May 10, 2019

Founding Academic Affairs Director - District of Columbia

  • College Track
  • District of Columbia, DC, USA
Full-time Education

Job Description

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.

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About College Track D.C. Metro Region 

Last year, College Track expanded to our 10th location - and first on the East Coast, thanks to a $10 million commitment from the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation to bring our college completion program to Kevin’s hometown of Prince George's County, Maryland. This year, we are opening our second center in the D.C. Metro Area in Ward 8 of Washington, D.C. A third center will launch in Ward 1 or 4 of D.C. in 2021.


Our Impact 

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.  


Our Values 

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.


Position Overview 

The Founding Academic Affairs Director will ensure that all College Track students have the grades and test scores necessary to gain admission and are academically prepared to succeed in competitive four-year colleges. This position is responsible for developing a high quality Academic Affairs program, hiring and managing an excellent full and part-time team to provide academic coaching and tutoring, and overseeing the Academic Affairs budget.


Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Program Development and Implementation: Lead, design and implement high quality academic programs that result in significant gains in GPA, ACT and math readiness. Successfully implement programs and services including tutoring, summer programming, case management and ACT preparation. 
  • Individual Student Planning, Coaching and Monitoring: Assess student data continuously and provide meaningful coaching and interventions to ensure that students are on track to graduate from high school and thrive in a four-year college.
  • Staff Management: Hire, manage and develop a team of full-time and part-time employees who are highly effective in achieving site goals. 
  • High School and Community Outreach and Engagement: Develop strong and formalized partnerships with schools, district, families and community organizations 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 understand impact on our students. 
  • Financial and Resource Management: Manage the Academic Affairs program budget. Develop and oversee academic resources, including tutoring support, ACT preparation, workshop instruction, academic advising, student case management, and support for the college admission process.
  • Projects as assigned by the Site Director.


 Skills & Experience Required 

  • At least 3 years, 5 years of experience strongly preferred of teaching, instructional coaching and/or assisting students to excel academically; history of driving significant gains in student achievement
  • Demonstrated success in motivating, influencing and coaching students. Strong interpersonal skills and an empathetic approach to challenging conversations. Holds the highest expectations for students
  • Experience in hiring, developing and supporting talent. Creates the conditions for staff to learn, grow and do their work with ever increasing excellence
  • Skilled at relationship building with students, families and schools. Builds relationships and communicates in ways that foster trust, value differences and further College Track’s mission
  • Focused on delivering outcomes despite obstacles, seeks out challenges as opportunities to grow, takes unexpected setbacks in stride, and is able to galvanize self and others towards goals and impact.
  • Skilled at analyzing student data and developing targeted interventions
  • Minimum 4-year college degree (Master’s Degree preferred)


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.


To Apply 

Please upload a resume and a 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.

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