Vice President of Programs

The Vice President (VP), Programs will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for all program areas. The position will be a part of the leadership team that drives the overall strategy for the organization and represents the Hay Institute on different levels. VP Of Programs 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 management.


Program Leadership & Management:

Enhance, flesh out, and implement organizational vision in all pragmatic activities
Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence.
Demonstrate consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the program goals.
Attract, develop, coach, and retain high-performance projects’ leaders, empowering them to elevate their level of responsibility, span of control, and performance.
Work with staff to develop systems to ensure consistent, high-quality project management.
Provide leadership in
development of inter-team communication and cohesiveness, sustaining culture and supporting staff during organizational growth.

External Relationships:

Expand revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing programs and the growth of the Hay Institute; cultivate existing relationships and develop new funder relationships.
Manage relationships with partner organizations in coordination with the VP Of Development, President, and the board.

Knowledge Management:

- Develop the necessary systems, processes, and tools to better support the facilitation, collection, and sharing of knowledge that is generated by the programs.
- Develop dissemination system to share organizational learning with a broad range of communities.
- Ensure that key project outcomes and/or policy, advocacy, and legislation are evaluated and leveraged for maximum community and organizational impact.
- Work collaboratively with the senior management team to integrate
cross-program activities and functions.


The VP, Programs will be thoroughly committed to the Hay Institute's strategy and mission. All candidates should have demonstrated leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience and strong demonstrated success managing funder relationships.

Specific requirements include:

Program Leadership and Management: This individual will have taken a hands-on approach in leading a variety of initiatives. The ideal candidate will have a track record of effectively leading a performance-based and outcome-based program and staff. She or he will have developed and operationalized strategies that have taken a program or organization to the next stage of growth
Team Building and Development: The successful candidate will have recruited, managed, and developed a strong team of staff, program/project managers, and development professionals. This individual will serve as a “player/coach” to motivate and mentor his or her team
Exceptional Communication and Influencing Skills: As a voice/advocate the Hay Institute, the VP, Programs will have strong written and verbal communication skills. She or he will be a persuasive, credible, and polished communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills. This individual must work collaboratively with internal as well as external partners and other organizations, providing exposure for program impact in a variety of professional journals and other media outlets. Ideally, this person will have served as an effective spokesperson at the national level.

Relevant  degree, with management experience
Unwavering commitment to quality programs and excellence in organizational and project management with the ability to achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget
Strong demonstrated fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders including advisory groups, coalitions, forums, trade associations, foundations, corporate sponsors, and practitioner groups
Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
Integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed with demonstrated passion for the Hay Institute's mission and commitment to working collaboratively with a management team of senior professionals
Solid judgment and apparent leadership skills
A team player, who can interrelate and operate effectively with peers and other associates within a collegial, yet demanding, work environment
An individual who is able to handle a variety of constituencies, manage multiple tasks simultaneously and thrive in a complex environment with multiple priorities
Impeccable integrity
Strong analytical skills; basic business intuition, and common sense
Strong work ethic

Desired Personal Qualities:

Ability to thrive in an entrepreneurial environment.
Solid integrity and a positive attitude.
Mission-driven and self-directed, with a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with team members of all levels.
Strong interpersonal skills and exceptional communication and presentation skills, both written and spoken. Must possess the ability to influence and engage a wide range of prospects and donors and build long-term relationships.
Able to represent the organization in a polished, credible and knowledgeable manner.

Desired Education:
Master's degree in Social Sciences, Management, Law, or Humanities required.

TO APPLY: Please submit your resume, cover letter to [email protected] and make sure to put “Application: VP Of Programs” on the subject line. Please note this is NOT a paid position.