Chief Program Officer

Posted: September 22, 2017 Location: Rubicon Richmond


AGENCY: Rubicon’s mission is to transform East Bay communities by equipping people to break the cycle of poverty. Drawing on our 44-year history as a high integrity, trusted service provider, we address the root causes of poverty, empowering our participants to move out of poverty.

No one service is sufficient to address the many challenges people living in poverty face. We believe that guided participation and achievement across all four components of Income, Assets, Wellness, and Social Connections equips our participants to climb their unique ladder of prosperity.

We deliver economic mobility services throughout Contra Costa and Alameda counties, serving people living in poverty including those reentering the community from incarceration, and people receiving CalWORKs benefits. We serve as a host agency for a collective impact effort serving the reentry community; and we operate a large scale career center open to the general public. Our agency budget is $18M.

We are an inclusive community of people committed to courageous conversations. Our intentional culture supports people in bringing their full selves to work. Rubicon has incredible people and each day we are inspired anew, by one another.

JOB SUMMARY: The Chief Program Officer (CPO) is a member of the executive team, providing leadership to directors, managers and staff, responsible for moving Rubicon’s social impact goals forward.   The CPO takes a leadership role in evaluating the effectiveness of programs and implementing continuous improvement; providing guidance, strategic support, supervision, professional development and thought leadership to staff; and seeking out and collaborating internally and externally in responding to funding opportunities.  This position manages a workforce of over 70 employees and a budget of over $7M, consisting of multiple philanthropic, local, state, and federal public funding streams. The CPO reports to the Chief Executive Officer.

We are seeking an energetic individual who is passionate about racial, gender and social justice, has a growth mindset, is able to inspire participants, staff, community, funders, Board, organizational partners; and has a community and participant-centered orientation.   To be successful in this position, an individual must possess excellent communication skills and interpersonal flexibility, and approach challenges with curiosity while holding optimism for what is possible.   We are also seeking an individual who enjoys building and nurturing organizational partnerships.


Executive level  capacity in all of the following:

  1. Experience designing, implementing and evaluating services for persons who are economically disadvantaged;
  2. Critical analysis of systems of poverty, and conditions of people living in low-income communities, people who are homeless, reentering the community from incarceration, recovering from substance abuse, and/or who are long-term employed;
  3. Familiarity with public funding streams supporting services to Rubicon’s target population;
  4. Project management skills and ability to track and move work in multiple streams simultaneously;
  5. Budget and fiscal management skills;
  6. Excellent communication and negotiating abilities; meeting facilitation skills;
  7. Interest and competency with basic methods of evaluation and analysis;
  8. Experience hiring and developing staff, coaching, evaluating performance, setting goals and measuring success; history of achieving results while maintaining an inclusive, collaborative leadership style;
  9. Ability to represent Rubicon  effectively in a wide range of settings (participants,  staff, community, funders, Board, executive team);
  10. Strategic thinking,  proactive problem solving skills, and  successful championship of change; 
  11. This position requires the incumbent to travel throughout the East Bay on a regular basis; a valid California driver’s license, clear driving record and proof of personal vehicle insurance coverage is required.


  1. Strongly preferred – content expertise  in  the workforce development field including understanding of evidence based practices, emerging  trends, opportunities for innovation, current and potential partners;
  2. Knowledge of agencies, services, and funders in the Bay Area, especially in the East Bay;
  3. Experience in federal contract management and reporting;
  4. Experience in policy advocacy;
  5. Bachelor’s or advanced degree in business, economics, administration, social work, psychology, public policy, or a related field.


  1. Program Management & Development including: developing and strengthening strategic partnerships with private and public  human services agencies; faithful implementation of program model and undertaking continuous quality improvement ; compliance, safety and risk mitigation; budget preparation; analysis of financial performance; and managing toward  goals and objectives;
  2. People Management & Development: Includes resource planning; management of department hiring, skills development and performance management; and supervision of direct reports;
  3. Funding: Includes monitoring industry trends and State and Federal budget priorities; pursuing funding opportunities with internal and external stakeholders; managing funding proposals and RFP responses; and preparing  reports to funders;
  4. Agency wide planning and management: manage major work streams  in the agency strategic plan; serve on Executive Team, present program updates  to Board of Directors ;
  5. Executive Status Reporting: Opportunities, risks, unusual events, changes, progress against program goals & objectives.


Executive-level compensation. Competitive benefits include:  Kaiser HMO/HSA medical, dental, VSP vision service plan, generous paid sick leave and our company sponsored 403(b) retirement plan. Eligible employees also earn paid personal days, 3 weeks paid vacation and 10 company holidays.


To Apply

Email the following to

  1. Cover letter and resume.
  2. Rubicon Employment Application 
  3. Rubicon Applicant Tracking Form 

Rubicon Programs is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and we utilize E-Verify to validate the right to work within the United States. Rubicon gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to age, race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, disability or protected veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Please contact the Human Resources Department if you have a disability and need accommodations for the application process.