Posted — 04.18.23

Chief Program Officer

The New York Foundling
New York, NY
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Position Summary
The New York Foundling, one of the most prominent and comprehensive human services agencies in New York City, seeks an inspirational and committed leader to be its Chief Program Officer (CPO). The Foundling, in the tradition of openness and compassion of its sponsors, the Sisters of Charity, helps children, youth, adults, and families in need through services, supports, and advocacy that strengthen family and community and help each individual reach their full potential. The CPO will be one of the agency’s strategic and transformational leaders and will join The Foundling at a time of abundant opportunity.


Since 1869, The Foundling has provided exceptional, evidence-based programs, effective and interrelated services, and opportunities for children, adults, and families to create transformational change in their lives. Each year, the agency serves over 30,000 people through more than 40 programs across all five boroughs of New York City, surrounding counties, and Puerto Rico. Programs help children and families navigate through and beyond foster care; assist families struggling with conflict and poverty to grow stronger; help people with developmental disabilities live fulfilling lives; and remove obstacles to well-being for people through health and mental health services.


The Foundling’s work is distributed across five core service areas, including Child Welfare, Developmental Disabilities, Education, Health & Behavioral Health, and Juvenile and Criminal Justice, and includes several Centers of Excellence.

Roles & Responsibilities
The Chief Program Officer will directly oversee and provide strategic direction for the majority of The Foundling’s programs and services, including over 2,100 staff and an operating budget of $190 million. The CPO’s direct reports include the Senior Vice Presidents of Child Welfare & Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities; the Vice President of Puerto Rico; and the Director of Camp Felix. The Foundling’s overall FY2023 budget is $218 million, and it employs over 3,000 staff.
The CPO will partner with the President and CEO and their peers on the senior cabinet on organization-wide strategy and operations. They will drive, manage, and coordinate initiatives that have impact across the agency, assuring positive client outcomes and continuous alignment with The Foundling’s overarching mission and goals. Working alongside their senior leadership team as a strategic partner, the CPO will evaluate current service offerings and operations to ensure a sustainable model for the future. The CPO must be aware of the current trends in the human services sector and will foster an environment where data, analysis, transparency, and best practices are used to drive sound business and programmatic decisions throughout the agency.


The CPO will be an important external representative of The Foundling with its key constituents and will nurture strong, reliable teams and a healthy, collaborative, and inclusive internal culture that celebrates a diversity of voices and experiences.

Additional Information (optional)
The New York Foundling has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. All inquiries, nominations, and applications (including resumes and one- to three-page letters of interest responding to the opportunities and challenges outlined in the full profile) should be directed in strict confidence to the search team below. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. To be assured full consideration, please submit materials by Friday, April 28, 2023.


The New York Foundling anticipates a salary range of $277,000 to $290,000 for this position, commensurate with experience.

Rebecca Swartz, Tatiana Oberkoetter, and Tiara Mack

Isaacson, Miller

The New York Foundling provides equal opportunities to all individuals without regard to race, religion, national origin, disability, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by law. It does not discriminate based on any status protected by law.

This policy applies to all employment, education, volunteer, and clinical care-related activities or in any other aspect of The Foundling’s operation. Black, Indigenous, and people of color; trans, non-binary, and intersex people, especially trans women; those from poor and working-class backgrounds, immigrants, and people with disabilities; as well as people at the intersections of these experiences are highly encouraged to apply.