The Chief Program Officer will be a strategic decision-maker and leader partnering with the senior leadership team. You will be responsible for leading all of our flagship programs across the nation. You will lead our efforts to make our programs cutting edge and deeply impactful, helping shape the futures of thousands of students who will one day be investors managing billions of dollars. You will work closely with our student leaders and chapters to help us scale from ~20 universities to 200+. This is a tremendous opportunity to shape the content, curriculum, and community of Scholars of Finance.
About Scholars of Finance
We’re a close, motivated team with a big vision of a future where all finance leaders steward the world’s capital to serve the greater good. We’re on a mission to inspire character and integrity in the finance leaders of tomorrow. Together, we are building a membership organization with cutting-edge programs to fulfill this mission.
Scholars of Finance is a national team, with members in Minneapolis, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, New York, and more. Since our organization’s launch, we’ve raised over $1M and brought together 1300+ students with 450+ executives for leadership development.
We are fortunate to be backed by world-class partners like Goldman Sachs, U.S. Bank, Piper Sandler, and are being advised by titans in the industry, like Teri List, Board Director at Microsoft or Richard Davis, the former CEO of U.S. Bank.
What You’ll Do
- Manage all flagship programs and test programs across 17 universities with 500+ student members.
- Work closely with student program leaders and chapter Presidents to ensure excellence and engagement across chapters and programs; work with them to design and evolve chapter operations so we can scale program leadership.
- Write program content and support material to provide student leaders ongoing values-based direction at scale.
- Provide training to groups of new student leaders virtually and on-site (pending COVID-19 inoculation) to equip and inspire them while building rapport with the national team; provide extra support to student leaders who need assistance managing their chapter.
- Direct the flow of executives sourced into mentorship or speaking engagements at local chapters and national programs and events.
- Build a team by attracting and engaging pro-bono consultants, inspiring and tapping into a volunteer team of 20-40 high-performing students for operational support as needed, and hiring and managing a program support team as our budget expands.
Transformation You’ll Drive
- Work with our technology, marketing, and member success teams to create systems and processes to support program success with less manual intervention as we scale to 100+ universities.
- Review each program after each iteration to continually identify areas of growth. Work with the CEO and COO to recommend and implement iterative changes to increase program impact on an ongoing basis and achieve program NPS scores of 90+.
- Expand our membership base from ~500 to ~5,000+ by developing membership, onboarding, and engagement strategies that delight and impact our members.
- Lead development of cutting-edge new programs and launch them nationally to deliver more value to more students across the country.
What You’ll Need
Leadership and Management
- Experience analyzing, building, and running highly effective programs or products–staying informed of progress and driving program objectives. You must have the ability to develop strong relationships, escalate when necessary, and get results.
- Adept at accomplishing things through other people. You can run multiple work streams to which interns, part-time employees, contractors, and senior executives contribute.
- Comfort with ensuring ongoing local programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of program execution between multiple chapters.
- You possess sophisticated verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills; you build strong followership among your teammates; people receive messages from you and it brightens their day; they smile when they see your name in their inbox.
- Experience directly managing others, working within, leading, and growing small & nimble teams.
- 5-10 year of work experience.
- BA/BS or equivalent with a strong academic record and degree with an emphasis on education, psychology, leadership, marketing, business, or management
- Strong critical thinking skills. You can identify opportunities, anticipate challenges and gaps, and contingency plan accordingly.
- Ability to effectively research and recommend strategies, tactics, timelines, and resources needed to develop programs or products.
- Experience marketing programs or products through key partnerships, email campaigns, and other key channels increasing member and stakeholder awareness and engagement
- Ability to work independently and take ownership for outcomes while prioritizing and juggling multiple projects in a deadline-driven environment.
- Outstanding communication of requirements to build effective systems to scale programs; you can regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to system developers, the board, funders, and other constituents.
Mentality for Success
- You love our mission and are passionate about helping us transform the lives of as many students as possible.
- You have an interest in finance as a force for good and commitment to developing ethical & morally sound leaders.
- Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation.
- A desire and willingness to contribute beyond your job description. You’re ready to do whatever it takes to push the mission forward.
- Humility to be both a leader and a “do-er”. After building a strategy, you’ll roll up your sleeves and do whatever it takes to get it done.
- Courage to challenge the status quo when logic and reason require it. Is something broken? Fix it.
- Advanced degree, ideally an MBA or Master’s Degree
- Experience researching, developing and launching new products & programs.
- Experience testing & rolling out new iterations of programs or products.
- Experience planning & managing multi-day events with 250+ attendees, including working with vendors.
- Experience working with teams in multiple cities & multiple time zones.
- Ability to work remotely in Chicago, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Boston, or New York City.