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 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. The person in this role assists in gathering information and forming stories to be used across all ATD communications vehicles, with an eye toward developing content for ATD’s HTML messages and social media channels. The incumbent 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. The incumbent 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, and approved 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/Marketing (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, marketing or a social media-related role 
    • Experience in community college marketing/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 
    • Successful writing and editing experience with a variety of print and online communications  
    • Familiarity with tools such as Salesforce, iContact, Meltwater or similar database, media monitoring, CMS, and CSR platforms 
    • Familiarity with social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, etc. 
    • Ability to successfully manage a number of projects and priorities 
    • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills, with the ability to write fluidly and for various audiences 
    • 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 a tolerance for ambiguity  
    • Alignment and commitment to ATD’s mission are essential 

    Level of Travel Required: Minimal

    Salary Grade 4


    December 5, 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 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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  • (Grant Funded – One Year Term)


    Job Overview


    The Director of Digital Learning supports Achieving the Dream’s Teaching & Learning and Data teams by advancing the use of purposeful technology for the improvement of teaching and learning outcomes across the ATD network.  The individual serves as the project lead for Achieving the Dream’s initiative to engage ATD colleges in joining Inspark, a global network of educators creating and sharing next-generation science courses.

    The person selected for this position will work to propagate promising practices in digital learning through partnerships with network colleges and in coordination with other ATD initiatives and stakeholders.

    Primary duties include outreach to colleges to inspire interest in digital learning approaches; demonstrations and workshops to educate faculty on the affordances of digital learning practices and tools; management and support of participating colleges; and compiling of progress/compliance reports for investors and other stakeholders.

    This position has funding through December 2017. An extension of the term of this role is possible but not guaranteed.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    Manage ATD’s Digital Learning Programs (75%)

    • Develop and implement strategies for scaling and sustaining the spread of digital learning practices among the ATD network and beyond.
    • Promote the awareness, use, adaption and scaling of Inspark smart courses with the goal to improve postsecondary success of low-income students in high-enrollment general education science courses.
    • Manage and coordinate the work of the several national partner organizations, including the provision of technical assistance throughout the grant period to ensure strong performance at participating institutions.
    • With integrity and consistency, manage and coordinate outreach to interested colleges and state systems, including demonstrations, trainings, workshops and showcases at ATD and other stakeholder events online and in person nationally.
    • Manage relationships with software and institutional partners
    • Respond to inquiries in an efficient and professional manner
    • Synthesize findings, draft reports for investors and ATD leadership, and work with the ATD communications team to share results widely
    • Represent ATD at national and regional events to help spread interest and commitment to high quality digital learning in community colleges
    • Support fund development and fee for services spin-offs

    Manage Budgets and Oversee Contracts (20%)

    • Prepare and monitor subcontract agreements with colleges and state systems
    • Manage and monitor expenditures to stay within budget
    • Other grant support duties

    Other Duties as Assigned (5%)

     

    Skills/Qualifications/Experience

    • Master’s degree, preferably in field related to education or social sciences required
    • Minimum seven years related experience in program and project management
    • Thorough understanding of, and experience with, digital teaching and learning practices including experience using technical expertise to solve educational challenges
    • Knowledge of best practices and trends in teaching and learning
    • Experience working with faculty in teaching and learning in higher education required; community college environment preferred
    • Prior experience managing grants and contracts
    • 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
    • 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; prior supervisory experience
    • Strong oral, written communication and presentation skills 
    • 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; 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 8


    October 19, 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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