DRG Executive Search Consultants

Abilities First (Chief Program Officer)

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Ideal Candidate Profile
The ideal candidate will be a strategic, vibrant senior executive with a proven track record of leadership experience in a complex environment. The CPO must be a creative, resourceful thinker who has the ability to create innovative solutions to mission related challenges.

Specifically, the success profile of this candidate will include:
- Demonstrated experience in leading teams to produce successful outcomes at a large nonprofit organization

- A record of achievement as an innovator with hands-on program experience, ideally in similar or related sector

- Experience in soliciting, negotiating, and managing government contracts

- A highly effective and skilled communicator; a good listener; actively seeks opinions of others in decision-making; consultative; able to inspire confidence and trust

- Ability to motivate and inspire others

- Ability to balance a creative approach with the need to develop and follow a plan

- Recognized as a developer of people, someone who cultivates teamwork as a fundamental organizational practice

- Strong emotional intelligence to be able to handle pressure and respond to needs of others under pressure

- Seven to ten years' experience

- Advanced degree preferred