Health, Healthcare, Nonprofit and Social Impact, Operations, Program Leadership

Chief Program Officer

  • Trenton Health Team
  • Trenton, NJ

This position has been filled.

About Trenton Health Team

Trenton Health Team (THT) fosters cross-sector collaboration and implements innovative projects to improve health and well-being in the greater Trenton community. Founded in 2006 as an effort to address healthcare delivery and utilization among partners including St. Francis Medical Center, Capital Health, Henry J. Austin Health Center, and the City of Trenton Department of Health and Human Services, THT is now one of four State-designated Regional Health Hubs focused on addressing the social determinants of health and achieving equitable health outcomes.

THT operates with a broad understanding of what health, health equity, and well-being mean for the Trenton region. Its work shifts in response to the needs of the community and partners and is based on robust data analysis. Current priorities include chronic disease management, care management for community members with complex health needs, food and housing security, maternal and child health, health information technology, mental health and substance use disorder, disability services, and neighborhood revitalization. Work in these areas is carried out with a wide range of stakeholders from across the region and across sectors, including those from the more than 100 organizations that participate in its Community Advisory Board. THT faces the future with renewed energy, financial stability, and an expanded understanding of what a healthy Trenton would mean for its community and state.


Trenton Health Team facilitates innovative, multi-sector collaboration to improve the health and well-being of the greater Trenton community. Health cannot improve without addressing community conditions, social justice, and bias. Equity is at the heart of its mission and drives the work on health care policy and practice.


Trenton Health Team’s shared Vision for a Healthy Trenton incorporates social determinants of health, defining a “healthy Trenton” that includes:Image

  • Healthy Environment and Housing
  • Vibrant Public Spaces
  • Growing Economy
  • Healthy Food
  • Improved Safety
  • Equity and Social Cohesion
  • Quality Healthcare

For more information on THT please visit their website.

The Opportunity

Trenton Health Team is seeking a creative and passionate operational leader with a proven track record to join its Senior Leadership team as Chief Program Officer (CPO).

As a partner and advisor to the Executive Director and the Board of Trustees, the CPO will have operational accountability for all program areas. Reporting to the Executive Director, they will be an integral member of the six-person Senior Leadership team and will be responsible for directing the development, implementation and monitoring across programs and initiatives. The CPO will identify opportunities for program growth in areas of strategic community impact, capacity building, technical assistance, evaluation, and efficient management. Responsibility in this role includes developing deep knowledge of each program, how it operates, how it can be improved, and the underlying business plan to support sustainability. They will work closely with peers to ensure synergies and collaborative successes across programmatic activities.

In addition to program leadership and management, the CPO will be responsible for staff development and sustaining successful external relationships. The CPO will often be called upon to “tell the stories” of THT’s work in various settings and will represent THT on a local, regional, and national basis.

Under the guidance of the Executive Director, the CPO will interact directly with members of the THT Board, funders, and agency collaborators. The CPO directly supervises and leads three directors and their teams (current total of 15 direct and indirect reports) with additional matrix reports as needed.

Candidate Profile

The CPO will have a deep understanding of how historical systems of inequity influence health outcomes and how to design and implement innovative solutions to overcome those barriers.  The ideal candidate will bring a strong entrepreneurial skill set and proven record of developing successful partnerships, creative programming, and effective community engagement strategies. They should have demonstrated success in the ability to identify and respond to current and emerging health issues faced by communities like Trenton.

While it is understood that no candidate will offer every desired skill and characteristic, the following offers a detailed, aspirational view of the ideal candidate profile.

Commitment to Mission 

  • Exhibits a deep commitment to health equity, anti-racism, and social justice, and demonstrates respect and sensitivity for cultural differences.
  • Embodies the values and mission of THT and inspires and motivates others internally and externally to fulfill the mission.
  • Educates others on the value of diversity, promotes a positive and inclusive environment, builds a diverse workforce, and displays passion and optimism, and vision to peers and direct reports.
  • Plans, develops, and evaluates programs based on identified community needs.
  • Develops and implements interventions that address the unique health needs of minority and disadvantaged populations.
  • Represents THT on relevant community and state-wide committees, task forces or workgroups, and collaborates to develop and implement population health and health equity initiatives.

Program Vision & Planning   

  • Transforms, stewards, and grows programs and makes strategic connections across distinct areas of work.
  • Acts as a key decision maker in partnership with other Senior Leadership team members on decisions related to programmatic innovation, technical competencies, and program strategy.  
  • Works closely with colleagues to leverage programmatic activities to promote THT’s mission.
  • Promotes a learning culture that provides continuous improvement using program data, internal experience, and outside research about health systems, policy reform, government decision making, and human behavior. 
  • Inspires understanding and use of metrics, evidence, and data, and encourages and coaches colleagues to use them at all levels to inform future action across program activities.
  • Leads the development of program relevant KPIs, policies, standards, and guidelines to support programmatic work as THT expands in scope and scale; guides program staff to ensure that the organization is fulfilling grant obligations and achieving community impact in a manner responsive to community need. 
  • Exhibits knowledge about the critical impact of social determinants and policy, systems, and environmental influences on health outcomes.
  • Reviews current local and national trends related to public health, community health improvement, and emerging health issues for program planning and community support.

Management and Leadership 

  • Provides guidance to skilled cross-disciplinary teams to ensure: 
    • Technically sound and innovative design and evaluation of THT programs,
    • Development of high-quality applications for funding.
  • Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating, and process improvement while taking responsibility for direct report’s activities.
  • Works in close partnership with Strategy, Grants and Development, and Communications teams to ensure continued investment in programs, marketing of opportunities and results, and development of program materials and tools that are aligned to strategy and fundraising targets.

External Partnerships

  • Understands the importance of community voice and community power and drives decision making and strategy accordingly.
  • Develops strategies with partners, when necessary, to achieve organizational goals.
  • Supports relationships with external partners and funders to ensure program success and sustainability.

Required Qualifications

The CPO must share THT’s commitment to working toward the health and well-being of the Trenton community. Additionally, we are looking for candidates who possess a combination of the following qualifications:

  • A Master’s Degree in a relevant field (including public health, healthcare administration, nursing, or equivalent).
  • Strong fiscal management skills; understanding of grant/contracts compliance; and demonstrated ability to critically analyze program data.
  • Expertise with relevant program design, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Experience identifying and implementing new systems, platforms, and processes that result in greater efficiency and innovation. 
  • Supports a culture that is respectful, fast-paced, entrepreneurial, and mission-driven, and able to foster a resourceful, proactive, and results-oriented environment.
  • Adaptable leader with the ability to drive organizational change and build consensus internally and externally. 
  • Confident in implementing change management processes to guide staff through shifts in political and funding environments and community health priorities.
  • Have demonstrated experience developing communication and collaboration across departments and sectors aimed at enabling strategic growth and partnerships with strong leadership and program management skills.
  • Previous experience working with under-resourced populations in urban communities like Trenton.
  • Must be a self-motivated, critical thinker with keen attention to detail.

Additional preferred qualifications

  • Process improvement certification/experience
  • Spanish fluency
  • Strong computer experience with proficiency in Google Apps suite, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, Salesforce, and
Compensation & Benefits

THT offers a competitive salary and benefits package for full-time employees. Salary is commensurate with experience with a range starting at $140,000 annually.

THT is committed to providing a work environment free of harassment and discrimination that supports individual dignity and respect. Accordingly, THT maintains a strict policy prohibiting sexual harassment, unlawful harassment, and any type of discriminatory treatment because of any Protected Characteristic.


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