Vice President of Programs - Girls Who Code

Location: New York, NY

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Executive

About Us:

Girls Who Code is singularly focused on closing the gender gap in technology.  In 2016, only 26% of the computing workforce were women, and only 5% were Black or Hispanic women.  This gap has worsened over the last three decades.  If the trend continues, by 2027 only 22% of women will hold positions in computing.  

Through our Clubs and Summer Immersion Programs, Girls Who Code teaches 3rd-12th grade girls essential computing skills, builds their confidence in becoming engineers, creates a clear career pathway into the field, and provides a supportive network of peers and mentors who help our girls succeed. We began six years ago with 20 girls in NYC and have reached 90,000 girls in all 50 states, serving as the largest pipeline of future female engineers in the country.  

The gender gap in technology is a challenge that can and must be solved. We will tackle it together with creativity, bravery and teamwork. Read more about our organization’s values and commitment to diversity,and watch our Founder’s TED talk on teaching girls to be brave.

 

About the Role:

The Vice President of Programs is the steward of programmatic quality and growth, charged with executing and scaling high-quality programs for Girls Who Code. This role is equal parts strategy, execution and people management.  The VP of Programs architects the strategy for high growth, determining how to operationalize and scale both new initiatives and existing programs.  Reporting directly to the Chief Operating Officer (COO), the Vice President of Programs oversees the execution of Girls Who Code Clubs, Summer Immersion, and Alumni Programs, manages a team of over 20+ full-time staff responsible for critical verticals including Instructor Training & Support, Program Operations, Community Partnerships & Volunteer Recruitment, and Alumni Programs.  The VP, Programs is also a key member of the  executive leadership team driving the overall strategy for the organization and representing Girls Who Code publically. 

Ideal candidates are seasoned program leaders and outstanding executors who have overseen high growth and managed significant change.  They are highly flexible, can pivot easily, know how to figure out the tensions between scale, quality, and bringing new program ideas to life, and bring a track record of and passion for developing and mentoring multi-layered teams.

 

Responsibilities & Outcomes:

Program Strategy, Scale & Execution:

  • Ensure GWC has the strategy, systems and resources to meet ambitious program and participant goals
  • Architect program growth strategy, integrating and implementing GWC’s organizational vision as delineated in the strategic plan
  • Ensure programmatic excellence across all models demonstrated through a positive and high-impact experience for all stakeholders
  • Operationalize new program initiatives effectively and expeditiously from concept to pilot to roll-out
  • Oversee an annual departmental operating budget of $8M
  • Deepen the organization’s engagement with volunteers, and corporate and community partners
  • Oversee ongoing analysis and evaluation of program data to assess program effectiveness, improve performance, and drive future programming

Manage, Mentor & Develop Program Team:

  • Ensure retention and performance of program team through mentoring, coaching, and developing growth, and encouraging risk-taking, learning from mistakes, collaboration, respect, and compassion 
  • Work collaboratively with staff to develop systems to ensure consistent, high-quality project management to support ambitious goals and timelines
  • Establish team and individual goals, and monitor team performance through regular feedback and formal performance review (including salary adjustments and promotions)
  • Facilitate cross-functional collaboration and communication between owned departments and other teams at Girls Who Code 

Serve as Strategic Senior Leadership Team Member:

  • Lead and collaborate with peers on leadership team in steering organizational strategy and priorities
  • Grow and manage partnerships with universities, school districts, libraries, community-based organizations, and national networks as a foundation for the scale and spread of programs
  • Speak on behalf of Girls Who Code at meetings, conferences, and other engagements

 

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to or authentic passion for Girls Who Code’s mission to close the gender gap in technology; passionate and knowledgeable about societal inequality in education.
  • Ideally over 15 years professional experience, with a minimum of five years in programmatic leadership role 
  • Significant experience effectively designing strategy for, scaling and implementing high quality programs and meeting ambitious growth goals in a quickly growing national organization in the education or non-profit sector
  • Experience operationalizing new initiatives, taking programs from concept through implementation
  • Demonstrated passion for and ability to develop, coach, mentor and manage effective teams in a fast-paced, complex environment 
  • Experience managing teams and change in high growth or rapidly changing contexts; ability to be agile, nimble, flexible and seamlessly pivot a team’s direction 
  • Track record of ability to produce and execute at high levels 
  • Excellent analytic, problem-solving, coaching and collaborative leadership skills
  • Fiercely detail oriented with ability to prioritize short-term needs with long-term planning
  • Desire to learn and grow as part of an expanding organization; team player with a flexible, creative, and analytical approach to problem solving
  • Adept at overseeing and executing strategic projects with significant visibility and impact
  • Ability to handle a variety of constituencies, manage multiple tasks simultaneously and thrive in a complex environment with multiple priorities 
  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Business, Public Administration or related field required; Advanced degree preferred
  • Knowledge of and/or interest in computer science, technology, and/or education preferred

 

Commitment to Diversity & Equal Opportunity:

Girls Who Code is committed to building a truly diverse and inclusive organization with a focus on valuing, serving, and understanding our target constituents, while challenging all stakeholders to think inclusively for the betterment of our programs.

Girls Who Code is an equal opportunity employer committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its hiring and promotion process without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, partnership status, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital, parental or familial status, national origin, ethnicity, veteran or military status, age, disability, or any other legally protected basis. Racial and ethnic minorities and men are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels. GWC is not able to sponsor employment visas.

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