Helping Education Job Announcement: Chief Impact Officer-Charlotte


Position Title:            Chief Impact Officer - Charlotte (CIO-Clt)

Reports to:                Executive Director

Supervises:                Program Managers and Tutor Managers


Overview of the Position

Are you passionate about fostering social justice through evidence-based and culturally informed practices? Do you care deeply about promoting equitable access to high-quality education? Do you enjoy both leading and collaborating to advance community impact through strategic partnerships and successful programming? If YES, consider joining our dynamic team in the fight for educational equity.

Helping Education is looking for an accomplished, senior-level and equity-focused individual to provide strong leadership in three key areas: (1) leading and managing HELPS program delivery staff, systems, and processes in Charlotte to ensure overall goals / benchmarks are met (~50% of the responsibilities); (2) ensuring sustainable funding to meet immediate and longer-term growth objectives, as well as building strong partnerships with integral community partners to support the work and increase impact (~40%); (3) assuring continued program fidelity, development, and outcomes that reflect cutting-edge intervention delivery (10%).  Although the leader in this position will focus on successful programming and scaling in the Charlotte area, the individual will also serve as an integral member of Helping Education’s senior leadership team and assist the organization with realizing even greater impacts and advancements toward evidence-based and equitable education. Those with director-level or executive leadership experience are strongly encouraged to apply.   

The Helping Early Literacy with Practices Strategies (HELPS) Program

For more than 10 years, HELPS has been rigorously researched and validated to improve students’ reading fluency, comprehension, and confidence. Over the past three years, HELPS has been systematically implemented by community volunteers with students in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) and we have likewise seen significant growth in these students’ reading and confidence. We seek a dynamic, accomplished leader to drive increased impact by systematically scaling high-quality, community-based HELPS tutoring in CMS and increase the number of CMS students receiving HELPS tutoring to 1,600 by the end of the 2021-22 school year and to at least 2,100 by the end of the 2022-23 school year.


The ideal CIO-Clt candidate:

  • is a self-motivated, service- and results-oriented leader with a passion for enhancing educational equity
  • is a trusted relationship builder
  • has the ability to further develop and execute a high-quality program implementation model
  • communicates about programming and goals in ways that are clear and compelling
  • has a proven track record of advancement and fundraising from foundations, corporations, government sources, and/or individual donors.


Applicants should also have at least 7-10 years of experience in a director-level leadership position that involves successfully supervising high-performing teams as well as leading project implementation processes and systems. Experience in the K-12 education field (broadly defined) is desirable but not required. Similarly, local knowledge and already having strong working relationships in the Charlotte area are desirable, but not required.

This is a full-time position. Helping Education has always valued and been committed to cultivating a diverse work environment. As an equal opportunity employer, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, socio-economic class, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, record of arrest or conviction, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Organizational Overview

Since its inception in 2010, Helping Education has maintained its mission of advancing educational equity by partnering with educators and community organizations that serve a high percentage of historically underserved students, schools, and families. Through collaborative partnerships locally, nationally, and internationally, we provide low- or no-cost programs and services that meaningfully improve student learning. These programs and services are collaboratively developed and rigorously evaluated, creating a true bridge that connects educational research and practice.

Although Helping Education began in 2010 with only a small group of volunteers, we have grown to a diverse team of 20+ staff -- each of whom is passionate about improving educational equity through community engagement and authentic partnerships. We’re now looking for an accomplished leader to join our team and lead the implementation, scaling, and impact of HELPS literacy tutoring in Charlotte. Likewise, we seek an experienced and committed thought partner to collaborate as a member of our senior leadership team.