Title VP of Leadership Programs & Training
Posted Date 06/26/2017
Employer Coro Southern California
Job Information


Full Time


Details: Competitive.






1000 N. Alameda Street
Suite 240
Los Angeles
United States



The Opportunity

Coro Southern California is looking for a VP of Leadership Programs and Training. This newly created role will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for leadership development programs at one of the nation’s premier civic leadership development organizations. We are growing rapidly and need a senior team member with a solid foundation of success as a program leader, facilitator, strategist and leadership development guru to lead our Program Team. The VP of Leadership Programs and Training will ensure the highest quality of program delivery, curriculum design and community impact through these programs. This is a great opportunity if you are ready to:

  • Share your skill and talent for creating and delivering leadership training programs to transform lives and communities
  • Serve as key driver of Coro’s program and training growth

About Coro Southern California

Coro’s mission is to strengthen the democratic process by preparing individuals for effective and ethical civic leadership.

Our increasingly complex world requires leaders who can collaborate across sectors to address society’s greatest opportunities and challenges. Coro Southern California prepares individuals from diverse backgrounds to be these leaders.

Coro prepares diverse groups of individuals to deal creatively and effectively with the challenges of democratic governance, enabling them to make responsible decisions in the face of change and ambiguity. Found in every sector and in all professions Coro alumni create, govern and guide with extraordinary skill, vision and excellence.

Coro was founded in San Francisco in 1942 to train young veterans in the leadership skills necessary to assure that our democratic system of government could more effectively meet the needs of its citizens.

Since 1947, when the first program was delivered, Coro has grown to include Coro Centers in six cities, including San Francisco, Los Angeles (1957), St. Louis (1972), Kansas City (1975), New York (1980), and Pittsburgh (1999).

Between 300-400 participants a year go through Coro programs nationwide. At least 10,000 program alumni are currently serving as leaders in local, regional and national/global businesses, non-profit organizations, governmental agencies and elected public office.

Coro is a non-profit, non-partisan educational institute supported by foundations, corporations and individuals.

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Key Responsibilities

Reporting to the Executive Director, the VP of Leadership Programs and Training is responsible for managing our growing program portfolio, leading growth and execution of new programs and overseeing training quality and curriculum development for existing programs. The ideal candidate will be able to embrace our non-partisan approach to prepare individuals, diverse in thought and background, to be leaders. They will facilitate hands-on learning in public, private, and non-profit settings and in small-group seminars, and effectively synthesize Coro’s legacy training approaches combined with current best practices in leadership development.

Responsibilities include:

  • In partnership with Executive Director, drive new program development, growth, and implementation;
  • Oversee execution of all Coro programs, including ongoing development of effective training materials and curriculum;
  • Facilitate and train Coro programs to a broad swath of clients and participants, including high school students, young professionals, public servants, education and community leaders, and senior executives;
  • Serve as organizational thought leader on leadership development and civic engagement programs, staying current on literature, practices and networks in relevant fields including training and professional development, leadership development, public policy issues, and current political affairs;
  • Design and implement program evaluation efforts, actively using research and internally-generated data to share impact and learnings from Coro programs internally and externally with key supporters and partners;
  •  Nurture and expand Coro’s organizational relationships by attending networking events and managing high level external relationships with key audiences and partners;
  • Effectively manage program staff including design and implement professional development plans for on-staff Program Team, as well as hiring, coordinating and managing Adjunct Faculty;
  • Work collaboratively with the Executive Director and development staff to engage potential philanthropic partners for new potential Coro programs;
  • Other duties as assigned


  • At least 5 years significant experience in learning and development and facilitation;
  • Advanced degree in organizational psychology, organizational behavior, or related discipline is preferred;
  • Coaching experience is a strong plus;
  • Strong understanding of leadership development trends and best practices;
  • Solid team manager, with track record of building thriving, disciplined, and cohesive teams;
  • Skilled relationship builder with experience managing key relationships on behalf of organizations or institutions;
  • Experienced and skilled in training and facilitation with large and small groups;
  • Track record of curriculum design for diverse stakeholders;
  • Passion for civic engagement and leadership development;Active presence and engagement in the broader Southern California community;
  • Advanced presentation skills – both written and in-person;
  •  Capable of leading with composure, flexibility, and efficiency during crunch times;
  • Familiarity with Coro’s programs and committed to Coro’s mission;
  • Flexible and adaptable style; a leader who can effectively prioritize both strategic and tactical programmatic needs.



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