Chief Program Officer

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date


Application Deadline



1217 Good Hope Road, SE
United States



The Chief Program Officer leads Calvary’s efforts to provide the highest quality housing and comprehensive support services to homeless women. In managing the organization’s programs and clinical services, the Chief Program Officer facilitates staff team collaboration, ensures strong and effective management practices, leads program and policy development, and guides implementation of the strategic plan and evaluation of progress toward strategic goals.


The Chief Program Officer provides primary leadership to Calvary’s program model development and implementation, ensuring agency-wide adherence to trauma informed care practices and offering clinical supervision and direction to case management and overall programs and services. The Chief Program Officer offers expertise and practical application of recovery models for mental illness, substance abuse, and trauma.


With the Chief Executive Officer and the executive leadership team, the Chief Program Officer promotes a strong organizational culture and represents the organization within the community. The position supervises eight direct reports and a team of behavioral health consultants.



Leadership, Staff Management and Organizational Strategy

  • In coordination with the CEO and leadership team, play a key role in the overall development, strategic planning, service delivery, and management of the organization across multiple sites and departments
  • Directly supervise six case managers, a manager of education and programs, a manager of workforce development, and a team of clinical consultants. Support and engage staff, building their skills and confidence, ensuring that the team is equipped to offer personalized, high-quality, trauma-informed care to women in each of our housing and service programs
  • Identify best practices and improve internal systems with an eye toward future needs and budget realities
  • Establish program and staff goals and objectives and accountability practices to track progress against these goals


Program Oversight and Evaluation

  • Provide oversight to programs and clinical services in three housing programs including case management, Step Up DC employment program and LEAP (Life Skills, Education and Arts Program)
  • Conduct data analysis and prepare reports for use in program evaluation, program development and strategic planning by the leadership team and Board of Directors
  • Oversee the government and foundation grant requirements and compliance, ensuring compliance and coordinating planning and activities for new government funding opportunities



Minimum eight years of experience in senior executive leadership; clinical experience including working in a trauma informed care model; Bachelors & Masters degrees required; LICSW preferred

  • Passion for social services, women’s issues, and/or housing issues and the ability to communicate that passion to others
  • Education and experience working with behavioral health needs including mental illness, substance abuse, domestic violence, and trauma
  • Demonstrated experience managing a high-performing team in a multi-site organization including mentoring and professional development
  • Comprehensive working knowledge of program and strategic planning, organizational structure, budgeting, and administrative functions
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to maintain positive and cooperative working relations with colleagues, volunteers, and residents, and confident in representing the organization across a wide range of stakeholders and constituencies
  • Demonstrated commitment to the values of diversity, inclusiveness and empowerment
  • Technologically knowledgeable with an ability to develop and implement new processes and systems to increase efficiency and effectiveness


Calvary Women’s Services offers housing, health, education, and employment programs that empower homeless women in Washington, DC, to transform their lives.


Calvary is committed to providing these services in Anacostia, a neighborhood with the highest poverty rate in the District. Our programs are designed for women who are survivors of violence and trauma, are living with mental illness, or are in recovery from substance abuse. Through personalized services and with peer support, each woman identifies and builds on her own strengths in order to meet her goals for safe housing, good health, and financial independence. With more than thirty years’ experience, we know our model works: every five days, a woman moves from Calvary into her own home with the skills and confidence she needs to succeed.


Calvary is currently engaged in program and organizational growth, focused on achieving our vision of ending homelessness for women in our community by moving aggressively in three strategic directions:

  • Housing: Increasing the affordable housing available to women
  • Livelihood: Expanding opportunities for women to secure sustainable income
  • Leadership: Becoming a leader in advocating with and for women in our community


Calvary Women’s Services recognizes that success comes from the commitment and hard work of its employees. Our generous benefits reflect our commitment to success and appreciation of our valued employees. Benefits include:

  • Medical plans through CareFirst BlueCross Blue Shield; Calvary covers 100% of the cost of eligible employee’s health insurance premium; optional dental and/or vision plans are available at a generous rate.
  • Life and disability insurance; Calvary pays 100% of the monthly premium for eligible employees.
  • Additional voluntary benefit include: 403(b) retirement plan funded by employee on a pre-tax basis; additional portable life insurance; flexible spending accounts for health care expenses, dependent care and/or transportation on a pre-tax basis; and AFLAC supplemental policies for accident, hospitalization and/or illness
  • Generous paid vacation leave, sick leave and holidays: 15 days of paid vacation in first year of employment (20 days after the first year) for eligible employees, 8 days of sick leave and 11 paid holidays
  • Professional development: Calvary offers on-sire training and development activities. Funds are also available for off-site training and education.


Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

Send cover letter and resume to Kris Thompson, CEO, Calvary Women's Services, 1217 Good Hope Road, SE, Washington, DC 20020 or