  • Oversee the communications team, focusing on the organization's strategy on content, media, external relations, and digital engagement, enabling the organization to continue to build its public profile, cultivate its alliance and drive impact
  • Oversee the development team, enabling it to operate a best-in-class fundraising program to identify, cultivate and steward a range of investors including foundations, corporations, and high net-worth individuals
  • Represent the organization to key stakeholders and audiences

Candidate Requirements

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

Professional Experiences and Skills

  • A minimum of ten years leading high performing teams, working effectively with staff that come from a range of backgrounds and disciplines
  • Proven success managing a team through a period of change and/or growth, successfully meeting or exceeding organizational targets; evidence of defining and leading a large scale organizational vision with significant positive outcomes
  • Exceptional strategic thinking and problem-solving skills, with the intellectual depth and maturity to work with the CEO and leadership team, Board members, and staff
  • Strong relationship building and influencing skills and a listening orientation toward working with others
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, with experience translating and distilling complex messages for a diverse spectrum of stakeholders
  • Outstanding organizational and project management skills with an overall execution orientation and high attention to detail
  • Experience creating and managing complex organizational or department budgets; ability to develop strategic and operational plans by leveraging information from multiple streams, constituencies, and groups of data
  • Track record of delivering effective professional development at both the individual and team-level
  • Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree preferred

Personal Attributes and Beliefs

  • Deep passion for the organization's mission and a commitment to providing America's children and youth with the supports they need to achieve adult success
  • Ability to navigate ambiguity and change with flexibility and thrive in a fast paced, highly collaborative work setting
  • An authentic belief in the power of diverse teams to deliver high-impact results, with a track record of leading diverse and inclusive groups to achieve ambitious goals; experience building inclusive and collaborative environments
  • Open and forthright approach, engaging opposing points of view with professionalism, maturity and respect
  • Intellectual curiosity and a high standard of excellence
  • Sense of humor

Compensation and benefits:

Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

Please apply directly on the On-Ramps website

America’s Promise Alliance actively seeks and welcomes diversity of all types on the America’s Promise Team and is committed to an inclusive environment that allows all team members to thrive. While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.