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
Reporting to the Site Director, the College Affairs Director develops, leads, and manages a program that will help College Track students gain college admission and graduate. In addition, he/she will work with the Site Director to achieve the organization’s bottom line goals in the following areas: attendance, retention, college eligibility, financial readiness and college matriculation. This position is responsible for all student activities related to higher education, including college visits, presentations from college representatives, selecting and applying to college, financial aid, and high school to college transition. The College Affairs Director works collaboratively with the Site Director, Academic Director, and Student Life Director.
• Program Development and Implementation: Work with the Site Director, Vice President of Programs and the College Affairs Professional Learning Community to continue the development and improvement of the College Affairs Program to meet College Track Bottom Line Goals in the areas of attendance, retention, college eligibility, financial readiness, and college matriculation. In addition, support the Student Life program in its goals of community service and leadership development in students.
• Planning: Work with the Site Director, Academic Director, and Student Life Director on the creation and implementation of a College Affairs program plan, including important dates related to application deadlines, workshops for seniors, workbooks and curriculum for students. Develop and monitor budget for the College Affairs program.
• Individual Student Planning and Monitoring: Ensure students apply to, enroll in, and receive a college degree.
• College Outreach and Engagement: Lead a strong on-campus relationship building effort, representing College Track at colleges and universities. He/ She will actively advocate for students and “network” in colleges and universities, and represent College Track at college and university events. In addition, the Director is expected to keep abreast of emerging trends and practices within the university system and community, to be active in collegiate societies and organizations, and remain current on admission requirements of various colleges and universities.
• 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 College Affairs Program. Develop and oversee College Affairs resources, including: college admission process, financial aid guidance, and high school to college transition. Manage the Bank Book scholarship program for the Los Angeles site.
• Program Performance and Reporting: Assess quality of program operations according to the site’s College Affairs standards and report on the performance of the program, ensuring that the College Track student requirements are met.
• 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, college eligibility, financial readiness and college matriculation.
• New Projects: Projects as assigned by the Site Director.
First and foremost, the College Affairs Director must embrace the College Track vision of 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 2-5 years of college counseling and/ or assisting students with college admission with the functions outlined above
• Experience with college admission process, financial aid process, and communicating with high school students
• 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 utilizing data to take informed action
• Exceptional organizational skills; keen attention to detail
• Strong interpersonal skills and collaborative attitude
• 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 College Affairs Director” in the subject line.
Application Deadline: January 4, 2013