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

    The Director of Development holds strategic and operational responsibility for supporting ATD’s ability to raise funds to support the sustainability of the organization.  The Director has primary responsibility for sourcing new funders, stewarding funder relationships with members of the ATD leadership team, and composing proposals and compliance reports.  While this role reports to the Chief Operating Officer, this role is highly cross-functional and will interface regularly with the Chief Advisor to the President & CEO and other members of the leadership team.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    Partnerships and Development (50%)

    • Support the development of excellent relationships with partner organizations including corporations, philanthropy and other non-profit entities.
    • Collaborate with Chief Advisor to the President & CEO, key leadership and program staff leads, and Finance team to write grant proposals.  Coordinate with external partners as needed.
    • Lead the completion of compliance requirements for existing grants with support from program staff and Finance team.
    • Oversee and collaborate with the Development Officer in shaping and executing sponsorship opportunities for ATD events, and conducting prospect research for new funding opportunities and funding partners, including philanthropic, corporate, and government sources.
    • Monitor trends in fundraising/development as related to higher education and upward mobility.

    Operations (40%)

    • Conduct outreach to new potential funding partners to identify interest level.
    • Monitor/track key communications, submissions, progress towards deliverables, and deadlines using Salesforce and related tools.
    • Collaborate with communications to promote our grant awards and related opportunities for the ATD network.
    • Compose quarterly development reports for the ATD leadership team and Board of Directors. Support Board of Directors Development Committee as required.
    • Maintain current understanding of ATD learning initiatives and other grant-supported work.
    • Develop and retain team members, empowering them to elevate their level of responsibility.
    • Provide for consistent quality of financial management, 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 to integrate cross-program activities and functions.

    Other (10%)

    • Support ATD events and meetings and contribute to internal committees as appropriate.
    • Other duties as assigned.


    • Minimum eight years related experience as a fundraiser in a higher education and/or non-profit environment.
    • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
    • Knowledge and experience in fundraising/development techniques and strategies.
    • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills, and the ability to effectively interface with colleagues and ATD leadership. 
    • Experience in developing appropriate communication strategies by scanning the environment for key information and tailoring message for the audience and situation.
    • Skills to work with and motivate staff to complete grant-related tasks.  Experience encouraging and supporting culture of cooperation and relationship-building.
    • Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills, including negotiation skills.
    • Proactive and goal driven to initiate donor visits and fundraising calls.
    • Highly organized and able to focus on details and “follow through”.  Ability to develop and execute strategies to build alliances to advance ATD’s mission.
    • Experience managing a small staff and working in a lean environment.
    • 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.  Comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty.
    • Microsoft Office skills and familiarity with social media, Google Apps and mobile devices required; experience using Salesforce strongly preferred.

    Level of Travel Required:  Moderate

    Updated March 26, 2018

    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 is a core member of Achieving the Dream’s Teaching & Learning team, and will help guide and accelerate evidence-based change at ATD institutions by managing various projects and assisting with the overall strategic messaging and marketing efforts of the organization. The position is responsible for managing programs and projects designed to build institutional capacity supporting intentional integration, professional development, and engagement of full-time and part-time faculty in fostering inclusive, student-focused college cultures. The incumbent is tasked with producing dynamic thought leadership around faculty engagement and professional development in order to accelerate and sustain better student outcomes at ATD institutions nationwide.

    This position reports to the Director of Teaching & Learning, serves as a member of the Innovation team, and works collaboratively with other teams within ATD to ensure effective communication and collaboration across initiatives.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    Support the Development of ATD’s Teaching & Learning Portfolio (45%)

    • Support the strategic direction and implementation of teaching & learning services and support for the Network and the field.
    • Promote ATD’s position as a thought leader on teaching & learning in higher education through the publication of blogs, grant-related publications, presentations, in-person and virtual learning events, and partnerships with other organizations in the field.
    • Support the development and management of the implementation of robust tools, trainings, and events for Network colleges and the field.
    • Research the needs of ATD Network colleges in building capacity in Teaching & Learning.
    • Support the planning and execution of annual Teaching & Learning convenings and institutes.
    • Develop, organize, and facilitate sessions on Teaching & Learning at the annual DREAM conference.
    • Support the development and maintenance of partnerships with relevant organizations and vendors to further ATD’s work in Teaching & Learning.
    • Work with other ATD teams to increase alignment and collaboration across ATD’s learning initiatives.

    Manage ATD’s Teaching & Learning Programs (45%)

    • Support the management of the Engaging Adjunct Faculty in the Student Success Movement Initiative and collaborate on related teaching & learning initiatives.
    • Provide a faculty-focused perspective on all aspects of the initiative.
    • Work to develop and synthesize policies and practices that engage full-time and part-time faculty as change agents in the community college student success agenda.
    • Coordinate technical assistance throughout the grant period to ensure strong performance at participating institutions.
    • Catalogue reports and evaluations.
    • Coordinate professional and timely feedback to the colleges.
    • Synthesize findings, draft compliance reports for investors, and work with the ATD communications team to share results widely.
    • Coordinate the development, scheduling, and delivery of communications (email, social media posts, webinars, etc.) to grantees, grant partners, the ATD Network, and other project stakeholders.
    • Schedule and support regular video- and/or tele-conference calls with grantees, funders, and partners.
    • Assist in planning and provide on-site support to project-related events, including college site visits and other face-to-face convenings.

    Additional Responsibilities (10%)

    • Other duties as assigned.


    • Master’s degree required, preferably in field related to education, social sciences, or public policy
    • Minimum five years related experience, with some grants-management work; non-profit experience preferred
    • Experience teaching at the college level required, preferably in a community college
    • Demonstrated success at leading or supporting faculty professional development initiatives
    • Must be very detail-oriented and organized; able to monitor and execute multiple projects at once
    • Ability to work productively in both team and independent settings; ability to build strong and trusting relationships among ATD colleagues, external partners, and others to achieve buy-in and shared understanding
    • Experience creating goals and action plans with measurable outcomes
    • Strong oral communication and presentation skills with ability to communicate crucial information up, down and across
    • Ability to write fluidly and for various audiences
    • Exceptional customer service skills and professional demeanor with ability to manage work processes effectively and efficiently, and manage stakeholder expectations by clarifying assumptions at the onset of and during a project.
    • 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
    • Microsoft Office skills and familiarity with Google Apps and mobile devices (iPad and smart phone), Canvas, Salesforce, Qualtrics and Blackboard

    Position Details
    Position Type:    Full Time, Exempt
    Salary Grade:   6
    Reports To:     Director, Teaching & Learning
    Work Location:    Silver Spring, Maryland
    Level of Travel Required:  Moderate
    Start Date:    Immediately


    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

    By providing administrative and operational support across the organization, the incumbent in this role will get broad exposure as to how a national nonprofit functions.  The position proactively supports ATD by providing logistical, operational, and administrative assistance in two main areas.

    Duties and Responsibilities:


    Provide Operational Support to Events Team (50%)

    • Provides customer service and support to conference attendees and internal customer inquiries.
    • Maintains and updates various databases and websites; monitors and tracks registration and housing; compiles pre-and post-conference reports.
    • Generates and proofs correspondence, name badges, agendas, etc.
    • Assures follow-through on all aspects of meeting contracts, with regards to deposits, deadlines, and concessions.
    • Obtains vendor quotes and coordinates selection of vendors needed for meetings.
    • Prepares invoices for review/payment.
    • Attends assigned meetings to assist with registration and logistics, and attends to other on-site meeting-related items as needed.
    • Supports Event staff's goals to maximize revenue from critical events through various means, including by providing staff with up to date research on pricing for comparable events, booth pricing practices, etc.

    Provide Assistance to President’s Leadership Team (PLT) (50%)

    • Provides support for PLT meetings and retreats, including at monthly PLT “home week” meetings, including working with staff to create and circulate agendas for meetings, gathering materials for same, taking meeting notes, driving follow-up actions.
    • Facilitates information-flow and sharing among staff in support of effective and timely decision-making.
    • Provides scheduling and other support for PLT members, including coordinating travel arrangements for PLT members and assisting with expense reports.
    • Assists in management of the President’s calendar; obtains and assimilates information related to President for meetings, appointments, presentations
    • Attends meetings and conferences with the President as requested; prepares notes and action items from each meeting; relays follow-up information to departments and other stakeholders.
    • Assists Data/Coaching team with administration of coaching contacts, site visit reports and coach assignments (in Salesforce and other systems).


    • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience) required
    • Minimum two years of operational and administrative experience, preferably at a college or nonprofit organization
    • Demonstrated attention to detail and capacity to track and systematize information, along with demonstrated project management skills
    • Ability to maintain a professional demeanor in a fast-paced environment, easily handling and overcoming scheduling demands/conflicts and multiple simultaneous requests; flexibility and a tolerance for ambiguity
    • Skill in managing executive calendars and skill in organizing, planning and coordinating meetings and travel arrangements
    • Independence, good judgment, and diplomatic skills
    • Discretion and exemplary capacity to maintain confidentiality
    • Ability to communicate professionally with a variety of constituent groups such presidents, board members, faculty, students, and government and other officials
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the demonstrated ability to prepare talking points, briefings and short PowerPoint presentations; ability to write fluidly for various audiences
    • Ability to demonstrate a collaborative workstyle by building relationships among ATD colleagues, external partners, and others to achieve buy-in and shared understanding; recognizes how own role and responsibilities contribute to the team’s performance vis a vis others’ roles
    • Ability to recognize when an isolated issue or problem is part of an interconnected set of issues or more complex problem
    • Experience in regularly managing work flow against expectations and an overall work plan in order to ensure alignment and make adjustments as needed
    • Required technology skills:  Microsoft Office Suite; familiarity with Google Apps and mobile devices; experience using web-based conference systems; knowledge of web-based mail merging/marketing tools along with experience using Salesforce or similar CRM

    Level of Travel Required:  Moderate

    April 2, 2018

    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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