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Chief Programs Officer

New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Nov 3, 2021

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NEXT for AUTISM transforms the national landscape of services for people with autism by strategically designing, launching, and supporting innovative initiatives.

While many organizations engage in advocacy or fund scientific research, NEXT for AUTISM addresses the needs of people with autism and their families across the country, right now. Founded in 2003, NEXT for AUTISM has built numerous initiatives with respected partners including national organizations, regional agencies, and local entities to enhance services for people with autism and maximize resources.  Mutually beneficial partnerships with organizations such as NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University and Weill Cornell medical schools, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s Project SEARCH, the TEACCH Autism Program at the University of North Carolina, the JCC Manhattan, and Hunter College at the City University of New York, have led to the creation of extraordinary programs for children, adolescents, and adults.

With a recent focus on autistic adults, NEXT for AUTISM is looking for a Chief Programs Officer to expand upon our current strategic initiatives, launch new initiatives and enhance our position as a national thought leader.

Position Location: Remote 

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer

Job Summary:

The Chief Programs Officer (CPO) will serve as a critical member of the leadership team. In collaboration with the CEO, the CPO will articulate and implement the strategic vision of the agency; be responsible for ideating, launching and overseeing a significant portfolio of initiatives and related services; evaluate the impact and effectiveness of initiatives and provide ongoing feedback; help to promote and diversify funding through effective resource stewardship; raise the agency’s profile through external communications;  publish thought leadership and enhance the structure of the organization by staying abreast of developments in services for autistic adults. 

The CPO will oversee a program portfolio that includes: 1) DSP workforce training and recruitment 2) employment initiatives and mentorship 3) community grants; as well as developing new impactful strategic initiatives including plans for the launch of an annual Think Tank. The CPO will also engage the Board of Directors frequently under the direction of the CEO.


  • Provide leadership and oversight to develop, implement, and coordinate program initiatives to maximize the impact on core outcomes for people living with autism.
  • Establish strategic partnerships by networking, profiling, and collaborating externally with other agencies and foundations active in autism services, supports and research.
  • Oversee the coordination, integration, and delivery of all initiatives, promoting collaborative relationships between program areas and ensuring that the expectations of funders, partners, constituents, clients, and other stakeholders are consistently met.
  • Support organizational efforts in grant acquisition, impact reporting, and brand visibility.
  • Establish annual program, department and team goals and objectives and track results against these goals as well as accountability protocols.
  • Participate in the budget development process and maintain a high level of fiscal responsibility.
  • Act as liaison for the organization on clinical and programmatic matters.
  • Provide Subject Matter Expertise in autism for both internal and external meetings and events.

Additional Duties:

  • Engage as an active member of the Executive Team to include active participation in team meetings and completion of assigned tasks for the overall success of NEXT for AUTISM.
  • Engage as an active member of NEXT for AUTISM’s staff, collaborating across teams to ensure NEXT for AUTISM’s mission is successfully achieved.
  • Assist in preparation of and monitor assigned budget, assist in forecasting process throughout the year and prepare accurate reports.
  • Complete all organizational tasks as required (e.g. expense reports, calendars)
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s Degree Required, terminal degree preferred.
  • A minimum of ten years leadership experience in a nonprofit, government, or philanthropy, overseeing multiple programs, work within settings for individuals with autism preferred.
  • Five years of supervisory experience.
  • Establish expertise in evidence-based practices for individuals with autism.
  • Comprehensive working knowledge of program planning, organizational structure, budgeting, administrative operations, and fundraising.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to successfully navigate in a fast-paced, outcomes-driven, and entrepreneurial environment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the values of diversity, inclusiveness, and empowerment.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, with the ability to represent the organization externally across a wide range of stakeholders and constituencies.
  • Strong relationship builder with the ability to find common ground, build consensus and strengthen collaboration among diverse stakeholders.
  • Strong community awareness and astuteness.
  • Excellent computer skills, including knowledge of Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.

NEXT for AUTISM is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, physical and mental ability, age, or veteran status. NEXT for AUTISM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.

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