Vice President of Programming


The Sanneh Foundation (Sanneh) is a Saint Paul, Minnesota-based 501(c) (3) created to serve the holistic youth development needs of the increasingly diverse Twin Cities metro area. The mission of Sanneh is to Empower youth, Improve lives, and Unite communities. SF empowers youth by supporting and promoting educational attainment through in-school and after-school support, improves lives by providing programs that strengthen physical health and social and emotional development, and unites communities by advancing diversity, equity, and community well-being.

The Vice President of Programming (VPP), as a key member of the senior leadership team, leads the planning, strategic oversight and direction, implementation, and evaluation of Sanneh’s integrated programming.

The VPP is responsible for ensuring that evidence-based program design and implementation are:
in accordance with the Sanneh Foundation mission, values, and core program elements
acknowledges community assets and addresses community needs in a manner that is consistent with best practices.

REPORTS TO: Executive Vice President
SUPERVISES: Director of Dreamline Program, Director of Conway Community Center, Director of Human Development/Workforce Programming, Director of Sports and Leadership, Director of Research and Evaluation, Director of Sports & Leadership/Out of School Time

Key responsibilities for the VPP are management and leadership over program design, delivery, analysis/reporting and improvement; community engagement and partnership; and resource development.


Management and Leadership
Collaborates with leadership to develop and manage resources to ensure a strong and stable organization and mission delivery.
Provide leadership to program directors/managers, and staff, supporting each of them in setting and achieving their annual goals in line with the strategic framework and budget needs.
Oversees programming financials including budgeting and forecasting for both expenses and revenues
Evaluate, manage, and coach programming staff to high levels of performance and professional growth
Fosters a positive, collaborative, fun, and cohesive work environment.

Program Design, Analysis, and Development
Oversees the design of youth and community-centered programs that are aligned with the strategic priorities of the Foundation, including dual-track programming
Evaluate potential new programming for alignment, feasibility, and impact
Oversees program analysis through data collection, surveys, and focus groups within each program.
Uses data and community input as well as best-practices research to inform, assess, and improve program efficacy.

Community Engagement/Partnership
Leads strategy and efforts to engage community/partners, including participants, partners, volunteers, and public agencies, in the development and implementation of youth and community-centered programming and initiatives.

Resource Development
Collaborates with the Advancement team in developing grant proposals to secure resources for the operation and sustainability of the Foundation’s programs/initiatives.
Collaborates with grant management to ensure financial strength through private, corporate, and government grants.

Serves as the lead staff for the Foundation’s Programs Committee.
Performs other duties as assigned.

Below are some typical requirements for Vice President of Programming. We recognize that skill sets can be a complex combination of experiences. If your background does not precisely match these requirements, but you have a passion for our work, we would love to hear from you, and we recognize the value of transferable skills.
Excellent people skills with the ability to relate well to people from varied backgrounds.
Demonstrated ability to provide effective performance and professional development coaching.
Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegation, and facilitation.
Ability to lead, continuous improvement, and implementation strategies.
Ability to adapt and problem-solve for delays, interruptions, or unexpected events.
Ability to identify, develop, and evaluate varied strategic options.
Ability to set goals and objectives, and successfully manage multiple initiatives simultaneously.
Ability to handle sensitive and extensive confidential data.
Demonstrated commitment to serving populations of youth and families from marginalized communities.
Commitment to an inclusive workplace and equity in all aspects of society.
Excellent written and oral communicator with demonstrated ability to speak to partners, clients, funders, donors, and volunteers.
Proficient in Microsoft Office (i.e., PowerPoint, Word, Excel) and Google Workplace.
Ability to represent the Sanneh Foundation positively and professionally in all settings.

Master’s degree or Bachelor’s degree and comparable work experience in nonprofit management, public administration, education, social work, or a related field
Minimum of five (5) years of experience developing and managing programs including:
Partnership Development
Scaling and capacity building
Minimum of three (3) years of managerial experience
Experience in building partnerships with internal and external constituents in a diverse community.

Experience at a non-profit community-based organization
Project management experience
Experience in the design and evaluation of professional development training.

Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area (This is not a remote position)
Normal working hours – Monday - Friday.
Working hours may include evenings, holidays, or weekends depending on deadline requirements and special events.

Note: Potential candidates must possess a valid Driver’s license, insurance, and reliable transportation.

Interested candidates should provide:
Cover Letter
Applications are accepted until the position is filled.

Physical Demands and Other notice:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. Must be able to lift up to ten pounds.

Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information. VISION: See in the normal visual range with or without correction. HEARING: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

The Sanneh Foundation is an affirmative action & equal opportunity employer. D/V/M/F. Applicants will be considered without regard to age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status. If you require accommodation to apply for a position, please contact us at: 301.807.6993.

The above is intended to describe the general content and requirements for the performance of this job. We acknowledge that this position description is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.

Equity & Salary Disclosure
We believe in practices that create real equity and pay parity regardless of background or identity. We freely discuss compensation with all qualified candidates the first time we interview them. Saving the salary discussion for the first conversation allows us to understand the needs of each candidate fully and to ensure that qualified candidates, even those who’ve historically been overlooked and/or underpaid, don’t self-select out of the processes based on salary alone, as our experience and research suggest. In addition to those who opt out because they fear the salary may be out of reach for them, we equally don’t want to miss out on conversations with candidates who are slightly over the range when in some cases, the total compensation, including factors such as bonuses, flexibility, and better health benefits, etc. may exceed expectations. Finally, as a search firm, we always seek top-notch talent to introduce to our clients. Should the salary or any other requirement not be fit, there is often a chance that someone on our team is working on another position you may be a better fit for. If you would like to discuss your qualifications for this role and salary and compensation, call us, and we’d be happy to discuss.


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  • Nadira Fant
    published this page in Job Board 2024-02-14 10:34:44 -0500