Chief Program and Strategy Officer

Chief Program and Strategy Officer

Partnership with Children

New York, NY   |   November 7, 2019

Organizational Overview:

Partnership with Children (PwC) is one of New York City’s most respected organizations providing multi-tiered student support services, trauma-informed care, community school services, and social-emotional learning supports in underserved schools. Founded in 1908, the organization has grown rapidly over the last 6 years to a budget of $13 million and has systematically built a strong infrastructure, a talented team, a more specialized staff, and a strong board. In addition, over the past several years, PwC has invested significant resources in building a strong organizational culture and introducing sweeping Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives.

Programmatic Overview

PwC’s program builds a foundation for lifelong social and emotional wellness through a unique combination of student and school-level supports so that students can learn and thrive. Thirty years ago, PwC became one of the first nonprofit agencies to embed specially-trained social workers in schools to address the behavioral health challenges faced by children growing up in poverty. Since then, the organization has become one of the biggest providers of social work services and community school programs for the New York City Department of Education, working within schools with a trauma-informed lens to ensure they are safe, successful, and conducive to learning. At every stage in its history, PwC has been a leader in its field and remains committed to a program fully grounded in effective social work practice.

Today, PwC recruits, trains, and provides clinical supervision for staff placed full-time in 30 schools across all five boroughs of New York City, serving over 11,000 students, almost all of whom meet the requirements for federal reduced or free lunch. PwC’s Masters-level social workers provide a range of services in schools and about half of PwC’s schools are full-service community schools where PwC staff partner with principals to provide a deeper level of support including afterschool and extended day programs. Finally, PwC is currently finalizing an affiliation with a well-respected arts integration organization which will enhance its community school offerings with additional avenues for social-emotional learning.

Results and Impact

PwC increases student attendance and on-task behavior; improves teachers’ classroom management skills; empowers families to support and advocate for their children’s education; and contributes to vibrant community schools. Given this success, PwC is recognized by the New York City Department of Education as a leading agency for providing social and emotional supports and counseling services for high-risk students; for effectively working with schools in crisis; for implementing restorative practices; and for overseeing community school programming. Because of its success, PwC partners with the United Way of New York City, the Robin Hood Foundation (as one of the biggest grantees in its education portfolio), the Walton Foundation, and several other private funders.

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Partnership with Children is committed to building a diverse and inclusive organization and addressing issues of equity within our own organization as well as in the other systems we interact with. Partnership with Children welcomes diversity in all its forms and believes that its mission can only be achieved when diversity is leveraged across all areas, including race, gender, gender expression, age, nationality and life experience. Partnership with Children is building a diverse and inclusive team and strongly encourages applications from individuals of all backgrounds. Partnership with Children provides equal opportunity for all applicants and employees.

Position Summary:

The Chief Program and Strategy Officer (CPSO) will provide skilled leadership for all aspects of PwC’s programs, with a priority on strategic program development with a racial equity lens, evaluation and data-driven decision-making, talent development, and external relationship-building. The CPSO will provide leadership and management for two Vice Presidents, who together supervise PwC’s largest team. Finally, in partnership with the CEO/Executive Director and executive team of four, the CPSO will help ensure that PwC is positioned to respond to new and evolving opportunities to serve children, schools, and communities throughout New York City.

This role provides an extraordinary opportunity for a talented leader to shape and develop programs and work with a passionate and committed team, in an organization with a strong program, an excellent reputation, a committed board of directors, and a history of successful fundraising. The board and staff leadership see this role as a key position at a time of great opportunity.

Key responsibilities:

Strategic program development

  • Develop a vision and strategy for program growth and evolution, which will involve planning and developing additional program models/components, developing or pursuing new public funding and/or grant opportunities in collaboration with the finance and development teams, and representing PwC’s program opportunities, results, and impact to the board.
  • Oversee the response to requests for PwC services and assessment of the feasibility and strategic value of new partnerships.
  • Use an anti-racism approach to strengthen and modify our existing program.

Program management

  • Manage a large, diverse staff team, ensuring programmatic excellence, strong school-based partnerships, and professional growth and continuous learning.
  • Support the continued development of PwC’s racial equity competencies and foster an inclusive environment.
  • Manage the data and evaluation team’s work in measuring programmatic impact and monitoring progress toward goals.
  • Oversee fiscal management of all programs in collaboration with the finance team, including creating programmatic budgets and amending procedures to respond to changes in external fiscal policies. Hold program staff accountable for budget management.

External relationship management

  • Represent PwC’s work to external audiences; establish and maintain strong working relationships with external stakeholders, including, but not limited to, the New York City Department of Education and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, as well as private funders.
  • Serve as a partner to the Development Team in donor/foundation stewardship processes; contribute to building supporters’ understanding of our work and impact. Champion program staff contributions to development and fundraising efforts.

While no one candidate will possess every quality outlined for this position, the successful candidate will fit many of the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:

  • Experience leading in nonprofit or social service settings, with success leading large-scale programs, working across multi-site or other complex organizational structures with a range of stakeholders and identifying and responding to opportunities with innovative and high-quality programming.
  • Demonstrated understanding of high-need communities and the social service, educational, and behavioral health issues that impact students and their families, combined with deep knowledge of racial justice issues and equity in program leadership, with the ability to support, and inspire a highly diverse team doing important work in challenging contexts.
  • Experience hiring and retaining senior program staff and leading through transitions and growth. Exceptional management skills and demonstrated success in supervising managers, with an inclusive leadership style, skill in giving and receiving feedback, the ability to hold staff accountable and drive continuous improvement, and experience in change management.
  • Proven track record of developing and managing high quality programs, program models, tools, and resources to increase program efficacy, and of leveraging data to inform program evaluation, drive continuous learning and program improvement.
  • Strong communication, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills. Ability to thrive in a high autonomy/high accountability environment, and to adapt to changing circumstances, working flexibly in order to handle multiple priorities.
  • Experience with public school-based programs and familiarity with NYC DOE; and/or familiarity with social work models considered a plus.
  • Commitment to focusing on the best interests of children and personal alignment to PwC’s organizational values: Collaboration, Continuous Learning, Going to Solution, Equity & Inclusion, and Passion.
Compensation & Benefits:

Partnership with Children offers a competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience and skills.


Partnership with Children has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a cover letter and resume, addressed to Cassie Scarano here.

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.

Koya is an equal opportunity employer fully committed to creating an environment and team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, styles, and experiences. We encourage all to apply because we believe a diversity of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone.

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