About College Track
College Track is a comprehensive college completion program that empowers students from underserved communities to graduate from college. From ninth grade through college graduation, our 10-year program removes the academic, financial, and social-emotional barriers that prevent low-income and first-generation students from earning their college degree. In 1997, we started with 25 students in East Palo Alto, and today, we have ten centers located in underserved communities across California, Colorado, Louisiana, and the D.C. Metro Area with more than 3,000 students on the path to upward social mobility.
To learn more, please visit www.collegetrack.org.
College Track students graduate from college at a rate that is more than double the national average for low-income and first-generation students. Five years out of college, our graduates are employed full-time, and over 85% report earnings greater than their parents. By helping our students maximize the value of their four-year college degree, which includes minimizing student loan debt, securing internships, and limiting the need to work while in college--we prepare them to succeed in the 21st century economy.
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.
College Track is seeking a highly motivated, driven, entrepreneurial leader to serve as the LA Region’s Executive Director. The Executive Director will create and drive a regional, multi-year strategy and vision of impact that is rooted in the organization’s mission to empower students to achieve their dream of a college degree. The Executive Director will set the overarching regional direction, maximize our impact and create the conditions for successful new site development. Additionally, this position will drive significant gains in student achievement, execute a successful fundraising strategy, and procure high leverage partnerships that accelerate the organization’s aggressive growth goals.
The Executive Director will lead a team that will support student college readiness for our students in the 2nd largest school district in the country (LAUSD serves over 600,000 students in grades K-12 ), and while there has been encouraging improvement in student graduation rates, less than half of graduating students met admission requirements for the University of California and/or the California State University systems in 2019. College Track is committed to supporting LAUSD mission of meeting the goal of 100% student readiness for college by 2023. The Executive Director will report to the Chief of Regions and will serve as a key member of the National Leadership Team.
Primary Responsibilities Include:
Strategic Planning and Regional Growth
- Working under the direction of the Chief of Regions, set the overarching regional vision; develop a regional strategic vision and implementation plan in accordance with College Track’s growth goals and expansion framework.
- Establish relationships with key stakeholders; build local partnerships with school, district, city and community partners around a vision that maximizes impact, scale and long-term sustainability.
- Elevate College Track’s presence in the LA Region. Represent the organization within the local community by establishing and maintaining relationships with major local internal and external stakeholders.
Achievement of Program Outcomes
- Oversee performance goals across all LA Region sites to ensure that students are on track to matriculate and graduate from college.
- Ensure the highest quality program while also ensuring fidelity to the program model and achievement of key metrics.
- Drive organizational and programmatic alignment across the sites, and provide support systems that drive academic achievement and student success.
- Design and implement systems for evaluating progress toward strategic goals, ensuring that local objectives are met while also aligning efforts with the national organization.
- Build a strong, cohesive culture that reflects a relentless focus on student achievement, operational efficiency and excellence.
Fundraising and External Relations
- Work closely with the CEO, the Chief of Regions, and National Development team to create, implement and manage an effective fundraising platform that supports significant growth and long-term sustainability in the LA Region.
- Initiate, cultivate, manage, and steward relationships with individual, foundation and corporate supporters; expand an existing portfolio of major gift donors in order to significantly increase revenue from individuals.
- Manage regional Development Director to ensure robust pipeline and revenue goals are met.
- Work effectively with local media to create a strong, positive local presence. Participate in events and speaking engagements and serve as a spokesperson for College Track’s mission and impact.
- Coach, develop and manage direct reports in leading strong teams that meet ambitious, measurable, and meaningful goals to ensure programmatic excellence.
- Lead, support, and manage the LA regional team in executing strong operations, logistics, systems, and compliance in the daily operations of sites, while also anticipating longer-term needs.
- Create and maintain a productive and supportive working environment for staff that aligns with College Track’s core values.
- Build and maximize regional connectedness and collaboration, that facilitates the sharing of best practices across the region and that strengthens team impact and student outcomes.
- Oversee staff hiring, professional development and performance evaluation in partnership with mission support staff.
Skills & Experience Required
First and foremost, the Regional Executive Director must embrace College Track’s vision and mission for transforming low-income communities into places where college readiness and college graduation are the norms. Additionally, candidates must possess the following qualifications:
- Minimum of 10 years of experience in a leadership role, preferably at an established and successful nonprofit organization that experienced growth over their tenure
- Highly developed strategic thinking and execution skills that allow their to successfully lead and manage projects, groups, or organizations to achieve desired results
- Demonstrated success in fundraising with proven track record of expanding an organization’s donor base through collaborative relationship-building
- Proven track record of delivering on outcomes and managing to aggressive performance goals/metrics. Preferred: history of driving significant gains in student achievement
- Superior relationship-building and interpersonal skills which enable rapport-building with internal and external stakeholders. Preferred: broad networks of relationships in Los Angeles
- Substantial experience in hiring, managing, and evaluating staff, including the ability to coach staff on achievement of goals
- Ability to inspire confidence and passion both internally and externally combined with the persistence and zeal to lead a mission-driven organization toward ambitious goals
- Exceptional verbal and written communication skills with the ability to create and deliver compelling presentations to diverse groups of stakeholders
- Outstanding problem solver with an independent and entrepreneurial spirit and ability to juggle multiple projects and priorities simultaneously
- Flexible and adaptive work style, with the ability to thrive in an entrepreneurial environment; ability to prioritize among competing demands
- A constant learner who is interested in being a proactive, positive member of the team
- High level of self-awareness, humility, and emotional intelligence
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required; Master’s degree preferred
The Regional Executive Director reports to the Chief of Regions. The number of direct reports varies by the number of sites in the region and generally includes one or more full time staff development and partnership staff members.
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.
Please upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter with your application. We will only contact candidates chosen for further consideration. No phone inquiries please.
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.