Chief Programs Officer

Career Opportunity

Chief Programs Officer

All candidates must live in California.

Posted: 8/23/22

CCGI is looking for a bold, dynamic, and visionary leader to serve as the organization’s inaugural Chief Programs Officer. CCGI streamlines the college planning and application process for California students and helps colleges access the information they need to inform key decisions about admission, first-year academic placement, financial aid, advising, and supportive services. The Chief Programs Officer drives CCGI strategy for utilization of and how it can be leveraged to smooth intersegmental pathways. This includes purview over CCGI’s core support services and technical assistance to K-12 school districts, as well as how those intersect with both internal and external programs that reinforce and supplement that work.

The ideal candidate is a disruptive leader – at ease navigating unexpected situations and thriving through uncertainty, while demonstrating honesty and vulnerability for those around them. As a result, the Chief Programs Officer excels at forging trusted relationships that lead to generative collaboration and progress towards shared goals.

The inaugural Chief Programs Officers is an accomplished and humble K-12 practitioner who has progressively grown in scope and depth of leadership within California’s public school system. They simultaneously hold a deep understanding of equity gaps, appreciate the challenges and opportunities related to scaling a data and guidance infrastructure, and have successfully led district-wide change efforts. Based on their extensive experience, the Chief Programs Officer has an expert lens on CA’s K-12 public education landscape, is politically savvy, and can successfully scale CCGI’s programmatic work across the state. Externally, the Chief Programs Officer will be able to confidently represent the needs of students in critical state level, regional, and institutional relationships that have implications for organizational strategy and scaling.

The Chief Programs Officer is an integral member of CCGI’s executive team, oversees a Senior Director, an Administrator in Residence, and a Deputy Director. They report directly to the President.

We work to solve large scale, system-level problems. The Chief Programs Officer must be comfortable working with unknowns and ambiguity, while still generating workable solutions amidst significant complexity.  They must be passionate about promoting public education and advancing educational equity.

What Will You Be Doing?

      • Strengthen and expand CCGI’s programmatic work to drive the use of across the state of California, ensuring each component contributes to a coherent and holistic strategy.
          • Evolve programmatic models that align with best practices, while innovating to solve problems to which there are no good evidence based solutions.
          • Ensure instructional support materials and associated training is grounded in the core needs of students and educators, and that support for district implementation is both adaptable to local contexts and scalable
          • Develop and implement professional development so that CCGI staff fully understand bodies of work in education for which the infrastructure could be made useful (i.e. CTE, master scheduling, etc.).
          • Work with Chief of Staff and President to ensure is positioned in forthcoming state policy as an infrastructure to support meaningful implementation of student success policies and investments.
      • Provide leadership, direction, and vision for the full portfolio of CCGI’s programmatic work with K-12 districts and parents.
          • Strategic thought-leader and partner to the Senior Director to implement the strategic vision for CCGI’s work within K-12 districts.
          • Key subject-matter-expert and advisor for Directors as they think about how program and process design meets the needs of K12 districts.
          • Support the TAUS team to ensure their strategy and design aligns with other divisions within the organization and with the objectives of external partnerships.
          • Provide council and thought-leadership to the Deputy Director, Parent Engagement to inform CCGI’s strategies to galvanize parent coordinators and organizations to both use and advocate for the use of
          • Oversee and drive strategy for how educational institutions (COEs, regional collaboratives, statewide workgroups and critically important districts like LAUSD etc.) can integrate into College and Career readiness, planning and transition focused work.Design and drive implementation of CCGI’s practitioner-to-practitioner regional work
          • Design and oversee implementation of programmatic enhancements that support the use of within state grant funded programs like the K-16 Regional Educational Collaborative Grants
          • Represent CCGI in the planning phases of regional, statewide and key district initiatives to ensure those plans consider how best to leverage the infrastructure that CCGI provides.
      • Cultivate and lead CCGI’s programmatic partnerships with key external institutions and programs, including: CSAC, including CalSOAP and Cash for College, as well as higher education institutions (i.e. CCC, CSU, UC)
      • Offer an expert and informed lens on platform enhancement needs and design.
      • Develop and maintain expert knowledge of
      • Model CCGI’s values both in action and in how decisions are made.

What Technical Skills Do You Need?

      • Deep understanding of educational equity and how to practically address opportunity gaps using a data and guidance infrastructure.
      • Experience leading and managing change within large institutional setting/s.
      • Minimum of ten (10) + years working within public K-12 institutions and with progressive leadership roles.
      • Deep familiarity with the “a-g” requirements, including relevant validations, and similarities and differences between requirements for the CSU and UC systems, as well as the K-12 CALPADS files.
      • In depth experience both working directly with and analyzing K-12 data and coaching others to do the same.
      • Highly refined strategic lens and an ability to translate strategy into concrete action plans.
      • Strong decision-making skills and collaborative spirit, with the ability to take abstract brainstorming and generate concrete proposals for action.
      • A bachelor’s degree is required. An advanced degree is preferred.
      • Minimum of ten (10) + years of experience as an organizational leader, including direct supervisory and/or coaching experience.

What Intangibles Do You Need?

      • Generate viable, concrete and actionable plans for moving towards a goal amidst significant complexity.
      • Model exceptional character and judgment in alignment with CCGI’s values and core characteristics.
      • Thrive in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities and deadlines.
      • Self-directed and proactive problem-solver.
      • Meticulous attention to detail.
      • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to communicate with various levels of professionals. Ability to communicate complex information simply.
      • Stellar organizational skills, time management, and attention to detail.
      • Ability to model, provide, and receive feedback using the Nonviolent Communication model.
      • A desire to work in and lead a team culture with the following characteristics: Collaboration and learning, Data-driven practices, Direct feedback, Documentation, Due diligence and preparation, Professionalism and kindness, Self-reflection, Strategic thinking, and Vulnerability.
      • Lead with an intentional focus on building teams that value/promote/engage/demand different perspectives, experiences, and strengths.
      • Understand that systems and organizations are made up of people with all the complexity that implies.
      • Dedication to continuing to grow management and leadership skills.

More about CCGI

CCGI works to ensure that all 6th-12th grade students in California have access to a systematic baseline of guidance and support as they plan, prepare, and pay for postsecondary education and training.

This baseline is provided by, which provides California students and educators with a wide range of college and career planning information and tools. The site also houses, audits, and transmits student data to help ensure more accurate and efficient decisions regarding admissions, financial aid, and course placement. CCGI provides technical assistance, support, and training to K-12 school districts in order to support students, counselors, and parents with the systematic use of, including its transcript-informed tools.

CCGI forms the core of the college planning and application tools in California’s newly-launched Cradle-to-Career System. Over the next few years, the Cradle-to-Career System will scale CCGI so that all California 6th-12th grade students can have free access to our transcript-informed tools.

CCGI is a positive, diverse, and supportive culture. At our core, we prioritize the needs of students above all else.

Everyone at CCGI works remotely. We are all located in various parts of California. We rarely meet in person. Instead, we make use of tools, such as ZOOM, Slack, and Salesforce, to communicate and document our work.

CCGI is housed at the Foundation for California Community Colleges but is an autonomous initiative with its own mission, goals, and leadership team.

The Foundation for California Community Colleges is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities (EEO) are available to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, genetic characteristics, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital/parental status, political affiliation, religion, age, disability, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or veteran status. In addition to federal law requirements, the Foundation for California Community Colleges complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment.

As the official nonprofit auxiliary to the Chancellor’s Office, we aim to ensure our team reflects the diversity of the California Community Colleges and the 1.8 million students, campuses, and communities it serves. Individuals are hired for their deep understanding of each population’s unique needs and will join a collaborative environment where each team member plays an important role in helping Californians across all communities improve their social and economic mobility and build a better future for themselves and their families.

Application Instructions

      • Click the apply button below to be taken to the Foundation for California Community Colleges website, where the application is housed.
      • Include both a cover letter and resume with your application.


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