Chief Program Officer (CPO)

Program · Seattle, Washington
Department Program
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Senior Executive
Compensation $160,000-$200,000

Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS), a national education nonprofit, seeks a strategic, entrepreneurial, and mission-driven educational equity champion to serve as its next Chief Program Officer (CPO). Founded and headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Equal Opportunity Schools works to transform the sense of what is possible for historically underserved and underestimated high school students by providing equitable opportunities to succeed at the highest academic levels.  EOS partners with school, district, county, state, and national leaders around the country to close race and income enrollment gaps as well as success gaps in their Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs.

The EOS Action for Equity Framework and Toolbox provides a comprehensive suite of data analytics, tools, and professional learning to support district and school leaders to build equitable learning environments.  EOS partners with districts and schools to operationalize their commitments to racial equity by ensuring that their low-income and students of color are enrolled in advanced academic pathways.  This work serves as a powerful enabler of systems change.


Equal Opportunity Schools’ mission is to ensure that low-income and students of color have opportunities to succeed at the highest levels. Equal Opportunity Schools believes that when the highest learning opportunities are equitably accessible, the highest human potential is unbounded.

Four primary core values inform the work at EOS:

  • Justice: We are committed to the core principles of fairness, equity, and justice for our students, our partners, and our employees. We work to change the policies, practices, and mindsets that stand in the way of equity and justice.
  • Service: We pursue our mission with courage and urgency. We hold ourselves to high standards and embrace ambitious goals to serve our clients—and the students they serve—with an unwavering belief in the power of change.
  • Learning: We believe in innovation, creativity, and risk-taking to reach our highest potential. We embrace opportunities to learn and improve continuously, striving to be better as individuals, as teams, and as an organization.
  • Community: We are committed to being in true and lasting relationships with voices that have been previously marginalized and with the communities with which we partner. We believe that together we are stronger with a shared vision and common goals. We treat each other with respect and dignity.


Our CPO will have the unique opportunity to advance a successful program with a track record of impact and continued innovation and a demonstrated record of building significant capacity for educational equity across the country’s high schools. They will work under the direction of the CEO to shape and lead the organization’s Action for Equity programming – ensuring A4E programs are innovative, impactful, effective, and aligned with our core values and practices. The CPO leads the exploration, development, and implementation of new A4E program offerings, metrics of success, and dynamic opportunities for growth and development.

Action 4 Equity (A4E) Program Management

  • Lead the ongoing design, planning, delivery, and assessment of EOS’s core program model
  • Ensure fidelity to implementation and intended outcomes of all EOS A4E delivery phases
  • Develop and execute standardized and continuously honed metrics and ways of measuring success and progress toward goals
  • Apply continuous learning processes to enable thoughtful, innovative responses to programmatic improvements, and evolving educational trends

Program Team Leadership

  • Ensure successful execution of the strategic plan and annual goals related to programmatic creation and delivery
  • Play a key role in leading planning activities on behalf of the Program Division and the organization
  • Develop and manage the performance of the entire Program team, instituting strong accountability systems, training, and professional development plans that support staff growth

External Partnerships

  • Foster productive, collaborative working relationships with school, district, and state public education partners, other education nonprofits, and policy experts
  • Develop EOS' stories of success of students EOS aims to serve, and tell those stories in the media and general public with authenticity and sensitivity

Executive Leadership & Collaboration

  • Serve as a member of EOS' Cabinet and leadership team; participate in major organizational strategic, financial, programmatic, fundraising, and talent-related decisions
  • Collaborate closely with EOS Cabinet members in the development of program designs, objectives, and budgets
  • Collaborate around Program Model innovation, impact, and research with Chief Strategy Officer


The CPO should have a social justice mindset as well as superb organizational, operational, communications, and leadership skills to successfully act as a visionary, advocate, and leader aligned to the core mission of educational equity. Equal Opportunity Schools seeks candidates with the following experiences, characteristics, and abilities, understanding that no single candidate will have all of the ideal qualifications:

  • A demonstrated commitment to racial equity and experience working with community groups, foundations, and/or government agencies in an education context.
  • Proven track record of program leadership, including successful nonprofit advancement, as well as experience in the K-12 educational market. A mix of nonprofit, corporate, and/or academic service with operations and program experience is ideal.
  • At least 10 years of leadership experience in the following areas is essential:
    • Developing high-quality partnerships with districts and schools that deliver results
    • Scaling a multi-site team and program, including significant experience building infrastructure and systems
    • Developing and managing systems change initiatives in education along with the ability to communicate the big picture in an inspiring way
  • Proven track record of managing people, developing high-performance teams, managing budgets, and achieving goals. Experience leading and building a diverse staff with a record of providing visionary and motivational leadership.
  • Operational mindset that compliments a visionary leader, excellent problem-solving skills, and a bias for action.
    • Experience in project management to systematize workflow and staff to deliver measurable, cost-effective results
    • Analytical capacity to comprehend, process and synthesize data expeditiously and effectively to implement programs on a nationwide scale.
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills to manage an evolving organizational culture with a demonstrated track record of improving climate and fostering transparency and inclusion.
  • Master's or advanced degree in education or business is preferred. Bachelor’s degree or relevant experience in lieu of degree required.


Interested applicants should submit a CV, and a cover letter highlighting relevant skills, and how EOS's work, social justice, and equity connect with their professional goals.

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  • Location
    Seattle, Washington
  • Department
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
    Senior Executive
  • Compensation