Director Of The College Success Initiative

Municipal Corporation Cambridge City Of Cambridge
Employment Opportunities in Cambridge

NOTICE OF POSTING

POSTING DATE: October 23, 2020
RESUME AND LETTER OF INTEREST REQUESTED BY: 11/19/20 POSITION WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Cambridge residents are especially encouraged to apply.

Department: Human Service Programs
Job Title: Director of the College Success Initiative
Job Code: M455-701
Civil Service Position: Non Civil Service position
Union Affiliation: None
Hours Per Week: 37.5 hours per week. Some evenings and weekends required

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Office of College Success (OCS) works to strengthen systems, policies and programs to advance the college-readiness and persistence, of low-income, first-generation, American-born Black, immigrant students, and students of color from Cambridge. The OCS Director leads the efforts of the College Success Initiative (CSI), a city-wide, multi-stakeholder partnership committed to the post-secondary success of our target populations who are graduates of Cambridge Public Schools, adult learners from the Community Learning Center and opportunity youth graduating from Just A Start’s YouthBuild program. The Office of College Success is committed to creating equity in college access, persistence and completion and is engaged in a broader race/equity initiative being undertaken by the Department of Human Service Programs (DHSP).

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:   

  • Convene CSI partners, including community-based staff, school administrators and counselors, higher education partners, City staff and others to coordinate a system of supports to help students and families make a successful transition to post-secondary education.
  • Facilitate the CSI Steering Committee, lead 3-year strategic plan revisions, and develop annual action plans for the work of CSI.
  • Establish effective relationships with Cambridge stakeholders and leaders working across systems to achieving better outcomes for children and families.
  • Provide direct supervision to a team of campus-based CSI College Success Coaches.
  • Oversee the ongoing evaluation of CSI’s progress and the development of a data collection system to track the initiative’s outcomes and to inform continuous quality improvement activities.
  • Develop new partnerships and programs with key post-secondary institutions enrolling significant numbers of Cambridge students.
  • Organize professional development opportunities and provide technical assistance to build the capacity of CSI partners to meet the needs of students and families in our target populations.
  • With a race-equity lens, strengthen the capacity of partners to improve students’ academic achievement, provide culturally relevant social-emotional learning, and prepare students to successfully navigate higher education environments.
  • Provide support to leaders of CSI’s subcommittees.
  • Lead CSI in developing resources including proposal development, grant writing, researching the availability of public and private funds, and initiating contact with potential funders.
  • Work with the DHSP Communications Manager to implement a public relations strategy to ensure that students, families and the wider Cambridge community are aware of college success activities and resources.
  • Actively engage in and support the DHSP’s race and equity initiative.

 

 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • 5 years of experience leading college access and success programs with demonstrated deep understanding of the needs of low-income, American-born Black, first generation, immigrant students and students of color.
  • Demonstrated experience within higher education settings including knowledge of higher education best-practices for advancing the persistence and completion of first-generation students.
  • Proven ability to lead collaborations and strategic planning processes involving multiple stakeholders.
  • Leadership qualities and interpersonal skills necessary to work effectively and collaboratively with diverse groups, which may include: students, families, school leadership and staff, community and higher education partners, and City leaders.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Knowledge of adult learning and youth development theories.
  • Strong organizational skills. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Familiarity with social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.), proficiency in Windows, and Microsoft Office.
  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree in Education, Higher Education or related field strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of Cambridge community is an asset.
  • Experience in resource development and grant-writing, preferred.

 

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT:     

Standard office environment.  Fluorescent lighting, carpeted floors and air conditioning.  Moderate noise level.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

Ability to access, input and retrieve information from a computer.  Ability to answer phones and maintain multiple files and be able to lift a minimum of at least 10 pounds.  Ability to travel throughout the City of Cambridge to various meetings, etc. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

RATE: $81,650-$103,161 + excellent benefits

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Internal applicants submit a job bidding form and 2 copies of both your resume and letter of interest; external applicants submit both your resume and letter of interest via email to: employment@cambridgema.gov or to the Personnel Dept, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA  02139. Fax 617-349-4312. Applicants may also apply at Schoolspring.com and apply for Job ID #3388687 or to go https://www.schoolspring.com/job.cfm?jtitle=3388687.  Resume and letter of interest requested by 11/19/20.  Position will remain open until filled.

 

 

The City of Cambridge is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

CITY OF CAMBRIDGE RESIDENTS ESPECIALLY ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

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