Our country's education and workforce systems have been failing to support low-income Americans, and it is hurting our young people, employers, and our economy alike. Despite progress in national high school graduation and college enrollment rates, college dropout rates are tragically high, with the average dropout burdened by significant debt. At the same time, many employers struggle to find and sustain entry-level talent, especially in middle-skill jobs requiring a postsecondary credential.
Propel believes a better system can exist—one that seamlessly connects education and employment. We do this by bringing together high schools, community colleges, and employers in a unified system of skill-building, job placement, and ongoing planning for young adults. The model includes a “core course” in or directly after high school, in which students determine their job pathway and begin to prepare for it. Propel then covers the cost of job training, pays a modest stipend, provides mentorship and support, and guarantees a job interview for any “Propel fellow” who successfully completes their training. This process empowers recent high school graduates with the skills, credentials, experiences, and social networks to attain a well-paying job within one year, with opportunities for advancement and higher education.
Propel is currently operating in Louisiana, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, leveraging extensive relationships and credibility with key government, industry, and education leaders. Our current pathways span healthcare, technology and engineering, automotive and manufacturing. Propel is also in the process of piloting a new blended model that leverages both online and in-person supports and shifting the long-term strategy to a blended model of credentialing, student support and job placement.
We are seeking a Chief Program Officer (CPO) to support the development of a best-in-class model to support young people in obtaining an upwardly mobile first job. The CPO will help to drive the development of a blended credential-first post-secondary program that can scale rapidly and oversee the implementation of the current program. This individual will be a critical part of the Propel executive team and a key carrier of organizational culture. They will hold the vision of what our program will look like, think through a strategy for scale, assess program impact, build and execute a technology platform strategy, and partner with Propel’s CEO and COO to create a plan for Propel’s sustainability and growth over time. Responsibilities will include:
Propel offers a competitive total rewards package. We cover 90% of premiums, unlimited vacation and a flexible work environment. The salary range for this position is $170K-$231K. Location: Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey or Rhode Island preferred.
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