College Track is a national nonprofit that empowers students from underserved communities to graduate from college. From ninth grade through college graduation, students access academic, financial, and social-emotional support along with one-on-one coaching, career exposure, and other holistic growth opportunities. Our uniquely seamless, 10-year commitment to students and individualized approach are the keys to our ongoing transformative impact: College Track students graduate from four-year colleges at double the rate of their low-income and first-generation peers; and, five years after graduation, 87% of alumni earn more than their parents.
Over more than 20 years, College Track has grown from a cohort of 25 students in a single East Palo Alto center to a network of 10 College Track centers across California, Colorado, New Orleans, and the D.C. Metro Area that now serve more than 3,200 students. With a disciplined approach to growth, we have increased the number of students we serve and continuously improved the quality and impact of the services we provide. By 2020, College Track will empower more than 3,650 students as they pursue four-year college degrees and celebrate 750 alumni rising in the workforce as models to their families, friends, and communities.
To learn more, please visit www.collegetrack.org
About College Track in the Los Angeles Area
This year, College Track will expand to our 12th location – in Los Angeles. The Crenshaw District/West Adams neighborhoods will be the home of our third College Track center in Los Angeles. College Track LA first opened in 2012 in the East Los Angeles community of Boyle Heights in partnership with the i.am.angel Foundation to serve students from Roosevelt High School. College Track Watts launched in 2015 in collaboration with the Wasserman Foundation to serve students from Jordan High. Our sites offer students a safe space to succeed as members of a college-bound community. Together, our Los Angeles sites currently serve 600 hundreds of students, including college freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
Our third center, scheduled to open in Spring 2020, will recruit 75 9th graders each year from Crenshaw High School and Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High School, eventually serving 500 students at a time. Our expansion allows College Track LA to reach a compelling scale and enable us to diversify our student demographics.
At College Track, our values drive the way we do our work, and we look for individuals who share our passion. We blend an entrepreneurial spirit with our nonprofit roots, cultivating a dynamic culture where everyone's contributions are valued and encouraged.
COMMITMENT: We have an unwavering belief in our students.
PASSION: We are dedicated to changing our nation’s college completion story.
JOY: We create environments rich with smiles and laughter.
AUTHENTICITY: We believe relationships matter.
EXCELLENCE: Our students deserve nothing but the best.
The Founding Site Director sets a powerful vision for student achievement and is responsible for ensuring that at least 90% of students matriculate to a four-year college and 70% graduate from college within six years (as compared to the national average college graduation rate of 21% for low-income students). S/he leads a team of full time and part time employees and builds and maintains the positive presence of College Track in the local community.
Primary Responsibilities Include:
Site Vision and Culture: Set a powerful vision for student achievement and family engagement; inspire the commitment of others towards the shared vision, and ensure all decisions are aligned to and support the vision. Build a strong and enduring site culture based on mission, vision and College Track’s values.
Program Development and Individual Student Planning and Monitoring: Work with program directors to assess student data continuously and ensure that students are on track and have the tools and social emotional skills they need to graduate from high school and thrive in four-year universities. Focus relentlessly on delivering outcomes despite obstacles, ensuring students graduate from high school and receive a college degree.
Staff Management: Recruit, lead, manage and develop a site team of full-time and part-time employees (paid and volunteer) to ensure the overall success of students. Build a collaborative team of individuals committed to achieving excellence and meeting site goals.
Student Recruitment: Effectively develop and execute an innovative student recruitment plan. Build long lasting relationships with school administrators and teachers. Lead a strong on-campus and community relationship building effort, ensuring strong recruitment of students annually.
School and Community Partnerships: Develop strong and formalized partnerships with community based organizations, colleges, school partners and district leadership that result in additional resources for our students and improvements to our program model. Keep abreast of emerging trends and practices within the education landscape and community, and be active in the educational and political landscape.
Fundraising and Development: Work in collaboration with the College Track development team to execute development activities that support long-term sustainability.
Financial and Resource Management: Lead the site budgetary planning process, and manage the site’s expenses to the agreed upon budget.
Compensation & Benefits
College Track offers a competitive salary based on the organization’s compensation philosophy, which is grounded in market data. We also offer comprehensive health & welfare benefits and top of the market paid time off.
Skills & Experience Required
Minimum of 7 years of teaching, school leadership and/or supporting students to excel academically; history of driving significant gains in student achievement
Leads and inspires others under a shared vision of excellence
Builds relationships and communicates in ways that foster trust, value differences and further College Track’s mission
Minimum 5-7 years of management experience; proven track record in successfully recruiting, hiring, leading and developing people and teams. Creates the conditions for staff to learn, grow and do their work with ever increasing excellence
Manages people, projects and oneself to achieve excellent results and expand organizational impact; highly outcomes-focused
Entrepreneurial, flexible and adaptable; thrives in an ambitious, fast-moving environment, while also driving toward clarity and solution
Strong student advocate; demonstrated ability to listen, build relationships and learn from community, parents, and students
Strong demonstration of community and cultural knowledge, including the historical and current context
Unwavering belief in economic, racial and social justice; makes all decisions through the lens of what is best for the students and families we serve
Minimum 4-year college degree (Masters or Doctorate Degree preferred)
Experience with Crenshaw District, West Adams, South LA preferred
About Stronger Consulting
Stronger Consulting is a firm dedicated to improving the quality of educational experiences available to children and young people in cities across the country. Our core work is focused on strengthening organizations, teams and individuals to deliver better programming for stronger results. We enhance educational and leadership programming through design and evaluation planning. We diversify leadership through recruiting. We provide guidance around creating an inclusive, equity focused, organization filled with individuals from diverse communities and backgrounds. We strengthen management and leadership through coaching and education. ?