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|Job Type:||Full Time|
|Experience Required:||2-3 years|
|State/Province:||WA - Washington|
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 Packet: Click to download
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.
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
Strategic Vision & Innovation
Leadership & Management
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: http://www.forterra.org/who_we_are/careers