Vice President of Programs

Vice President of Programs


Flexible Location, USA   |   August 24, 2021

About Jumpstart

Jumpstart envisions the day when every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. A national early education organization with operations in 15 states plus Washington, DC, Jumpstart drives outcomes for young children in three critical ways. Jumpstart provides language, literacy, and social-emotional direct service programming utilizing an evidence-backed curriculum for preschool children from underserved communities, workforce programming to expand the pipeline of qualified, diverse talent pursuing careers in early education, and policy advocacy to support the early childhood field and promote high-quality early learning for all. By leveraging over 25 years of experience serving over 133,000 children with the support of more than 58,000 college students and community volunteers, Jumpstart executes these three objectives to improve the quality of the early education workforce and increase opportunity for young children to succeed across America.

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The Opportunity

Jumpstart is embarking on an ambitious strategic plan designed to greatly increase the number of children impacted by their programming while addressing the current shortage of qualified teachers. The Vice President of Programs (VP) is a newly designed position that will have the unparalleled opportunity to help bring this proven solution to reality. The role has strategic and operational responsibility for ensuring Jumpstart delivers high-quality programming for children and supports a thriving early childhood workforce through highly effective partnerships with institutions of higher education across the country.

The Program department sits at the nexus of higher education and early education, so the VP must be an expert in both domains, understanding the relationship and potential between the two sectors. The ideal candidate will be a proven advocate for both. As a member of Jumpstart’s leadership team, the VP will help set strategic direction for the organization as a whole and will strengthen the connection and alignment between national and site staff.

This position reports directly to Jumpstart’s President/COO and will have two direct reports. There will be approximately 20% local, regional, and/or national travel and the candidate will need to be based out of one of Jumpstart’s hub offices: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, DC, Los Angeles, New York, & San Francisco.

Specific Responsibilities:

Vision, Strategy, and Leadership

  • Working with the President/COO, strategically partner with other functional VPs and Executive Team members, individually and collectively, to develop and support strategies in alignment with the organization’s strategic plan and vision
  • Collaboratively with Associate Vice Presidents, synchronize work across geographies and programming types to maximize resources and create greater efficiency and effectiveness
  • Represent Jumpstart within higher education leadership to identify and establish partnerships across state/university systems, which will create positive benefits for a large portion of Jumpstart beneficiaries
  • Develop national partnerships, specifically in areas of early childhood workforce development, that align to Jumpstart’s mission, vision, and goals, and that expand Jumpstart’s brand
  • Partner with Jumpstart’s Policy and Government Relations team to advocate for policies that improve the early education and higher education sectors
  • Strengthen the quality and consistency of program delivery by partnering with the Research and Evaluation team to drive innovation based on data
  • Partner with Development to support funder stewardship, outreach, and applications to procure funding that supports program impact, as well as general organization needs


  • Develop recommendations for creating efficiencies within, and optimizing organization of, the staff serving in the Program department to support growth over the next 3 – 5 years
  • Manage AVP staff on the Program team as they directly manage implementation, partnerships, and growth of Jumpstart’s direct service and modified programming
  • Serve as an advocate for the Program team with organizational leadership, ensuring that strategic decisions are informed by on-the-ground insights
  • Ensure and model strong communication between sites, teams, and departments
  • Manage grant budgets and deliverables related to program impact: support finance in tracking grant budgets and unit costs, ensure budgeted activities are accounted for, and make strategic recommendations about resources including the partnership process with sites
  • Fully contribute to and participate in the activities and responsibilities of the leadership team
  • Be an effective agent for change; successfully lead and model innovation and improvement throughout the organization
  • Work to create a shared culture across the organization while strengthening the unique culture of each team
Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will have the following professional and personal qualities, skills, and characteristics:

  • Ed. or advanced degree in education preferred. Bachelor’s Degree with relevant experience required, or equivalent work experience
  • At least seven years of senior management experience with a proven track record of exceeding goals; experience working in higher education preferred
  • Demonstrated understanding of the early childhood workforce landscape including preparation, credentialing processes, compensation, professional development, and policy
  • Experience contributing to the strategic direction of a growing organization
  • Experience managing strategic partnerships with diverse and large organizations
  • Demonstrated success in effectively leading, developing, and empowering top-notch leaders, enforcing accountability, and working with and through others to achieve ambitious goals
  • Comprehensive analytical, strategic thinking, and problem-solving skills with the ability to plan and implement in a demanding, fast-paced environment
  • Excellent relationship building skills; ability to personally connect with and engage diverse groups of internal and external stakeholders
  • Confident and willing to engage in healthy debate to arrive at the best decisions
  • Quality written and verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and an understanding of how future teacher preparation and quality early education is a key to living into that commitment
  • Embody Jumpstart’s core values: learning, social justice, community, joy, and inclusive leadership
Compensation & Benefits

$160,000 – $170,000 commensurate with education and experience; along with excellent benefits and a great mission-driven work environment


Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Erin Reedy here.


Jumpstart is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion or creed, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, age, pregnancy, veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status recognized by federal, state or local law with respect to employment opportunities. Please visit our website at

About Koya Partners

Koya Partners, a part of 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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