East Palo Alto- College Completion Director

East Palo Alto, California
Jun 08, 2019
Jul 08, 2019
Job Function
Education / Teaching
Focus Areas
Position Type
Full Time

College Completion Director- East Palo Alto

About College Track
College Track is a comprehensive college completion program that empowers students from underserved communities to graduate from college. From ninth grade through college graduation, our 10-year program removes the academic, financial, and social-emotional barriers that prevent low-income and first-generation students from earning their college degree. In 1997, we started with 25 students in East Palo Alto, and today, we have ten centers located in underserved communities across California, Colorado, Louisiana, and the D.C. Metro Area with more than 3,000 students on the path to upward social mobility.

To learn more, please visit www.collegetrack.org

Our Impact
College Track students graduate from college at a rate that is more than double the national average for low-income and first-generation students. Five years out of college, our graduates are employed full-time, and over 85% report earnings greater than their parents. By helping our students maximize the value of their four-year college degree, which includes minimizing student loan debt, securing internships, and limiting the need to work while in college--we prepare them to succeed in the 21st century economy.

Our Values
At College Track, our values drive the way we do our work, and we look for individuals who share our passion. We blend an entrepreneurial spirit with our nonprofit roots, cultivating a dynamic culture where everyone's contributions are valued and encouraged.

* COMMITMENT: We have an unwavering belief in our students.​
* PASSION: We are dedicated to changing our nation’s college completion story.​
* JOY: We create environments rich with smiles and laughter.​
* AUTHENTICITY: We believe relationships matter.​
* EXCELLENCE: Our students deserve nothing but the best.

Position Overview
The mission of the College Completion Director role is to lead College Track students to graduate with a bachelor’s degree within six years. S/he will lead a team of part time and full time employees to ensure 98% of students matriculate to college, 90% of college freshman successfully persist and 70% of college students graduate within six years.

Primary Responsibilities include:
* Program development & Implementation: Develop and implement a five-prong approach that leads to bachelor degree attainment for all students:
* College exposure to college choices, leveraging the CT Scholar Profile,
* College applications to targeted colleges,
* College affordability, including FAFSA completion for all students and targeted scholarship applications,
* College matriculation conversations with students and families, and
* Student advising that builds self-management and self-reliance.
* Team Leadership: Hire, manage, lead, and develop a college completion team that achieves all expected outcomes. Team members include a College Completion Manager, College Completion Advisors and other staff to achieve high quality results aligned to the college completion strategy.
* Student Support: Oversee the individualized support of 12th grade students and create college transition plans for high school seniors to ensure students matriculate to college, graduate with manageable debt, and are set up for long term success.

Skills & Experience Required
* Minimum 3-5 years experience in working with and advising college students; history of driving significant gains in student achievement
* Leads and inspires others under a shared vision of excellence
* Holds the highest expectations for students. Demonstrated success in motivating, influencing and managing students
* Builds relationships and communicates in ways that foster trust, value differences and further College Track’s mission. Strong interpersonal skills and effective at relationship building with students, families and partners
* Experience in hiring, developing and supporting talent. Creates the conditions for staff to learn, grow and do their work with ever increasing excellence
* Strong understanding of higher education, financial aid and college admissions
* Empathetic approach to challenging conversations, leading to student action
* Manages people, project and oneself to achieve excellent results and expand organizational impact
* Minimum 4-year college degree

Compensation & Benefits
College Track offers a competitive salary based on the organization’s compensation philosophy, which is grounded in market data. We also offer comprehensive health & welfare benefits and top of the market paid time off.

To Apply
Please upload a resume and a thoughtful cover letter with your application. We will only contact candidates chosen for further consideration. No phone inquiries please.

College Track is an equal opportunity employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. College Track does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.

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