About College Track
College Track is a national college completion program that empowers students from underserved communities to graduate from college. From the summer before 9th grade through college graduation, our 10-year program removes the barriers that prevent students from earning their college degree by providing them with comprehensive academic support, leadership training, financial and college advising, and scholarships. We teach them the skills necessary to succeed in college and beyond. In four years, a College Track student receives support equivalent to one extra year of high school.
College Track was founded in 1997 with a cohort of 25 students in East Palo Alto. Today, we serve more than 2,500 high school and college students in nine communities: East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, and Sacramento in Northern California, the Boyle Heights and Watts neighborhoods of Los Angeles, Denver and Aurora in Colorado, and New Orleans, Louisiana. By 2020, we will serve 4,000 students and have empowered more than 750 college graduates. Over our twenty-year history, 98 percent of our high school seniors have matriculated to two- and four-year colleges across the nation and our college students have graduated at a rate more than double the national average for low-income, first-generation college students.
College Track is seeking a highly motivated, driven, entrepreneurial leader to serve as the Northern California Region’s Executive Director. The Executive Director will create and drive a regional, multi-year strategy and vision of impact that is rooted in the organization’s mission to empower students to achieve their dream of a college degree. The Executive Director will set the overarching regional direction, maximize our impact and create the conditions for successful new site development. Additionally, this position will drive significant gains in student achievement, execute a successful fundraising strategy, and procure high leverage partnerships that accelerate the organization’s aggressive growth goals. The Executive Director will report to the Chief of Regions and is a member of the National Leadership Team.
This position’s responsibilities include:
Fundraising and External Relations
- Work closely with the CEO, the Chief of Regions, and National Development team to create, implement and manage an effective fundraising platform that supports significant growth and long-term sustainability in the Northern California Region.
- Initiate, cultivate, manage, and steward relationships with individual, foundation and corporate supporters; expand an existing portfolio of major gift donors in order to significantly increase revenue from individuals.
- Recruit, develop and manage the Local Advisory Board to support the growth and sustainability of the Northern California Region. Work with the CEO to identify ways to increase meaningful engagement with Local Advisory Board members.
- Manage regional Development Director to ensure robust pipeline and revenue goals are met.
- Work effectively with local media to create a strong, positive local presence. Participate in events and speaking engagements and serve as a spokesperson for College Track’s mission and impact.
Strategic Planning and Regional Growth
- Working under the direction of the Chief of Regions, set the overarching regional vision; develop a regional strategic vision and implementation plan in accordance with College Track’s growth goals and expansion framework.
- Lead all expansion efforts in the Northern California Region and set the conditions for successful new site development. Establish relationships with key stakeholders; build local partnerships with school, district, city and community partners around a vision that maximizes impact, scale and long-term sustainability.
- Elevate College Track’s presence in the Northern California Region. Represent the organization within the local community by establishing and maintaining relationships with major local internal and external stakeholders.
Achievement of Program Outcomes
- Oversee performance goals across all Northern California Region sites to ensure that students are on track to matriculate and graduate from college. Ensure the highest quality program while also ensuring fidelity to the program model and achievement of key metrics.
- Drive organizational and programmatic alignment across the sites, and provide support systems that drive academic achievement and student success.
- Design and implement systems for evaluating progress toward strategic goals, ensuring that local objectives are met while also aligning efforts with the national organization.
- Identify, recruit, support, and retain a team of results-oriented, entrepreneurial, creative thinkers to execute the highest quality program and achieve its performance goals.
- Build a strong, cohesive culture that reflects a relentless focus on student achievement, operational efficiency and excellence.
First and foremost, the Regional Executive Director must embrace College Track’s vision and mission for transforming low-income communities into places where college readiness and college graduation are the norms. Additionally, candidates must possess the following qualifications:
- Minimum of 10 years of experience in a leadership role, preferably at an established and successful nonprofit organization that experienced growth over his/her tenure
- Highly developed strategic thinking and execution skills that allow him/her to successfully lead and manage projects, groups, or organizations to achieve desired results
- Demonstrated success in fundraising with proven track record of expanding an organization’s donor base through collaborative relationship-building
- Proven track record of delivering on outcomes and managing to aggressive performance goals/metrics. Preferred: history of driving significant gains in student achievement
- Superior relationship-building and interpersonal skills which enable rapport-building with internal and external stakeholders. Preferred: broad networks of relationships in Northern California
- Substantial experience in hiring, managing, and evaluating staff, including the ability to coach staff on achievement of goals
- Ability to inspire confidence and passion both internally and externally combined with the persistence and zeal to lead a mission-driven organization toward ambitious goals
- Exceptional verbal and written communication skills with the ability to create and deliver compelling presentations to diverse groups of stakeholders
- Outstanding problem solver with an independent and entrepreneurial spirit and ability to juggle multiple projects and priorities simultaneously
- entrepreneurial environment; ability to prioritize among competing demands
- A constant learner who is interested in being a proactive, positive member of the team
- High level of self-awareness, humility, and emotional intelligence
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required; Master’s degree preferred
Compensation and Benefits
College Track offers a competitive salary based on the organization’s compensation philosophy, which is grounded in market data. We also offer comprehensive health & welfare benefits and top of the market paid time off.
College Track is an equal opportunity employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. College Track does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.