Chief Programs Officer

Chief Programs Officer

Code.org

Seattle, WA   |   October 23, 2019

Organizational Overview

Code.org® is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities.

Our vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry or algebra. Code.org increases diversity in computer science by reaching students of all backgrounds where they are — at their skill-level, in their schools, and in ways that inspire them to keep learning.

Code.org provides the leading curriculum for K-12 computer science in the largest school districts in the United States and Code.org also organizes the annual Hour of Code campaign, which has engaged 15% of all students in the world. Code.org is supported by generous donors including Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, the Infosys Foundation, Google, and many more.

For more information on Code.org please visit www.code.org.

Chief Programs Officer

At Code.org, our vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn computer science. To support that vision, our educational programs team builds deep partnerships, professional development programs, curricula, and resources to enable schools to implement high quality, equitable K-12 computer science pathways. Code.org is looking for a Chief Programs Officer to take on the critical role of managing and developing our educational programs.

To scale to tens of thousands of schools and support local needs, the Education Programs team focuses on capacity building for local organizations, facilitators, administrators, and teachers. To prepare teachers, the team designs professional learning programs and develops hundreds of facilitators and over 60 regional partners to run these programs. To support teachers each day in their classroom, this team built and continues to develop and evolve a K-12 curriculum pathway that provides lesson plans, resources, pedagogy and best practices for teachers new to computer science. To encourage schools and districts to expand their offerings, the team supports our Regional Partners in building local outreach efforts and developing communities.

Key responsibilities:

As Chief Programs Officer, you will be responsible for strategic program development, team and program management, curriculum development and partnerships. You will partner closely with our engineering, product, marketing and policy teams and drive our educational direction for the organization and leadership team.

The CPO manages a large internal team — responsible for hundreds of part-time facilitators, more than 60 regional partners, engaging tens of thousands of teachers with in person professional learning programs, and ultimately reaching over a million teachers with accounts on Code.org.

As CPO, you will:

  • Manage the vision and direction of our full K-12 curriculum and professional learning pathway.
  • Actively lead and manage a team of 25-plus, ensuring that team members have the skills, resources, and support needed to work to the best of their abilities.
  • Support the team to identify and incorporate best practices around equity and pedagogy into our resources.
  • Manage and support a network of regional partners across the country as well as working with other curriculum and PD partners.
  • Run programs to support facilitator development and engage our growing community of over 600 facilitators across the country
  • Prioritize and align workflows with our product, engineering, marketing and policy teams.
  • Support the workload, growth, and professional development of the team.
  • Manage an annual budget for all our educational work and local partnerships.

In addition to program responsibilities, the CPO serves as an organizational leader and thought partner to the President and Founder, working in collaboration to identify and solve business problems, increase impact, and ensure that Code.org is advancing its mission: ensuring that every student in school has the opportunity to learn computer science.

Qualifications

Our ideal candidate has experience working in education, possesses strong leadership, writing, and communication skills; effectively prioritizes projects and supports their team; and can develop strong collaborative relationships with other CS education providers and organizations. They will also have a demonstrated commitment to Code.org’s mission and vision. 

To be successful in this role, you should have: 

  • Managed and developed large teams across multiple roles/functions and levels of experience;
  • Experience creating, negotiating and managing complex partnerships with other organizations;
  • Driven changes at scale for curriculum/pedagogy across districts/schools;
  • Held a leadership role driving strategy;
  • An understanding of and passion for equity in K-12 education and computer science;
  • Managed the design and evaluation of multi-site educational programs.

The strongest candidates will also offer some combination of the following: 

  • Knowledge of computer science, including the concepts covered in the K-12 CS Framework and introductory college level CS courses;
  • Working knowledge of best practices in pedagogy and equitable curriculum design (ideally in a STEM field);
  • Exposure to the CSTA Computer Science Standards, CS Principles Framework, state CS standards and/or K-12 CS Framework;
  • K-12 teaching experience and/or K-12 administrator experience;
  • Facilitation experience and/or professional learning design;
  • Public speaking experience and skills;
  • Strong existing connections to the computer science education community;
  • Familiarity with Code.org’s curriculum and platform offerings.

This job requires flexibility to travel 25% of your working time per year (conferences, meeting partners, etc.).

Contact

Code.org has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a cover letter and resume, addressed to Molly Brennan and Ally Johnson, here.

Code.org provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual expression and identity, veteran status, national origin, age or disability. Code.org strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ applicants.

About Koya Leadership Partners

Koya Leadership Partners is a retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that partners exclusively with mission-driven clients, institutions of higher education and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our clients and ensuring they have the strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.

At Koya, we don’t just accept difference – we celebrate it, support it, and thrive on it for the benefit of our team, our clients, and the communities we serve. Koya is an equal opportunity employer fully committed to creating an environment and team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, styles, and experiences.

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