Chief Strategy and Impact Officer

Chief Strategy and Impact Officer

Coaching Corps

Oakland, CA   |   March 3, 2020

About Coaching Corps

Coaching Corps believes that every young person needs a caring adult outside the home who believes in them, teaches them invaluable life lessons, and helps them to become their best self. For many of us who grew up with access to quality organized sports, that person was a coach.

Middle-class and affluent families pour money and time into ensuring that their kids benefit from sports participation. But kids living in low-income communities have limited access to quality sports programming, leaving them once again on the side-lines.

Coaching Corps is the only national organization with the sole mission of leveling this playing field. We inspire people to volunteer as sports coaches and then place them with after-school programs serving low-income communities so that they can offer quality sports programming with a trained coach. Coaching Corps coaches are trained and supported to use a season of sports to teach kids invaluable life skills such as persistence, optimism, self-regulation, and empathy. Coaches help young people experience the safety, belonging, trust, and autonomy of a great team sports environment while learning to surpass even their own expectations and building confidence and leadership skills.

Since 2012 Coaching Corps has trained and supported over 15,000 people to become sports coaches. In turn, these coaches have provided a season of sports to over 150,000 kids. We operate throughout California, as well as in Boston, Baltimore, Orlando, and Atlanta. This year alone we will provide almost 40,000 kids with a trained coach as a role model and mentor. Along the way we are building a vocal constituency of young people, afterschool leaders, sports industry executives, and community leaders, in support of youth sports for all kids, regardless of the neighborhood they live in.

Join a growing and dynamic organization committed to closing the sports equity gap. Stand with thousands of volunteer coaches and dedicated afterschool programs that are building the movement to ensure that every child, regardless of their zip code, has access to the transformative power of sports with a trained and caring coach.

For more information on Coaching Corps, please visit

The Opportunity

Coaching Corps is at the beginning stages of implementing an ambitious strategic plan for growth with the goal of reaching 1 million youth in the next ten years, while building capacity to afterschool programs serving low-income communities anywhere in the United States to offer sports with a trained Coaching Corps coach. The organization has developed a transformational three-year plan that will put them on a new trajectory as a nationally recognized leader in sports-based youth development so they can literally “level the playing field” for youth from low-income communities across the country.

At this exciting time in the organization’s evolution, Coaching Corps seeks an experienced, innovative, and detailed-oriented Chief Strategy and Impact Officer (CSIO) to join its Executive Team. The CSIO will share responsibility with the President and CEO, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Director of External Relations in implementing Coaching Corps’ overall strategic plan, with specific emphasis in fulfilling the programmatic goals while providing oversight and management of all programmatic aspects of the organization. This executive will be able to adapt and be flexible in a continually evolving environment with a highly engaged board, collaborative executive team, and staff.

The Chief Strategy and Impact Officer will have the unique opportunity to blend both programmatic and strategic leadership in this new role for this nimble. They will also be part of the team that is increasing Coaching Corps’ brand recognition, pursuing high profile corporate partnerships, and expanding the organization’s national footprint. This leader will manage the development and implementation of customer-oriented systems such as a state-of-the-art technology platform for coach recruitment and support, that allow the organization to continue expanding its reach.

Candidate Profile

The Chief Strategy and Impact Officer will play a key role as a strategic partner and advisor on the Executive Team and will bring a combination of strategic vision, innovative program management, effective project management, and tactical implementation capabilities to the organization. Reporting to and partnering with the President and CEO, the Chief Strategy and Impact Officer will have prior and demonstrated experience of driving change as well as leading and implementing organizational strategic goals and projects for an organization.

A superb communicator with strong management skills, this leader will bring a high degree of emotional intelligence and a collaborative leadership style to ensure the ongoing growth and development of the Program Directors and staff. The Chief Strategy and Impact Officer will directly manage a team of 4-5 including the Director of Regional Operations, Director of Coach Experience, Director of Education and Quality, Senior Manager of Analytics and Strategy, and technology platform consultants.

Additionally, this leader will have the ability to lead the development of a technology platform that will drive Coaching Corps’ programmatic expansion nationwide. Naturally inquisitive, this individual will have a high comfort and understanding of technology as an effective tool and will be able to ask the right questions to guide internal discussions and direction on this topic.

Successful candidates will also bring the following core competencies to Coaching Corps:

Collaborative, Strategic Leadership

The Chief Strategy and Impact Officer will play an essential organizational leadership role and work in close collaboration with the executive team to successfully operationalize and evaluate Coaching Corps’ strategic plan. This leader will be focused on key metrics and outcomes and will manage Board and funder expectations in partnership with the President and CEO and shift organizational processes as the implementation of the strategic plan unfolds. Successful candidates will be able to set priorities, make data-driven decisions, and assess risks in a timely manner while keeping the best interests of the organization in mind. This leader will be a natural collaborator with an ability to work in partnership and motivate others across functions and levels of the organization.

Change Manager

The Chief Strategy and Impact Officer will be a change agent with a creative approach towards program development and strategy. This leader will bring a fresh perspective as the organization pivots to its new growth- and customer-driven strategic plan. This organization-wide shift will require a change manager who is innovative, inspirational, and an effective communicator to excite and engage internal and external stakeholders about Coaching Corps’ future and ambitious goals. In particular, the Chief Strategy and Impact Officer will drive discussions to improve Coaching Corps’ branding strategy with coaches and afterschool programs and will internally promote the organization’s new customer service orientation.

Data-Driven Decision Maker

The Chief Strategy and Impact Officer will be a process thinker, with the ability to leverage data management and analytics to evaluate impact, while being flexible enough to respond to new opportunities as they arise. This leader will establish clear metrics for success for new programs and initiatives and will apply a rigorous approach to evaluating the strength and impact of all of Coaching Corps’ programs and services. This leader will be able to clearly communicate these metrics to the Coaching Corps staff and will motivate their team with clearly defined performance goals.

Exceptional Project Management Skills

This executive will have excellent organizational skills, with the ability to set and juggle multiple priorities, manage cross-functional organization-wide projects or initiatives, support team members, and track complex tasks across multiple stakeholders. This leader will have strong facilitation skills to bring together multiple stakeholders and help drive decisions and outcomes. This individual will have the ability to execute on deadlines and deliverables, creating systems and processes to streamline operations. This leader will also be responsible for identifying and overseeing the implementation of a technology tool that Coaching Corps will use to drive its growth strategy. This person will generate buy-in throughout the organization and manage a smooth and efficient roll out of this new technology strategy and platform.

Strong Program Management

The Chief Strategy and Impact Officer will have deep knowledge and proven experience in program management and a demonstrated ability to translate that knowledge into practical application. This leader will serve as counsel to other senior leaders and will drive organizational initiatives and change through reasoned, thoughtful due diligence, and experience.

Cultivating External Relationships

The Chief Strategy and Impact Officer will be skilled at building and sustaining excellent relationships and communicating effectively with diverse constituencies, including external partners. This leader will be a dynamic, outgoing, high-energy leader who can speak with any audience and successfully convey Coaching Corps’ mission, impact, and objectives. With donors and potential partners, they will be able to share a compelling vision that will generate excitement and support. This person will have bold ideas for identifying and cultivating new and high profile and mission-aligned sponsorships.

As a core part of its mission, Coaching Corps supports hundreds of external partners. The Chief Strategy and Impact Officer will play a critical role in ensuring that external partners are supported as the organization grows and will implement a scalable customer-centric culture throughout the organization. This customer focus will be critical as Coaching Corps expands outside its current network of stakeholders.


The Chief Strategy and Impact Officer will have a passion and commitment for the mission, history, and vision for Coaching Corps, and a desire to continue to elevate the profile and national footprint of the organization. Successful candidates do not need to have a direct connection to the youth sports but should be able to demonstrate a compelling and authentic commitment to the mission and communities it serves.


Koya Leadership Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Michelle Bonoan and Medelene Beasley are leading this search. To make recommendations or to express your interest in this role please visit this link or email Michelle and Medelene. All nominations, inquiries, and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Coaching Corps is an equal opportunity employer that values the diversity of its staff, partners, and constituents. Qualified women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, and those who are LGBTIQ-identified are encouraged to apply. We are proud of our flexible, healthy, and passionate work environment, and our transparency around our highly competitive salaries and benefits.

About Koya Leadership Partners

Koya Leadership Partners, a member of the Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

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