Chief Program Officer

Job Title: Chief Program Officer

Location: Flexible, must be comfortable working from a home-based environment

Reporting to: Chief Executive Officer/Chief Operating Officer

Salary: $82,000+, commensurate with experience


Founded in 1979, Family Equality’s mission is to advance legal and lived equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer+ (LGBTQ+) families, and for those who wish to form them, through building community, changing hearts and minds, and driving policy change.

We envision a future where all LGBTQ+ families, regardless of creation or composition, live in communities that recognize, respect, protect, and value them. We envision a world in which everyone has the right and should have the opportunity to form and sustain a loving family, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion, national origin, geography, socioeconomic status, disability, or the intersection of those characteristics. Finally, we envision systems of service and support that are free of discrimination and that maximize opportunities for youth needing permanency and LGBTQ+ adults seeking family formation.

Position Summary:

The Program department at Family Equality cultivates expertise and advances proactive resources to support LGBTQ+ family creation and recognition nationwide, utilizing LGBTQ+ family-inclusive practices, coordinating resources, and promoting safe and welcoming LGBTQ+ family environments. The Program Department acts as a clearinghouse for today’s best practices in working with and supporting LGBTQ+ families and LGBTQ+ families-to-be; aligns these supports with the lived realities of the LGBTQ+ community; and closely collaborates with national, state and local partners, including parent groups, LGBTQ+ resource centers and collation partners, on shared objectives.

Family Equality is a distributed organization, with employees throughout the country. The Chief Program Officer may be based in a from-home work environment, working closely with the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Operating Officer, and the organization’s leadership team to conceive, expand, and implement Family Equality’s programming agenda. The Chief Program Officer is responsible for developing and overseeing the advancement of Family Equality’s programming platform and for continued alignment of that work to achieve strategic priorities at the federal, state and local levels, including building the organization’s influence within the LGBTQ+ family support community, cultivating relationships with strategic partners, shepherding Family Equality’s programming to reflect legislative and regulatory developments impacting LGBTQ+ families, and engaging LGBTQ+ families, prospective parents and their allies in advancing LGBTQ+-family support.

The Chief Program Officer is responsible for implementing key elements of Family Equality’s strategic plan, especially as it relates to building communities that nurture healthy LGBTQ+ families and expands access for those who wish to form them.

Specifically, the Chief Program Officer:

  • Designs relevant and accessible family supports for the LGBTQ+ community along the continuum of their lives, from their initial family-planning process to grandparenting.
  • Identifies and fosters local partners in diverse geographic regions to provide ongoing and direct support on the ground.

Currently, the Chief Program Officer directly supervises five management-level staffers and serves as part of the senior management team for the organization, assisting the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Operating Officer, and other team members with the strategic management, direction and resource identification for the organization, and attends each meeting of the Board of Directors.


  • Develop and drive Family Equality’s programming priorities (serving not only current LGBTQ+ families but also those that wish to form them);
  • Build the influence, reach, and visibility of Family Equality as the national family education and engagement expert;
  • Identify innovative new relationships with key partners, networks, and coalitions that can help achieve programming goals;
  • Oversee technical assistance and resources designed to supporters, community, and institutional leaders, that promote healthy LGBTQ+ families;
  • Educate a range of audiences about LGBTQ+ family support and engagement strategies through conferences, workshops, trainings, and other public speaking (some travel required);
  • Develop and lead the implementation of educational programs that aid in creating and sustaining happy, healthy families over the continuum of their lives;
  • Develop and lead the implementation of engagement tools and strategies that will build the capacity of LGBTQ+ parents/parents-to-be to engage in and improve their lived equality;
  • Oversee programming designed to support the spectrum of those within LGBTQ+-headed families, such as COLAGE (programming for people with LGBTQ+ parents and caregivers) and Pearls of Wisdom (the grandparents within our families);
  • Supervise and support the organization’s training, education and volunteer staff;
  • Participate in (weekly) management team meetings, (bi-weekly) all-staff meetings, (quarterly) Board meetings, and conduct (regular) supervisory sessions;
  • Participate in organizational development and strategic planning processes;
  • Prepare and manage departmental budgets;
  • Assist with fundraising by helping prepare funding requests, participating in donor outreach and education, and identifying and stewarding new and existing funding;
  • Prepare and present written and verbal reports to the Board, funders and public;
  • Provide guidance and support to the development of communications for educational campaigns, press releases, and other media interfacing, as related to programming and education initiatives;
  • Participate in internal and external teams, to achieve organizational priorities;
  • Represent Family Equality and its mission in the community;
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the Chief Executive Officer and/or the Chief Operating Officer.

Minimum Qualifications:

All candidates must have a “can-do” attitude, enjoy a fast-paced environment, be highly organized without losing sight of larger objectives, and be committed to justice and equality for LGBTQ+ families. 

  • A degree in education, social service or a related field preferred – however, Family Equality also values critical skills and relevant experience;
  • Experience directly overseeing family programming design and implementation;
  • Experience in staff management and a proven ability to provide clear direction, delegate well and assume ultimate responsibility;
  • Experience managing budgets and overall organizational administration;
  • Demonstrated experience building healthy and productive coalitions;
  • Experience working effectively with broadcast, online and print media, including serving as an organizational spokesperson;
  • Knowledge of the full range of family engagement challenges, as faced in community outreach;
  • Ability to think “big picture” in developing programs and operations, as well as an ability to translate those ideas into realistic, actionable plans;
  • Experience in creating and implementing educational campaigns;
  • Experience with resource development;
  • Willingness to collaborate with our Development team and other colleagues across departments to help raise funds to support the organization (some travel required);
  • Exceptional writing, verbal and interpersonal skills, including public speaking;
  • Keen analytical skills and attention to detail;
  • Ability to handle and prioritize appropriately multiple tasks in a timely, efficiently and flexible manner;
  • Ability to synthesize the implications of policies that impact LGBTQ+ families and LGBTQ+ families-to-be and to align programming accordingly;
  • Ability to collaborate on projects with staff from other departments, and a high level of personal investment in contributing to the overall organizational priorities;
  • Willingness to travel as needed (estimated at 30%);
  • Ability to work from a fully-connected home office (or, must secure own office space);
  • Desire to grow with the organization;
  • Demonstrated experience working in the LGBTQ+ or allied movements is preferred; commitment and desire to working in a multi-cultural environment where diversity based on race, ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical ability, family status, socioeconomic status, and other characteristics is an important and practiced value is essential.

To apply, please forward letter of interest, resume, writing sample, and salary requirements to: Melinda Micciola, Director of Human Resources & Operations,  

Family Equality provides a team-based environment and we value the benefits of a diversified workplace.

Family Equality provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, pregnancy, childbirth, (or related medical conditions, including, but not limited to lactation), physical disability, mental and/or intellectual disability, age, military status or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran, marital status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, gender (including sex stereotyping and gender identity or expression), medical condition (including, but not limited to, cancer related or HIV/AIDS related), genetic information, or sexual orientation in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

Women, people of color, transgender individuals and members of other underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

Family Equality performs background checks on all volunteers and staff members as a condition of employment.

However, Family Equality also supports and encourages people who were formerly convicted to be active in their community.

Background checks results that indicate a conviction do not necessarily disqualify you from employment – Family Equality reserves the right to request further information to fully assess an applicant’s candidacy in relationship to the job duties associated with the position.

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