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Vice President, Programs

Gateway to College National Network | Portland OR 97214 USA | Full Time | Posted: 12/04/2012

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Vice President, Programs



The Overview

Gateway to College National Network (GtCNN) is a Portland-based education nonprofit organization with partner programs in 24 states. The National Network replicates programs on college campuses around the country, serving dropped-out and off-track high school students as well as underprepared college students. Founded at Portland Community College, the Gateway to College program now operates at 43 colleges in partnership with more than 125 school districts. Since its inception, GtCNN has enjoyed rapid growth and strong success in the areas of national replication and scaling. The organization has just completed a five-year business plan. This plan creates a new position, the Vice President of Programs, to help the organization reach its goals for program success and network sustainability. While continuousimprovement has been a hallmark of operations since the beginning, GtCNN seeks to sharpen its focus on student success by launching new strategies for improved program performance,along with broader dissemination of its results and findings in order to move learning in the field.

History and Evolution
Portland Community College created the Gateway to College program in 2000 to help reconnect high school dropouts with their education. Through the program, students complete their high school diploma requirements at community and technical colleges while simultaneously earning college credits toward an associates degree or certificate. Young people who had little chance of graduating from high school are achieving post-secondary success. Gateway to Colleges innovative approach captured the attention of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which initially funded the replication of Gateway to College as part of its Early College High School Initiative. Since 2003, Gateway to College has evolved from a single-site program into a national network of 43 colleges in 24 states partnering with more than 125 school districts. Gateway to College National Network builds the capacity of colleges, school districts, and states to revolutionize education for high school dropouts and underprepared college students so that all young people can achieve college credentials. Its strategies include:

. Creating and replicating innovative programs (Gateway to College and Project Degree);
. Building partnerships that connect K-12 and higher education institutions and communities;
. Influencing systems by creating change agents who are transforming instruction and student support practices from the inside out;
. Effecting policy and regulatory changes to ensure that Gateway to College and other alternative education models are available in every community that needs them;
. Conducting research and sharing what it knows about successfully serving high school dropouts and academically underprepared college students; and
. Providing customized consulting services to colleges and school districts.

The National Network also provides training, technical assistance, and professional development opportunities to Gateway and Project DEgree programs across the country. In some cases, GtCNN can offer start-up grants or local fundraising assistance to help community and technical colleges implement its programs.

Program Areas

GtCNN creates and replicates the following innovative programs: Gateway to College and Project DEgree.

. Gateway to College helps high school dropouts (ages 16-21) and students on the verge of dropping out to earn a high school diploma while also earning college credits. The program serves youth, 16 to 21 years old, who have dropped out of school or are significantly behind in credits and unlikely to graduate. The dual credit program allows students to earn a high school diploma while progressing toward a college degree or certificate. Gateway to College operates as a program within a community or technical college, or as a charter school located on the college campus.
Gateway to College students learn how to succeed in an educational setting, under the guidance of a caring team of instructors and resource specialists with experience and interest in dropout youth. In their first term, students learn in a small community of peers. This experience builds their academic and personal skills, preparing them to transition to college courses with the general student population. In addition to reading, writing, and math, students take a college skills class to learn and practice the habits of mind needed to transform themselves into successful college students.

After completing the initial Foundation term, students transition to the comprehensive campus, taking classes with the general student population. Students focus their studies in a "pathway" or major aligned with high school completion requirements and college degree or certificate requirements. This allows them to maximize college credit acquisition toward their post-secondary goals.
The program achieves success by combining high academic expectations with one-on-one advising and support. Resource specialists act as coaches, mentors and advisors. Students work with their resource specialist on issues ranging from transportation and study habits to pathway selection and applying for scholarships. The wrap-around support of the resource specialist keeps students on the right track for success.

Because the program is offered on a college campus, students feel that they are treated as adults, and respond well to the academic and behavior expectations of the college environment. Nearly all classes are college classes, and the program is fully integrated into the college setting. Gateway to College classes are offered both during the day and in the evening, providing much needed flexibility for working students or students with children.

. Project DEgree helps underprepared college students (ages 18-26) accelerate their progress through developmental education and on to transfer-level college courses.

Project DEgree meets the overwhelming need for new solutions in developmental education. Studies of public two-year institutions estimate that 40% to 70% of entering students need at least one remedial course—and many get stuck there. Because of GtCNNs track record serving high school dropouts who enter in developmental education and go on to achieve success in transfer-level courses, its funders are supporting a national pilot of Project DEgree to test its pedagogical and student support approaches with underprepared high school graduates. This is an unprecedented opportunity to enact real change. It is a fundamentally different approach to developmental education.

Gateway to College National Network provided start-up funds and technical assistance to help nine colleges implement Project DEgree in 2010-2011. It is partnering with colleges who are committed to improving service delivery to students who begin in developmental education, and have high enrollments of low-income and underrepresented students. College leaders and faculty have committed to initiating real change within their developmental education department. Project DEgree is a new way to think about student services and classroom instruction to dramatically improve retention and course pass rates.

Organizational Structure
The senior management team of GtCNN consists of:
. Vice President of Programs
. Vice President of Finance and Administration
. Associate Vice President for Training and Partner Support
. Chief of Staff
. Director of Evaluation and Information Technology
. Director of Communications
. Director of Development, and
. Associate Vice President for Policy and Partnership Development.

The Director of Evaluation and Information Technology and the Associate Vice President for Gateway to College Initiatives previously reported directly to the President and will now report to the Vice President, Programs.

More information about Gateway to College National Network can be found at

The Vice President, Programs is a position for a seasoned leader who will be responsible for a significant area of the organization's operation. The Vice President will direct and coordinate a broad range of activities to ensure effective program implementation and evaluation, and the achievement of institutional objectives. S/he will work on issues that address future concepts, goals and strategies for GtCNN.

This position will oversee all activities and personnel related to service delivery including Gateway to College, Project DEgree, technical assistance and fee-for-service projects associated with these models; and all research and evaluation of programs. This position requires a wide-ranging background of leadership practice with experience achieving organizational strategy.

The Vice President, Programs will demonstrate strategic decision making requiring versatile approaches to action; decisions will have a long-term effect on GtCNNs success. In achieving these objectives, the Vice President, Programs will work closely with the President, the Vice President of Finance and Administration, the Chief of Staff , the Director of Evaluation, the Associate Vice President responsible for Training and Partner Support, as well as other senior leaders of the organization. The Vice President will interact externally with executive-level decision makers. It will be incumbent upon the Vice President to negotiate extremely critical matters both internally and externally.

GtCNN is seeking to hire a seasoned leader with proven experience overseeing education or other social service programs with multi-million dollar annual budgets, supervising diverse multi-age teams of professionals, and disseminating complex research findings to multiple audiences.

The successful candidate will work in the organizations national office, which is located in Portland, Oregon. This position will require occasional travel throughout the United States.


Program Operations

. Directs and coordinates a broad range of activities to ensure effective program implementation and evaluation, and the achievement of institutional objectives;
. Leads and inspires others with a big picture vision focused on student success, developing and implementing creative solutions within and across bureaucratic systems;
. Oversees staff teams providing (1) new program training, model implementation, professional development, technical assistance, and fee-for-service consulting; and (2) research and development activities, across a fast-growing national network;
. Reviews research and evaluation results and collaborates as part of a high-level team developing strategies for continuous improvement and network sustainability, and national dissemination of results;
. Maintains an outcomes-orientation and culture of accountability with staff and partners to achieve funded objectives;
. Develops and helps execute strategies for building sustainable local support for partner programs; and
. Provides high-level problem-solving as needed at partner sites, in collaboration with site support staff, e.g., meeting with college presidents and school district superintendents, negotiating Network Membership Agreements.

Staff Management
. Sets a strong direction for program implementation staff and research and evaluation staff, including clear objectives and goals, along with a culture and practice of collaboration across the organization in pursuit of organizational goals;
. Prioritizes work of the team and organization based on understanding the strategic directives;
. Motivates teams to meet goals and celebrate milestones along the way;
. Provides strong professional development support for the team and mentors individuals toward greater professional achievement; and
. Manages the staff reporting to this position including hiring, performance management and evaluation, promotions, etc.

Executive Leadership
. Develops strategies with the executive team for creating sustainable funding arrangement for network partners, including analyzing funding formulas and budgeting at partner sites;
. Supports senior leaders who direct teams related to program development, implementation, evaluation and continuous improvement, focusing on collaboration while adding value to strong existing expertise;
. Represents the program side of the organization while partnering with other executive team members to develop and help execute strategies related to policy and advocacy, fundraising, communications, and branding;
. Predicts emerging issues and designs strategic responses and manages associated risks;
. Aligns resources to meet long-term and strategic goals; and
. Provides special assistance to the President on issues related to organizational culture and development; requires a high level of demonstrated expertise related to human resources management.

. Prepares budgets and forecasts for the program areas under his/her purview; and
. Prudently manages multi-million dollar program budgets.

Experience: Minimum of ten (10) years of relevant experience managing budgets and diverse multi-age teams, with demonstrated responsibility for programmatic outcomes.

Education: A Masters degree in Education Leadership, Public Administration, Business Management, or a related field is required.

Equivalency: An equivalent combination of education, experience, and training that would provide the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the successful performance of the essential job duties.

The successful professional will have or be:
. Passionate about Gateway to College National Networks vision and mission
. Charismatic in presence and leadership
. Track record of excellence in program management and expansion
. Energetic professional style with a collaborative, relationship-building orientation
. Ability to provide leadership during periods of heavy workloads
. Create a high energy, high achievement work environment that raises team
standards and performance
. Demonstrated flexibility and adaptability to changing circumstances
. Able to overcome obstacles
. Resilient to organizational setbacks
. Demonstrated innovative thinking and action
. Proven ability to problem solve
. Excellent oral and written communication skills
. Well developed diplomacy skills
. Demonstrated good judgment
. Ability to work in a diverse, fast-paced environment.

A competitive nonprofit compensation package, including comprehensive benefits, will be offered.

To be considered for this position, please send resume to:

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Location Portland, OR, 97214, United States
Annual Salary $100,000.00 - $110,000.00/Yearly
Travel Required 10% of the time
Categories Education
Function Senior/Executive Management
Experience Years 10 yrs
Visa Sponsorship Do not sponsor.
Pref Degree Masters

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Contact Name David Randall
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