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.

Jobs

  • 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.

    Skills/Qualifications/Experience

    • 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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  • Temporary, Grant-Funded Position (Through Fall 2019)


    Job Overview
     

    Achieving the Dream (ATD) is actively seeking a Director for Project Success to strengthen our mission and impact in the field. The Director is responsible for leading the provision of services and supports for up to 23 rural, Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) participating in a 2.5 year initiative. The purpose of Project Success is to build the institutional capacity to support a student-focused culture and improved student outcomes including the implementation of effective and sustainable solutions at scale. The Director will manage this multi-year transformation initiative including learning events; the relationships and community building with the funders, TCU service organizations, assigned coaches and the TCUs served by ATD; and the dissemination of promising practices to the network and to the broader postsecondary field.

    Duties and Responsibilities
     

    College Engagement (50%)

    • Build and maintain strong working relationships with TCUs served by ATD, the assigned coaches, supporting TCU organizations and funders.
    • Coordinate the planning and execution of learning opportunities for TCUs through webinars and other learning events such as the project Kickoff Institute and DREAM conference.
    • Coordinate the progress reporting, coach feedback and data sharing agreements with the colleges.
    • Coordinate the college onboarding process with clear and concise guidance and expectations provided to all involved parties.
    • Update Salesforce with participating college contacts and maintain for currency.
    • Build and maintain an online community of practice among all TCU colleges and coaches served by Achieving the Dream.
    • Support the administration of the Institutional Capacity Assessment Tool (ICAT), analysis of results, and action planning at colleges.
    • Coordinate with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) regional representations to encourage TCUs to fully participate in NSC services.

    Incubation and Dissemination (25%)

    • Highlight participating TCUs through conference presentations, case studies, newsletters and other communication channels.
    • Coordinate with Communications team to broadly disseminate findings, lessons learned, and insights.
    • Develop strategies for scaling and sustaining the spread of effective strategies at TCU institutions.
    • Serve as a thought leader in the ATD work with TCUs and assist in further positioning ATD as a front runner in this work with the network colleges and with other partners.
    • Develop measures to ensure ATD is progressing with execution of strategies around the TCU work and develop a way to measure our impact in the field.
    • Work with the Data, Technology and Analytics team and design partners to refine the Institutional Capacity Assessment Tool for TCU relevance; further develop resources; and add to cadre of subject matter experts in equity.
    • Represent ATD at TCU-related convenings.

    Coaching & Service Provision (25%)

    • Support the recruitment, retention, and professional development of culturally competent coaches and technical assistance providers supporting Project Success.
    • Manage the coach feedback and reporting process, including the development and administration of site visit reports and quality assurance procedures.
    • Work closely with CFO and Finance team to provide operational oversight of coaching and technical assistance and related financials, including contract development, expense management, and coach deliverables.
    • Coordinate the work of other service providers throughout the grant period to ensure aligned support at TCUs and communication with coaches.
    • Support the identification, design, and execution of additional customized ATD services tailored to the individual priorities and needs of each college.
    • Manage and monitor expenditures to stay within budget; draft compliance reports.
    • Consult and coach ATD staff and coaching cadre to improve cross-cultural communication.

    Skills/Qualifications/Experience

    • Master’s degree required, preferably in field related to public policy, education, or social sciences; doctorate preferred.
    • Minimum seven years related experience in program and project management, with thorough understanding of relationship-building and stewardship.
    • Prior experience working with minority-serving institutions required; experience working with TCUs preferred.
    • Demonstrated high level of cultural competence.
    • Prior grant-management experience.
    • 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, presentation and facilitation 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.
    • Flexible with a tolerance for ambiguity.
    • Savviness with a wide range of computing operating systems and software applications, including instructional technology tools, learning management systems, and other systems commonly used by higher education institutions; experience with Blackboard desired.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher) and Google Apps.
    • Commitment to ATD’s values of equity, diversity, inclusion and respect.

    Level of Travel Required:        Moderate

    Salary Grade 8


    February 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 manages ATD’s digital communication tools, with a large percentage of time and focus dedicated to developing, updating, and freshening content for the ATD website and improving its look and feel with new photography, graphics and other additions. This position also manages the ATD social media channels, posting content on a daily basis following the organization’s content strategy and direction. The person in this role assists in gathering information and creating content to be used across all ATD communications vehicles. The individual is responsible for assisting in conducting research, providing information, writing, and producing communications materials that support and advance the goals of ATD. The position provides communications support as needed for ATD’s Network, Funded Learning Initiatives, and external events such as DREAM and Data and Analytics Summit and others. The individual is also responsible for maintaining a current scheduling calendar to ensure that communications such as Network newsletters, messages, press releases, media updates, etc., are prepared, reviewed, approved, and distributed in a timely manner. S/he assists in managing projects with external designers, printers, and photographers. This position also has responsibility for maintaining ATD’s brand style guidelines across platforms and vendors.  

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    Communications/ Outreach (75%) 

    • Manage ATD’s digital communication tools, with a large percentage of time and focus dedicated to developing, updating, and freshening content for the ATD website. 
    • Recommend improvements to the website’s look and feel with new photography, graphics and other additions. 
    • Identify opportunities to improve website user experience and participate as a member of a website team. 
    • Assist in gathering information and forming stories to be used across all ATD communications vehicles, with a focus on developing content for ATD’s HTML messages and social media channels. 
    • Provide research and writing to the communications team and ATD departments. 
    • Contribute to a bank of content such as success stories, testimonials, news features, photography and graphics for use across all ATD communication channels. 
    • Maintain ATD’s brand style guidelines across platforms and vendors. 
    • Provide marketing and communications support during the planning phase and on site for ATD’s external events, as needed. 
    • Identify ways to promote information sharing. 
    • Assist with Network recruitment marketing. 

    Operational Support (25%) 

    • Assist in managing projects with external designers, printers, and photographers. 
    • Maintain a scheduling calendar to help ensure communications to the Network and others are prepared, reviewed, and approved in a timely and efficient manner. 
    • Assist in preparing and distributing Network communications such as newsletters, press releases, email messages, and publications as needed. 
    • Assist with technical support for press release distribution. 
    • Edit, format, and upload individual electronic communications, as necessary. 
    • Produce regular digital communications analytics reports and recommend actions to increase traffic informed by the data. 

    Skills/Qualifications/Experience

    • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, or related field required
    • Minimum three years’ experience in communications, outreach  or  social media role for an organization, ideally in higher education, education, or the nonprofit sector
    • Strong writing and editing experience with a variety of print and online communications 
    • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills, with the ability to write fluidly and for various audiences and delivery vehicles
    • Experience in community college outreach/communications and/or demonstrated understanding of the mission and value of community colleges required
    • Demonstrated skills in contributing at a high level to a program that advances an organization’s mission and goals
    • Familiarity with tools such as Salesforce, iContact, Meltwater or similar database, media monitoring, CMS, and CSR platforms
    • Familiarity with new and emerging social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, Hootsuite, Pinterest, etc.
    • Ability to successfully manage a number of projects and priorities
    • Ability to work productively in both team and independent settings
    • 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
    • Flexibility and comfort for ambiguity 
    • Alignment and commitment to ATD’s mission are essential 

     

    Level of Travel Required: Minimal

    Salary Grade 4


    February 13, 2017

    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.

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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 Strategic Partnerships 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

    • Plan and implement ATD’s direction for strategic partnerships, fund development, marketing, and communication initiatives.
    • 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.
    • With the President’s Leadership Team and in advancement of ATD’s strategic plan, develop criteria to define key strategic partnerships (nonprofit and funder) to advance ATD and implement a plan to secure them to support a path to continued financial stability.
    • Develop and implement a stewardship plan to maintain and strengthen key long-term relationships with all impact investors and stakeholders.
    • Define revenue targets; research and develop revenue pipelines to meet those targets.
    • Identify, cultivate and solicit funding from impact investors, foundations, corporations and government sources.
    • Create a membership/sponsorship program and implement a plan to secure these funds.
    • Oversee the development of a new communications/branding strategy to effectively message to investors, nonprofit partners, network community colleges and higher education stakeholders.
    • Plan and implement a communications, media relations and marketing plan with focus on recruitment and retention of member colleges, dissemination of learning from funded learning initiatives, research findings, and policy work.
    • 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.

    Key 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
    • 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.

    Qualifications

    • 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 here.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


    March 17, 2017

    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.

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