About College Track
College Track is a college completion program that empowers students from underserved communities to graduate from college. We serve over 2,400 high school and college students in East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, New Orleans, Colorado, Los Angeles, and Sacramento. Ninety-four percent of our high school seniors have been accepted to four-year colleges and our college students are graduating at a rate that is 2.5 times the national average for low-income students.
From the summer before ninth grade through college graduation, our 10-year program removes 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.
At College Track, our values drive the way we do our work, and we look for individuals who share our passion. We blend an entrepreneurial spirit with our nonprofit roots, cultivating a dynamic culture where everyone's contributions are valued and encouraged.
- COMMITMENT: We have an unwavering belief in our students.
- PASSION: We are dedicated to changing our nation's college completion story.
- JOY: We create environments rich with smiles and laughter.
- AUTHENTICITY: We believe relationships matter.
- EXCELLENCE: Our students deserve nothing but the best.
The Evaluation team's mission is to proactively communicate data trends, highlight the impact of College Track, and deliver all information in a timely and professional manner. This
requires building and maintaining a technology infrastructure for determining and communicating the impact College Track has on students and if applicable, schools and communities. Its main internal constituents are program leadership (CEO, VP Programs, Executive Directors, Site Directors and Program Directors), the Development team and the Board of Directors. To serve these constituents well, the Evaluation team must maintain an intimate understanding of the current program, contribute to defining the program's proposed improvements, and support site staff in sustaining the necessary data habits that ensure timely and valid data entry. The Evaluation team is led by the Vice President of Organizational Performance.
The Vice President of Organizational Performance is a seasoned and results-oriented professional who holds College Track's vision to use data to manage performance, improve programs and increase overall impact. The Vice President oversees efforts to measure, analyze, and report on student success, and provides vision and thought partnership to the National Leadership Team, Site Directors, Development team, and the Board of Directors to effectively set goals and ensure the organization meets strategic milestones. The VP serves as the organization's external lead for the presentation and dissemination of findings, innovations and knowledge gained from the implementation of evaluation and performance management activities within the organization. Specifically, this means working with the Development team to effectively position College Track's impact against national and regional performance standards. This position is also charged with executing against the vision for impact at College Track, driving and improving the organization's existing program model, and proactively providing data and analysis that helps College Track manage the performance of students, service delivery and staff. This is an outstanding opportunity to assume a prominent leadership role in supporting more students in low-income areas to get into and graduate from college; to work with a seasoned leadership team, and a prominent, committed board to shape the strategic direction and development of a leading national non-profit; and to build skills as an education entrepreneur, manager and leader.
Directly to the CEO
Reporting directly to the CEO, and serving as a key part of the National Leadership Team, the Vice President of Organizational Performance provides the vision and leadership to allow College Track to effectively monitor, grow and contextualize its impact on student success. The VP plays a central role in strengthening the outcomes of College Track programs, providing direction and expertise on measurement, ensuring data is collected accurately and efficiently, ensuring program implementation meets fidelity and accountability standards, and maintaining a strong adherence to College Track's data and evidence based culture of learning and continuous improvement.
Additional responsibilities of the Vice President of Organizational Performance will include, but may not be limited to:
Leadership and Vision
- Collaborates with the National Leadership Team and regional leaders to establish operational goals that allow the organization to effectively execute against strategic vision
- Oversees the timely and accurate dissemination of data analyses and informative trends to the Quality and Learning (Q+L) team and Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) within College Track with the goal of creating cohesion and alignment on program fidelity and intended impact across the national network
- Works closely with the Vice President of Programs to effectively analyze, disseminate and communicate about the trends and impact within College Track
- Provides vision, leadership and operational guidance to the evaluation team
- Oversees the annual development of a learning agenda, incorporating respective department priorities and annual goals to ensure alignment with strategic vision
- Routinely offers counsel and thought partnership to the CEO, using evidence based data to help shape the impact strategy of College Track
- Advises the CEO, Board, National Leadership Team, and staff of relevant secondary and post-secondary educational issues and trends
Impact and Reporting
- Leads implementation of the effective use of data and evaluation functions to demonstrate program effectiveness and refine program implementation
- Designs, facilitates and supports routine practices and training to promote and ensure the use of data to improve program implementation, modifications, accountability and outcomes across the organization and program sites
- Develops, manages and refines data collection, analyses and reporting methods for use across programs and the organization, including for direct service staff, management and executive teams, the Development team, and for the Board of Directors
- Establishes standards and oversees the timely completion and dissemination of external reports to meet public and private funder and compliance requirements.
- Sets standards and manages the analyses, preparation and dissemination of internal reports around program and student progress to support the organization's annual performance evaluation
- Establishes and implements comprehensive standards, policies, procedures and training to support efficient, accurate and timely data tracking and to ensure data quality and integrity, including reliability and validity
- Oversees the design and maintenance of the organization's database, as well as manage all upgrades and enhancements to the database
Communication and Evaluation
- Coordinates and supports external evaluators and consultants to prepare for and implement evaluations to study program fidelity and student impact
- Represents College Track in the larger impact and evaluation community (i.e. presenting at conferences, delivering key findings to external stakeholders, publishing white papers)
Skills and Experience Required
First and foremost, the Vice President of Organizational Performance must embrace the College Track vision of transforming low-income communities into places where college readiness and college graduation are the norms. Additionally, candidates for the position must bring the following qualifications and qualities:
- Master's Degree, ideally in a social science with quantitative focus
- Four years or more of experience in education related endeavors, and a demonstrated understanding of what can and should be measured in education reform initiatives
- Experience handling large datasets and developing quality control mechanisms to guarantee strong data quality and high data utilization across the organization
- Experience collecting and communicating program data for foundations, corporations, government entities and individual philanthropists
- Strong leader with five years or more of demonstrated experience leading teams of diverse skill sets, and the ability to support and mentor colleagues
- Demonstrated ability to define and implement measurement systems from conceptual, to prototype, to implementation, gathering and processing feedback along the way and ensuring long-term adoption of the new system
- Strong communication and visual display of information skills, and experience presenting at high levels of leadership (executive team, board of directors)
- Productive, collaborative member of a leadership team able to contribute to crisp decision-making and uphold the organization's culture of accountability
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.
How to Apply
Please upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter to:
We will only contact candidates chosen for further consideration. No phone inquiries please.
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.