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Employer:  Forterra.
Categories:  Program/Project Mgmt.
Travel Required:  5-15%
Job Type:  Full Time
Preferred Degree:  Bachelors
Experience Required:  2-3 years
State/Province:  WA - Washington
City:  Seattle
Salary:  non-disclosed
Job Description: 

Reports To: President/CEO

Supervises: Program directors for Conservation, Stewardship, and Communities departments

Location: Seattle, WA

Position Type: Full-time, Salaried, Exempt

Benefits: Eligible, Class I

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Announcement PacketClick to download


Position Summary

The Chief Program Officer (CPO) is responsible for the overall development, integration, and implementation of Forterra’s programs. The ultimate goal of Forterra’s program strategy is to create great communities and conserve great lands as outlined in the Cascade and Olympic Agendas. 

The CPO provides leadership and direction to 30+ employees and contractors and is responsible for an operating budget of $3 million. As the person accountable for program and product delivery and budget development and management, the CPO ensures that Forterra meets or exceeds program deliverables consistent with applicable fiscal, regulatory, and contractual standards. As a dynamic leader, the CPO engages staff to find innovative approaches to achieving Forterra’s mission, strategic plan, and annual work plan. This position sets standards for high quality program delivery and excellent levels of client service, program success, and fiscal management.

The CPO supports all program employees in their work by ensuring they have the resources they need to consistently deliver on ambitious commitments. At times, the CPO joins program teams in the field to ensure successful contract negotiations and address client, volunteer, board, and community relations. In leading program teams, the CPO fosters a culture of learning, sharing of best practices, and ongoing feedback at all levels for continuous improvement in the quality and scale of Forterra’s program delivery.

The CPO works closely with the Executive VP, Strategic Enterprises (EVPSE) to meet Forterra’s mission and revenue goals under a 5-year strategic plan. The CPO has primary responsibility for vetting, scoping, identifying and managing necessary resources for program development and overall program delivery, with emphasis on developing innovative tools and strategies for advancing program objectives, and  managing program personnel and budgets. The EVPSE has primary responsibility for delivering strategic project revenue opportunities, with emphasis on external relations and major project management.

As a member of the Executive Leadership and Senior Management Teams the CPO participates actively in defining  Forterra’s overall strategic direction and organizational policies. The CPO directly oversees the Stewardship, Communities, and Conservation Departments by setting goals; monitoring workflow and performance; guiding strategic program design and addressing implementation issues; supporting the creation of new business strategies and tools; ensuring sustainable revenue sources to fund program work; evaluating programmatic and financial results; and where necessary deploying adaptive management to ensure that mission objectives and operating requirements are met.


Candidate Profile

We seek a highly entrepreneurial, pragmatic, and business-savvy leader who is passionate about innovative approaches to land conservation, community development, and natural resources stewardship.

Our ideal candidate is ethical beyond reproach, values management as a critical business function, and brings a creative new perspective that yields opportunities and challenges norms.

The following is a list of the ideal qualifications and characteristics we see in our next CPO:

Commitment to Mission & Values

  • Shares Forterra’s enthusiasm for creating great communities and conserving great lands.
  • Committed to a collaborative work approach: internally across departments and externally across political and socio-economic divides.
  • Oriented to double-bottom-line values (both mission and profit-driven).
  • Models Forterra’s Core Competencies

Strategic Vision & Innovation

  • Able to align and develop synergy between program areas, increasing opportunities to cross-sell and deliver products and services.
  • Experience driving/implementing a strategic plan, making tough decisions, implementing change, and demanding performance metrics.
  • Capable of big-picture thinking, able to quickly grasp and understand complex problems and lead teams to solutions.

Leadership & Management

  • Able to motivate all levels of staff, providing direction, vision, innovation, and inspiration to the organization.
  • Believes in and exercises service leadership.
  • Adept at public speaking to a broad range of audiences.
  • Experience delivering a revenue-generating product or service with duration of one or more business cycles.

Minimum Qualifications

Experience managing a budget of at least $1M and a division or department of at least 20 people. Experience that demonstrates success in encouraging and guiding innovation in a dynamic organization is essential. A minimum of a Bachelor's degree is required. click this link to apply:



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