Position Overview 

Site Directors are inspiring, visionary, and highly relational leaders. Their expertise combines the capacity to engage and connect across a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, with the instincts, authenticity, and gravitas to gain their trust and confidence. As practiced leaders, Site Directors drive results by holding and articulating an organization-wide vision, and tying it in a meaningful way to the aspirations, realities, and desired outcomes of a local site and community. They have a propensity for planning and managing competing priorities, and proven ability to marshal team members and resources and develop productive partnerships. They are equally adept at vision setting, operations, finance, and coaching. Site Directors are conduits to the national organization, carrying knowledge, tools, messages, mandates, and insights across channels, promoting mutual understanding and cohesion. While the Site Director role differs some by site and situation, all Site Directors are universally tenacious, agile, and adaptable, with unshakeable resolve and relentless commitment to strong student outcomes. 

Primary Responsibilities 

  • Site Vision and Culture: Set a powerful vision for high school student achievement. Inspire the commitment and collaboration of others towards the shared vision, and ensure the alignment of all decisions with that vision. Build a strong and enduring site culture based on mission, vision, and organizational values. Model high expectations and growth mindset for staff and students. 
  • 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, cross-functional team of individuals committed to achieving excellence and meeting site and organizational goals. Establish role clarity and shared expectations about distribution of responsibilities, prioritizing based on student, site, and organizational needs.
  • General Site Management: Identify and support site-specific needs related to location or site type (start-up, established, transitioning). Develop and execute site-responsive plans that allow the site to achieve desired goals and outcomes for students. Partner authentically with families to maximize student achievement. Lead site team to ensure strong, timely, and accurate data habits.
  • Mental Health & Wellness: Lead site staff to ensure all programming includes wellness activities and trauma-informed approaches.
  • Student Recruitment, Enrollment and Engagement: Build relationships with partner schools to ensure a robust applicant pool representative of College Track’s mission and reflective of organizational goals. Lead the application and selection processes to enroll new students, and use engagement metrics (e.g. attendance) to retain currently enrolled students.
  • Individual Student Planning and Monitoring: Work with site staff to assess student data continuously, manage student dismissal and discipline and ensure that at least 85% of students matriculate to an affordable four-year college. Lead the collaboration and alignment between the high school and college teams to ensure successful college transitions and continuous learning to inform stronger practices and drive results.
  • School and Community Partnerships: Develop and formalize partnerships with organizations and partner schools on behalf of the site. Manage relationships and collaborate with key stakeholders of partner schools on student recruitment and intervention efforts.  Together with the regional team, steward partnerships with community-based organizations, local colleges, corporations, individuals, and districts, that result in additional resources for our students and improvements to our program model. Be abreast and active in emerging trends and practices within the high school, college, and community landscape.
  • Fiscal Management, Fundraising and Development: Develop and manage budget. Work in collaboration with the College Track Development team, as the external leader of the site, to execute development activities that support long-term sustainability. 
  • Organization-wide Leadership: Participate as a member of the Regional Leadership and Strategy Teams, and liaise between site, regional, and national teams to support organizational cohesion.
  • Team Leadership and Management: Manage and coach team on growth & development of key competencies to ensure team and individual success on individual goals & development.

Additional Skills, Experience and Characteristics Required

  • Unwavering belief in the potential of students in setting high expectations 
  • 7-10 years of experience building or managing a complex, youth-serving project, program, or organization leading students to breakthrough results, including 5 years of leading teams
  • Track record of creating the conditions for high performance, talent development, and talent retention by fostering a results-oriented, productive, diverse, equitable and inclusive team and culture of support, mutual-accountability, and impact  
  • Success building relationships and communicating in a way that fosters trust, values differences, and furthers College Track’s mission
  • High degree of flexibility and adaptability; can work within and drive decisions in the face of ambiguity and an ambitious, fast-moving environment; helps team move towards clarity and solutions
  • Minimum 4-year college degree (Master’s Degree preferred)
  • Connection to the Watts community (preferred)
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record required and ability to pass College Track’s drivers clearance process
  • Spanish language fluency (preferred)
  • Minimum 4-year college degree (Master’s Degree preferred)
  • Connection to the local community in which the site is situated is preferred, but not required
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record required and ability to pass College Track’s drivers clearance process

Additional Requirements

College Track requires that the holder of this position be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as defined by the CDC. College Track will review and consider requests for reasonable accommodation to this requirement. College Track will review all requests for reasonable accommodation and determine whether an accommodation can be provided based on the essential functions of the job. College Track may require information or documentation from an employee and reserves the right to request additional information or documentation in consideration of the request for accommodation.

Compensation & Benefits

College Track offers a competitive, region specific, 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.

To Apply:

Please upload a PDF resume and thoughtful cover letter with your application. We will only contact candidates chosen for further consideration. No phone inquiries please.

College Track works to remove barriers for first generation college students on their journey to college completion. Our commitment to removing barriers for first generation college students doesn't stop when college ends. While we hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, we especially encourage applicants who identify as first-generation college graduates to apply for open opportunities on staff.

College Track is an equal opportunity employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. College Track does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.

 

 

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