Senior Vice President/Chief Program Officer
at Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey

Date Posted: 7/14/2017

Job Description

Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey (CPNJ) is looking for an energetic, self-directed individual to join our agency as a member of the Senior Administrative Team during a period of growth and innovation. The Senior Vice President/Chief Program Officer will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for a current program budget of approximately $32 million, over 700 program employees, and over 1,500 individuals served. The ideal candidate will be an integral part of developing agency wide strategic and business plans and goals, with particular focus on the following three areas: strategy; management and program leadership; and communication and relationships.

With six to eight direct reports, the Senior Vice President/CPO will oversee all CPNJ programs including Early Intervention, two private special needs schools (Elementary and High School), Residential programs, Adult Day and Employment programs, Community Services, Nursing services and program marketing. The CPO will be responsible for maintaining the highest level of services offered by CPNJ in northeastern and other areas of New Jersey


Since 1953, CPNJ has supported thousands of individuals with developmental delays, disabilities or family challenges in pursuit of their personal potential and success in the communities in which they reside.

From our early beginnings in a hospital basement with a few concerned families and their children, CPNJ has grown to touch the lives of over 1,500 participants annually, employ over 800 individuals and provide support throughout New Jersey with an annual budget of over $36 million.

Looking toward the future, we will continue to target growth and enhancement of our programs by filling service gaps and responding to a need for innovative and flexible programming as we adapt to the implementation of fee-for-service in DHS funded programs.



  • Lead the development, implementation, and review of CPNJ’s Strategic Plan for Programs
  • Guide the direction of the agency through active participation in Board, Senior Administrative and Program level meetings
  • Explore opportunities for revenue generating expansion activities to support existing programs and growth in accordance with the CPNJ’s mission and vision
  • Work in collaboration with the Senior Administrative Team to integrate cross-program initiatives in the areas of fundraising, staffing, retention, finance, and quality

Management and Program Leadership

  • Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence through the design and utilization of systems and processes that articulate and model the philosophy, mission, and
  • vision of CPNJ
  • Manage and coach a strong team of program directors and human service professionals through development of core competencies, training, and empowerment
  • Possess the ability to manage and work collaboratively with diverse groups of people
  • Serve as lead staff for designated Board Program Planning committee and participate in Board meetings
  • Assist Program Directors in facilitating and maintaining a collaborative partnership with the area and regional offices of state funding agencies, and serve as a liaison as needed
  • Through direct reports, responsible for oversight of agency and program contracts, accreditation, licensures, and compliance for CARF, DDD, DCF, DOE, DVRS and others.
  • Manage the Human Rights program and HIPAA compliance for the agency
  • Work closely with Quality Assurance and improvement initiatives of the agency, with the ability to identify and evaluate quality indicators as well as compliance with quality assurance standards

Communication and Relationships

  • Represent CPNJ at the local and regional level with funding sources, state and federal agencies, donors, and legislators
  • Ensure that policy, advocacy, and legislation are evaluated and leveraged for maximum community and organizational impact
  • Cultivate and manage existing relationships with funders and partner organizations
  • Prepare and submit proposals to state agencies and other funding sources in response to Requests for Responses, in collaboration with the President & CEO and Program Directors

Qualifications and requirements

All candidates should have demonstrated leadership and relationship management experience with a strong history of success managing funder relationships.

Other skills/qualifications include:

  • Advanced degree in human services related field, or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of 7 years administrative or Human Service management experience
  • Demonstrated superior organizational, interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills
  • Knowledge of New Jersey Department of Human Services and/or Department of Education regulatory and funding systems preferred
  • Proficiency in multiple computer software systems a plus; i.e. Microsoft Office Suite, ADP/e-Time systems and Electronic Health Record systems such as Care-Logic, Paradigm and Sunguard.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including emails, technical writing, conflict management and strong phone etiquette

Physical/Other Requirements:

  • Ability to sit for extended periods of time
  • Frequent phone and computer use
  • Valid driver’s license required
  • Ability to drive within a 60 mile radius to visit program locations as frequently as weekly

This position is based in Livingston, NJ.

Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type: Full-Time
  • Location: Livingston, NJ
  • Job Type: Executive
  • Experience: Not Specified
  • Date Posted: 7/14/2017

About Us

CPNJ was founded in 1953 by the parents of children with cerebral palsy who wanted better services for their loved ones. They operated from donated space in the basement of Orange Memorial Hospital. The organization has steadily grown over the years and today it is a $27 million dollar organization with more than 500 staff members at 14 program sites serving more than 1,400 infants, children and adults with disabilities.

If you enjoy helping people and are looking to make a difference in the world then CPNJ, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of individuals with disabilities, is for you. We offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits and a rewarding career environment. We seek committed professionals, educators, therapists and direct care staff who are interested in providing quality services and care for children and adults in a wide variety of settings.

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