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Chief Program Officer (CPO)

Opening Date: December 20, 2021

 Closing Date:  Open Until Filled

 Status:  Full–Time/ Exempt Position

 Opening Available for Chief Program Officer  (CPO)

Salary: $84,000 Annually                      Pay Grade: 11

Essential Functions

  • Directs, provides guidance to, and reviews the work of individual contributors and supervisory employees in order to accomplish operational plans and results
  • Facilitates and implements approved work and strategic plans; develops and maintains a high-quality customer service program, ensuring staff is effectively trained in related procedures and practices
  • Develops and ensures implementation of best practice standards and assures compliance with all regulatory and funding agencies; compiles and submits data for trend analysis and regulatory reporting
  • Develops, recommends, and presents to the CEO resolutions and/or plans related to funding, monitoring, quality improvement, and general ELC business; proposes area policies per new directives from funders; implements approved policies in collaboration with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • Provides assigned Directors with guidance for budget administration, resource allocation and utilization of department fiscal and personnel resources
  • Produces and analyzes complex data and reports for the assigned area/s and associated programs, and assigned components of the organization’s annual reports
  • Reviews and/or approves financial reports to ensure accurate allocation to charged budgets
  • Audits documents, records, and reports generated by assigned staff; ensures all assigned staff understand and consistently apply established procedures and regulatory or contracted guidelines to their activities
  • Manages the services for School Readiness (SR) eligibility in-takes, re-determinations, and terminations
  • Implements and/or advises the CEO on SR strategies to maximize usage of direct services (childcare)
  • Coordinates SR match, working with external SR match participant donors
  • Enacts recruitment plans for ensuring proper enrollment of Voluntary Pre-kindergarten (VPK) programs
  • Manages Child Care Resource and Referral (CCRR)activities to increase parental choice
  • Coordinates activities and initiatives to ensure families and providers receive efficient and effective support
  • Procures for commodities and services in compliance with state and federal statutes
  • Interacts regularly and cooperatively with all ELC staff and external organizations
  • Maintains visibility in the community by serving on advisory boards and committees and participating in other activities that promote the ELC and early learning programs and activities
  • Maintains an ability to travel on a flexible schedule per organizational responsibilities and requirements
  • Informs and advises the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on matters pertaining to engagement of new employees, termination of existing employees, and all other pertinent employment actions
  • Relates well to people from varied backgrounds and situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences
  • Establishes/develops and maintains collaboration, trust, and cohesion with colleagues; demonstrates and fosters a commitment to the mission, goals, and organizational culture of the Coalition


  • Reviews and evaluates work methods and procedures and meets with management staff to identify and resolve problems
  • Assesses and monitors workload; identifies opportunities for improvement and implements changes
  • Selects, trains, motivates, and evaluates personnel; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline and termination procedures
  • Oversees and participates in the development and administration of the departmental budget; informs the School Readiness forecasting process in collaboration with the Chief Financial Officer; approves expenditures and implements budgetary adjustments for approved and assigned budget

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in social work, public or business administration, or related field; supplemented by ten (10) years of directly related experience, including three (3) years of supervisory or management experience; or an equivalent combination of education, certification, training, and/or experience.

To apply: Download the Employment Application and send your resume and completed application to:

 ELC of Southwest Florida is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.  Employees of the ELCSWFL and applicants for employment shall be afforded equal opportunity in all aspects of employment without regard to race, color, religion, political affiliation, national origin, disability, marital status, gender or age.


To apply for this job email your completed ELC Application Form and your Resume or CV to

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