Chief Program Officer
FareStart transforms lives and disrupts poverty by delivering wraparound social services and case management to build life skills and provide job training that creates pathways for careers with upward mobility. As a social enterprise, FareStart is both a foodservice business, and a social service organization. Driven by a vision that every individual should have the opportunity to thrive in an equitable and just world, FareStart is a solution to some of society’s most pressing challenges. FareStart is deeply committed to addressing systemic inequities that perpetuate homelessness poverty, and food insecurity.
The Chief Program Officer (CPO) ensures the intentional integration of programs within FareStart’s social enterprises, fostering “one team, one mission”. The CPO is an important voice on the senior leadership team and reports to the CEO.
The CPO position is both highly strategic and very operational. It holds responsibility for program strategy and the day-to-day program management, including curriculum design, delivery, operations, and evaluation. The CPO will be instrumental in driving the unified, long-term strategy that can realize the vision for FareStart’s programmatic and geographic expansion to fulfill its mission.
This position has the best vantage point into FareStart’s impact; the CPO will synthesize the knowledge and data to inform program improvements, donor reporting, and strategy implications. They will glean and share insights into opportunities, innovations, and the potential for the FareStart model.
The ideal candidate brings both business acumen and an understanding of direct service to back up their passion for the mission of FareStart. The incoming CPO will understand how to align programmatic vision and strategy with the necessary responsiveness to and support for participant needs and circumstances. The ideal candidate is an inclusive leader with strong emotional and cultural intelligence. Humility and collaboration are highly valued traits for this role.
A varied career that spans private, nonprofit, and/or public sector leadership is valued. Experience in social services, operating foundations, or nonprofit management would serve candidates well. Skill in curriculum development or a master’s degree in social work would be an asset but is not required. We anticipate a minimum of ten years of program and organizational leadership experience would prepare candidates well for this role. The role requires a demonstration of strong program development and expansion skills and the ability to bring people along with your vision.
You can read more about the role and apply by visiting GoodCitizen’s website: https://www.goodcitizen.com/executive-search/farestart-chief-program-officer