Company: College Track
Posted on: November 22, 2020
About College TrackCollege 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-emotionalbarriers 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 12 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 ImpactCollege Track students graduate from college at a rate
that is more than double the national average for low-income and
first-generation students. Six months out of college, 79% of
College Track alumni are employed. For those 30 and over, 92%
report earnings greater than their parents with wages on par with
the national average. 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
Our ValuesAt 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
COMMITMENT: We have an unwavering belief in our students.
PASSION: We are dedicated to changing our nation's college
JOY: We create environments rich with smiles and laughter.
AUTHENTICITY: We believe relationships matter.
EXCELLENCE: Our students deserve nothing but the best.
Site Directors are inspiring, visionary, and highly relational
leaders. Their expertise combines the capacity to engage and
connect across a wide range of internal and external stakeholders,
with the instincts, authenticity, and gravitas to gain their trust
and confidence. As practiced leaders, Site Directors drive results
by holding and articulating an organization-wide vision, and tying
it in a meaningful way to the aspirations, realities, and desired
outcomes of a local site and community. They have a propensity for
planning and managing competing priorities, and proven ability to
marshal team members and resources and develop productive
partnerships. They are equally adept at vision setting, operations,
finance, and coaching. Site Directors are conduits to the national
organization, carrying knowledge, tools, messages, mandates, and
insights across channels, promoting mutual understanding and
cohesion. While the Site Director role differs some by site and
situation, its inhabitants are universally tenacious, agile, and
adaptable, with unshakeable resolve and relentless commitment to
strong student outcomes. -
Primary Responsibilities -
- Site Vision and Culture: -Set a powerful vision for student
achievement. Inspire the commitment and collaboration of others
towards the shared vision, and ensure the alignment of all
decisions with that vision. Build a strong and enduring site
culture based on mission, vision, and organizational values.
- Staff Management: -Recruit, lead, manage, and develop a site
team of full-time and part-time employees (paid and volunteer) to
ensure the overall success of students. Build a collaborative,
cross-functional team of individuals committed to achieving
excellence and meeting site and organizational goals. Establish
role clarity and shared expectations about distribution of
responsibilities, prioritizing based on student, site, and
- General Site Management: -Identify and support site specific
needs related to location or site type (start-up, established,
transitioning). Develop and execute site-responsive plans that
allow site to achieve desired goals and outcomes for students.
- Student Recruitment and Enrollment: -Build relationships with
partner middle schools/high schools to ensure a robust applicant
pool representative of College Track's mission and reflective of
organizational goals. Develop strategic plan for recruitment and
selection process, and set benchmarks. Lead the application
collection, selection, and communication process. Develop a
contingency plan to backfill enrollees.
- Family Engagement: -Develop strategy and create the conditions
for authentic family engagement by team members. Support team to
build deep trust and cultivate productive partnerships with
families to maximize student achievement.
- Individual Student Planning and Monitoring: -Work with site
staff to assess student data continuously, manage student dismissal
and discipline and ensure that at least 90% of students matriculate
to a four-year college and 70% graduate from college within six
years despite obstacles.
- School and Community Partnerships: -Develop and formalize
partnerships with organizations and partner schools on behalf of
the site. Manage relationships and collaborate with key
stakeholders of partner schools on student recruitment and
intervention efforts. - Together with the regional team, steward
partnerships with community based organizations, local colleges,
corporations, individuals, and districts, that result in additional
resources for our students and improvements to our program model.
Be abreast and active in emerging trends and practices within the
high school, college, and community landscape.
- Fiscal Management, Fundraising and Development: Develop and
manage budget. Work in collaboration with the College Track
development team, as the external leader of the site, to execute
development activities that support long-term sustainability.
- Organization-wide Leadership: -Participate as a member of the
Regional Leadership and Strategy Teams, and liaise between site,
regional, and national teams to support organizational
- Team Leadership and Management: Manage and coach team on growth
& development of key competencies to ensure team and individual
success on individual goals & development.
Highest Priority Competencies
- Vision: -Co-creates a clear, inspiring vision. Invests others
in it by helping them connect the vision to both daily work and
long-term impact in a way that creates momentum and shared
commitment to action.
- Build Teams: -Cultivates talent and assembles strong teams.
Assigns work in a way that maximizes an individual's assets and
builds their leadership capabilities over time. Provides the right
level of team support, tailored to the needs of individual team
- Set Goals, Plan and Achieve Results: -Clearly sets high
expectations and holds others accountable. Identifies a manageable
set of goals and progress indicators; creates monitors, and adjusts
plans based on data. Proactively flags and mitigates risk,
identifies root causes for challenges, and effectively problem
solves. Focuses effort and resources on meeting those goals and
takes responsibility for outcomes.
- Resolve: -Focuses on delivering outcomes despite obstacles.
Takes setbacks in stride. sees challenges as opportunities to grow.
Can galvanize oneself and others towards goals and impact. -
Additional Skills, Experience and Characteristics Required
- Ideally 7-10 years of experience building or managing a
complex, youth-serving project, program, or organization leading
students to breakthrough results, including 5 years leading
- Track record of creating the conditions for high performance
and talent retention by fostering a results-oriented, productive,
diverse, equitable and inclusive team and culture of support,
mutual-accountability, and impact - -
- Ability to oversee effective delivery of College Track's core
work, partnering with the regional and national teams to achieve
- Success building relationships and communicating in a way that
fosters trust, values differences, and furthers College Track's
- Experience proactively driving healthy change by taking
initiative, and applying both an operational and programmatic lens,
to improve systems and program delivery
- High degree of flexibility and adaptability; can work within
and drive decisions in the face of ambiguity and an ambitious,
fast-moving environment; helps team move towards clarity and
- Unwavering belief in the potential of students in setting high
- Spanish language fluency (preferred)
- Minimum 4-year college degree (Master's Degree
- Connection to the local community in which the site is situated
is preferred, but not required
- Valid driver's license and clean driving record required and
ability to pass College Track's drivers clearance process
Site Directions report to Regional Executive Directors. The number
of direct reports varies by site maturity and location, and
generally includes one or more full time staff and a team of
part-time paid staff and volunteers.
Compensation & BenefitsCollege 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
ApplyPlease upload a PDF resume and cover letter with your
application. We will only contact candidates chosen for further
consideration. No phone inquiries please. - -
College Track works to remove barriers for first generation college
students on their journey to college completion. Our commitment to
removing barriers for first generation college students doesn't
stop when college ends. While we hire great people from a wide
variety of backgrounds, we especially encourage applicants who
identify as first-generation college graduates to apply for open
opportunities on staff.
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
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