YWCA Central Maine seeks Chief Program Officer

Friday, June 7, 2024

About the employer

The mission of the YWCA is to eliminate racism and empower women while promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

About the position

The Chief Program and Impact Officer is primarily responsible for strategic development and management of YWCA mission-based programs. The Chief Program and Impact Officer will serve as a critical member of the C-level executive team.

Key Responsibilities

Under the CEO, the CPIO will articulate and implement the strategic mission, vision and leadership of YWCA; oversee a significant portfolio of program related services (such as childcare, health and wellness programs and equity services); collect data and evaluate the effectiveness of programs to provide ongoing feedback; help to promote and diversify funding through effective resource stewardship; raise YWCA’s profile through external communications and local/statewide advocacy; provide mentoring, guidance, supervision and professional development to all program leadership staff; and enhance the structure of the organization by ensuring our goal to eliminate racism and empower women is highly evident in all YWCA interactions, service delivery, advocacy, and community relations.

The CPIO is responsible for developing, managing, and implementing equity programs specifically designed to eliminate racism and empower women, for promoting awareness of local and national issues related to racism, sexism and empowering women.

The CPIO will ensure compliance with various program contracts, budgets, and grant allocation awards for programs, and oversee existing YWCA programs in their overall programmatic success. The CPIO will focus on optimizing programmatic infrastructure to maximize participant outcomes, including the accountability systems for employees and partners, and develop metrics to communicate outcomes.

The CPIO is directly responsible for overseeing, managing, and delivering equity-based programs and services to businesses and community partners and lead the YWCAs mission-based equity work.

This is a full-time salary position. Occasional evenings or weekends may be required for events, training, and meetings. The primary job site is located in Lewiston.


  • Bachelor’s degree or a combination of education and extensive experience highly desired; advanced degree.
  • A minimum of five years leadership experience in a nonprofit, government, or philanthropic settings overseeing and supervising multiple teams, programs or contracts including managing program budgets.
  • Experience with advocacy and working with culturally diverse populations specifically supporting equity programs directed at girls, women, and eliminating racism.
  • Experience with program development, program delivery, public speaking, organizing events, and evaluating outcomes.
  • Experience with grant writing, reporting, budgets, delivery and overall program grant management. Experience with facilitating DEI/Equity audits, trainings and workshops (virtual and in-person trainings) and/or facilitated equity discussions with groups of individuals and/or businesses.

Salary Range: $57,000-$70,000

How to Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter describing your relevant experience to: Melanie LaMore Gagnon | mgagnon@ywcamaine.org

The YWCA of Central Maine is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with federal, state, and local laws, we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, veteran status, or disability.

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