Scholar Recruitment Manager

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $45,000
Maximum: $60,000



Start Date


Application Deadline



180 North Wabash Avenue
United States


About One Million Degrees:

THE CHALLENGE: 65% of Illinois public college students attend community college, but only one in five of them will graduate with a degree within three years. One Million Degrees (OMD) changes that.

THE SOLUTION: One Million Degrees is the only organization in Illinois and one of few in the country dedicated to providing comprehensive supports to low-income, highly motivated community college students to help them succeed in school, in work, and in life.

From tutors and coaches to financial assistance and professional development, OMD offers the support that empowers Scholars to transform their lives and those around them for generations. OMD Scholars graduate at twice the state average with the skills and experiences necessary to launch economically mobile careers.

Currently in its 11th year of programming, OMD continues to expand the number of Scholars it supports to be a catalyst for change in Chicago. OMD partners with 10 Chicago-area community colleges, serving over 800 Scholars across the region in the 2017-2018 academic year and aiming to expand its programming to 1,000 Scholars next year.

Position Summary:

One Million Degrees is seeking a high-energy, resourceful, and entrepreneurial manager to lead OMD’s scholar recruitment strategy. The Scholar Recruitment Manager will execute efforts to recruit and on-board new and returning community college students, fueling our expansion to serve 1,000 community college scholars. The Manager will report directly to the Director of Strategic Initiatives, manage one direct report, and work closely with the Program Team to design and implement community-based outreach efforts to attract a diverse mix of eligible scholars to the program including students who have recently graduated from high school, current community college students, and returning adults.

The successful candidate is data savvy, a self-starter, an original and creative thinker, goal-oriented, skilled at project design and execution, and a team player with a passion for people and the transformative power of education and opportunity.

One Million Degrees is a friendly, spirited, diverse office with ambitious goals and a relentless drive to achieve them.

Specific duties and responsibilities include:

Scholar Recruitment

·        Implement a comprehensive scholar recruitment plan, including outreach to high school leadership and counselors, non-profit referral partners, current college partners, community organizations, faith-based organizations.

·        Work closely with Chief Program Officer and Director of Strategic Initiatives to leverage key partnerships and identify opportunities to engage new partners.

·        Manage all college-campus recruitment campaigns, application days, and other efforts in collaboration with campus-based teams and management.  

·        Manage, track, and report on the applicant pipeline, progress towards growth targets, and completion of key recruitment campaigns. 

·        Lead the design and distribution of print and web materials, social media, and other give-aways that promote and market the OMD opportunity to key stakeholders and potential scholar applicants.

·        Coordinate and collaborate with Scholar Ambassadors and OMD staff to do presentations, college fairs, and other promotional and recruitment events.

·        Develop and host events to build excitement and commitment among potential applicants, and key referral and recruitment partners to experience OMD programming.

Applicant Pipeline Management

·        Maintain and utilize Salesforce dashboards to continuously monitor application pipeline, and drive toward recruitment targets.

·        Manage the provisional admissions process, ensure all provisionally admitted scholars meet eligibility criteria.

·        Manage and develop direct report to ensure consistent and comprehensive outreach to applicants and referral partners.

·        Keep the Chief Program Officer, Director of Strategic Initiatives, and Program Team continuously updated on progress to recruitment targets.

Qualifications and Requirements:

Qualified candidates must have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, and the desire to work collaboratively in a fast-paced environment. This position is ideal for a highly-motivated, entrepreneurial individual with strong project management skills who wants to play a pivotal role in building the organization and expanding OMD’s reach to more highly motivated community college students.

·        Education - B.A./B.S. required

·        4+ years of work experience in a related field

·        Independent, results-oriented, highly organized self-starter

·        Strong interpersonal and communication skills; a proven ability to effectively communicate with diverse audiences

·        Experience manipulating and analyzing data

·        Proven public speaking and meeting facilitation skills

·        Strong project management skills

·        Proficient in Microsoft Excel and presentation tools (PowerPoint or Prezi)

·        Savvy with social media tools

·        Experience using Salesforce or another CRM system, preferred

·        Ability to effectively manage multiple projects and deadlines

·        Cultural sensitivity – ability to work effectively with a diverse staff, clients, and community partners

·        Reflective, thoughtful team player who is willing to give and to receive candid feedback

·        Comfort with working in a fast-paced, highly flexible environment


Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.


To apply, please send a resume and targeted cover letter to  Email subject line should read “OMD Recruitment Manager – First and Last Name”.

One Million Degrees is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation, and evaluate all candidates based on merit.



Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To apply, please send a resume and targeted cover letter to  Email subject line should read “OMD Recruitment Manager – First and Last Name”.