Jobs & Internships

The work of improving student success is as difficult as it is important, which is why Achieving the Dream, Inc. actively recruits colleagues who can help us accomplish and sustain positive change. Below are the positions for which Achieving the Dream is actively recruiting.


  • Job Overview

    This position holds the primary responsibility for executing ATD’s network engagement strategy to strengthen and expand the network and leverage the network advantages of access, learning, innovation and impact. The Director is responsible for overseeing network college recruitment and retention activities including understanding and monitoring network colleges' value propositions; identifying and leading and managing the college's annual feedback process; directing  the award and recognition processes; leading the network advisory committee; redesigning and managing the Interventions Showcase to support access to best practices; connecting communities of practice to support cross network learning; organizing the Kickoff Institute; and leading the college's first year experience program.

    The Director supervises the Assistant Director of Network Recruitment and Retention.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    Network Support (50%) 

    • Coordinate, facilitate and communicate how network colleges link and work with each other to foster connections that allow for the easy flow of and access to information and the development of relationships.
    • Lead, in collaboration with other ATD staff, the annual reporting process for ATD institutions, providing technical assistance to the colleges throughout the reporting process; reviewing the reports to ensure that submissions meet ATD expectations; coordinating professional and timely feedback to the colleges; synthesizing findings into a succinct, accurate, timely report that can be shared with the ATD Leadership Team and disseminated widely.
    • Manage ATD’s annual Leah Meyer Austin award application and award process. 
    • Manage ATD’s annual Leader College certification and recertification processes including advising the Leadership Team on the selection process and on the benefits and responsibilities of being a Leader College; hosting a Leader College webinar series; and connecting Leader Colleges at DREAM and other learning events.  

    Network Recruitment and Retention (40%)

    • Manage the Network application and review process for incoming cohorts of colleges.
    • Design and deliver high quality recruitment and information sessions to attract new colleges; promote the ATD menu of fee for service offerings to long standing colleges.
    • Collaborate across ATD to develop a strategy for recruiting additional minority serving institutions (MSIs) to the network
    • Maintain network recruitment and retention statistics
    • Organize the annual Kickoff Institute for entering cohorts of colleges
    • Lead the First Year Experience program for new colleges.
    • Respond to early alerts from coach site visit reports in order to retain colleges
    • Understand and monitor network college value propositions and coordinate with the Data & Technology team on developing services and participation packages to retain colleges in the network.
    • Work with the Data & Technology team to deploy and analyze the annual network survey to monitor value propositions and build on strengths and opportunities.

    Other (10%)

    • Monitor budgets and fiscal spending as appropriate and related to portfolio.
    • Manage grant funded initiatives as assigned and ensure appropriate fiscal and compliance reporting.


    • Master’s degree required, preferably in field related to public policy, education, or social sciences
    • Minimum seven years related experience in program and project management, with thorough understanding of membership development and relationship-building/stewardship
    • Prior grant management experience required.
    • Work experience in a community college environment preferred.
    • Commitment to the equity and diversity values and mission of ATD
    • Must be detail-oriented and organized; able to keep track of multiple projects and keep them all moving forward simultaneously
    • Ability to work productively in both team and independent settings
    • Strong oral communication and presentation skills 
    • Ability to write fluidly and for various audiences
    • Exceptional customer service skills and professional demeanor
    • Must be self-motivated and disciplined, with capacity to be highly productive working under pressure and within time constraints/deadlines
    • Flexibility and a tolerance for ambiguity
    • Experience with Salesforce and Blackboard preferred.
    • Microsoft Office skills and familiarity with Google Apps and mobile devices

    Level of Travel Required:        Moderate

    Salary Grade 8

    March 17, 2017

    Achieving the Dream, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, or disability (in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act) with respect to employment opportunities.

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  • The search for this position is being handled in partnership with Commongood Careers.  

    Organization Overview

    Leading and guiding more than 200 community colleges in 34 states, Achieving the Dream (ATD) addresses the national imperative to provide increased opportunities for access to and success at community colleges around the nation, particularly for low income students, students of color, and students with barriers to social and economic mobility. Achieving the Dream institutions work to make the difficult institutional changes necessary to improve student success, meet the nation’s skilled workforce needs, and strengthen the middle class. Achieving the Dream is the largest community college reform network in the country, helping more than 4 million community college students have a better economic opportunity and achieve their dreams. 

    Position Summary

    ATD seeks a Vice President of Development and Communications who is deeply committed to fueling the organization’s ability to close the achievement gap for low/moderate income students and people of color, an imperative for advancing a strong democracy and workforce. In this dynamic role, you will be responsible for building internal momentum and developing ATD’s plan for financial sustainability. Externally, you will develop partnerships with nonprofits and funders whose missions align with our work. This is a unique opportunity to participate in shaping the future direction of our nation’s community colleges and improved outcomes for their students.

    A member of the CEO’s Leadership Team, the VP works closely with the CEO, the Board, the leadership team and other key staff. S/he is responsible for the development and stewardship of strategic partnerships and for raising ATD’s visibility through the execution of a fully integrated marketing, media and communications strategy. The VP is also accountable for meeting ambitious fundraising goals through securing foundation, corporate and government support as steps toward achieving financial sustainability and will lead a team consisting of a Development Officer, a Director of Communications and Media Relations, and a digital content specialist.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Provide overall leadership to the development and implementation of ATD’s strategy for strategic partnerships, fund development, marketing, and communications initiatives
    • In partnership with the CEO’s Leadership Team, develop criteria to define key strategic partnerships (nonprofit and funder) to advance ATD in alignment with our strategic plan and implement a plan to secure partnerships that support continued financial stability
    • Create comprehensive fundraising strategy and lead the team to execute against ambitious goals, including identifying, cultivating and soliciting funding from impact investors, foundations, corporations and government sources
    • Develop and implement a stewardship plan to maintain and strengthen key long-term relationships with all impact investors and stakeholders
    • Provide regular reports and updates on strategy and progress in meeting partnership and funding goals to the Board of Directors; serve as primary liaison to the Board of Directors’ Development Committee SSM: VP of Strategic Partnerships and Communications, Achieving the Dream 2
    • Create a membership/sponsorship program and implement a plan to secure these funds
    • Oversee the development of a comprehensive communications and branding strategy to effectively engage investors, nonprofit partners, network community colleges, and higher education stakeholders in the organization’s work, with a focus on increasing visibility, effective recruitment and retention of member colleges, and dissemination of learnings and research
    • Actively participate in external speaking events including engagements at industry gatherings where target investors are present. Use these opportunities to deepen relationships with current investors and to advance strategies and secure potential investors.


    • Passionate about expanding economic opportunities for low and moderate income students attending community colleges
    • Minimum 10 years of experience at a senior level within a growing national nonprofit, educational institution, or social enterprise, with responsibilities for development and implementation of a multi-year strategic plan for revenue growth thru strategic marketing
    • Successful track record securing corporate and foundation support at the national level through grant writing and management; success in securing government grants a plus
    • Experience in securing strategic partnership agreements to advance an organization’s mission
    • Experience with or knowledge of communications, media relations and marketing
    • Strong negotiation and multi-stakeholder consensus-building skills are required, along with strong oral, written and presentation skills
    • Strategic thinker, self-directed leader and a collaborative team member
    • Proven success with staff management and enthusiasm for mentoring junior colleagues
    • Microsoft Office skills and familiarity with social media, Google Apps and mobile devices required; experience using Salesforce helpful
    • Bachelor’s degree; master’s degree preferred


    To Apply 

    Please upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity, both in Word format, addressed to Karen Stout at:

    Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

    Achieving the Dream, Inc. offers a competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience and skills. Achieving the Dream, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability (in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act) with respect to employment opportunities

    May 11, 2017

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