Mouse | Chief Program Officer

Chief Program Officer

Mouse is a dynamic non-profit organization and a leader in Computer Science education. For more than twenty years, Mouse has provided groundbreaking programs in low-income and BIPOC communities. Our initiatives engage youth to learn computer science, critical thinking, and technology skills in school and as part of after school programs. Mouse’s professional development programs for Computer Science teachers are the most respected and innovative in the region, guiding thousands of teachers to be leaders in technology learning.

Mouse prioritizes our work with students and teachers in New York and provides online learning products used across the country. During the COVID-19 crisis, Mouse has expanded our computer science programs by providing free access to our remote learning platform and training 6,000 teachers in New York City to use Google Classroom and other online learning tools. Mouse is strengthening its commitment to equity in high-tech education and workforce development with the creation of a new Chief Program Officer position.

Position Overview:

This is an extraordinary opportunity for an innovator with strong relationships in education and extensive background in Computer Science learning and/or high-tech workforce development. The Chief Program Officer (CPO) is a new position that will initiate and drive Mouse’s program leadership preparing vulnerable youth for careers in computer science and other high tech fields.

The CPO will oversee Mouse’s leadership among the diverse array of available Computer Science and STEM programs and be responsible for Mouse’s growing portfolio of programs. In addition to increasing the impact of our direct-to-student programs, this role includes growing Mouse’s reach and excellence in professional development with Computer Science and critical thinking training for K-12 teachers, as well as exploring new opportunities for Mouse in high tech workforce development.

The CPO is a member of Mouse’s senior leadership team sharing joint responsibility for ensuring the successful implementation of the organization’s goals and objectives, and promoting the use of data and workflow systems to plan, manage and evaluate programs.

When offices re-open, the position will be based in Mouse’s Manhattan office and will report to the CEO.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Strategic Program Development

  • Maximize the vision, impact, effectiveness, and efficiency of Mouse programs
  • Ensure Mouse education programs evolve to anticipate the changing needs of students, teachers, and school districts
  • Drive new relationships and program development with national organizations and businesses providing Computer Science-related curriculum and opportunities
  • Encourage collaboration with local and regional organizations
  • Explore new opportunities and collaborations in high tech workforce development
  • Collaborate with Mouse leadership in developing the vision, strategy, and execution plans for new program development and the expansion of existing programs, including a commitment to excellence, growth, and measurement

Program Oversight and Evaluation

  • Commit to delivering the very best programs available anywhere
  • Oversee coordination of effort and teamwork throughout the organization for planning, budgeting, testing, and rolling-out new programming
  • Establish performance indicators to measure program success, quality of services, and outcomes for new programs
  • Recruit and lead program staff committed to Mouse’s mission and goals (full-time employees and contractors)
  • Establish clear staff goals with programmatic performance indicators; track and share results across the organization to foster a service-driven, team-oriented, learning-focused, accountable work environment
  • Support program leadership to build their skills and effectively implement performance management processes to build a high-performance workforce
  • Lead the effort to evolve and use program data to plan, manage, and evaluate curriculum and programs
  • Oversee contractual compliance, including monitoring of deliverables, corrective action, funder reports, and program audits
  • Oversee program budgets and spending to optimize Mouse’s use of financial resources

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A passion for Mouse’s mission
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in STEM education, education management, or workforce development, with at least 5 years of senior leadership experience.
  • An understanding of the education and employment needs of under-resourced and BIPOC communities
  • Masters’ degree in education or other relevant field (or commensurate work experience)
  • Experience with leading Computer Science education organizations:, CSforALL, CS First, Exploring Computer Science
  • Knowledge of NYC and NY State Departments of Education, New York City Career & Technical Education programs (CTE), and districts outside of NY
  • Experience with leading Computer Science education and workforce development funders (e.g., Amazon Future Engineers, Google CSSI, National Science Foundation, Seigel Family Endowment, Lego Foundation, Lemann Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Scratch Foundation)
  • Understanding of Computer Science and STEM education and standards (ISTE, CSTA)
  • Experience building partnerships with government agencies and managing agency-funded contracts
  • Experience developing and managing budgets of $1 million or higher.
  • Strategic thinking and demonstrated success in program innovation. Track record developing new programs and taking existing programs to higher levels
  • Experience hiring and retaining program staff and leading through transitions and growth
  • Exceptional managerial experience, with an inclusive leadership style, skills in group process and talent for working with diverse staff using a strengths-based approach
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion priorities
  • Highly developed skills in coaching staff to manage and develop high-performance teams and develop and implement program strategies
  • Proven track record managing within a results-based framework, delivering high-quality programs and leveraging data to drive continuous learning and program improvement
  • Skills in project management, program planning, reporting, and measurement
  • Experience using data to inform program evaluation
  • Is mission-driven and self-directed, and can function well in a dynamic organizational environment
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong desire to have fun at work while doing good

Status: Full-time

Please include the following in your cover letter (in 2 or no more than 3 pages):

  • Why Mouse’s mission resonates with you personally
  • How you would approach leading Mouse’s development into high-tech workforce development and computer science education innovation
  • What your vision is for Mouse’s future

Mouse is an equal opportunity employer. We know diversity makes us stronger and are committed to inclusivity for all our applicants and employees.

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