Chief Program Officer

Join the growing leadership team of a nonprofit that runs toward the toughest challenges in one of the toughest diseases of our time. The Chief Program Officer will guide the evolution execution of an interconnected set of programs that benefit those we serve: people living with Alzheimer’s, their caregivers, and those concerned about their brain health. Our programs are key to our quest to end this disease—quickly—for everyone. 

The successful candidate will have a track record of leading teams, collaboratively designing and then implementing programs that turn inputs into impact, and always putting mission first. 


Team Leadership

  • Lead and manage a team of seasoned professionals who build coalitions, convene collaborators, and otherwise implement programs that change systems in measurable ways
  • Coach team members so each can achieve optimum effectiveness and the team is high-performing – individually and collectively
  • Ensure that leaders of discrete programs collaborate on cross-cutting issues and build an overall set of programs with impact greater than the sum of its parts
  • Link the program team and its work to the bigger picture and larger organization goals
  • Represent each program and the set of programs to external stakeholders

Program Design, Development, Modeling, Evaluation, and Impact

  • Using logic model and/or clearly articulated theory-of-change model, map paths from inputs to impact and/or from current state to the envisioned future state
  • Create systems for data collection and accountability
  • Craft and effectively report program (and cross-program) stories to multiple audiences in collaboration with Communications, Development, and Policy teams

Organizational Leadership

  • Serve as a member of the senior leadership team
  • Build/grow relationships with external and internal stakeholders
  • Anticipate and track trends and emerging research and successfully evolve our programmatic approach accordingly
  • Contribute to a culture of teamwork
  • Help ensure that the organization embodies its values of diversity, equity, and inclusion—both in how we function and in how we serve

Support Fundraising and Plan for Programmatic Growth

  • Partner with development and communications teams to advance our program goals through fundraising and/or partnerships
  • Create and implement efficient systems for reporting on outcomes and performance

The Ideal Candidate

Educational & Work Experience

  • Significant experience leading diverse teams, building a culture of teamwork and shared excellence across the team
  • Proven success in working with peers, team members, external stakeholders, and organizational leaders
  • Documented success in developing programs with clearly articulated logic models and or theories of change and demonstrated outcomes and impact
  • Proven skill in implementing human-centered design in the social sector a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required, Master’s preferred


  • Ability and willingness to balance focus and current strategy—on the one hand—with awareness of the environment and seizing opportunities on the other hand
  • Ability and willingness to balance near-term and long-term objectives
  • Comfort with complexity and occasional ambiguity
  • Collaborative, inclusive work style
  • Knowledge of public health theories and concepts, with experience translating them into programs preferred
  • Basic understanding of scientific process, human biology, research methods, and health systems preferred
  • Exemplary ability to write and speak clearly to varied audiences
  • Ability to travel on occasion as needed


About UsAgainstAlzheimer’s

UsAgainstAlzheimer’s (UsA2) exists to conquer Alzheimer’s disease. We take on its toughest problems, bringing all of Us together to break down barriers, advocate for research, innovate, and drive the changes that matter most to people living with the disease. We will not rest until brain-span equals lifespan for everyone. Our organizational objectives are to:

  • Increase public and private resources for Alzheimer’s research
  • Increase the diversity and speed of clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease
  • Increase attention to brain health to delay onset of Alzheimer's and increase early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of Alzheimer's
  • Include insights and preferences of individuals living with Alzheimer’s and their care partners in research, drug development, regulatory, and Medicare decisions
  • Advance national care goals and policies in support of individuals living with Alzheimer’s and their care partners
  • Catalyze a movement to demand effective, accessible prevention, testing, and treatment
  • Until we eliminate the disease itself, eliminate its disparate impact on women & people of color

We believe that accomplishing these objectives will require bringing all of us to the fight. As a result, keys to our work are advocating, convening, innovating, and collaborating—with those living with the disease, government, other advocacy groups, industry, researchers, and thought leaders. 

Compensation Package: This is a full-time, salaried position. We prefer the role be based in the Washington, D.C., area but can be flexible for exceptional candidates. Salary is commensurate with experience. The benefits package includes 15 vacation days, generous sick leave, standard holidays, a 401k retirement plan with 4% employer match, and a choice of medical plans covering all or a portion of health, vision, and dental insurance. 

Applications: Please send to (1) your resume and (2) a cover letter describing your interest and experience relating to this position. Please note Chief Program Officer in the subject line and let us know how you learned of the position. APPLICATIONS WITHOUT A COVER LETTER WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.


UsAgainstAlzheimer’s promotes a culture of inclusion and seeks talented staff from diverse backgrounds. UsAgainstAlzheimer’s does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected factor.