Director of College & Career Readiness

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $35,000
Maximum: $50,000
Details: Commensurate with experience



Start Date


Application Deadline



Long Island City High School
14-30 Broadway Room 540
Long Island City
United States


Job Description

The Director of College & Career Readiness is a brand new position that is being launched at Long Island City High School. This is a great opportunity for a candidate interested in education, relationship building, community development, and place-based systems change. Zone 126 is working to fundamentally shift the approach around program collaboration in New York City public schools by creating a Neighborhood Schools approach from cradle to college to career.

Zone 126 is a start-up nonprofit organization working to support children/youth and families living in Astoria/Long Island City. Zone 126 is currently looking to hire a Director of College & Career Readiness who will be an integral part of developing a strategy around supporting a cohort of students through the college application and financial aid process. This full-time position calls for a quick strategic thinker who is ready to prepare a plan of action, and see it through with creativity and passion.

The Director of College & Career Readiness will work at Long Island City High School and supervise one Coordinator, and one AmeriCorps member. The focus will be to work with a cohort of students who are living in NYCHA Astoria, Ravenswood, and Queensbridge Houses. Youth Development professionals with College and Career Counseling experience are strongly urged to apply. 

Overall Responsibilities:

The Director of College & Career Readiness will work closely with Long Island City High School’s two College Advisors. This person will be responsible for building strong relationships throughout the school, SAT Partner-Let’s Get Ready, along with colleges, students, and their families. The Director of College & Career Readiness will also, work on developing a College & Career Readiness Group that meets on a weekly basis, to support the needs of students specifically living in public housing to ensure college and/or career is a reality for them. The Director of College & Career Readiness will serve as the lead representative around supporting student’s to/through the process on a pathway to college or a career track at the school for the organization.


In-School Program Management:

  • Coordinate and support Let’s Get Ready SAT Prep Program for 200 students
  • Maintain up to date and accurate records on students and families progress within the specific cohort of students living in public housing
  • Provide opportunities for families to gain in depth insight into college and career options, job strategies, and future goals

Partnership Development 

  • Attend relevant meetings on behalf of Zone 126 and provide updates on College & Career Readiness
  • Assist in the development of Implementation Action Plans (IAP) that logistically map out the role of all parties in launching programs that are College and Career focused
  • Ensure constant and effective communication between partner organizations and families as well as with the Zone 126 senior management team
  • Support the Community School Director and Managing Director in making assessments on services needed to uniquely support the school's individual needs


  • Responsible for collecting data from all Zone students/families in Collective Impact programs including: Parent Data Consent Agreement, Photo Consent, and Pre- and Post-Survey Assessments.
  • Organize data, perform quality assurance checks, and conduct case management for all Collective Impact programs at assigned schools.
  • Responsible for collecting and maintaining records on attendance of all Collective Impact programs.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in human services, non-profit management, education psychology, social work, or related field
  • At least 1 year of experience in a non-profit in an administrative and/or project management capacity
  • Experience in College & Career Readiness
  • Prior work experience in urban education a plus
  • Experience working with youth and families
  • Proven verbal and written communication skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Proven ability to manage multiple complex assignments in an efficient and effective manner
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise leadership and effectively work independently and as part of a team
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office, Excel, Word, PowerPoint
  • Understanding of New York City public housing and Queens neighborhoods (a plus but not required)
  • Bilingual a must (Spanish)

The right candidate will also be:

  • Passionate about the Zone 126 mission and vision
  • Excited to work with a small team in a fast-paced, start-up environment
  • Able to connect with students and their families on a personal and professional level
  • Work independently and act as a lead around College & Career Readiness at the school 
  • Detail-oriented and committed to tracking data in a highly efficient manner when it comes to students and their families
  • Enthusiastic about interacting with a broad range of key stakeholders: students and families, school leaders, business and community leaders, volunteers, and Collective Impact partners
  • Able to resolve conflicts and keep channels of communication open and clear
  • A team-player with a sense of humor!

Working Relationships: The Director of College & Career Readiness will work cross-functionally with the Community School Director, Organizing Director and Managing Director 


Generous benefits package

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish speaking is a must

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

How to Apply:

Please send a detailed cover letter and resume to with the title of Director of College & Career Readiness in the subject line