About College Track
College Track is a comprehensive college completion program that empowers students from underserved communities to graduate from college. From ninth grade through college graduation, our 10-year program removes the academic, financial, and social emotional barriers that prevent low-income and first-generation students from earning a college degree. In 1997, we started with 25 students in East Palo Alto, and today, we have nine centers located in underserved communities across California, Colorado, and Louisiana, with more than 3,000 students on the path to upward social mobility.
College Track students graduate from college at a rate that is more than double the national average for low-income and first-generation students. Five years out of college, our graduates are employed full-time, and over 85 percent report earnings greater than their parents. By helping our students maximize the value of their four-year college degree--minimize student loan debt, secure internships, and limit the need to work while in college--we prepare them to succeed in the 21st century economy.
We get up every morning dedicated to creating a more just and equitable world, where a college degree is the expectation and not the exception for all students. Our alumni are tomorrow’s leaders, mentors, and innovators, who return to their communities as role models and reaffirm that the American Dream is possible.
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.
College Track is seeking a highly motivated, driven, entrepreneurial leader to serve as the New Orleans 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.
Primary 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 New Orleans 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 New Orleans 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 New Orleans 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 New Orleans 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 New Orleans 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.
Skills and Experience Required
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 5-8 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
- Proven track record of people management, including substantial experience in hiring, managing, and evaluating staff, including the ability to coach staff on achievement of goals
- 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 within a national organization. Preferred: broad networks of relationships in New Orleans
- 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
- Flexible and adaptive work style, with the ability to thrive in an 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 & 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.
How to Apply
If interested, please apply via our website at https://collegetrack.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?site=1&id=243