Apr 12, 2019

Founding Site Director - D.C. Metro

  • College Track
  • Washington, DC, USA
Full-time Executive Leadership

Job Description

This year, College Track will expand to our 11th location – in Ward 8 of D.C. Ward 8 will be the home of our second College Track center in the D.C. Metro Area. Thanks to a 10-year, $10 million commitment from Kevin Durant, we just celebrated the grand opening of College Track at the Durant Center in Prince George's County, Maryland. We will open a third center in Ward 1 or 4 of D.C. in 2021. Each center will recruit 60 9th graders each year, eventually serving 600 students at a time – or 1,800 across the region.

The Founding Site Director sets a powerful vision for student achievement and is responsible for ensuring that at least 90% of students matriculate to a four-year college and 70% graduate from college within six years (as compared to the national average college graduation rate of 21% for low-income students). S/he leads a team of full time and part time employees and builds and maintains the positive presence of College Track in the local community.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Site Vision and Culture: Set a powerful vision for student achievement and family engagement; inspire the commitment of others towards the shared vision, and ensure all decisions are aligned to and support the vision. Build a strong and enduring site culture based on mission, vision and College Track’s values.
  • Program Development and Individual Student Planning and Monitoring: Work with program directors to assess student data continuously and ensure that students are on track and have the tools and social emotional skills they need to graduate from high school and thrive in four-year universities. Focus relentlessly on delivering outcomes despite obstacles, ensuring students graduate from high school and receive a college degree.
  • Staff Management: Recruit, lead, manage and develop a site team of full-time and part-time employees (paid and volunteer) to ensure the overall success of students. Build a collaborative team of individuals committed to achieving excellence and meeting site goals.
  • School and Community Partnerships: Develop strong and formalized partnerships with community based organizations, colleges, schools and districts that result in additional resources for our students and improvements to our program model. Keep abreast of emerging trends and practices within the education landscape and community, and be active in the educational and political landscape.  
  • Fundraising and Development: Work in collaboration with the College Track development team to execute development activities that support long-term sustainability.

Skills & Experience Required   

  • Minimum of 7 years of teaching and/or supporting students to excel academically; history of driving significant gains in student achievement

  • Leads and inspires others under a shared vision of excellence

  • Builds relationships and communicates in ways that foster trust, value differences and further College Track’s mission

  • Proven track record in successfully recruiting, hiring, leading and developing people and teams. Creates the conditions for staff to learn, grow and do their work with ever increasing excellence

  • Manages people, projects and oneself to achieve excellent results and expand organizational impact; highly outcomes-focused

  • Entrepreneurial, flexible and adaptable; thrives in an ambitious, fast-moving environment, while also driving toward clarity and solution

  • Unwavering belief in economic, racial and social justice; makes all decisions through the lens of what is best for the students and families we serve

  • Minimum 4-year college degree (Masters or Doctorate Degree preferred)

  • Experience as a High School Principal or equivalent experience preferred

  • Experience in D.C.’s Ward 8 preferred

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