About College Track:
Founded in 1997, College Track is national non-profit organization that empowers students to achieve their dream of a college education. We aim 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 historically 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 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 Student Life Director is responsible for the vision and implementation of the Student Life program at College Track-Aurora; ensuring that all students gain leadership skills, have access to experiential learning and engage in service learning. Working under the direction of the Site Director, this individual will have direct accountability for meeting the organization’s bottom line goals, managing the Student Life budget, working collaboratively with Site Team and managing a staff of part-time employees (paid and volunteer).
• Program Development and Implementation: Work with the Site Director to successfully implement the following Student Life program components and services: leadership development, service learning, summer enrichment services, and experiential learning workshops. Implement, manage and evaluate student services, ensuring that goals across the site are met. Work with the Student Life Professional Learning Community and site staff to continue the development and improvement of the College Track Program.
• Staff Development and Recruitment: Recruit, hire, develop and evaluate Student Life staff in effective teaching and student engagement practices.
• Individual Student Planning and Monitoring: Assess student data continuously and provide meaningful interventions to ensure that students develop leadership skills, complete community service hours and participate in activities that make them competitive for college.
• High School and Community Outreach and Engagement: Lead a strong community partnership effort, representing College Track at events intended to build the capacity of youth. In addition, the Director will be active in community organizations and professional societies and remain current on best practices in youth development.
• Financial and Resource Management: Monitor and meet the expense budget for Student Life Program. Develop and oversee resources including: leadership training, field trips, community service, and experiential learning.
• Achieving Bottom-Line Goals: Assess quality of program operations and ensure the site meets College Track’s Bottom Line Goals in the following areas: engagement (attendance), retention and community service
• New Projects: Projects as assigned by the Site Director.
First and foremost, the Student Life 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:
• Expertise in youth development, experiential learning, service learning and/or outdoor education
• An entrepreneurial spirit and desire to work in a start-up environment
• Goals orientation, project management experience and an ability to use data to drive program improvement
• Proven track record of successfully recruiting, training, and mentoring staff and volunteers;
• Ability to prepare, monitor, and review budgets;
• Candidate must have at minimum a 4-year college degree (Master Degree preferred)
• Candidates must have at minimum 2-5 years in K-12 education or youth development
Compensation and Benefits:
College Track offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.
Submit cover letter, resume and salary history to firstname.lastname@example.org and cc: email@example.com
Please include “Student Life Director” in the subject line.
Application Deadline: Feb 10, 2013