Position: Assistant Director of College Success
Reports to: Managing Director of Programs
Supervise: (4) Manager, College Success; Coordinator, College Success; 2 Associates, College Success
Status: Full-time Exempt
Start Date: October 2021
The Assistant Director of College Success will work in close collaboration with the Managing Director of Programs to institutionalize sustainable and enduring program elements that help OppNet’s College Fellows thrive. The Assistant Director will stabilize the in-person and virtual programming components delivered over winter, spring, and summer breaks, and enhance the check-in process and benchmarks for College Fellows in the second year of college and beyond.
The Assistant Director will work with the College Guidance and Transition team to create a strategic plan for partnering with colleges to provide formal support to Fellows once they matriculate. The Assistant Director will also manage the formal partnerships with colleges to provide support from college success and student affairs professionals.
The Assistant Director will collaborate with the Curriculum and Student Events, and Internships and Career Success teams to conceptualize and develop curriculum for College Fellows. The Assistant Director reports to the Managing Director of Programs.
Due to COVID-19, the position will operate virtually, but may require some travel to OppNet’s lower Manhattan office location as soon as it is safe to do so. The OppNet staff is currently working remotely and offering a fully virtual model for students. We plan to continue working virtually until December 2021, with periodic in-person offerings at our lower Manhattan office location. The in-person offerings are contingent upon public health conditions. The candidate will be expected to be available to work from OppNet’s office in NYC and resume work as a standard non-remote employee as soon as public health regulations and conditions allow.
Since 2003, The Opportunity Network (OppNet) has ignited the drive, curiosity, and agency of underrepresented students on their paths to and through college and into thriving careers, powered by our commitment to access and community.
This year, OppNet will reach more than 10,000 students of color across the nation to support them in achieving their college and career goals.
- OppNet’s founding Fellows program works with 1,000+ students over the course of six years, from 11th grade through to college graduation, to provide college guidance, five summers of paid internships, career exposure and skills-training, and support in growing personal and professional networks.
- OppNet’s Career Fluency® Partnerships Program works with 35+ schools and youth-serving nonprofits across 20+ cities to build their capacity to amplify college and career outcomes for their own students.
- Through Opportunity Ignited we provide advisory services to corporations seeking to embed values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in their businesses.
- UninterruptedED, launched in 2020, is OppNet’s free, open-access learning portal for students and educators offering flexible courses spanning our proprietary Career Fluency® curriculum.
The ideal candidate will personally connect to the important work we do and value diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) across the organization. The candidate will demonstrate an awareness of the needs and challenges faced by high school and college-level students from historically underserved and underrepresented communities. The candidate will demonstrate DE&I values by actively participating in all organizational-wide learning sessions and self-reflection as well as working with others to enact changes that contribute to meeting the organization’s DE&I goals. The candidate should possess outstanding professionalism and discretion, organization and attention to detail, energy and initiative, the ability to prioritize and complete a variety of tasks on time, and a willingness to work on a wide range of assignments.
Overall College Success Program Management – 45%
- Manage team’s time and tasks to ensure collection, completion, and integrity on college success and persistence data, including:
- Bi-annual OppNet Fellow status review
- Annual Academic Transcripts
- Pre- and post-surveys, exit tickets, and other measurement tools for programming so that OppNet can gauge knowledge and skills acquisition
- Responsible for triangulating 1:1 support, in-person workshops/virtual learning, and data synthesis to maintain or enhance college Fellows year-over-year college persistence, graduation, and quality of experience
- Partner with Curriculum and Student Events team to develop and craft scaffolded scope and sequence based on College Fellows’ needs
- Partner with the Career Success, Curriculum and Student Events, and Data Science teams to create and hone existing career transition curriculum for college Fellows
- Work with the Communications team and the Curriculum and Facilitation team to standardize college Fellows communications platforms and increase communication engagement on OppNet’s UninterruptED learning management system
- Oversee a cohesive schedule of in-person and virtual events for college Fellows - i.e., winter conference, spring series, summer series, etc.
- Responsible for liaising with the Wellness Support team to provide access to mental health and self-care support resources for college Fellows
- Relationship development and management with volunteer partners to facilitate and steward relationships with volunteer partners that offer panels, space, pro bono skills training, entertainment, etc. to College Fellows
- Work with College Guidance and Transition team to ensure seamless transfer of relationships from the first year to the second year of college
- Partner with the College Guidance and Transition team to create a strategy to actively seek and build relationships with values-aligned college partners where Fellows matriculate to maximize Fellows’ access to resources and opportunities
- Build new college success partnerships, prioritizing colleges/universities where there are large cohorts of OppNet college Fellows
- Liaise with the College Guidance and Transition team to oversee college success/student affairs components to the annual College Access and Success Symposium
College Success Check-Ins Model and Delivery – 35%
- Partner with the Managing Director of Programs and the Curriculum and Facilitation team to realign OppNet’s College Success Rubric to be grounded in student-centered and culturally responsive principles
- Liaise with the Data Science team to hone efficiencies in Salesforce for tracking data related to the check in process for primary check ins and campus visits
- Work in collaboration with Managing Director of Programs to develop training series to onboard team to enhanced College Success check-in rubric
- Ensure cohesion between check-in rubric between College Guidance and Transition team and College Success team
- Configure best-fit matches between Fellows and their designated “anchor” check-in staff person
- Streamline campus visits processes and protocols
- B.A. from a U.S. accredited college/university required, M.A. in relevant field a plus\
- Four to six years of relevant experience required
- Capable of leading, modeling, motivating, and coaching staff to deliver highest quality support to OppNet Fellows
- Program management skills, including the ability to create and run programs to ensure that program activities among team members are done on time, within budget, at a high level of quality, and lead to successful, measurable outcomes
- Ability to connect with college-level students from historically underserved and underrepresented communities; can help facilitate interactive workshops in rigorous but dynamic fashion; understands how to be both nurturing and demanding; appreciates boundaries, but not afraid to push or challenge
- Demonstrated skill set in project management, including:
- ability to keep a project moving toward successful completion
- awareness of budget parameters
- ability to set and meet deadlines
- understands how metrics and competencies are connected to various projects
- effective cross-departmental communication
- detail oriented
- takes initiative
- can operate self-sufficiently and collaborative as part of a team
- outstanding organizational skills
- creative and critical problem-solving skills
- High comfort level working with education professionals, executives, donors and board members;
- Supportive of team-based, collaborative management that is based on open, transparent, continual communication, information sharing, and inclusive decision-making
- Public speaking, facilitation, and professional written communication
- Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to and passion for OppNet’s values and mission
- Ability to travel to college campuses throughout the country and has a valid driver’s license
Commensurate with experience, full medical benefits, generous paid time off policy, 401K plan, and a great work environment
Please submit a resume and cover letter, outlining how your credentials relate specifically to the responsibilities and qualifications listed above, salary requirements and earliest available start date to email@example.com. Please put “Assistant Director of College Success October 2021” in the subject line.
The Opportunity Network is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering an open and diverse workplace. People of color, people with differing abilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.