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 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 a proven ability to marshal team members and resources and develop productive partnerships. They are equally adept at vision setting, operations, programming, 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.
- 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 student and staff site culture based on mission, vision, and organizational values. Partner authentically with families to maximize student achievement.
- Team Building and Management: Recruit, lead, manage, and develop a site team of full-time and part-time employees and volunteers 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. Manage and coach team on development of key competencies to ensure team and individual success and growth.
- 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. Develop and implement strategies to retain currently enrolled students.
- Program Planning and Monitoring: Work with site staff to assess student data continuously and develop strategies and programming to ensure that students succeed in high school and matriculate to a best-fit four-year college. Lead the collaboration and alignment between College Track’s high school and college teams (the college team reports to the Regional Executive Director) to ensure students transition into college successfully and graduate with a bachelor’s degree.
- 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.
- General Site Management: Oversee College Track’s facility procedures, maintenance and any improvement projects to provide a safe and inspiring environment for staff and students.
- Fiscal Management, Fundraising and Development: With support from College Track’s Finance team, develop and manage budget. As the externally-facing leader of the site, work in collaboration with the College Track Regional Executive Director and Development team to execute development activities that support long-term sustainability.
- Organization-wide Leadership: Participate as a member of the Regional Leadership and National Strategy Teams, and liaise between site, regional, and national teams to support organizational cohesion.
Site Directors report to Regional Executive Directors. The number of direct reports the Site Director oversees varies by site maturity and location but generally includes five or more full time staff and a team of part-time paid staff and volunteers.
Highest Priority Competencies
- Vision: Co-creates a clear, inspiring vision. Invests others in it by helping them connect the vision to both daily work and long-term impact in a way that creates momentum and shared commitment to action.
- Build Teams: Cultivates talent and assembles strong teams. Assigns work in a way that maximizes an individual’s assets and builds their leadership capabilities over time. Provides the right level of team support, tailored to the needs of individual team members.
- Set Goals, Plan and Achieve Results: Clearly sets high expectations and supports and holds others accountable. Identifies a manageable set of goals and progress indicators. Creates, monitors, and adjusts plans based on data. Proactively flags and mitigates risk, identifies root causes for challenges, and effectively problem solves. Focuses effort and resources on meeting goals and takes responsibility for outcomes.
- Resolve: Focuses on delivering outcomes despite obstacles. Takes setbacks in stride. Sees challenges as opportunities to grow. Galvanizes self and others towards goals and impact.
Additional Skills, Experience and Characteristics Required
- Unwavering belief in the potential of students
- Ideally, 7-10 years of experience building or managing a complex, youth-serving project, program, or organization leading students to breakthrough results, including at least 5 years 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 and drive decisions in the face of ambiguity and in an ambitious, fast-moving environment; helps team move towards clarity and solutions
- Minimum 4-year college degree (Master’s Degree preferred)
- Valid driver’s license, clean driving record and ability to pass College Track’s drivers clearance process preferred
College Track requires that the holder of this position be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as defined by the CDC. College Track will require proof of vaccination from each current and future employee.
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.
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.