Founded in 1908, Partnership with Children (PwC) has a long and venerable history of serving New York City’s children and is now one of the city’s most respected organizations providing multi-tiered student support services, trauma-informed care, and social-emotional supports in underserved schools. 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 mental and behavioral health challenges faced by children growing up in financial 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 systemically 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: individual and small group counseling, family outreach and case management, full classroom and school-wide services (e.g. attendance improvement programs and restorative practices), and targeted professional development for school staff and faculty (e.g trauma-informed care). About half of PwC's schools are full-service community schools where PwC staff partner with principals to provide not only mental health services, but also afterschool and extended day programs, and a deeper level of student support and enrichment, family supports, and parent/community engagement. Finally, PwC recently received funding to create a service delivery model that enables charter schools to better serve more children growing up in financial poverty.
The PwC program 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. PwC also 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.
The organization has grown rapidly over the last 6 years to a budget of $12 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.
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.
The Chief Program Officer will provide skilled leadership for all aspects of PwC's programs and for over 100 staff members, with a priority on strategic program development and innovation, data-driven decision-making, team-building and talent-development, and external relationship-building. Building on the strong work of the current CPO, the incoming leader will continue to strengthen and refine the existing program model, with particular attention to applying a racial justice or racial equity approach to inform ongoing development; drive the exploration of new programmatic opportunities; oversee program evaluation; represent PwC's programming and impact to the board and external audiences; and provide leadership and inspiration to PwC's largest team.
The Chief Program Officer reports to the CEO/Executive Director, serves as a key member of an executive team of five, and collaborates closely with other organizational leaders, including the talent, finance, and development teams. The position is based in PwC's main office in lower Manhattan near City Hall, overseeing staff in schools across the 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.
The ideal candidate has experience managing large programs and teams, in a school-based setting or other complex or multi-site organizational structure in which they have needed to engage a wide range of stakeholders and to support program staff doing very difficult work. They will have demonstrated success in leading program strategy, with the ability to identify and respond to opportunities with innovative, high-quality programs. They will also bring deep knowledge of racial justice issues and equity in social work service delivery. Above all, this is a role that will provide leadership, inspiration, and support to hardworking staff, and that will ensure that PwC is positioned to respond to new and evolving opportunities to serve children, schools, and communities throughout New York City.
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.
Continue to build research-informed and evidence-based practices and resources for all tiers of school-based program for students, parents, teachers, and administrators. Oversee development/revision of standards of practice, and tools to manage to those standards, including ongoing codification of program materials and processes.
Use an anti-racism approach to strengthen and modify our existing program.
Manage the data team to provide clinical and program data to evaluate programmatic impact and monitor progress toward goals.
Partner with key leaders to determine the best team management structure, and support the management of 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.
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.
Experience hiring and retaining senior program staff and leading through transitions and growth.
Proven track record of developing and managing high quality programs, program models, tools, and resources to increase program efficacy, and of leveraging data to drive continuous learning and program improvement.
Strategic thinking and demonstrated success in program innovation.
Experience in program evaluation.
Exceptional managerial experience, 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.
Experience applying a racial justice and equity lens to programs as well as to building and leading staff teams and management structures.
Strong communication, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills, especially when working across differences, with demonstrated ability to form and maintain strong collaborative partnerships and to build consensus with colleagues, principals, and other strategic stakeholders.
LMSW or LCSW (or its equivalent) license and strong clinical experience considered a plus.
A demonstrated understanding of high-need communities and the social service, educational, and behavioral health issues that impact students and their families.
Experience with public school-based programs 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.
Ability to thrive in a high autonomy/high accountability environment, and to adapt to changing circumstances, working flexibly in order to handle multiple priorities.
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 and Kirstin Griffiths, here.
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