Our country's education and workforce systems are inequitable, and it is hurting our young people, employers, and economy. Despite increases in national high school graduation and college enrollment rates, college persistence continues to be low, and youth who start but do not complete college can find themselves in significant debt, beginning or continuing the cycle of financial insecurity. At the same time, many employers struggle to find and sustain entry-level talent, especially in middle-skill jobs requiring a postsecondary credential.
Propel believes a better system can exist—one that seamlessly connects education and employment. We do this by bringing together high schools, community colleges, and employers in a unified system of skill-building, job placement, and ongoing planning for young adults. The model includes a “core course” pursued during or directly after high school, in which students determine and begin to prepare for a job pathway. Propel then covers the cost of job training, pays a modest stipend, provides mentorship and support, and guarantees a job interview for every “Propel fellow” who successfully completes their training. This process empowers recent high school graduates with the skills, credentials, experiences, and social networks to attain a well-paying job within one year, with opportunities for advancement and higher education.
Propel is currently operating in Louisiana, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, leveraging extensive relationships and credibility with key philanthropic, government, industry, and education leaders. Our current pathways span healthcare, technology and engineering, automotive and manufacturing. Propel is also in the process of piloting a new blended model that provides both online and in-person supports, and shifting the long-term strategy to a blended model of credentialing, student support and job placement.
We are seeking a Chief Program Officer (CPO) to lead the development of a best-in-class model to support young people in obtaining an upwardly mobile first job. The CPO will oversee the implementation of the current program and drive the design of a blended, credential-first post-secondary program that can scale rapidly. Our CPO will be a critical member of the Propel executive team and a key carrier of organizational culture. They will hold the vision for the program and a strategy for scale, assess program impact, contribute to the development of a technology platform strategy, and partner with Propel’s CEO and COO to create a plan for Propel’s sustainability and growth over time. Responsibilities will include:
Propel offers a competitive total rewards package, including unlimited vacation, a flexible work environment and 90% employer-paid health insurance premiums. The salary range for this position is $170K-$231K.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Please submit a short cover letter and resume to [email protected]