About College Track:
Founded in 1997, College Track is national non-profit organization that empowers students to achieve their dream of a college education. This organization exists to increase high school graduation, enrollment, and college graduation rates among students from low-income communities, thereby closing the achievement gap and creating college-going cultures for students who are under-represented in higher education. 100% of College Track seniors graduate from high school, 90% of our students are accepted to 4-year colleges, and 53% complete college in 6 years (the nationwide average for low income students is 22%). 80% will have the opportunity to be the first in their family to graduate from college.
Since its inception, College Track has grown each year and in 2012-2013, will support close to 1400 students. By providing comprehensive college access services to students over the course of 8-10 years, from the summer before high school through college graduation, College Track ensures that each of its students has the resources needed to get into and graduate from college. In the next five years, College Track will double the number of students served and triple the number of students who graduate from college. Currently, with a staff of over 50 and an operational budget of over $9,000,000, the organization supports close to 1000 high school and over 400 college students at centers in East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, New Orleans, Aurora, Colorado and Los Angeles.
To learn more, please visit www.collegetrack.org
The Academic Affairs Director is responsible for managing and overseeing the academic achievement of the College Track students, ensuring that all students are college-eligible and on-track to receive a college degree. Working under the direction of the Site Director, this individual will have direct accountability for meeting the organization’s bottom line goals in the following areas: attendance, retention, academic readiness, GPA and college eligibility. Additionally, this position will be responsible for managing the Academic Affairs budget, establishing an efficient and empowered work environment, meeting internal and external student expectations, and managing a staff of part-time employees (paid and volunteer). Experience interacting effectively with all levels of an organization is important.
• Program Development and Implementation: Work with the Site Director to successfully implement the following Academic Affairs program components and services: Tutoring, Academic Standards Based Workshops, ACT preparation, and other academic resources and services. Implement, manage and evaluate student services, ensuring that goals across the site are met. Collaborate with the Academic Affairs Professional Learning Community and site staff to continue the development and improvement of the College Track Program.
• Individual Student Planning and Monitoring: Assess student data continuously and provide meaningful interventions to ensure that students are on track to graduate from high school and attend 4-year universities. Focus relentlessly on delivering outcomes despite obstacles, ensuring students graduate from high school and receive a college degree.
• High School and Community Outreach and Engagement: Develop strong and formalized partnerships with schools, district, families and community partners. Consistently and proactively engage parents in regards to students’ progress and performance. Lead a strong on-campus and community relationship building effort, ensuring strong recruitment of students annually. Advocate for students, keep abreast of emerging trends and practices within the school system and community, and be active in school district and political societies. Leverage partnerships to recruit a healthy applicant pool and cohort.
• Part-time Staff/Volunteer Management: Recruit part-time staff/volunteers of approximately 20+ instructors, tutors, and case managers. Conduct regular observations of part-time staff and formal evaluations with them. Facilitate regular trainings for part-time staff members in effective teaching and student engagement practices. Maintain strong levels of communication with part-time staff in regards to student performance and program.
• Family Outreach: Maintain regular and open communication with families in regards to their students’ college readiness and path to college. Such communication includes presenting to families at College Track events and making contact with individual families for personalized support.
• Financial and Resource Management: Monitor and meet the expense budget for Academic Affairs Program.
Develop and oversee academic resources including: tutoring support, ACT preparation, workshop instruction and support for the college admission process. Ensure the student experience is positive and that all expectations of students are accompanied by the presence of adequate resources.
• Achieving Bottom-Line Goals: Assess quality of program operations and ensure the site meets College Track’s Bottom Line Goals in the following areas: attendance, retention, academic readiness, GPA and college eligibility.
• New Projects: Projects as assigned by the Site Director.
First and foremost, the Academic Affairs Director must embrace College Track’s vision for transforming low-income communities into places where college readiness and college graduation are the norms. Additionally, candidates must posses the following qualifications:
• Minimum 4-year college degree (Master Degree preferred)
• Minimum 3-6 years of teaching and/or assisting students excel academically
• History of working effectively to close the achievement gap in under-served communities and/or demonstrated record of dramatic gains in student achievement with students in low-income communities.
• Results-driven; commitment to and experience with utilizing data to take informed action
• Exceptional organizational skills; keen attention to detail
• Strong interpersonal skills and collaborative attitude
• Outstanding problem-solving skills and resourcefulness
• Proven track record of successfully recruiting, training, and mentoring staff and volunteers
• Ability to initiate, foster and leverage contacts from diverse networks to achieve outcomes
• Excellent communication skills (both written and oral)
• Unflappable self-starter who has ability to effectively manage wide range of tasks and projects
• Track record of using a “can-do” perspective to transform issues into winning situations
• Strong learning orientation; accepts and incorporates direct feedback;
• Goal-oriented and strong commitment to meeting goals; dedication to helping students achieve their goal of college completion
• Fluency in Spanish (written and verbal) is preferred
• Demonstrate the ability to meet and maintain federal, state, local and College Track guidelines
Compensation and Benefits:
College Track offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.
Submit cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org and cc: email@example.com
Please include “Los Angeles Academic Affairs Director” in the subject line.
Application Deadline: January 4, 2013