Chief Program Officer Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)

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Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)New York, NY

Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources for LGBT older adults and their caregivers, advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people, and provides cultural competency training for aging providers and LGBT organizations.

Chief Program Officer  Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)

Position Overview:

With dual reporting lines to the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer, the Chief Program Officer is part of a seven-person executive leadership team. The Chief Program Officer is responsible for ensuring SAGE’s direct services are developed and implemented in a manner consistent with the organization’s Strategic Plan. Managing a budget of approximately $5 million and leading more than 35 staff, the Chief Program Officer will be responsible for creating and implementing outcome-based services in New York City and across the country. They will build relationships with strategic partners and represent the organization to funders and the public.


  • Effectively lead and manage a diverse and ambitious team of professionals
  • Effectively lead and manage a broad portfolio of largely government-funded service programs for LGBT older adults
  • Using SAGE’s services wellness model (theory of change), increase the impact of existing programs and develop new services to improve the lives of vulnerable LGBT older adults
  • Leverage SAGE’s expanding data-driven capacity and culture to evaluate and improve program effectiveness
  • Ensure new service programs are designed using documented program models (logic model, theory of change model, etc.)
  • Seek to replicate and eventually scale SAGE’s proven program models nationally
  • Deepen synergies between SAGE’s New York City service programs and SAGE affiliate programs across the country to support replication of promising program models emerging from all points in the SAGE network
  • Lead SAGE’s strategy to expand and sustain service models by adapting to emerging trends in value-based payment, alignment with the health and long-term care sectors, social enterprise, etc.
  • Create opportunities to enhance relationships with SAGE’s governmental and philanthropic funders, particularly those in NYC Government
  • Represent SAGE in the aging community.

Required Skills/Qualifications:

The successful candidate will have a minimum of 10 years of seasoned executive leadership. This will include demonstrated success in creating, managing and refining services for older adults or other specialized populations with complex needs. The ideal candidate will share SAGE’s commitment to collaborative teamwork and partnership. Other requirements include:

  • A skilled team leader and team builder, willing to empower and hold their team accountable to SAGE’s vision and values
  • A skilled relationship-builder capable of developing effective strategic partnerships with community organizations, donors, political leaders and key civic leaders, as well as influencers in the aging world
  • A commitment to becoming an expert in LGBT aging issues and deeply understanding the needs of SAGE’s various constituencies
  • Outstanding management skills including budgeting and financial management
  • Knowledge of the creation and evaluation of public and private grant-funded service programs
  • A history of strong working relationships with funders and partners
  • A track record of success with program planning and management, including implementation and assessment, and budget oversight
  • Commitment to a theory of change culture that informs impact-driven programming and values diversity and equity
  • Demonstrated capacity for thought leadership, including leadership on how to evolve non-profit approaches to adapt to emerging trends in the field
  • Demonstrated non-profit business acumen
  • A leader with an engaging public image, able to serve as a dynamic and energetic representative
  • An understanding of marginalized, at-risk and underserved populations
  • A Bachelor’s degree is required. A Master’s degree in a relevant field (e.g. M.P.A., M.P.H., M.S.W.) is preferred.

Personal Characteristics:

Our client is seeking a strategic leader with an accomplished track record of developing and managing high-impact programs. A commitment to entrepreneurialism, innovation and excellence are essential for success. The ideal candidate will thrive in an intense, fast-paced culture and will be motivated by SAGE’s vision to create a world in which LGBT older adults can thrive because they are valued and have boundless opportunities.

The Chief Program Officer must be an outstanding communicator, able to articulate and champion SAGE’s mission and programs with sincerity, persuasion, and passion. The successful candidate will build productive collaborations with both staff and community partners. The candidate will have an adaptive leadership style that is responsive to emergent needs while remaining focused on long-term goals and strategic priorities. They must have the analytical skills needed to design and evaluate program outcomes and the entrepreneurial skills necessary to scale and replicate effective models.


Our client is offering a competitive compensation package for this position with a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, life, short and long-term disability, 401K, generous vacation and paid leave. Basic relocation expenses may be considered for the exceptional individual they are seeking.


This is an exceptional opportunity for a non-profit thought leader to join the executive leadership team of a growing and highly respected organization that is poised for transformation. For nearly 40 years, SAGE has provided essential services and a welcoming meeting place for LGBT older adults. It has also provided policy advocacy and cultural competency training to make systems responsive to the needs of LGBT older adults. The successful candidate will play a leading role in enhancing SAGE’s programs and increasing its impact. As part of a dynamic team, serving an organization with the highest standards of excellence, the Chief Program Officer will be an integral voice on the increasingly important issue of LGBT aging. Additionally, the Chief Program Officer will have the satisfaction of knowing their work will enrich and improve the lives of LGBT older adults.


To apply, please send a résumé and cover letter via e-mail or fax to:

Joseph McCormack, Managing Partner
Michelle Kristel, Partner
1775 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Suite 110-202
Palm Springs, CA 92264
Tel 323.549.9200
Fax 323.549.9222

All inquiries or referrals will be held in strict confidence.

Please note that your education, dates of employment, compensation and other information provided will be verified prior to employment.

EOE Employer: SAGE believes in equal opportunity in employment. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, citizenship status, marital status, HIV serostatus, sexual orientation, veteran status, height, weight or disability. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: Open

Please review all application instructions before applying to Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE).

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