Program Officer at United 4 Children

Job Title: Program Officer (full-time)

Name and Location: United 4 Children's main office located at 12 North Newstead Avenue Saint Louis, MO 63108

Job Information: United 4 Children (U4C) makes children a priority by improving the social, emotional, physical, and educational well-being of children by enhancing the knowledge and skills of families, teachers, and care-givers.

Looking for an opportunity to build program capacity and shape policy that changes children’s lives?  Then this position is for you! 

Reporting to the Executive Director, the PO is responsible for leading and managing a comprehensive array of services and community engagement that promotes excellent services to early childhood and youth programs, children, and families.

The PO will coordinate the execution and evaluation of operational plans and programs that support leadership and innovation in promoting quality child care, successful early childhood development and quality after-school care

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.

  • Works in partnership with ED and Director of Development to conduct organizational planning and create a unified leadership perspective

  • Leads the development of program strategy and indicators of success for the advancement of the quality and impact of services

  • Directly supervises program leads to maintain accurate project management records and status reports in accordance with contractual obligations and acceptable business practices

  • Supports board and organizational committees as assigned

  • Develops and implements strategies that maximize synergies among program areas

  • Develops, implements and manages program aspects of annual budget

  • Positions organization to successfully compete for public and private grants, contracts and partnerships. Identifies and develops program and partnership opportunities

  • Leads the cultivation, management, and writing of public and private grants

  • Guide development of cohesive and comprehensive outcome oriented evaluations

  • Maintains appropriate relationships with other social service agencies, community advocates, funding organizations, and federal, state, and local government representatives

  • Represents U4C on strategically-aligned boards and committees

Education and Experience

  • College degree (4 year) or equivalent industry experience

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in early childhood and/or after school programing

  • Experience developing and working under the guidance and direction of an Executive Director


  • Understanding of early childhood and youth development

  • Proven leadership experience

  • Strong fiscal discipline and ability to identify and pursue funding opportunities within current contracts and develop new sources

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; organize, facilitate and present information in a concise manner to a variety of audiences

  • Team orientated and able to work and succeed in a diverse environment

  • Problem-solving, coaching and delegation skills

  • Self-starter

  • Results oriented; resourceful

  • Knowledge of personal computers and related software applications


  • Must have a valid Missouri or Illinois driver’s license and automobile insurance carrying the required level of automobile insurance.

To apply for this position, please send resume and cover letter to

United 4 Children is an equal opportunity employer.