Vice President, Programs

Position Title: Vice President, Programs
Department: Programs
Position Class: Full-Time
FLSA Status: Salaried, Exempt
Location: Washington, DC
Prepared: February 2018


Founded in 1976, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) is a nonprofit organization focused on eliminating disparities within the global black community by developing leaders, informing policy and educating the public. Our primary focus areas are Education, Public Health, Economic Empowerment and the Environment. Applicants may visit, to view more information on CBCF programs and initiatives.


Reporting to the President and CEO, and serving as an integral member of the senior management team, the Vice President, Programs (Vice President) will be responsible for leading and overseeing the strategic development and implementation of all program functions for existing and new program areas.  The Vice President will also contribute to CBCFs organizational strategic planning process. The Vice President will develop a world-class Program strategy and plan for the CBCF organization and the work it undertakes to eliminate disparities in the global black community. The Vice President will be responsible for the development, integration, and implementation of a broad range of program activities relative to the strategic direction and positioning of the organization and its leadership.

This individual will be an ambassador for the organization and will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for all CBCF program areas.  The goal is to advance the organization’s mission with relevant constituents, as well as to drive broader awareness and donor support for the organization. The incumbent will initially develop deep knowledge of each project, program operations and business plan; and will focus on the following three areas:  program leadership and management, external relationships and knowledge / donor management.

The Vice President will be responsible for providing program content for CBCFs varied and integrated communications products and services including: annual report, newsletters, sponsorship brochures and other print publications; Web, E-news and other online communications; and other platforms as required.  In addition, the Vice President is expected to oversee policies (internal and external) necessary to maintain quality control for all written and published program materials associated with the public positioning of CBCFs program activities and events.


  • Reports to: President and CEO
  • Directly Supervises: one manager, one administrative assistant and consultant(s)
  • Indirectly Supervises: one program administrator, one program coordinator, one administrative assistant and nine Fellows
  • Type of Supervision Received:  minimal to none
  • Internal Relationships: Close coordination specifically with the Center for Policy Analysis & Research, Resource Development, External Affairs and Communications & Marketing Department Heads to effect maximum financial support, marketability and integrated execution of all CBCF programs
  • External Relationships: CBCF Board of Directors, CBCF Donors and Supporters, CBC Members and Staff, Executives and key staff of key organizations with whom CBCF partners, and other stakeholders as defined by CBCF priorities.


A. Essential Functions

Program Strategy, Leadership and Management:

  1. Lead and oversee the development and implementation of a strategic plan for the Programs Department which enhances and exemplifies CBCFs vision to eliminate disparities in the global black community; and contemplates program expansion strategies consistent with CBCFs broader goals / strategies.
  2. Lead the development and implementation of sustainable programs in the areas of public health, economic development and empowerment; and environmental sustainability. A specific emphasis on Public Health expertise, programming and disparities in the black community is required.
  3. Ensure CBCF maintains its leadership role in the Leadership development arena through its stellar fellowship, internship and scholarship programs. Identify ways to further enhance and expand education programming in these areas.
  4. Represent CBCF at forums, meeting and conferences relevant to CBCF priority focus areas, especially public health; additionally represents CBCF on key boards, committees and task forces, as required.
  5. Lead the development and implement strategies which can be jointly executed by CBCF and other stakeholders (individuals / organizations) to advance common objectives. Ensure all programs and initiatives are executed with excellence and within budget.
  6. Develop a support / information network through regular contact with elected representatives, government officials, corporate leaders, trade and business associations, counterparts within “similar mission focused” organizations and those with similar interests to strengthen CBCFs reach and program effectiveness. Initiate and attend functions that will further the interests of CBCF.
  7. Stay abreast of economic, political and social issues and research as they relate to CBCF and recommend programmatic adjustments and actions as appropriate.
  8. Lead the development of an Alumni Association strategy which fully integrates and aligns the Leadership Institute for Public Service (LIPS) Alumni with CBCF goals and priorities. Identify expansion opportunities for the Alumni Association for maximum effectiveness and benefit to CBCF.
  9. Ensure consultant(s) are managed in accordance with CBCF policies and consultant managed programs are fully integrated into the overall strategic direction and goals of CBCF.

Program Monitoring and Evaluation, Tracking and Reporting:

  1. Lead the development and implementation of a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) process for each program which assesses areas to improve current and future management of outputs, outcomes and impact; and key outcomes are evaluated for maximum community and organizational impact.
  2. Lead the development and implementation of tracking and reporting systems for each program to ensure CBCF has the best understanding of the population it serves and how to best serve them. Additionally, these systems will provide program data which can be provided to current and potential donors, stakeholders and the media regarding reach and impact of programs.
  3. The aforementioned systems shall be designed and implemented to support the facilitation, collection and sharing of knowledge and outcomes generated by CBCF programs to internal and external audiences. This would include annual reports, donor solicitation and reporting, communications collateral and media opportunities.
  4. Demonstrate quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications and systems, recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve program goals.

Knowledge / Donor Management:

  1. Work collaboratively with the senior management team to integrate program activities across all functions and departments.
  2. Identify challenges and emerging issues faced by the CBCF. Work with the senior management team and staff to recognize internal and external programmatic opportunities and solutions, and develop and execute strategies to support them. Said strategies shall contemplate sponsor / donor expectations and alignment.
  3. Ability to oversee and develop a budget, accurately forecast revenue and expenditures; in addition to proven grant writing and procurement skills.
  4. Serve as strategic program counselor to the President and CEO.
  5. In collaboration with Communications and Marketing department, develop and implement an integrated strategic communications plan to advance and broaden awareness of CBCF programs; and increase the visibility of its programs and research across key stakeholder audiences.
  6. Serve as a principal point person and spokesperson with Members of Congress and staff, sponsors, key stakeholders and the media on behalf of CBCF to promote programmatic efforts and overall strategic priorities of the organization.
  7. Create a Programs stakeholder engagement strategy which will allow CBCF leadership to cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with targeted, high-level external audiences, to include key influencers in the academia, health, business and other communities as defined by CBCF priorities.
  8. Exercise sound judgment to prioritize program opportunities, and prepare talking points, speeches, presentations and other supporting material as required.

Team Development / Management

  1. Lead; provide guidance, direction and perspectives to staff. Ensure their understanding and compliance with ethics laws in each state, as well as federal and judicial levels.  Supervise staff abilities to deepen and leverage relationships with opinion leaders and key stakeholder groups.  Identify appropriate skill development areas and opportunities for staff.
  2. Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality.
  3. Provide leadership in development of inter / intra-team communication and cohesiveness, sustaining culture and supporting staff during organization’s growth.
  4. Recruit and manage a program team to support the development and execution of the CBCF organization strategy.
  5. Establish and monitor staff performance and development goals, assign accountabilities, set objectives, establish priorities, conduct annual performance appraisals, and administer salary adjustments.
  6. Attract, develop, coach and retain high-performance team members, empowering them to elevate their level of responsibility, span of control and performance.

B. Additional Functions

  1. Actively pursue opportunities to highlight programs and initiatives.
  2. Identify strategic partners which help further the mission of the CBCF.
  3. Develop and coordinate the preparation of speeches, letters, talking points and presentations for the CBCF president and chairman related to program activities and events.
  4. Manage staff and consultants in connection with large scale events.
  5. Identify opportunities to advance initiatives and develop communication materials to promote and publicize the activities.
  6. Create an environment supportive of equal employment opportunity.
  7. Effectively manage and balance administrative responsibilities with capacity to deliver against organization goals and objectives.
  8. Other assignments, as determined by President and CEO related to advancement of the CBCF mission.

C. Required Special Skills

  1. Effective communication of Program deliverables to a variety of constituents and stakeholders across a variety of mediums (internal and external)
  2. Ability to effectively negotiate contracts and proposals, with consultants and vendors, for the maximum benefit of the CBCF.
  3. Proven program and project management skills and experience in designing, managing and delivering high quality projects on time.
  4. Superb oral and written communication and presentation skills in a range of formats, to include meetings, briefings, reports, media, articles and blogs.


Must communicate with stakeholders on a national, regional and local level to positively influence the effectiveness through which CBCF can achieve its objectives.  The Vice President must follow and adhere to federal, state and local ethics laws, as well as CBCF business conduct policies.  Failure to comply can result in penalties for the organization and the incumbent.


  1. Knowledge: Advanced degree in public health is required and / or minimum 10 years’ experience in a senior management / executive program role either in-house at a corporation, agency, foundation or not-for-profit association, or equivalent experience. Experience in successfully aligning program objectives with prospective donors and foundations priorities is required.  Program implementation experience in diverse (north, south, east and west) high profile markets is highly desirable. Strong knowledge of the national and / or local legislative, public policy and political environment is highly preferred and desirable.  Demonstrated success in grant writing / procurement is required.
  2. Skills and Abilities: Exceptional written and oral communication skills a must; excellent time management, planning and organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to proofread and edit is required. Public speaking, budget management, negotiation skills required. Proven program and project management experience with demonstrated success and ability to produce quality deliverables.  Must be able to perform both qualitative and quantitative assessments Self-reliant, excellent judgment, creative problem solver and results oriented; Stature, gravitas, and confidence to gain the credibility and respect of high-performing Board of Directors and corporate / organizational executives; Innovative thinker, with a track record for translating strategic thinking into action plans and output. Solid interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships with others and motivate and manage a team. Consultant management experience is required.
  3. Physical Requirements: Ability to work in a fast paced environment with strict deadlines, ability to work long hours, weekends and moderate travel.  Must work well under pressure and be able to manage simultaneous priorities.

CBCF is an equal opportunity employer and offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits package including health, dental, vision, 403(b), paid vacation and sick time. Qualified applicants must forward a cover letter, resume, salary requirements and three professional references to Yvonne Rivera at No phone calls accepted.