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.
Reports to: Chief Executive Officer
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
- 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
- Participate in the budget development process and maintain a
high level of fiscal responsibility.
- Act as liaison for the organization on clinical and
- Provide Subject Matter Expertise in autism for both internal
and external meetings and events.
- 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
- Assist in preparation of and monitor assigned budget, assist in
forecasting process throughout the year and prepare accurate
- Complete all organizational tasks as required (e.g. expense
- 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
- Comprehensive working knowledge of program planning,
organizational structure, budgeting, administrative operations, and
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
- 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.
For more information visit www.NEXTforAUTISM.org
Please send cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Resumes
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