Chief Program Officer

Dallas, Texas, United States Full-time

Teaching Trust seeks a full-time Chief Program Officer (CPO). This position is ideal for someone who wants to dramatically improve school leadership through intensive and intentional professional development and support of principal and leadership teams. Teaching Trust’s CPO should have a commitment to high quality professional development and coaching, and a passion for fostering a collaborative, dynamic team. This role is a fit for someone excited about developing managers and inspiring them to do their best work, who loves to build relationships with internal and external stakeholders to advance the work, thrives on innovation and continuous improvement to achieve results, and knows how to create, communicate, and execute against a strategic vision.

Who We Are

Teaching Trust is a nonprofit organization grounded in the conviction that school leadership is the single largest lever to improve public education. We develop strategic, visionary leaders at multiple levels within schools and school systems to engage and lead accountable, collaborative teams. These teams in turn ensure schools have high quality teaching and learning and aspirational cultures, which are necessary to provide an education that eliminates the opportunity gap for low-income students and students of color.

We work in the following ways to provide education opportunities that eliminate racial and socioeconomic disparities and give our students choice for their life path:

  • Training, supporting, and developing school leadership teams that are led by an effective principal
  • Working with principal preparation programs to create a new standard for the quality of principal preparation
  • Cultivating a community of educators by supporting their professional development and career advancement
  • Influencing the practices of the school systems we work with so they are more supportive of the practices our participants implement for impact

What You'll Take On

The CPO will serve as a critical member of Teaching Trust’s Leadership Team. The CPO will articulate and implement the strategic vision and execution of Teaching Trust programming; oversee a significant portfolio of programming and related services; assess the effectiveness of programming to ensure continuous learning and improvement; represent Teaching Trust programming with external constituents; provide mentoring, guidance, supervision, and professional development to a team of managers; and identify best-in-class practices by staying abreast of emerging and best practices in K-12 leadership development.

Additionally, the CPO will:

  • Serve as a critical member of Teaching Trust’s leadership team; participating in major organizational strategic, financial, programmatic, fundraising, and talent-related decisions
  • Effectively coach, develop, and manage the Program team to inspire staff to do their best work; foster a growth minded, innovative, and psychologically safe work environment to support the growth of all team members
  • Oversee the coordination, integration, and delivery of all programs, contracts and related services, and establish partnership and contract terms most favorable to improved student outcomes and long-term partner retention
  • Apply continuous learning to enable thoughtful, innovative responses to evolving educational trends and standards
  • Engage the Program Team in developing a forward-looking vision for Teaching Trust’s delivery of professional development sessions and coaching
  • Foster learning by observing different program teams’ content sessions and sharing learnings across teams
  • Develop a team-based environment to motivate and inspire staff to work collaboratively toward a shared vision and goals; foster a growth minded, innovative, and psychologically safe work environment to support the growth of all team members
  • Encourage proactive, collaborative leadership across program teams
  • Foster productive, collaborative working relationships with external stakeholders, including funders, partners and regulatory bodies, where there is no positional authority, ensuring that expectations are consistently met
  • Partner with Teaching Trust’s CEO and Chief Learning Officer to ensure successful achievement of programmatic and organization-wide goals
  • Anticipate, identify, and address strategic challenges
  • Oversee and manage relationships with a growing number of Teaching Trust schools
  • Budget and monitor programmatic operations to ensure sound fiscal and system management

What You'll Bring

We are looking for someone who shares a passion for our mission to achieve better outcomes for students in urban schools. You will thrive in this role if you boldly adopt new approaches, learn from your mistakes, persist through challenges, and use feedback as an opportunity to improve.

Ideal candidates will have:

  • Significant leadership experience in education, nonprofit, government, philanthropy, or other relevant fields overseeing multiple programs or contracts, ideally in the education sector
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree in Business, Public Administration, Education or a related field is strongly desired
  • Demonstrated experience managing and developing a high-performing team
  • Comprehensive working knowledge of and desire to learn more about program planning and execution
  • Passion for Teaching Trust’s mission and purpose and an ability to communicate this passion to others
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, with the ability to represent the organization externally across a wide range of stakeholders and constituencies
  • Strong relationship building skills with the ability to find common ground, build consensus and strengthen collaboration among diverse stakeholders
  • Ability to achieve results in a fast-paced, outcomes-driven and entrepreneurial environment
  • Demonstrated commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusiveness
  • Strong community awareness and astuteness
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and compile complex data for planning and reporting purposes
  • Strong desire and ability to innovate and adopt new approaches to achieve results
  • Authorization to work in the United States required

Additionally, alignment with our core values is essential for the success of any candidate:

  • Educational Equity: We prioritize work based on its impact in eliminating the achievement gap.
  • Disciplined Behavior: We are unapologetically results and competencies driven.
  • Courage and Resilience: We take risks, rebound and persevere.
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset: We own our outcomes and act with urgency.
  • Reflection and Growth: We seek feedback and modify behavior to achieve results.

 What We Offer

Teaching Trust offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package, covering the employee premium for base medical, dental, and vision plans, and subsidizing the costs for a spouse/domestic partner and children. Additional benefits include employer paid life and disability insurance, flexible spending account options, a very generous vacation and holiday schedule, and a Simple IRA plan with employer matching. 


Teaching Trust is an equal opportunity employer. Teaching Trust evaluates applicants for employment on the basis of qualifications, merit and work-related criteria without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, childbirth, medical condition, marital or familial status, family responsibilities, veteran status, personal appearance, political affiliation, matriculation, or any other characteristic protected by law. All applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of such status.