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Please email resume to: or fax to 727-548-1509.

Qualified applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or the presence of a non-job related medical condition or disability (mental or physical).

Chief Program Officer

The Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County is a nonprofit agency committed to equitable access to high-quality, early care, and education. Our vision is that all children will confidently enter kindergarten ready to succeed—in school and in life. ELC partners with over 400 early learning providers to serve nearly 15,000 children annually with an annual budget of approximately $50 million and (80+) full-time employees. Together, we are boldly working to revolutionize early learning to inspire children, engage families, and elevate educators.

We are seeking a Chief Program Officer (CPO) to join our group of dedicated and experienced professionals. This is an outstanding opportunity to be a part of the collaboration with community partners to prepare our future leaders for success. The Chief Program Officer will be a strategic thought-leader and play a critical role in partnering with the CEO and Board of Directors to ensure that the organization is advancing its mission.

The Chief Program Officer is responsible for ensuring the effective programming, operating efficiency, and evaluation and delivery of all programs. As a member of the senior leadership team, the CPO reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). This position plays a key role in planning, developing, and carrying out vital strategic goals and initiatives, with specific emphasis on aligning programs with evidence-based practices, cultural responsiveness and continual quality improvement. The Chief Program Officer will provide the leadership, management and oversight of daily operations for all program areas including: Family Services, Quality Initiatives and Provider Contracts & Compliance.



  • Commitment to the Mission: Model commitment to ELC’s mission, vision and guiding principles. Maintain the highest level of integrity and lead by example in all areas.
  • Leadership Collaboration: Collaborate with the management team to develop and implement plans for the operational infrastructure of systems, policies, processes, and personnel designed to accommodate the objectives of our organization and represent unified leadership perspective.
  • Culture: Promote and maintain a culture that is participatory, collaborative, results-oriented and accountable which supports the Coalition’s mission while maintaining the core values.
  • Overall Organizational Strategy and Indicators: Help guide the development of the overall organizational strategy and key indicators of success.
  • Program Strategy and Indicators: Based on the overall organizational strategy and strategic plan, guide program development and indicators.
  • Strategy Implementation: Guide the implementation of organizational and program strategy within Family Services, Quality Initiatives and Provider Contracts and Compliance.
  • School Readiness Plan: Direct the development, implementation and evaluation of the Coalition Plan for School Readiness in accordance with grant requirements.

Program Operations:

  • Program Management: Refine organizational systems and structures to maximize efficiency and promote cross-team collaboration, communication, and commitment to one another’s success.
  • Program Direction: Facilitate and guide program managers and supervisors in effective leadership of programs based on ELC’s mission and priorities as defined in the strategic plan.
  • Program Assessment and Improvement: Guide the Board’s Program Development Committee to assess community needs and program effectiveness. Look for opportunities to increase program impact and pursue those opportunities. In partnership with leaders across the organization, drive continuous improvement in performance of the Coalition.
  • Program Customer Service: Ensure all program initiatives, process and procedures align with the company’s core values and culture. Build and maintain customer satisfaction with services offered; provide excellent service to internal and external customers.
  • Personnel Management: Motivate and lead a high performance management team.
    Coordinate with human resources to recruit and retain skilled and motivated talent.
    Manages, leads, and enables the process of change and transition while helping others deal with the impacts.
  • Budget Supervision: Responsible for the development and monitoring of the annual program budgets. Evaluate and manage utilization of School Readiness slots in collaboration with the CFO.
  • Compliance: Interprets, develops and implements all guidelines and policies to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal regulations, laws and policies governing program operations. This includes having continuing dialogue and effective reporting with funders and partner agencies. Serve as liaison for programmatic audits.
  • Funding: Work with Executive Leadership and program staff to maintain positive working relationship with funders. Work with other internal and external stakeholders to assess and pursue funding opportunities.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned


Requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Early Education, Public Administration, Business Administration, or closely related field from an accredited institution;
  • Masters Degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 8-10 years experience successfully serving at upper management or executive level.
  • Knowledge of Florida’s early learning system.
  • Level II Background Screening

To be the best fit, a candidate will need the following skills/experience:

  • Ability to give and receive honest, balanced feedback
  • Strong and proven leadership skills and ethical conduct
  • Skilled in organizational development, personnel management, budget, project planning, and strategic planning
  • Possess personal qualities of integrity, credibility and commitment to the Coalition’s mission
  • Ability to analyze data to grasp issues, draw conclusions, and solve problems
  • Ability to work with people from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and skill levels
  • Excellent computer skills, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint in a Microsoft Windows environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience in grant research and proposal preparation
  • Experience in governmental regulations or public policy research and analysis.
  • Excellent interpersonal and public relations skills and the ability to interact with all levels of management
  • Skilled in setting priorities and managing competing deadlines


Qualified candidates please forward resumes directly to 
Position is open until filled

  • Salary: $85,000 – $110,000
  • Hours: Normal Coalition Hours are Monday- Friday, 8am- 5pm. 40 hours per week.
    Must be flexible to work evenings and weekends.
    Travel is required.

All resumes received for recently posted positions have been forwarded to the appropriate hiring managers. Applicants will be contacted directly by Human Resources if they are selected for an interview.