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Deputy Program Officer

Equity and our Mission

10,000 Degrees is the leading, equity-focused scholarship provider and college success nonprofit in California. Since 1981, we’ve helped more than 20,000 students from low-income backgrounds achieve their college dreams, and today, we reach more than 12,000 students and families each year.

Our mission is to achieve educational equity and to support students from low-income backgrounds to and through college to realize their full potential and positively impact their communities and the world.

Never has this mission been more critical. The pandemic has multiplied the obstacles and uncertainty our students face. The opportunity gap has not narrowed but grown. Educational inequities and racial injustices continue to prevail. The demand for our support and resources has never been greater.

Through it all, our commitment to our students has never wavered. 10,000 Degrees won’t stop until all of our students get the support and resources they need to realize their full potential, and earn their degree.

Join us on our mission to achieve educational equity. Apply to work with our passionate team to make a difference and give back to your community.

You’re joining at an exciting time, as we just launched our five-year Strategic Plan, and we are growing our talented team!

Our Core Values

At 10,000 Degrees, our core values guide everything we do, from the way we deliver student support to how we structure our organizational systems to be mission-aligned.

We believe:

  • In the great potential of all students.
  • Every student should have equitable opportunities to a quality education and to graduate from college.
  • All our students and alumni are changemakers.
  • Students and their families, schools and communities each play a critical role in educating our youth and strengthening our communities’ economic and social health.
  • Educating all students to achieve their full potential is an urgent moral, social and economic imperative.
  • Education is the foundation of a just and equitable society.

The Opportunity

The Deputy Program Officer (DPO) will be responsible for oversight of the coaching and development of program leadership and will assist the Chief Program Officer with all program support. This position plays a key leadership role in the overall management of 10,000 Degrees programs.

This position reports to the Chief Program Officer and will work in close collaboration with the Program Directors, the Director of Data & Evaluation, and the Director of People and Culture. This position directly supervises three program leaders including the Director of Curriculum & Engagement, who oversees student outreach and marketing as well as organizational events; the Academic Success Manager, who oversees the Academic Success coordinators and volunteers; and the Director of Black Student Engagement, who oversees our ambassador program and supports organizational learning on supporting black students. This position has the potential to add up to two additional direct reports within the next two years.


Program Leadership and Coaching

  • Ensuring program directors and managers have the skills and resources they need to consistently cultivate talent in their direct reports as well as identify and develop skill gaps and needs.
  • Supporting program directors and managers in leveraging the performance measurement and talent development resources to identify growth opportunities.
  • Proactively seeking and sharing information from the field and learnings from program staff.
  • Maintaining a pulse on industry themes and progress, and sharing with the leadership team through regular leadership retreats, group, and individual check-ins, and ongoing sharing of resources and tools that will support leadership growth.
  • Conducting regular observation and coaching sessions with all directors and managers.
  • Developing standard coaching and leadership practices and tools for program leaders to use.
  • Collaborating with Program Directors and the Director of People & Culture to build out and implement an annual training calendar.

Program Management and Administration

  • Directly managing the Academic Success Manager, the Director of Curriculum and Engagement, and the Director of Black Student Engagement ensuring high-quality staff support and professional development for both them and their teams, including regular 1:1s, leadership meetings, and full team meetings, and coordinating and/or directly supporting teams in their absences.
  • Working with all program leaders to ensure that cross-collaboration is occurring across all program teams.
  • Collaborating with cross-functional teams to align regional strategies and opportunities with broader organizational goals and related initiatives.
  • Collaborating with teams to ensure appropriate communication is distributed both internally and externally (e.g. program newsletters, regional strategy meetings, president’s report.)

Performance Evaluation, Design Development, and Implementation

  • Supporting the development and cultivation of a culture of learning among the program team in collaboration with the Director of Data & Evaluation, the Director of Human Resources, and the Director of People & CultureBuilding out and maintaining systems and practices to strengthen and align the capacity of our program leaders.
  • Ensuring that all program staff are equipped with the skills and tools needed to collaborate with others both internally and externally, and deliver the highest quality of programming to our students.
  • Ensuring performance standards are identified, evaluated, and reflected upon on a consistent basis.
  • Sharing content knowledge and expertise in leading and coaching in the college access and success industry and field to help program leadership strategy and key indicators of success.
  • Other duties as assigned.


The Deputy Program Officer will be a seasoned leader in the college access and success field and will have a strong background in program design, development and evaluation, implementation, and extensive experience managing staff. They should be able to speak to a variety of stakeholders (staff, principals, students, donors, Board members, etc.) and to clearly communicate the mission of the organization and the ways we are working towards that mission.

Ideal candidates will have and/or demonstrate:

  • BA/BS required.
  • Master’s degree in public administration, social work, education, or a comparable field, or equivalent years of experience.
  • Experience in college access and/or success work.
  • Passion for educational equity, curiosity for learning, a keen interest in innovation, and excitement about people and partnerships.
  • 5+ years of experience managing and coaching.
  • Experience managing leaders preferred.
  • 3+ years experience in program management.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and work in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to track data, synthesize information, and proactively use and communicate data while making strategic decisions.
  • Team-focused, highly collaborative, responsible, flexible, and detail-oriented.
  • Ability to adapt to changing environments and priorities.
  • Self-aware and reflective; demonstrates a desire for feedback.
  • Possess excellent communication, administrative, and fiscal management skills.
  • Salesforce experience preferred.


This position will be a hybrid role (combination of virtual and in-person) based in our San Rafael, California office. You will also be expected to have a regular in-person presence at various locations in the Bay Area for observation, coaching, presentations, and meetings.

Our Culture and Investment in You

We want you to feel proud being a part of the 10,000 Degrees team, because of the work that you do and the community we strive to be.

At 10,000 Degrees we are creating a more equitable, inclusive, anti-racist organization and a community where everyone belongs. We provide a comprehensive and generous benefits package, work schedule flexibility and a culture of care to promote job satisfaction, professional growth, and wellbeing. We are a collaborative, team-oriented and transparent organization that listens to our employees. 10,000 Degrees also supports you on your career journey by providing ongoing professional development opportunities, and giving you a clear path toward leadership pathways and advancement.

Compensation Package

  • The compensation for this position is $120,000-$125,000
  • This is a full-time, exempt position
  • Excellent health, dental, and vision benefits
  • Life and disability insurance
  • 15 days paid vacation plus holidays and paid sick leave
  • 401(k) with employer contribution
  • Professional development, including conferences, seminars, webinars, and trainings


For immediate consideration please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@10000degrees.org.

Note: all applicants are required to submit a clear TB test and fingerprints as part of the background check, and employment with 10,000 Degrees requires full vaccination and proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 before starting work. Exemptions to the mandatory vaccination policy may be available for a medical condition, disability, or sincerely held religious belief and must be approved before starting work.