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Are you passionate about helping foster children and families?

Join an ethnically and culturally diverse team of multidisciplinary professionals. Unity Care has a wide-range of rewarding positions serving underserved foster youth and families in Santa Clara, San Mateo, and Placer Counties. As a member of the Unity Care team you will receive competitive benefits, training, and professional development opportunities.

An Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer

Unity Care is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender status, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, or covered veteran’s status, consistent with applicable state and federal laws. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.

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Chief Program Officer

Job Title
Chief Program Officer
Position ID
Begin Date
San Jose,  CA 95126
Other Location


Our mission is “To provide quality youth and family programs for the purpose of creating healthier communities through lifelong partnerships”.

Headquartered in San Jose, California, Unity Care offers a wide range of services benefiting at-risk and foster youth and their families throughout Northern California. Its signature program, established in 1993, focuses on serving the housing needs of youth in foster care and beyond. The organization’s mission has grown and expanded over the past two decades and, today, provides services in 5 different counties across Northern California.


We are proud to have one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse workforce in the Bay Area.  As a national accredited agency our core values are servant-leadership with a focus of going from “Good-2-Great” with discipline people, discipline thought and discipline action.


You have high expectations for yourself and your career. So does Unity Care. Imagine what we can achieve together. You've worked hard to get where you are today. You want your next career path to be the right one. And now you're ready to use your unique skills, talents and competencies to achieve great things.

Reporting to the Founder and CEO, the Chief Program Officer will be a part of the Executive Leadership Team as well as manage a team of program and administrative leaders providing services within our 5-Pillars of Success: Housing, Education, Employment, Well-Being & Unconditional Care. Primary responsibilities include day-to-day operational leadership, management and oversight of all program services throughout the agency. The Chief Program Officer will be responsible for executing the agency’s strategic plan ensuring success in meeting the agency’s outcome objectives.  




Provide Strategic Planning and Development for Ongoing Programs and New Programs

  • In alignment with the agencies strategic goals and contractual relationships, ensure that all program services are meeting the on-going needs and outcomes as specified.
  • Make modifications of program functioning as necessary in order to meet assessed needs.
  • Ensure culturally & clinically proficient Evidence Based Practices are embedded throughout the core program services.
  • Ensure all partners and collaborations are explored for agency leadership and ongoing synergies.

Management Staffing and Supervision

  • Ensure programmatic outcomes are achieved in serving every child, youth and family aligned with our 5-Pillars of Success in Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo and Placer.
  • Provide leadership and supervision in line with agency philosophy of a strength based, servant-leadership participatory management style.
  • Develop, maintain and monitor systems, tools and practices to improve agency efficiency.    (CANS, Project Plans, Balance Score Card, Benchmarking, etc.)
  • Oversee and coordinate the day-to-day operational aspects of ongoing program administration across-departmental and geographical function areas.
  • Ensure the development, implementation and monitoring of program quality assurance standards that are in compliance with regulatory requirements.
  • Develop, monitor and oversee program budgets and contract requirements, ensuring compliance, maximum revenue potential and efficient service standards are upheld.
  • Provide leadership, training, oversight and direction to ensure high quality services with in housing and community programs.

Executive Management Activities

  • Representation at all inter-agency and public levels (County, City, State and Federal) as delegated by CEO.
  • Attend, coordinate and provide executive summaries to the Board of Directors with respect to various program development and activities.
  • Actively participate in annual budgetary planning meetings as well as monthly agency-wide budget reviews.
  • Ensure efficient and effective program standards aligned with agency accreditation COA standards.


Education and Work Experience

  • Education or experience equivalent to a JD, MBA, Master’s degree in Public Health, Licensed Clinician or Business/Public Administration, Health Care Administration.
  • 7+ years of responsibility in the social services & or mental health field with administrative or supervisory management experience to include Program Services Director.
  • Demonstrated success overseeing comprehensive program delivery and support in the Mental Health and Residential Treatment Fields.
  • Experience building and managing a high functioning service team providing services to children and families at all aspects of the formal System.
  • Experience managing a budget of $5 million+.

Management and Leadership

  • Discipline leader with strong project management and a strong commitment and demonstrated success to strength-based ethical practices, honesty and integrity.
  • Lead by example and has successfully demonstrated the ability to be a servant-leader.
  • Innovative self-starter who can work effectively both independently and as part of diverse teams.
  • Able to think conceptually and plan strategically by leveraging the talents of the team.
  • Demonstrated passion for the mission, vision and values of Unity Care.
  • A positive and optimistic personality with a sense of humor.


  • Technologically adept with advanced computer skills; knowledge and/or experience in electronic health records (EHR) preferred.
  • Exemplary verbal, written communication, interpersonal, and negotiation skills; ability to communicate with tact and diplomacy.


  1. Competitive compensation
  2. Comprehensive benefits package including, medical, dental, vision and life insurance for all full time staff.
  3. 3 weeks paid vacation plus additional sick time.
  4. 11 days of paid holiday.
  5. 403(B) with employer contribution for eligible employees.