Chief Partnership Officer

The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation is seeking a Chief Partnership Officer. This is an opportunity for a bottom line, results-oriented individual who seeks to further scale an organization that has already spread to all 50 states and 40 countries. The CPO will develop new partnerships and business that expand the reach and impact of the Institute as it seeks to establish its approach as a mainstream school of thought for tackling shared problems in communities and society.


Specific responsibilities include:

  • Identify, develop and close new partnerships with organizations, networks and groups to scale and disseminate the Institute’s content and approach.

  • Conceptualize and raise funds for innovative initiatives, such as new Faith Leaders Summit and Funders Roundtable on Community Impact.

  • Develop, write and sell new funding campaign to support core Institute operations.

  • Lead on creating group dinners and other gatherings with potential partners and funders.

  • Serve as thought-partner to Network Engagement Team to shape and drive out national network engagement strategy.

  • Direct national speaking tour, cultivate new venues and partners, and negotiate speaking engagements.


Candidates must possess the following qualities:

  • High emotional IQ

  • Flexible thinker

  • Ability to work with a team to co-create and co-design ideas and plans

  • Strategic problem solver

  • Quick learner

  • Ability to close deals

  • Excellent writer

Additionally, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • At least a Master’s degree (MBAs, MPAs and other professional degrees welcome).

  • Minimum 7-10 years of experience closing deals on new partnerships and business development to scale an organization.

  • Have worked on community and/or organizational change initiatives or have experience in delivering results in programs related to personal and organizational development.

  • Be a self-starter that is well organized, efficient, has excellent time management and can manage multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Have a genuine passion for working in a small, fast-paced, entrepreneurial organization that is stretching itself, growing and highly focused on mission and impact.

  • The Institute has a practice of how to create change that has been intentionally developed over 30 years. Candidates must be willing and open to learn the practice and apply it in their own lives.


About The Harwood Institute

To counteract divisiveness in today’s world, The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation equips people, organizations, communities and networks with the tools to bridge divides, tackle shared challenges, and build potential in order to turn community into a collective force for change.

The Harwood Institute began 30 years ago as a for-profit organization. Now a highly entrepreneurial nonprofit, everything the Institute does remains market-tested and most revenues are earned income rather than donations to ensure relevance and impact.

The Institute has translated nearly $75 million of Research & Development into a philosophy of civic faith and a practice we called Turning Outward. Through training and coaching initiatives, research projects, convenings and strategy consulting, the Institute works with partners to apply the Turning Outward practice to their own contexts in order to bring communities together and drive social change.

The Institute has spread its practice to all 50 states and 40 countries through partnerships with organizations such as United Way Worldwide, Goodwill Industries International, AARP, The Corporation For Public Broadcasting, The American Library Association, and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Institute also partners with organizations and communities to drive targeted social change at the local community level. A sample of partners include United Way of Greater Toronto (Canada), The Greater Clark Foundation (Kentucky), California State Library System, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (Australia), Hawaii Department of Education, and New England Aquarium.


To Apply

Send letter of inquiry along with your qualifications and salary history to Rich Harwood at

The Harwood Institute is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.