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ABOUT BREAKTHROUGH CENTRAL TEXAS
Founded in 2002, Breakthrough Central Texas is changing lives with our community and student-centric approach to postsecondary access and completion. We work with families and local stakeholders to foster investment in and bring highly sought resources to Central Texas schools. By developing authentic community partnerships, hiring experienced educators who increasingly reflect the communities we serve, and pairing them with well-trained AmeriCorps members, we are able to provide in-school and out-of-school time programs and services to thousands of deserving students each year, and support them to realize their postsecondary aspirations.
We are proud to have validated that our long-term commitment to students and their families is improving outcomes and increasing the number of first-generation college graduates in the region. Data show that Breakthrough participants are consistently outperforming their peers in on-time high school graduation, postsecondary enrollment, and postsecondary degree and certificate attainment. Breakthrough Central Texas is poised to leverage the state’s favorable policy environment, abundant current and developing partnerships and its latest strategic plan, in the direction of the organization’s new north star: promoting equity in college attainment rates across the entire Austin region. Toward that end, by 2025, Breakthrough will expand its impact to serve approximately 3,000 students in Central Texas.
WHY WORK AT BREAKTHROUGH CENTRAL TEXAS?
The Breakthrough Central Texas team firmly believes in the potential of all students, and their right to postsecondary success and self-determined lives of choice. Join us if you are a builder and a nurturer, equally committed to making college-going and degree attainment accessible for the youth in our region, while also fostering an inclusive team culture that supports us all to do our best work.
ABOUT THE CHIEF SCHOOLS OFFICER ROLE
The Chief Schools Officer (CSO) is responsible for the design, launch, and execution of Breakthrough’s school-based model, a new organizational strategy to increase the postsecondary attainment rates of students in Central Texas. A critical component of Breakthrough’s 2019-2024 Strategic Plan, the school-based model will create impactful and sustainable results by blending direct service to students with capacity-building support for the high schools they attend. In other words, Breakthrough will fill unmet service needs in the short and medium terms with our core direct service model, while supporting schools to build capacity for the long term by equipping them to offer strong advising services and integrate best practices of college access into the curriculum and other school structures. Specific responsibilities of the CSO include:
You are a strong candidate for the Chief Schools Officer role if, above all, you are a champion for closing the opportunity gap and increasing social and economic equity and mobility through educational attainment. You are a servant leader, and feel at your best in deep relationship with the communities in which you serve. You love to design and build, and thrive in the sometimes-relentless pace and often ambiguous space of program start-up, execution and growth. You bring content expertise in education, youth development, college readiness and persistence, and operate at the nexus of schools, districts and nonprofits. You will also bring experience or demonstrated capacity:
The CSO will report to the Executive Director and will be a member of the Breakthrough leadership team. Campus-based direct reports will include a Director of Advising and, indirectly, the CSO will support the professional staff and AmeriCorps members working at the school.
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
Please submit your resume, tailored cover letter, and salary requirements to [email protected] Breakthrough Central Texas is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its relations with its applicants, staff members, and families, without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, military, pregnancy or parental status.
Breakthrough Central Texas is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity and inclusion. People of all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply to be part of our collaborative team.