Director of Postsecondary Access, Metro Atlanta

Reports to: Cortney Duritsa Lockhart, Managing Director of Program, OneGoal- Metro Atlanta

Desired Start date: August 2022

Location: Atlanta, GA

Salary Range: $67,000-$71,000

About OneGoal

Despite decades of work and millions of  dollars invested, the degree divide continues to be one of our nation’s most complex and critical injustices, with deep roots in systems of oppression and racism.  Only 22% of students from low-income communities earn a college degree, compared to 67% of their peers from high-income areas. 

COVID-19 further exposed and exacerbated inequity, with communities of color and those in low-income areas impacted at disproportionately high rates. It is estimated that as many as 1 in 3 class of 2020 students from high-poverty high schools postponed or changed their postsecondary plans given the pandemic. We are looking for individuals to join us in our fight for equity during this extremely critical time.

  • OneGoal has grown from a small afterschool program serving just 32 students in Chicago to a nationwide movement that is serving some 12,500 students in six communities.
  • Our model, honed over 12 years, has three core differentiators: A rigorous, culturally relevant content and experience, cohorts of students who can support each other over the course of three years, and a teacher who supports our most vulnerable students’ long-term ambitions.
  • 86% of OneGoal high school graduates enroll in a postsecondary institution and 76% of those who enroll persist one year after high school.

The Role

As OneGoal-Metro Atlanta’s Director of Postsecondary Access your mission is to work strategically and creatively to ensure OneGoal runs an exceptional school-based program.. Through professional development experiences and  intentional coaching practices, you will guide and lead a cohort of our teachers to develop key mindsets and activate their many talents to ensure each OneGoal Fellow (student) in their class pursues their greatest postsecondary aspirations.

Your work should result in two primary outcomes:  (1) Fellows meet or exceed the college-going milestones associated with your work and (2) external partners, our teachers, Fellows, parents and school-based decision-makers clearly see our program’s value and support our ongoing efforts. 

This role gives the right person the opportunity to play a direct role in college access work and collaborate alongside systems-level initiatives – Achieve Atlanta, Learn4Life, etc. 

You will do this by managing several aspects of our OneGoal program, in partnership with your program team members: 

Directly support cohorts of OneGoal classrooms and teachers – 55%

  • Leverage coaching and professional development experiences to ensure that OneGoal program directors (teachers) meet or exceed postsecondary access goals. 
    • Design and execute  powerful professional development experiences in collaboration with the Program team  for our OneGoal teachers.
    • Build trusting relationships with teachers and leverage training, observations, and 1:1 coaching to support your portfolio of teachers in customizing the OneGoal experience of their Fellows to fit their school’s context.
    • Coach and empower our  teachers to develop and implement short-term and long-term  strategies to ensure that Fellows meet critical postsecondary benchmarks (FAFSA, postsecondary applications, etc.). 


Support ongoing curriculum modifications, pilot projects and programmatic partnership development – 30%

  • Ensuring our national, culturally responsive curriculum is adapted to the needs of our classrooms and loaded onto our online learning system (Canvas). 
  • Partner with the Managing Director of Program on core program and advisory model to deliver strong program results and track key indicators of success in collaboration with regional and national program teams. 
  • Review program curriculum and tools for classroom-based part of the program, work collaboratively with other team members to  provide feedback and seek opportunities to modify to fit local postsecondary landscape and opportunities.
  • Support partnerships with local postsecondary and workforce partners  that can enrich our curriculum, program experiences and/or offer opportunities for our students and teachers.

 

Co-design and lead execution of postsecondary access strategy for Years 1-2 of our Program -15%

  • Serve as an active member of the Metro Atlanta Program Team and participate in regular region-wide team meetings, stepbacks and retreats
  • Regularly track program data in Salesforce for analyses, strategizing, and reporting purposes and analyze for trends
  • In collaboration with the Atlanta Program Team and OneGoal National teams, leverage student data, trends, and insights to set strategy and change course when needed
  • Plan and execute major events with the Atlanta regional team, including but not limited to annual Student Summit, senior celebrations, field trips, college visits,  and classroom guest speakers.  

 

The Person

Though the Director of Postsecondary Access is likely to see himself/herself/themselves in the following examples, these are not requirements. These examples are designed to help you determine if this opportunity aligns with your own passion and purpose.   

 

You believe deeply in our Fellows and their ability to graduate from college.

  • You believe that our Fellows face real systemic barriers, and that empowering their families, their teachers and themselves to own their unique path will help them to overcome those barriers.
  • You have audacious hope for a future where every young person in America will have a real opportunity to reach their greatest postsecondary aspirations–and the life that comes with it. 

 

You believe in the power of coaching.

  • You believe that your impact can be greater when you empower others, that all teachers have the ability to be great, and that even great teachers can achieve more with additional resources and support. 
  • You believe in the power of adults to change and improve 
  • You recognize when to adjust your approach to meet the needs of different individuals. You know when to be directive and when to be facilitative in your coaching.
  • You develop multiple ways to have adults practice a new skill or concept in your professional learning and coaching sessions. 
  • Creating incredible teacher training experiences excites you, and because you understand that adult learners are unique, you strive to create trainings that are rigorous, inspiring, and transformative experiences for Program Directors.

 

You are highly effective at building authentic and long-lasting relationships with key stakeholders.

  • You are passionate about supporting the needs of our teachers and pride yourself in developing the leadership and capacity of others.
  • Your relationships with key stakeholders are authentic and grounded in honesty, integrity, and trust.  You earn people’s trust and maintain it by understanding their viewpoint.  
  • You have a history of coaching teachers/adults to excellence in service of student achievement outcomes.  

 

You are driven by measurable impact.

  • You crave having direct and  measurable impact, connecting daily activities to the bigger picture and ultimate measures of success.
  • You possess an outcomes orientation- focused on both your inputs they lead to.

 

You are a culturally relevant instructional designer. 

  • You have a passion for designing learning experiences that support students in making sense of their community, national, and global identities, and understand what it looks like to develop a practice of culturally relevant pedagogy that is rooted in love and leads to student-centered instruction. 

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (Required)
  • 5+ years of aligned experience with demonstrated results (e.g. experience within teaching, coaching, counseling, or secondary education administration contexts) 
  • Adult learning design and coaching experience (highly preferred)
  • Must be willing to travel in and around the 8 county-Metro Area to spend time in schools;  vehicle required 

 

This position requires that the employee be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 on or before the start date.  Consistent with applicable laws, OneGoal will provide reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified employees and prospective employees with a disability (as defined by applicable law) or sincerely-held religious beliefs, provided that such accommodation would not result in an undue hardship on OneGoal.

Our Team

Guided by a clear set of core values and beliefs, you will join an impressive group of more than 150 OneGoal staff across the country who believe in the untapped potential within students. The OneGoal team challenges themselves and others to regularly ask, “Is there a better way?” 

 

The Tangible Good 

We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package* which includes medical, dental, vision, short-term disability, long-term disability, life insurance, retirement matching, paid parental leave, and more. We also offer a generous paid time off policy, including 20 paid vacation days, holidays and 6 wellness days (flexible sick time). 

*OneGoal reserves the right to change benefits at any time according to business need.  

 

Throw Your Hat in the Ring

Please use the “Apply For This Job Now” link at the bottom of this page to complete an application, which includes attaching an updated resume and brief cover letter explaining your passion and alignment to this position.

 

OneGoal is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of actual or perceived sex, race, color, ancestry, citizenship, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, disability (mental or physical), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, breastfeeding or related medical condition, parenthood, genetic characteristic or information, military or veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, or local law.