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Executive Director

Company: Honors Pathway, PBC
Location: Oakland
Posted on: April 10, 2021

Job Description:

Honors Pathway (HP) seeks to recruit a Full-Time Executive Director to lead its inaugural MicroCollege program site in Oakland, CA helping low-income students transition to college. The estimated start date for the position is May 1, 2021 (or sooner).

Honors Pathway is a social venture headquartered in Oakland, CA. HP partners with a growing network of non-profit, regionally accredited universities and public high schools to operate MicroCollege programs. These unique college pathway programs enable low-income students to complete their first two years of college in a highly supportive environment - at no cost to them or their families.

MicroCollege is designed to help students who are college capable, but not yet college-ready, successfully transition to college. College courses and coaching are offered in small class sizes at standalone MicroCollege sites. In addition to college faculty, each cohort of 30-35 students is assigned a Success Coach and two Tutors who provide over 500 hours of academic coaching and support each year.

MicroCollege sites are fun, vibrant locations where staff and faculty build authentic connections with students and help them develop the skills and habits to become successful in college and in life. To learn more about MicroCollege, visit

HP is seeking an Executive Director to manage the ongoing operation of a MicroCollege pathway program launching in July 2021 and serving approximately 150 students. The Executive Director will manage 5-6 full-time staff and 20-30 part-time staff, including the Director of Student Success, Student Success Coaches, and Academic Tutors. The Executive Director will report to the SVP of Programs.

Estimated Start Date: May 1, 2021

Job Responsibilities:

  • Manage and oversee a college pathway program, under the oversight of the main campus, with several dozen employees serving approximately 150 students annually.
  • Ensure employees both model and support students' development of a growth mindset, while helping students build confidence in their capacity to succeed academically despite setbacks.
  • Meet student achievement and retention goals by ensuring staff provides active student support.
  • Coordinate provision of student services from main campus to location, including, but not limited to, disabilities services, library services, and financial aid.
  • Collaborate with Operations Staff team to schedule classes, including a weekly student success seminar and also schedule, activities, and site events.
  • Ensure staff develop and implement a college transition plan for each student
  • Develop and implement creative strategies for assisting students with unique needs across a wide range of college preparedness.
  • Engage with public school administrators and counselors in connection with enrolling new students.
  • Regularly engage with local stakeholders, including parents/guardians, family members, student support groups, colleges and universities, local non-profits, social services agencies, and advocacy groups.
  • Other duties as assigned.
    Executive Director Qualifications:

    • Minimum of five years of management and leadership experience at post-secondary or secondary level; or leading a mission-driven organization focused on helping students transition from high school to college.
    • Demonstrated success in supporting the academic achievement of students who are college-capable, but not yet college-ready, including low-income students from diverse backgrounds.
    • Exceptional interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate with a diverse group of students and staff.
    • Demonstrated sensitivity in working with students and staff of diverse racial, ethnic, academic and socio-economic backgrounds, sexual orientation, and disabilities by showing respect for differences and the dignity of others.
    • Master's Degree from a regionally-accredited college.
      Successful candidates will be required to submit official transcripts, as well as undergo a pre-employment criminal history background check with fingerprinting.

      The mission of Honors Pathway is to help low-income, first-generation college students earn four-year college degrees and start professional careers. Honors Pathway is an equal opportunity employer committed to student success. We seek applications from all qualified persons who share this goal, including minorities, women, persons with disabilities and members of other protected groups.

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