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Chief Program Officer

About State Voices

State Voices is a national network – built from the states up – that helps grassroots organizations win civic engagement victories and build long-term political power. Since 2008, we’ve been employing the principles of collective impact, building the capacity of partners with data analysis and shared resources, and strengthening our democracy by amplifying the voices of marginalized communities.

State Voices sustains a dynamic ecosystem of 24 state tables and organizations in every state, comprising over 1,200 partner organizations. We provide the organizations in our network with the data, tools, and support they need to help create a healthy and thriving democracy through a racial equity lens. We advance this work through three national programs: Civic Engagement (voter education, registration and turnout, issue advocacy, and constituency engagement), Civic Access (voting rights and election administration), and Civic Representation (census and redistricting).

It’s our collective duty to end the systemic, relentless disenfranchisement targeting Black, Indigenous, Latinx, AAPI, and all communities of color, young adults, LGBTQ people, women, low-income, and all oppressed people. That’s why State Voices works year-round to create a more accessible, inclusive, and representative democracy.



Remote role, candidates must reside in the Metro DC area

Position Overview

At the heart of State Voices strategic vision and operational success lies the Chief Program Officer (CPO), a cornerstone of our executive leadership team. This role is not just about managing tasks; it’s about embodying the spirit of our mission, bringing our values to life, and fostering a culture of empowerment and inclusion. The CPO is tasked with a multifaceted mandate: to articulate, implement, and breathe life into our strategic vision, ensuring our missions and goals are not only set but achieved with excellence and integrity. This individual oversees all programmatic aspects of State Voices, guiding our journey towards greater civic engagement and political empowerment. Through continuous evaluation and feedback, the CPO ensures our programs not only meet but exceed our standards, driving forward the organization’s objectives with precision and passion.

Beyond internal leadership, the CPO’s role extends to forging and nurturing strategic partnerships, enhancing the organization’s reach and impact. This involves a hands-on approach to developing special projects that amplify our voice and extend our network, especially among the State Tables. The ideal CPO is a beacon of dynamic leadership, capable of crafting and executing innovative strategies that propel operational excellence across all fronts. With a talent for managing and motivating high-performing teams, the CPO sets a standard for excellence, fostering an environment where clear communication, continuous innovation, and unwavering accountability thrive. This role demands a unique blend of interpersonal acumen, strategic foresight, and an entrepreneurial spirit, all geared towards building a more inclusive and representative democracy.

Primary Functions

Relationship Management:

  • Cultivate and maintain positive relationships across all functions within the organization, ensuring collaborative efforts and effective communication to achieve shared goals.

Strategic Partnership and Network Expansion:

  • Forge and deepen relationships with funders, stakeholders, and partners to enhance program quality, sustainability, and address emerging needs.
  • Initiate and coordinate strategic partnerships to elevate State Voices’ visibility and influence across the progressive ecosystem.

Program Strategy and Advocacy:

  • Design and execute programmatic goals, strategies, and budgets in collaboration with affiliates to secure political and policy victories.
  • Lead and strategize issue advocacy campaigns at both state and national levels, ensuring alignment with State Voices’ objectives and affiliate efforts.

Insight and Leadership in Program Development:

  • Maintain a strategic overview of the sector, identifying key opportunities and challenges, and directing prioritization of efforts in response to dynamic developments.

Team Leadership and Organizational Development:

  • Cultivate a collaborative environment for program leaders, enhancing their expertise and skills to drive successful campaigns and initiatives.
  • Guide and support program leadership through regular supervision and collaboration, achieving program outcomes and meeting departmental goals.

Equity, Inclusion, and Organizational Values:

  • Embed principles of equity, inclusion, and belonging in all aspects of work, from program development to organizational practices, ensuring alignment with State Voices’ mission and values.

Fiscal Management and Operational Excellence:

  • Oversee the development and monitoring of program budgets, ensuring fiscal responsibility and alignment with strategic goals, while maintaining a keen eye on optimizing resources and maximizing impact.
  • Spearhead fundraising initiatives, leveraging a broad spectrum of activities including site visits, engaging presentations, and active participation in grant writing to secure necessary funding and support for State Voices’ missions and projects.
  • Implement a proactive approach to financial planning and expenditure monitoring, ensuring that all program activities are executed within budgetary constraints and contribute to the organization’s long-term financial health and sustainability.


Education and Experience

  • Educational Foundation: bachelor’s degree is preferred, setting the stage for a robust understanding of civic engagement and non-profit management.
  • Professional Background: A minimum of ten years of experience, with significant tenure in senior staff management roles within advocacy organizations, campaigns, and/or community groups, showcasing a deep understanding of the sector and its challenges.

Leadership and Strategy

  • Civic Engagement Expertise: Proven track record of exceptional leadership in civic engagement, non-profit capacity building, and collaborative efforts, demonstrating an ability to inspire and mobilize for impactful change.
  • Campaign and Advocacy Acumen: Extensive experience in leading large-scale campaigns and strategic initiatives, adept at navigating the complexities of both c(3) and c(4) organizing and advocacy efforts.

Skills and Competencies

  • Interpersonal and Communication Mastery: Outstanding facilitation, project management, fundraising, and interpersonal skills, with a demonstrated capacity to bridge divides across diverse communities and settings.
  • Organizational and Analytical Prowess: Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail, paired with strong analytical and problem-solving abilities, ensure effective management and adaptability to dynamic environments.
  • Leadership and Supervision: Strong supervisory and leadership skills are essential, with an emphasis on developing team members and effectively communicating the organization’s mission and vision.

Adaptability and Commitment

  • High-Pressure Competence: Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and occasionally stressful environment, indicating resilience and a focus on achieving goals under pressure.
  • Mission-Driven: A profound interest in the mission of State Voices, reflecting a personal commitment to advancing democracy and equity.
  • Mobility: Willingness and ability to travel, underscoring the importance of engagement with State Voices’ nationwide network. Travel as needed.

Fundraising and Development

  • Fundraising Excellence: Demonstrated excellence in fundraising strategies and practices, essential for securing the resources necessary for program sustainability and expansion. This includes experience in grant writing, managing donor relationships, and executing fundraising events and campaigns.

To Apply

Please submit your application using our application portal.

Location: Remote role, candidates must reside in the Metro DC area

Compensation: $190,000-$205,000 depending on experience and qualifications. Offering generous and comprehensive benefits.

State Voices provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.