Reporting to the NY regional Executive Director, the Director of Career Connections will work closely with the regional leadership team, regional program staff and program leadership from both the National team and other regions. This person will also work with the development team and interact frequently with members of the various leadership bodies (i.e. Regional Advisory Board, Leadership Council, and Associate Board).
This role has five key areas of focus:
Develop & Deepen Partnerships with Corporations & Complementary Non-Profits 40%
Ensure High-Quality, Student-Centered Program Delivery 30%
Coach & Support Career Connections Team in Achieving Goals 15%
Build Strong Culture across NY Region 10%
Collaborate across Organization for Ongoing Program Evolution 5%
Develop and Deepen Partnerships with Corporations & Complementary Non-Profits – 40%
- Build approach/strategy to ensure students have access to professionals in a diverse range of sectors with focus on scale (serving as many of Bottom Lines’ students as possible) and variability of experiences – volunteer events, mentorship, externships, internships, and hiring partnerships.
- Build communications plan to support increased visibility of corporate programs
- Meet with relevant employers to understand existing opportunities and recruiting systems, and to develop new ones that target and support our students
- Determine areas of need and work to build new partnerships that lead to jobs and internships for our students
- Serve as an ambassador for Career Connections activities and connect Bottom Line with corporate partners – in pursuit of talent and hiring partnerships, volunteer opportunities, sponsorships and other engagement opportunities
- Support board discussions around Career Connections and build/maintain board level dashboard to show progress towards our goals.
- Staff the Career Committee of the Associate Board, present at Leadership Council and Advisory board meetings regularly
- Actively seek ways to leverage the talents and networks of leadership members in support of student experiences
- Build knowledge base of career-ready non-profits in New York City and seek to establish strategic partnerships to achieve shared goals
- Serve as a spokesperson for Bottom Line with external stakeholders, donors, and partners, in both one-on-one and public speaking formats
Ensure High-Quality, Student-Centered Program Delivery– 30%
- Support the team in building ambitious, yet achievable goals for meeting student needs related to career exploration and job search tools. This includes building a robust offering of workshops led by sector professionals as well as internal staff. The goal is to ensure students receive extra support to explore diverse sectors and job functions.
- Establish the approach to ensuring that, over time, nearly all Bottom Line students graduate with at least one career relevant opportunity and at least one annual professional connection.
- Establish a way for students to conduct self-assessment on the National Association of Colleges and Employers key skill framework and ensure ongoing coaching and developmental support so they can demonstrate concrete growth during their undergraduate career.
- Ensure effective utilization of the Go Far Volunteer program and career events
- With support from the data and program teams, create a dashboard for increased awareness of annual graduates by semester, ensure outreach strategy for post-graduate first destination survey that aims to achieve 100% response rate
- Establish a post-graduate strategy to include Bottom Line alum in all aspects of the career connections programming.
- Ensure Recognition Night is an impactful, mission-driven event – reaching as many graduates as possible.
- Ensure all events are communicated effectively and in a timely fashion to advisors and students and collaborate with program leadership to hold ourselves accountable to event objectives
Coach & Support Career Connections Team in Achieving Goals – 15%
- Support the Career Connections team members in meeting their annual team and individual goals.
- Build a program team culture around data accountability that is grounded in anti-racist principles and inclusive of both qualitative and quantitative measures
- Use Bottom Line’s tools and processes to model effective performance management with intentional, data-driven goal-setting; strong and consistent developmental feedback and coaching; and timely and fair evaluations/reviews
- Ensure meaningful student perspective/input in all aspects of program delivery
- Model agility; specifically, the ability to adapt to new information or changing context while remaining laser-focused on program and organizational outcomes
- Ensure the team receives a thoughtful and frequent schedule of training and professional development to enhance and deepen technical skills, Bottom Line competencies, and self and social awareness around intersectionality and in alignment with the organization’s foundations
- In collaboration with all regional leaders ensure performance is calibrated annually for equity across title bands
- Collaborate with program directors to provide training support related to Career Connections initiatives or general skill enhancements across teams.
Build Strong Culture across NY Region – 10%
- Act as a key member of the regional leadership team, help to shape critical organizational decisions, and work to support organization-wide communications and investment in decisions
- Actively contribute to building/maintaining an organizational culture in line with our foundations, specifically our Core Values and Commitments to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
- Model and actively support the building of a strong inclusive culture that ensures all team members feel a sense of belonging
- Champion and firmly establish a culture of philanthropy across all program staff
- Serve as an organizational role model in delivering and receiving direct and actionable feedback
Collaborate across the Organization for Ongoing Program Evolution – 5%
- As much as possible, ensure staff and student voices are included in key program decision making
- Serve as a program leader across the organization, including by consistently contributing to the Career Connections community across the organization.
- Participate in organizational leadership convenings, retreats, and working committees as determined in discussion with the Executive Director.
Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without advanced notice.