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 is primarily responsible for billing, collecting, payment processing, general ledger accounting, and other related financial duties, such as sub accounts analysis, journal entries for monthly closing as well as variance analysis and other special projects as assigned.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Responsible for reconciling and analyzing specific general ledger account balance sheet and P&L accounts
    • Prepare journal entries, collecting, analyzing and summarizing account information for monthly and year-end closing.
    • Process deposits using desktop deposit scanner and record in accounting system.
    • Perform special and specific financial and statistical analysis as requested.
    • Responsible for maintaining AR balance and ensuring all items are accounted for and accounts are current and timely follow up on overdue invoices.
    • Collaborate closely the accounts payable processing and reconciliation of accounts with the other Staff Accountant
    • Review special project expense reimbursements in Expensify software.
    • Perform such other accounting and other tasks as may be required from time to time.
    • Assist with annual audit & 990 preparation.
    • Help with filing and other administrative tasks. 


    • Bachelor’s degree with two years experience; or Associate’s degree in Accounting with at least three years related experience, ideally in a nonprofit organization.
    • Solid understanding of GAAP and grant accounting processes.
    • Strong analytical skills.
    • Must be highly organized with exceptional attention to detail and accuracy.
    • Ability to work effectively under pressure.
    • Excellent skills in initiating solutions; is able to recognize when an isolated issue is part of a more complex situation
    • Excellent written, verbal and communication skills.
    • Exceptional ability to work collaboratively and provide customer service with internal staff and external partners.   
    • Advanced Excel and Word experience
    • Experience with Financial Edge software highly desired
    • Minimum seven years related experience in program and project management, with thorough understanding of membership development and relationship-building/stewardship


    Position Details

    Position Type:    Full Time, Exempt

    Salary Grade:   3
    Reports To:     Senior Staff Accountant
    Work Location:  Silver Spring, MD
    Level of Travel Required:  Infrequent


    October 11, 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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  • 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; connecting communities of practice to support peer learning; organizing the annual Kickoff Institute; leading the new college first year experience program, and promoting fee for service offerings to more experienced colleges.

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

    Duties and Responsibilities

    Network Support (50%)

    • Support peer learning across the ATD network through relationship building and engagement strategies, purposeful uses of ATD technology platforms, and connections to resources and experts, including but not limited to ATD staff and coaches.
    • Collaborating with other ATD staff, lead the annual reporting process for ATD institutions, providing technical assistance to colleges; reviewing reports to ensure submissions meet ATD expectations; coordinating feedback to colleges; synthesizing findings for the ATD Leadership Team and to be disseminated widely.
    • Manage ATD’s annual Leah Meyer Austin award application and award process and contribute to the design and execution of new types of awards/recognition programs.
    • 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 and to promote the ATD menu of fee for service offerings for more experienced colleges.
    • Contribute to strategies for recruiting/retaining additional minority serving institutions 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.
    • 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, along with ability to facilitate collaboration
    • Strong oral communication and presentation skills with demonstrated ability to effectively communicate complex messages and to model active listening
    • 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
    • Must be skilled at improving impact by connecting disjointed activities; demonstrated ability to gain understanding of potential solutions to complex problems and leverage a broad range of tools, models, etc.
    • Flexibility and a tolerance for ambiguity
    • Commitment to the equity and diversity values and mission of ATD; able to model appreciative inquiry to gain understanding and awareness of others’ cultural identities and practices
    • Experience with Salesforce and Blackboard preferred.
    • Microsoft Office skills and familiarity with Google Apps and mobile devices

    Position Details

    Position Type:    Full Time, Exempt
    Salary Grade:   8
    Reports To:     Chief Learning and Network Officer
    Work Location:  Silver Spring, MD
    Level of Travel Required:  Moderate

    October 6, 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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  • Job Overview

    Reporting to the President and CEO, this position holds strategic and operational responsibility for supporting ATD’s ability to help network colleges advance whole college change around ATD’s institutional capacity model and also for supporting network college development, learning, and engagement. The incumbent is a thought leader in the field, and represents ATD’s position and learnings in a variety of national venues. The Officer has primary responsibility for the areas of College Network Engagement and Coach Engagement, including the recruitment and retention of colleges and coaches, as well as the strategy and design of learning events, including DREAM.

    *The search for the Chief Learning and Network Officer is being conducted through the Association of Community College Trustees.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    Coach Engagement (30%)

    • With the Vice President for Data, Technology, and Analytics, lead the ATD coaching model and curriculum design including hiring, assigning, evaluating and delivering professional development for the leadership coaching cadre.
    • In collaboration with ATD colleagues, lead the building of a registry of technical assistance and subject matter experts around the seven capacity areas and related services.
    • Support ATD in building out curriculum and technical expertise in areas that anchor the mission of ATD.

    Network Engagement (30%)

    • Develop and oversee a recruitment and retention program to bring new colleges into the ATD network and also to ensure there is a high level of satisfaction and engagement with ATD for colleges that are well into their student success work.
    • Oversee annual college reporting processes and the design and delivery of college awards and status levels.
    • Oversee design and delivery of network survey and other instruments designed to monitor college progress, network satisfaction, and demand for services.
    • Collaborate with ATD colleagues to develop and implement strategies to disseminate to the ATD network (and beyond) practices and learning gained from ATD’s core experience as well as its Learning Initiatives, including:
    • Oversee the design of a portfolio of in-person learning events, including the annual DREAM convening, Kickoff Institute, and targeted events around the seven capacities and related services, such as the annual Data Summit and Teaching and Learning Institute, for presidents and other campus leaders.
    • Oversee the design of virtual communities and events aligned to the programs and services of ATD, including affinity groups for peer learning, the dissemination of new practices and findings, and professional development for college success teams, including the First Year Experience.
    • Collaborate with ATD colleagues and the field in developing and delivering customized products and services of value to network colleges in support of their student success efforts.

    Partnerships and Development (20%)

    • With the Vice President for Development, Marketing and Communications, support the development of relationships with partner organizations including corporations, philanthropy and other non-profit entities and collaborate on grant proposals as required.
    • With the Vice President of Workforce Strategies and Policy, connect policy learnings from the work of network colleges to state and federal policy work.
    • With the Chief Advisor to the President, expand revenue-generating and fee-for-service opportunities to support colleges in meeting their goals as well as to support ATD’s financial viability, partnering with external organizations as appropriate.

    Operations (20%)

    • Attract, develop and retain highly qualified team members, empowering them to elevate their level of responsibility.
    • Provide for consistent quality of financial management, program and project management, and area administration.
    • Provide leadership to achieve and sustain a culture of collaboration and equity, to support and mentor staff, and to provide strong professional development pathways.
    • Work collaboratively with the senior leadership team to integrate cross-program activities and functions.


    • Minimum 10 years related experience as a leading community college/higher education practitioner and advocate
    • Master’s degree required; doctorate preferred
    • Demonstrated thought leadership related to change leadership and product and service development with the ability to operate as an effective tactical and also strategic thinker
    • Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills, including negotiation and conflict resolution skills
    • Superior management skills; ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers
    • Ability to work productively in both team and independent settings; must be self-reliant, a good problem solver, and results-oriented
    • Energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive; a team leader who can positively and productively impact initiatives
    • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills, and the ability to effectively interface with colleagues and ATD’s board of directors
    • Must be self-motivated and disciplined with capacity to be highly productive working under pressure and within time constraints
    • Proven track record of success facilitating progressive organizational change and development within a growing organization

    Position Details

    Position Type: Full Time, Exempt
    Reports To: President and CEO
    Level of Travel Required: Frequent

    To apply, please visit:
    If you have any questions, please contact Narcisa Polonio at 202-276-1983 (mobile) or

    Applications received by September 11, 2017 will be given preference. 

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