Job Title: Manager of Graduate Success and Outreach Programs
Location: Washington, DC
Organization Name: Washington School for Girls
Department Description: The Manager of Graduate Success and Outreach works as a strong support of WSG graduates and families, for the purpose of securing equitable access to high quality high schools and preparing students to transition to college. S/he works closely with WSG families to identify and place each student in the best fit high school. S/he manages the relationship with graduates while in high school and college. S/he supports families and students in the transition to high school and college. S/he acquires a deep understanding of the barriers that families and students face in accessing the educational process and actively works to ensure these barriers are overcome.
Brief Description of Classification: This is a 12 Month Position
Detailed Description of Duties and Responsibilities:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
- Provide strategic leadership, coordination, guidance and professional development to drive and assure effective integration of all student placement and graduate services.
- Develop and oversee a program to develop relationships with and identify, track and support graduates using a multi-tiered system of support based on the RTI model
- Represent WSG Graduate Support in the NativityMiguel Coalition
- Serve as a member of leadership teams including but not limited to the Administrative Team and School Academic Leadership Team
- Lead progress monitoring, data collection and tracking efforts related to placement and graduate support services to ensure successful completion of graduate educational goals
- Coordinate, in consultation with the Head of School, tuition assistance from WSG.
Alumnae Relations and Outreach
- Provide oversight of the Alumnae association and work to engage graduates in the school community through philanthropy and service
- Create and maintain a system for tracking student outcomes at respective high schools, assure an up-to-date database of all graduates and track regular and ongoing outreach/communications with graduates.
- Coordinate the creation of visual displays to publicly celebrate the achievements of our graduates; coordinate the graduate support newsletter, and organize social media outreach to alumnae
High School Placement
- Design systems and programs to combat inequity and ensure all enrolled students are able to access and enroll in a best fit high school
- Work closely with students and their families, often one-on-one, in order to educate and support them through the difficult process of researching and applying to private and identified best fit high schools.
- Manage the annual 8th grade HS application process by collecting application materials from students, gathering necessary documents from parents, coordinating teacher references and registering students for testing (HSPT and SSAT), coordinating HS visits, and maintaining ongoing student application files
- Seek new and strengthen established relationships with organizations and individuals that support graduates and provide opportunities for student scholarships and placement in high quality educational programs (Posse, A Better Chance, etc.);
- Help families identify and apply for opportunities such as A Better Chance and other placement programs
- Cultivate and seek out relationships with high school partners to support placement of students and appropriate support (academic, financial, social-emotional) for graduates
- Develop innovative ways for students and families in all grades to become familiar with the high school application process and graduate support program.
- Schedule meetings for high school admissions representatives to visit WSG
- Plan and organize the annual high school fair
- Locate sources of financial aid; help families prepare scholarship and financial aid
High School Readiness and College Mindset
- Create a culture that promotes a college mindset among students, graduates, and families.
- Coordinate and supervise supplemental programming and events, often coordinating with community volunteers, such as parent educational workshops, financial aid workshops, practice interview and essay writing workshops, a FAFSA night for college students’ parents, etc.
- Teach High School Prep class for all 7/8th grade students, focusing on facilitating student applications, monitoring checklists and strategies for transitioning to HS.
- Provide test prep services to assure maximum performance on applicable placement tests: High School Placement, SSAT, etc.
- Coordinate and proctor High School Placement exam
- Engage stakeholders in the lives of graduates by finding innovative ways to communicate with high school guidance counselors, parents or guardians, heads of schools, principals and all that contribute to our graduates’ well being
- Assist students with procurement of necessary physical needs (school supplies/textbooks) to succeed in high school
- Organize a graduate reunion and other special events
In addition, this position will be responsible for special projects and additional responsibilities as needed, as determined by the Head of School.
Qualifications: The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
- Ability to work with diverse populations;
- Collaborative leadership and decision making
- Exceptional interpersonal and relationship building skills
- Patience, compassion, and strong desire to help families and graduates
- Able to communicate and listen effectively as well as maintain organization
- Ability to relate to school personnel and school culture
- Data managements tools, organizational tools, computer skills (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Google Email)
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Ability to work flexible hours including evening and weekends
- Ability to drive and willingness to be out in the community to meet with graduates and high school staff
- Good sense of humor, diplomatic, and cooperative spirit
- Willingness to drive
- Reflect and model WSG values and attitudes as a Catholic School in interactions with students, teachers, families, and members of the public.
- Follow the policies and procedures of WSG as described in the WSG Personnel Handbook, including such items as being on time, professional dress, and maintaining appropriate records and reports.
- Demonstrate high standards of professionalism, including legal and professional ethics in interactions with students, faculty, staff, administrators, and members of the public.
- Education Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree in applicable field of Education, Social Work or related field. Teaching experience preferred.
- Supervisory Responsibilities: Direct supervisor of Graduate Mentors and Graduate Support Volunteers
- To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to email@example.com Attention: Manager of Graduate Support
- Accountable to: Head of School
- Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request.