Director of College Readiness
The Director of College Readiness is responsible for driving Summit Public Schools’ College Readiness Program by developing, leading, and supporting our school leaders in the execution of a program vision.
The Director of College Readiness plays a crucial role in the coaching and professional development; resource creation and strategic communication; and program implementation needed for our schools to meet Summit’s mission and vision. The Director of College Readiness will directly support a Manager of College Readiness in California and will collaborate with the Regional Director of College Readiness in Washington State. The Director of College Readiness will report to the heads of schools at Summit Public Schools.
The ideal candidate has prior experience in school leadership and college programming. The ideal candidate has exceptional relationship-building skills and ability to meaningfully engage and communicate with a variety of stakeholders. The ideal candidate is flexible, motivated by data to drive action, and is eager to support college success.
Who We Are:
What if all students graduated high school with not only content knowledge, but the habits and skills to successfully navigate college and career, with a sense of purpose to anchor them? This is the question at the core of Summit Public Schools. Summit is a public school system serving heterogeneous communities in the Bay Area and Washington State and operate 11 schools serving over 3,600 students.
We share our personalized approach to teaching and learning for free through Summit Learning, with more than 330 partner schools across the country. Summit Learning forms the foundation on which Summit’s successful schools were built, with our schools consistently ranking among the best in the nation.
Are you looking for the opportunity to lead change? Do you want to help reimagine what schools should be? We put students in the driver’s seat and empower them with the skills and habits they need to be successful in college and life. We need diverse, driven, and dynamic talent to join our growing team to help realize our educational vision.
What You’ll Do:
Coaching & Professional Development
- Conduct weekly meetings with campus college readiness leads.
- Provide responsive 1:1 sessions with campus college readiness leads using data and taking into account site specific priorities.
- Develop and lead professional development sessions with 11th and 12th grade mentors during Expeditions Professional Development time (approximately 6 sessions per year).
- Coach and develop College Readiness teachers.
- Provide support and professional development for Operations Managers on transcripts and College system- Naviance.
- Direct coaching and management of Manager of College Readiness in their support of campuses in California.
- Collaboration, support and partnership with the Regional Director of College Readiness in Washington as they work to get the first classes to graduation in Washington State.
Resource Creation & Strategic Communication
- Maintain and update student/parent-facing web resources.
- Create and maintain teacher-facing resources to track college process.
- Audit and update curriculum for school site use in mentor time.
- Audit and update curriculum for College Readiness course for use during Expeditions.
- Prepare and distribute a weekly newsletter for Summit Public School upperclassmen families updating them on the college process and important deadlines and dates.
- Create and maintain yearly school profiles for college package and recruitment collateral.
- As needed provide resources and support with data and collateral for externally facing needs.
- Schedule, plan, and coordinate with external partners for college nights-- 6 per year for high schools and 1-2 per year for middle schools or growing high schools.
- Network with college admissions and financial aid counselors.
- Manage service providers, such as Naviance.
- Ensure Summit transcripts are college-ready.
- Work with Summit Public Schools’ data and operations team to tracking alumni college matriculation, persistence, and graduation.
- Conduct research and attend professional development opportunities such as conferences.
- Provide direct support to students/ parents with particularly challenging college admissions or financial aid issues.
- Solicit feedback from school leaders, mentors, parents, and students on ways our program can improve.
- Set goals and plan future program growth.
What You Need:
Key Qualities and Skills
- Commitment to uphold Summit’s values, belief that all children deserve a rigorous and equitable education that prepares them for college and for life.
- Bachelor’s Degree (a Master’s Degree in Education is preferred but not required).
- Prior school leadership experience is strongly preferred.
- Prior experience with college programming is required.
- Proficiency in Google Platforms, including Google Drive, Google Sheets, Google Docs, and Google Slides.
- Clear health and background check
Who You Are:
- You maintain high expectations for all students and believe all students can find success in school, college, and life.
- You thrive while collaborating and are excited to work with your colleagues. You find positivity in share successes.
- You’re deeply dedicated to social justice and feel motivated by the challenge and impact of working in a heterogeneous community and closing the achievement gap.
- You share our vision to reimagine what schools should be and are excited to make an impact on the public education landscape.
- You are data driven and have the ability to collect, evaluate, and utilize qualitative/quantitative data in meaningful ways.
- You are positive and resilient in the face of big challenges.
- You take initiative and ownership in driving your work to meet personal and team goals.
- You possess strong people management skills, with the ability to motivate, inspire, develop, and collaborate with a diverse group of teachers, leaders, staff members, and community members.
- You have an ability to apply honest, actionable, and timely feedback that results in improved performance.
- You are empathetic and culturally competent. You’re open to having hard conversations.
- You thrive in innovative environments and are comfortable with the ambiguity that can come with a dynamic and progressive workplace.
- You’re committed to continuous improvement, see feedback as a positive, and have a growth mindset.
What you get:
Summit offers competitive salaries and benefit options for full-time employees, including covering 75% of the health, dental and vision plan costs. We fully cover life and disability insurance. We have a “take what you need” PTO policy, 11 paid holidays and 3 week-long organizational closures during the year.
We strive to recruit a diverse team. Summit Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, parenthood, citizenship status, creed, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. Summit will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.
People from all diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.