Chief Program Officer (CPO)

Reports to: Executive Director

Green City Force (GCF) seeks an entrepreneurial social change leader who is passionate about building sustainable careers for young people in public housing. The ideal candidate will be a senior-level manager with a track record of results, collaboration, innovative program design and leading diverse teams.


The Chief Program Officer (CPO) oversees all aspects of Green City Force’s Service Corps, Support Services, Career and Alumni Services, and employment initiatives, including through our current social enterprise projects.

The CPO is responsible for proposing and implementing integrated program strategy and design, data design, setting and supporting staff in attaining Program-related metrics and driving towards quality and continuous improvement in the pursuit of our mission.  GCF’s holistic program is rooted in our flagship AmeriCorps program, which enlists young public housing residents aged 18-24 in impactful service on a path to careers. A hallmark of GCF’s success modeling an effective service-to-careers approach is our sectoral employment and training initiatives for program graduates, as well as our fee-for-service-based employer-driven partnerships. Since our founding, GCF has been a constant innovator in the pursuit of making the promise of a green economy real for young adults in public housing, building inroads into fields such as energy efficiency, solar, urban agriculture, composting, building maintenance and operations and green construction.

The CPO is the “drum major” for integrated service delivery and development across our four program departments: Service, Support Services, Career and Alumni Services, and Social enterprise. The CPO leads a team of full-time and part-time staff and contractors as well as social work interns, who manage an annual service corps of 100-150 projected members annually with 50-75 members at a time during the year as well as 500 alumni.

The CPO reports to the Executive Director and is a member of the GCF Executive Leadership Team. The CPO works closely with GCF strategic and city agency program partners as well as the Program Committee which includes a number of GCF board members. Our strategic partnerships for program span multiple departments at the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), the City of New York, NYSERDA, as well as leading sectoral employers and nonprofits large and small.



  •  Member of the Executive Leadership team
  • Key role in organizational strategic planning, for alignment of program strategy with overall organizational goals
  • Leads the effort for program Departments to operate through a racial equity lens

Program Oversight

  • Establishes youth development objectives, staff accountability, and ensures alignment across all program departments. Establishes and measures programmatic KPIs to track progress against GCF’s theory of change.
  • The CPO leads continuous learning and improvement around youth development practices, opportunity youth, workforce and support service philosophy, and implementation for member retention and success.

Program Strategy

  • Designs GCF’s large-scale service projects for environmental and behavioral change improvements in public housing developments, using them as a platform for building Corps Members’ job skills and leadership development.
  •  Drives conception and implementation, planning, and oversight for GCF’s impact in communities and with Corps Members and graduates doing contract work with the community and/or sustainability partners.
  • Responsible for GCF service sites, service content, and multiple institutional, nonprofit, and resident-based service partnerships.
  • Designs cohesive corps curriculum and annual sectoral employment strategy for graduate placement and career advancement.


 The CPO is a/n:

  • Issue area expert at the intersection of youth and workforce development, national service, sustainability, urban agriculture, and low-income housing, who is able to drive strategy and programming in these areas internally and with external partners
  • Confident manager, able to lead diverse teams and large groups, exercising sound judgment in constantly evolving circumstances in communities and with Corps Members individually and as a group
  • Collaborative leader, affirmatively identifying opportunities to integrate key practices and learnings from the service team with the entire organization
  • Expert communicator and motivational speaker
  • Excellent listener and collaborative partner responsive to residents and community and youth voices
  • Tactical thinker, with exceptional problem-solving skills
  • Effective coach and mentor to GCF staff, with a commitment to building an impactful, high-performing team.



  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university required. Master’s degree in sustainability, urban planning, public administration, or related field preferred
  • 10+ years’ experience in youth development, sustainability, workforce development, service, social justice program delivery, and design, with a minimum of 3 years in a managerial capacity and substantial experience working in low-income housing communities, required
  • Sector expertise related to GCF’s areas of focus for service in the community: sustainability, resiliency, urban agriculture and land improvement, energy efficiency and green infrastructure, resident engagement, social enterprise
  • Persuasive and effective communicator both oral and written
  • Demonstrated experience in partnership development and management, strong analytical skills, and problem-solving capabilities.


Green City Force (GCF) is in our second decade having celebrated 20 cohorts of our award-winning AmeriCorps program.  Green City Force (GCF) engages young adults from New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) communities in service years related to the environment. In doing so, we prepare them for sustainable careers, while serving to make public housing communities more sustainable and healthier, creating the green city we want to see. 

Our 545+ graduates are working in all areas of the green economy, from energy efficiency to composting, construction to hydroponic farming. A recent report documents the multiple benefits of GCF’s holistic model, through which young adults in public housing grow change in their communities and their own lives.

To learn more about GCF’s impact in NYCHA communities please visit

Green City Force is an equal opportunity employer and encourages candidates of all racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds to apply. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation, in accordance with federal and state law. GCF is an Employer of Service.

COMPENSATION: Competitive salary, medical & dental benefits

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. We are looking to fill this position immediately.

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