Regional Director of College Readiness (Washington State)
The Regional Director of College Readiness will drive the success, development, and implementation of College Readiness for our first graduating class in 2018-2019.
The Regional Director of College Readiness will support college access for Summit students in Washington by providing individualized mentorship and counseling; teaching a college readiness course to 11th-grade students as needed; fostering relationships and sharing information with students’ families; and developing partnerships with Washington colleges and universities. This role will collaborate closely with the California Director of College Readiness and will support two of our schools in Tacoma and Seattle.
The ideal candidate has prior experience in college readiness or college admissions, and is able to advocate for related initiatives. The ideal candidate has exceptional relationship-building skills, an ability to engage potential college and university partnerships in the area, and can communicate with a variety of stakeholders. The ideal candidate is flexible, motivated by data to drive action, and is eager to support college access.
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:
Teaching & Mentorship
- Support individual students with college readiness skills and counseling support through 1:1 mentoring.
- Teach an 11th-grade College Readiness electives course as needed (not more than 4 class periods per week).
Collaboration & Relationship Building
- Collaborate with the California Director of College Readiness to develop a series of college-focused and celebratory experiences to build awareness in grades 9-12, including events like application night, national signing day, and more.
- Lead relationship and pipeline building with Washington colleges and universities - this includes researching college options and requirements; fostering strong connections with NW colleges that have a strong record of first generation college completion; and ensuring partners understand and know the Summit model.
- Provide on-the-ground support to 11th and 12th grade mentors at both Summit campuses on their role in the college process.
- Lead parent and mentor information on College Readiness (Using existing resources already created by our California Director of College Readiness and California school leaders).
- Create and lead differentiated presentations for parents on college readiness including sessions on our in school supports, standardized testing, entrance requirements, financial aid, scholarships and timelines.
- Send a weekly college newsletter to all 12th grade families.
- Act as the point person for parent questions about the college process
Data Management & Systems Support
- Track student progress and data throughout the college application process, including gathering information on which students have applied and where, when they’re accepted, where they decide to attend, etc.
- Support access to Washington-specific college access systems, including but not limited to: credit tracking and transcript work; scholarship opportunities; campus visit opportunities; and financial aid for students and families.
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).
- 3+ years experience working in college access or college admissions is preferred but not required.
- 2-3 years experience of Education Leadership or Nonprofit Management is preferred.
- 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 positive and resilient in the face of big challenges.
- 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.