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 key responsibility for developing and executing ATD’s network relations strategy and overseeing network recruitment and retention activities including leading and managing the annual feedback process, leader college designation and relations, award and recognition processes, network advisory committees, designing and managing the Interventions Showcase to support the sharing of best practices across network colleges, and convening and facilitating communities of practice that support cross network learning.

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

    Duties and Responsibilities
     

    Network Support (55%) 

    • Lead, in collaboration with other ATD staff, the annual reporting process for ATD institutions to include:  providing technical assistance to the colleges throughout the reporting process; reviewing the reports and ensuring that submissions meet ATD expectations; and coordinating professional and timely feedback to the colleges.
    • Synthesize findings from annual feedback process into a succinct, accurate, timely report that can be shared with the ATD Leadership Team and then disseminated widely.
    • Manage ATD’s annual Leah Meyer Austin award application and award process. 
    • Manage ATD’s annual Leader College application and designation process including advising the Leadership Team on appropriate revisions to the process and additional responsibilities for leader colleges in the network (i.e. peer to peer “mentoring”).
    • Manage webinars and other related activities particularly during DREAM for leader colleges. 
       

    Network Recruitment and Retention (35%)

    • Supervise the Assistant Director of Network Recruitment and Retention in network retention, particularly relating to leader colleges, and coordinate with the Data, Technology & Analytics team to discuss other possible services to retain leader colleges in the network.
    • Work with the Data team to deploy and analyze the annual network survey and implement improvements to build on strengths and opportunities.
    • Manage the application and review process for incoming cohorts of colleges.
    • Design and deliver high quality recruitment and information programs to attract new colleges and to sell ATD services to long-standing colleges.
    • Collaborate across ATD to develop a strategy for recruiting additional minority serving institutions (MSIs) to the network.

    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, preferably in field related to public policy, education, or social sciences required
    • Minimum seven years related experience in program and project management, with thorough understanding of membership development and relationship-building/stewardship
    • Work experience in a community college environment preferred
    • Prior grant-management experience required
    • Supervisory experience
    • 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 various databases such as the Intervention Showcase, Knowledge Center, Salesforce, Qualtrics, and Blackboard
    • Microsoft Office skills and familiarity with Google Apps and mobile devices
       

    Level of Travel Required:        Moderate

    Salary Grade 8


    February 9, 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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  • Job Overview

    Achieving the Dream is actively seeking a Director of Research to strengthen our mission and impact  in the field. The Director is responsible for identifying and defining appropriate measures, benchmarks, and strategic ways to use data from our research agreements with the National Student Clearinghouse, the Voluntary Framework of Accountability, and other data collections. The Director will conduct research and data analysis on college access, progression, completion, transfer, equity gaps and workforce data and draw insights to inform decision-making and turn data into compelling stories. The Director will also conduct applied research to inform practice, change and innovation. The position will support ATD services and funded learning initiatives through the strategic use of data and evidence,  and promote integration across programs aligned to our organizational mission and goals.

    The Director, in concert with our communications team, will strive to advance the organization’s agenda by disseminating our work and message to a wide variety of stakeholders nationwide, including researchers, policymakers, practitioners, institutions of higher education, and advocates. The Director supports network colleges in building data and technology capacity by participating in learning events, the Data and Technology Insight webinar series, resource development, and also provides strategic assistance.

     

    Duties and Responsibilities

    Data Management and Dissemination (30%)

    • Manages, maintains, and grows ATD “Data Products” including data design, integration of data from external sources, development of benchmarks, and reporting and interface designs and requirements.
    • Supports strategic planning data initiatives, including ATD network student success measures and metrics, data collection, data products and support for ATD colleges.
    • Independently performs data analyses, basic and applied research to inform decision-making, effectiveness and alignment.
    • Draws data insights and translates them to a compelling narrative for various audiences.
    • Disseminates evidence-based learning to field.

    Data and Evaluation Advisor (25%)

    • Serves as ATD point of contact on data-related projects, both routine and ad hoc, and advises stakeholders (colleges, data coaches, and ATD staff) on advanced techniques including technical matters, research, analysis, and data-related applications.

    Survey Design and Analysis (15%)

    • Administers Annual Network Survey to all network colleges; compiles, reports, and distributes results.
    • Develops and analyzes other ad hoc surveys and evaluations to support ATD.
    • Provides data and metric guidance to ATD staff regarding funded learning initiatives, annual reporting, awards of excellence, survey design, data collection, data template design, data visualizations and other projects.

    Strategic Assistance (10%)

    • Supports network colleges in building data and technology capacity by leveraging results of the Institutional Capacity Assessment Tool (ICAT) and providing tailored assistance and supports.

    Resource Support (10%)

    • Supports the administration and reporting of the Institutional Capacity Assessment Tool (ICAT); and contributes to the ATD Data Discovery Guide, Data and Technology Insight webinar series and ATD Connect learning community.

    Other Responsibilities (10%)

    • Supports data and technology related sessions at annual network learning events such as the DREAM conference, Kickoff Institute, Coach retreat and Data and Analytics summits.
    • Maintains currency with higher education data sources, standards and metrics; serves on the Institute for Higher Education Policy PostsecData Working Group; develops and maintains collegial working relationships with partner organizations such as the Association for Institutional Research, the American Association for Community Colleges and the National Student Clearinghouse.

    Skills/Qualifications/Experience

    • Master’s degree in statistics, policy analysis, operations research, social sciences, data science or related discipline; Ph.D. preferred
    • Minimum eight years of experience in data and analytics, with three to five years of practitioner experience at a postsecondary institution in institutional research, information technology, applied research and/or institutional effectiveness
    • Experience as consultant, coach, and/or facilitator
    • Supervisory experience including team-building
    • Experience in both quantitative and qualitative research methods; extensive hands on experience with complex data sets including manipulating, merging, restructuring, and analyzing large data sets and managing information across complex data stores
    • Experience planning, coordinating, implementing and completing projects on time and within budget
    • Program and/or grant evaluation experience
    • Must be able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with a variety of groups including technical, professional, and executive audiences; ability to distill complex findings and concepts into key data-points, effective data visualizations and narratives
    • Proficiency in SAS and Excel
    • Proficiency in Tableau and Qualtrics preferred
    • Ability to work productively in both team and independent settings
    • Exceptional customer service skills and professional demeanor with high emotional intelligence
    • Must be self-motivated and disciplined, with capacity to be highly productive working under pressure and within time constraints
    • Flexibility and a tolerance for ambiguity; must be able to manage and champion change effectively
    • Commitment to the equity and diversity values and mission of ATD

    Level of Travel Required:        Moderate

    Salary Grade 9


    November 17, 2016

    Achieving the Dream, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, 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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  • Job Overview

    Achieving the Dream (ATD) is a growing network of more than 200 community colleges across the country serving over four million students.  It seeks a Vice President for 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 President’s Leadership Team, the VP works closely with the President, the Board, the leadership team and other key staff.  He/She 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.  He/She is also accountable for meeting ambitious fundraising goals through the securing of foundation, corporate and government support as steps toward achieving financial sustainability.

    The VP 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.

    Skills/Qualifications/Experience

    • Must be passionate about expanding economic opportunities for low and moderate income students attending community colleges.
    • Bachelor’s degree; master’s degree preferred.
    • Minimum 10 years of experience at a senior level in building and directing a national nonprofit, educational institution, or social enterprise, with responsibilities for development and implementation of a multi-year strategic plan for revenue growth and for 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 for increasing student success outcomes throughout ATD’s network.
    • 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.
    • Must be a strategic thinker, self-directed leader and a collaborative team member.
    • Microsoft Office skills and familiarity with social media, Google Apps and mobile devices required; experience using Salesforce helpful.
       

    Level of Travel Required:        Frequent

    Application Process
     

    All nominations, applications and inquiries are confidential.  The preferred deadline for applications is March 31, 2017, although applications will be accepted until the appointment is made.  To learn more about Achieving the Dream, visit www.achievingthedream.org.  To submit an application, go online here.  Confidential inquires and nominations may be made to Zarina Durrani, Achieving the Dream Human Resources, at zdurrani@achievingthedream.org.


    February 16, 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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  • Job Overview
     

    This position is responsible for the accounting and logistical coordination related to special programs at Achieving the Dream, including a multi-million dollar sub-grant funding agreement.  Duties include verifying and submitting reports and materials in accordance with established accounting standards and policies dictated by the funding agreement; responding to inquires; and coordinating operational activities.
     

    Duties and Responsibilities:
     

    Billing (40%)

    • Maintain billing folders for all project-related activities and events, with all the appropriate documents, including expenses, consultant invoices, and monthly invoices, in accordance with standard procedures.
    • Prepare final invoice package containing draft and final invoices for all billable expenses, (including all applicable backup) for approval by the Controller.
    • Research any unbilled issues to optimize the billing possibilities for the billing period.
    • Provide Accounts Receivable with advice on client billing, relative to consultant invoicing and reimbursable expenses; maintain a continuous line of communication to clear any open issues.
    • Assess and pursue opportunities for maximization of client billing.
       

    Budget and Reporting (30%)

    • Generate and distribute bi-monthly receivables reports and monthly profitability reports.
    • Analyze monthly budget-to-actual comparison of revenue and expenses.
    • Prepare balance sheet account reconciliation.
    • Recommend and implement agreed process improvements to the billing cycle.
    • Prepare special project analyses as needed.
       

    Logistical Support (25%)

    • Coordinate details relating to site visits, project reports, project updates, etc.
    • Assist in other project-related tasks. 

    Other Accounting Activities (5%)

    • Provide year-end support of auditor requirements, which may include research and reconciliation.
    • Perform additional assignments, as directed by the Controller or Vice President.

    Skills/Qualifications/Experience

    • Bachelor’s degree required; preferably in accounting or business.
    • Minimum five years of accounting, program billing and receivables experience, ideally working in a nonprofit organization.
    • Intermediate to advanced computer literacy, including spreadsheets and accounting software; knowledge of Blackbaud/Financial Edge software a plus.
    • Knowledge of standard contract terms including reimbursable and non-reimbursable expenses applied in the billing process.
    • Knowledge of the project structure in a client/consultant business environment.
    • Some prior project management/event coordination experience helpful.
    • Good written and oral communication skills and strong organizational skills.
    • Ability to work independently, take initiative, set priorities and see projects through to completion.
    • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills.
    • Strong service orientation.


    Level of Travel Required: Minimal

    Salary Grade 6


    February 14, 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, gender identity, marital status, or disability (in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act) with respect to employment opportunities.

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