Chief Program Officer

  • Job posted by ACLU of Northern California

Job Type

Full Time




San Francisco
United States


The ACLU of Northern California seeks an experienced, innovative and collaborative leader, who works well with diverse groups of people, to serve as the Chief Program Officer (“CPO”), leading the implementation and coordination of the ACLU-NC's strategic framework through four functional program areas: 1) Legal & Policy, 2) Communications, 3) Organizing, and 4) Legislation (through the Center for Advocacy and Policy). Each of these areas is led by an experienced Director who in turn supervises team members.

About The ACLU of Northern California

The ACLU of Northern California (“ACLU-NC”) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to defending and advancing the principles of freedom, equality, and justice contained in the United States Constitution for all. Since its formation in 1934, the ACLU-NC has been at the heart of many of the major struggles for civil rights in the state and country. Today, it is one of the largest ACLU affiliates in the country with 170,000 members in the ACLU-NC Union membership.

The ACLU-NC is comprised of two entities: the ACLU Foundation of Northern California (the Foundation) (a 501 c3 non-profit corporation) and the ACLU of Northern California (the Union), a 501 c4 non-profit corporation. The ACLU-NC works to advance civil liberties by employing litigation, policy advocacy, legislative advocacy, public education, organizing, and communications to protect and promote a broad range of individual rights. The Foundation does so through impact litigation, policy and educational work, and the Union does so through a range of legislative and community action programs. The ACLU-NC maintains offices in San Francisco, Fresno and Sacramento. ACLU-NC Union houses the Center for Advocacy and Policy in Sacramento, which advocates for the ACLU California affiliates in the legislature.

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Reporting to the Executive Director, the CPO will be responsible for the organization's high-level program strategy, planning, cross-functional integration between the program areas, resource allocation, and development of evaluation and learning tools and processes consistent with our strategic framework. While the CPO will have the authority to oversee the implementation of the comprehensive strategic framework for the Foundation and the Union as a whole, they will have specific responsibility – and resources – to ensure that the ACLU-NC advances and integrates the components of the strategy to advance equity and racial justice. The CPO will be part of the statewide collaboration with the ACLU of Southern California and ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties.

The Chief Program Officer's core responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Supervision & Support of Department Directors
  • Planning, Implementation and Evaluation
  • Resources, Operations and Infrastructure
  • Equity and Racial Justice
  • General Management


The Chief Program Officer must be a highly driven, self-motivated leader who takes initiative, listens well, communicates clearly, and engages in strategic goal-setting.

The ideal candidate will have the following desired skills, knowledge and characteristics:

  • Commitment and passion for the ACLU mission and vision
  • Minimum of 15 years of relevant experience and at least 5 years in senior-management roles (relevant experience in any sector is welcome, including non-profit, campaigns, government, and for-profit)
  • Demonstrated experience in planning, implementation and evaluation to help an organization increase and sustain its impact
  • Demonstrated experience in fostering and supporting organizational partnerships and working in a collaborative manner
  • Experience and demonstrated track record working to advance equity, inclusion and racial justice in their professional capacity to effect change
  • Possess executive presence, thought leadership, and interpersonal skills to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Experience in resource allocation, budgeting and resource deployment
  • Unlike attorney positions at the ACLU, this position does not require a law degree, and is open to candidates from a range of educational backgrounds.


The ACLU of Northern California has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Shavon Bell here.

The ACLU-NC is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement