Chief Program Officer - Prepared Parents

Summit Public Schools - Remote - Full time

Prepared Parents

Who We Are:

Parenting is not a race. This is the foundational belief that led us to launch Prepared Parents in 2019. A “winner take all” approach to learning leads to competitive parenting and inequitable schools, and hurts the success of all kids. We believe there’s another way to prepare our kids to lead successful lives with financial security, purposeful work, meaningful relationships, and personal wellbeing. Informed by decades of learning science, research, and the bestselling book Prepared: What Kids Need for a Fulfilled Life by Diane Tavenner, we give parents the resources to build power habits and skills at home, and champion change at school. In Fall of 2020, Prepared Parents launched UNBOXED, a free monthly learning kit with a focus on grades 4-9 for parents, community organizations, and learning pods that are supporting remote learning.

Chief Program Officer Overview

As our founding Chief Program Officer, you will develop and implement Prepared Parents’ overall program vision and strategy for our comprehensive suite of programs. You are an educational content expert who is seasoned at developing and delivering digital educational programs and products. You are a visionary, strategic, and data-driven systems-builder and team leader who thrives on working in a mission-driven start-up environment.

What You’ll Do: 

Summary of Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement overall program strategy
    • Develop integrated program strategy for all of Prepared Parents’ programs and products to maximize our impact on parents and students
    • Oversee implementation of program strategy through the continuous development and launch of monthly UNBOXED kits, ancillary programs and products (e.g., trainings, professional development), and Prepared Parents’ other tips, tools, and activities
    • Develop overall UNBOXED curriculum architecture and scope and sequence
    • Develop ancillary UNBOXED programs and products, including train-the-trainer tools and professional development series for parents and other adult facilitators
    • Collaborate with other Prepared Parents colleagues on User Experience research, design, and testing to continuously refine, improve, and expand programs and products
  • Build and oversee program team
    • Manage content writers and facilitators to create monthly UNBOXED kits, ancillary programs and products, and Prepared Parents’ other tips, tools, and activities
    • Hire writers, content experts, and other contractors and team members as needed to implement program strategy
  • Oversee overall programmatic success
    • Serve as a key Senior Leadership Team member, reporting to the Executive Director
    • Collaborate with the Senior Leadership Team to set clear programmatic objectives and goals, set up the systems to track those goals, and track, regularly report on, and use that data to continuously refine and expand program offering to maximize our impact
    • Serve as an instructional and programmatic voice externally (e.g., at conferences)

What You Need:


  • Bachelor’s Degree is required; a Master’s in Education is preferred
  • 10+ years of professional work experience, including team leadership and people management
    • 5+ years of experience leading an educational program, product, and/or instructional team in a school system, education nonprofit, and/or education technology organization
    • 3+ years of experience working in a school is preferred
  • Experience using education/learning research to develop and deliver educational programs or products directly for parents (ideally digitally)

Who You Are:

Skills and Mindsets

  • You are committed to uphold Prepared Parents’ values, including the belief that all children deserve a rigorous and equitable education that prepares them for college and for life
  • You share our vision to reimagine what learning can be and are excited to make an impact on the public education landscape
  • You are positive and resilient in the face of big challenges
  • You take initiative and ownership in driving work to meet team and organization goals and to develop systems to achieve goals, and are comfortable with ambiguity
  • You are data-driven and you collect, evaluate, and utilize data in meaningful ways, communicate findings clearly, and implement recommendations for continuous improvement
  • You have excellent writing, communication and presentation skills for a variety of audiences
  • You are a team player that thrives in collaborative environments and develops forward-moving solutions amidst ambiguity
  • You are empathetic and possess strong relationship skills and you motivate, inspire, develop, and communicate with diverse groups of educators, colleagues, and community members
  • You are a strong manager and developer of people, and a strategic team leader
  • You are committed to continuous improvement, see feedback as a positive, are open to having hard conversations, and have a growth mindset
  • You possess a deep knowledge of leading education/learning research and understand how use it to develop and deliver parent-facing educational programs

What You Get:

This is a full-time role reporting to the Executive Director. Location is flexible, as Prepared Parents is a fully remote organization. No travel will take place during the pandemic; beyond the pandemic, some travel will be required. Salary is commensurate with relevant experience. Prepared Parents offers competitive salaries and benefit options for full-time employees, including covering 75% of the health, dental and vision plan costs, a 10% retirement match, and a remote office stipend. We fully cover life and disability insurance. We have a “take what you need” PTO policy, 11 paid holidays and 3 weeks of organizational-wide closure during the year.

We strive to recruit a diverse team. Prepared Parents is an equal opportunity employer. We believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are directly intertwined with education. We are ALL better when we are able to bring our whole selves to work and honor each other’s voices across identities, cultural backgrounds, and life experiences. We welcome and encourage applications from individuals who are members of historically marginalized communities. Spanish language proficiency is a plus. 

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Customer Implementation / Customer Success

Experience Level

Senior Level

Summit Public Schools

Parenting is not a race. This is the foundational belief that led us to launch Prepared Parents in 2019. We believe there’s another way to prepare our kids to lead successful lives with financial security, purposeful work, meaningful relationships, and personal wellbeing.

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