Chief Program Officer

New York, United States Full-time Allows remote

OPENING: Chief Program Officer, Vote Run Lead

Position Summary

Vote Run Lead is an expansion-stage nonprofit looking to significantly scale to meet heightened market demand for women’s political leadership training and implement a moon-shot goal of gender parity in all 50 state legislatures. The Chief Program Officer will provide skilled leadership for all aspects of Vote Run Lead programming and training partnerships, with a priority on implementing the Vote Run Lead Training Institute and the Vote Run Lead State Parity Project.

The Chief Program Officer reports directly to the CEO, serves as a key member of Vote Run Lead’s executive team, and collaborates closely with other organizational leaders, including the operations, development and media teams. The Chief Program Officer will oversee all Vote Run Lead program development and innovation, data-driven decision-making, team-building and talent-development, and external partnerships. In this newly created role, the Chief Program Officer will grow and manage a team of program directors, will be responsible for all program implementation and quality control, and will serve as an external representative of VoteRunLead at the national level. Within the first year of hire, the Chief Program Officer will have successfully launched the Vote Run Lead Training Institute and 3 state campaigns under the State Parity Project.

Key Responsibilities

Responsibilities of the Chief Program Officer include, but are not limited to:

● Strategic reorganization and management of all Vote Run Lead programming into Vote Run Lead Training Institute and Vote Run Lead State Parity Project.

  • ○  Training Institute will house and deliver all Vote Run Lead trainings in any location, whether VRL-managed, fee-for-service, in partnership, or as special projects, and includes both online and in-person trainings and content. All curriculum design originates in Training Institute, as well as any training-related recorded or written content. Training Institute trains, tracks and manages relationships with all Vote Run Lead Certified National Trainers and #VRLNation (alumnae) are trained, tracked and managed in Training Institute.

  • ○  State Parity Project will house, market-test and deliver innovative, data-driven methodologies, tools, and technology to ensure all 50 states achieve and maintain gender parity in state legislatures. The project will be a testing lab for marketing, recruitment, community-building, and other activities to grow the representation of women in state legislatures. State Parity Project works in concert with Training Institute to achieve project goals.

  •  Develop vision and strategy for growth and evolution of Vote Run Lead programs, including planning and developing additional program models or components, and pursuing new funding opportunities in collaboration with Operations and Development teams.

  •  Manage and supervise Vote Run Lead program directors and staff; design staffing structure and determine additional staffing needs.

  •  Develop and manage program budget to meet funder and partner deliverables and to meet internal goals of Training Institute and State Parity Project.

  •  Actively work with Chief Executive Officer to drive fundraising and resource growth strategy pursuant to strategic expansion.

  •  Employ anti-racism approach to all programs, support continued development of Vote Run Lead’s racial and cultural equity competencies, and contribute to fostering an inclusive environment for all who work in, with and alongside Vote Run Lead.

  •  Design quarterly Objectives and Key Results (OKR) for program department, manage staff toward achieving goals, and evaluate and assess achievements and shortfalls.

  •  Deliver training programs according to State Parity Project goals, national partnership agreements, fee-for-service agreements, and other special projects.

  •  Manage existing and establish new partnerships with strategically identified national organizations and networks.

  •  Assess feasibility and strategic value of all new fee-for-hire, organizational partnerships, and special project requests.

  •  Collaborate with Chief Operating Officer to establish data collection protocols, ensure data collection consistency, and meet data integrity standards across all programs.

  •  Ensure “best in class” quality and consistent delivery across all programs.

  •  Represent Program team, plans, results, and impact to Vote Run Lead board of directors.

  •  Represent Vote Run Lead on national stage and in media in collaboration with Communications team.


    This is a full-time, senior leadership position at Vote Run Lead, with a salary commensurate with experience. In addition, Vote Run Lead offers an excellent benefit plan, including health insurance through BlueCross-BlueShield, flexible scheduling, and paid travel expenses. For the right candidate, Vote Run Lead is open to flex-time work arrangements, including remote days, customized working hours, and condensed work weeks.

Key Qualifications

Vote Run Lead is seeking a Chief Program Officer who has extensive experience working in politics at both strategic and tactical levels, and along the continuum from national to grassroots scales. The ability to work toward a big-picture vision while working collaboratively and effectively across all levels of the organization is critical.

Vote Run Lead is looking for a driven, mission-focused, team leader with experience working in fast-paced environments and a proven track record of delivering measurable, impactful results.

Specific requirements include:

  •  Minimum of 10 years of experience in senior management and/or executive team leadership.

  •  Strong project management skills, with the ability to coordinate across multiple groups and

    respond to real-time priority shifts.

  •  Demonstrable passion to drive change, pursue game-changing goals, and create meaningful

    impact around women’s political leadership.

  •  Proven commitment to work collaboratively and simultaneously with a variety of constituent

    groups, including program participants, staff, board members, volunteers, donors, alumnae,

    and other supporters and partner organizations.

  •  Demonstrable and quantifiable track record of past success in similar role or roles.

  •  Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communication skills.

  •  Expertise or experience in scaling programs to date.

  •  Expertise in state and local politics, including direct experience working with communities of

    color and women to increase civic engagement and political representation.

    About Vote Run Lead

    Vote Run Lead trains barrier-breaking women to run for political office and win.

    We empower women to run for local and state office because more women in politics creates real change, effective democracy, and better government.

    Vote Run Lead is a national, nonpartisan, civic leadership organization for women of all backgrounds. We use training, technology, and community to create large-scale impact on women’s representation and to fuel women’s ambition for political leadership, increase diversity, and close the knowledge gap around civic engagement for women of all classes, cultures, and colors. For more information, please visit

To Apply

Submit resume via email to with the Subject: “Chief Program Officer Application.” In the email, please include a brief cover letter that exemplifies why you are the ideal candidate for this position. Brevity is appreciated. Applications that do not follow these instructions will not be considered.

Vote Run Lead is an equal opportunity employer. Vote Run Lead prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, genetic characteristics, disability, status as a special disabled veteran or veteran, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual identity, or any other basis prohibited by law.