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Director of Postsecondary Success

 

THE COLLEGE CRUSADE OF RHODE ISLAND
JOB SPECIFICATION

TITLE:                       Director of Postsecondary Success
REPORTS TO:         Chief Program Officer (CPO)

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW
The mission of the College Crusade of Rhode Island is to prepare and inspire young people become the first in their families to attend and complete college. In serving more than 4,000 students per year, the College Crusade provides students in middle school, high school, and college with a broad array of college readiness and success programs. By focusing on underserved communities and the unique needs of first-generation students and families, the College Crusade provides services and opportunities that enable students to map out their journey to, through, and beyond college.

POSITION OVERVIEW
The Director of Postsecondary Success plays a leadership role in the organization’s efforts to help students gain admission into the college or postsecondary institution that is best for them. The Director manages a variety of programs that help students navigate their transition into college. Core elements include efforts to mitigate summer melt and promote effective transfer paths for students who attend community college and wish to pursue a Bachelor’s degree. The Director provides guidance, support, and professional development to both the Crusade’s success coaches, who work on college campuses, as well as its college admissions coach and high school advisors who work directly with high school students. The Director also serves as the primary staff liaison to the College Crusade Alumni Board and coordinates numerous alumni programs and communications.

Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the Chief Program Officer and other program directors to set the organization’s overall strategic direction with regard to program operations.
  • Supervise the postsecondary team, including three college success coaches. Promote and support a high-performing culture in the department.
  • Facilitate strong working partnerships with colleges and universities where Crusade students attend, especially those institutions that participate in the College Crusade’s Scholarship Collaborative.
  • Cultivate and maintain professional relationships with higher education admissions officers, administrators, scholarship entities, and other financial service agencies.
  • Collaborate with the Director of High School Success to assist in building the capacity of high school advisors through trainings and one-on-one coaching, sharing knowledge of higher education systems and options, financial aid and scholarships, pathways for high achieving students, and special college preparatory programs for high school underclassmen.
  • Work with the High School department in order to create, develop and implement programs for graduating seniors transitioning to a postsecondary institution.
  • Monitor emerging research in the college access and success field and develop innovative programs that respond to first-generation students’ evolving needs.
  • Collaborate with an independent evaluator and other researchers that the College Crusade engages to measure impact. Assist in reporting findings to funders, key stakeholders, and the public.
  • Manage a caseload of college students who attend our in state private college and university partners, as well as our Crusaders who attend out of state postsecondary institutions.
  • Manage the College Crusade Emergency Fund.
  • Represent the College Crusade on relevant committees and task forces, as well as at speaking engagements, conference panels, and trainings.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education/Experience: Candidates must have a minimum of five years’ professional experience working with first-generation students in a higher education setting. Managerial and staff supervision experience is also required. Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree in college student personnel or related field is strongly preferred.

Skills: A commitment to the College Crusade’s mission and an ability to communicate this mission to others is required. Candidates must have demonstrated experience in managing high-performing teams responsible for delivering multiple programs. Candidates must be able to provide professional development and mentorship to staff. Candidates must have a working knowledge of the obstacles and barriers that first-generation students encounter in their journey to and through college and knowledge of the college admissions process and the financial aid system. In addition, candidates must have excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to represent the organization externally. Candidates who are College Crusade alumni will be given strong consideration.

 

Equal Employment Opportunity
The College Crusade of Rhode Island is committed to recruit, hire, and promote individuals without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability or veteran status. This policy applies to all terms, conditions and privileges of employment including recruitment, hiring, orientation, training, placement and employee development, promotion, transfer, compensation, benefits, layoffs, termination, and retirement. The College Crusade complies with all applicable state and federal regulations regarding hiring.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received.  Please submit your resume and cover letter to hr@thecollegecrusade.org.

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