California College Guidance Initiative,

Chief Programs Officer

1 month ago
Employment type
Full Time
Closing date

About this organization

The California College Guidance Initiative (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.

About this job

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.

Roles & responsibilities

  • 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.

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