Senior Director, Program Innovation

Position:  Senior Director, Program Innovation – National Program Team

Position Type:Internal-External

FLSA Classification: Exempt 

Reports to: Managing Director, Program Innovation

Start date: May 2023

Location: Preferred within a OneGoal region: Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Houston, TX; Boston, MA; New York City, NY; Bay Area, CA, but flexible within the following states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C.

Salary Range: $95,000-$98,000 is the hiring salary range (i.e. the range a candidate would be offered to start). Please note: OneGoal aligns salaries to Cost of Labor, so the actual salary offered would be dependent on the Cost of Labor in the candidate’s living location.

About OneGoal

A postsecondary education unlocks opportunities and economic mobility not only for students, but entire communities. Yet for millions of underserved students, it remains out of reach: only 22% of students in low-income communities earn a postsecondary degree compared to 67% of students from high-income communities. This is not for lack of ambition or talent, but for lack of opportunity and support OneGoal’s model, honed over 15 years, delivers a culturally relevant experience that works: 82% of OneGoal high school graduates enroll in a postsecondary institution and 73% of those persist one year after high school graduation. We are looking for individuals to join us in our pursuit of equity. 


The Person
As the Senior Director of Program Innovation , you will be an integral member of the team responsible for reimagining the postsecondary success supports of our program model so that  OneGoal reaches its mission of eliminating the degree divide in America. Your role’s mission will be setting the vision and strategic plan for how OneGoal more fully integrates progressive pathways into its Year 1 and Year 2 program including the curriculum, training, and resources. In order to accomplish this mission, you will: develop a pilot to test how progressive pathways modules in Y1 impact students Best Fit Lists, and identify what training Program Directors (PDs) and staff need to deliver these updated modules, and the Fellow, PD, and staff-facing resources that will support Fellows’ understanding of the broader set of postsecondary options available to them. In this role, you’ll also manage the national progressive and alternative pathway partnerships that are available to all OneGoal Fellows and alumni.  Lastly, you’ll  lead the Manager, Innovation + Pathways in achieving their outcomes of conducting regional progressive pathway landscapes, vetting and entering regional progressive pathways into MyOptions 2.0, and developing and implementing a scholarship and resource bank.

The Senior Director of Program Innovation  will steward the following bodies of work:

Setting Vision and Direction for Progressive Pathways (40%): 

  • Design the organization’s overall approach & strategy to progressive pathways for Fellows across the organization 
  • Develop a pilot that tests how OneGoal integrates progressive pathways into its program inclusive of Canvas modules, PD guidance, staff support, and Fellow and PD facing resources. 

Designing Staff Training (20%): 

  • Design and facilitate progressive pathways staff trainings
  • Partner with regions to turnkey your trainings with PDs

National Progressive and Alternative Pathway Partner Management (15%): 

  • Manage the set of National Progressive and Alternative Pathway partners and ensure staff and PDs continue to have the resources and knowledge needed to help increase access for Fellows to a broader set of Progressive Pathway partners. 

People Management (15%): 

  • Support the Manager, Innovation + Pathways’ ability to achieve outcomes, contribute to building a strong team and organizational culture, and grow and develop in their role.

Contribute to strengthening the OneGoal community (10%): 

  • Work to achieve meaningful outcomes, contribute to building a strong team and culture, and commit to your own learning + development aligned to our Core Values.  


The Senior Director, Program Innovation is likely to see himself/herself/themselves in the following, as they are designed to clarify what will support performing the job duties of this role. 


You believe deeply in our Fellows and their ability to to achieve their postsecondary dreams.

  • You believe that our Fellows face real systemic barriers towards achieving their greatest postsecondary aspirations, and that empowering their families, their teachers, and themselves to own their unique path will help them to overcome those barriers.
  • You know and/or are committed to learning about high-quality, low-cost postsecondary degrees or credentials.


You are a highly organized project manager.

  • You are committed to leveraging systems and processes for providing transparency in your work and clarifying roles and responsibilities so everyone has the information they need.
  • You understand the crucial role strong communication and feedback-sharing can play in our collective ability to execute on innovative work.
  • You set and pursue goals at the intersection of ambitious and feasible, with a high sense of possibility.
  • You follow through on your commitments because you know that others are depending on you.


You are an innovator and collaborator.

  • You connect your success to the success of those you work with, and believe in both shared responsibility and mutual accountability. 
  • You are able to prioritize your work, based on a sound understanding of what matters most to the success of our program and its intended impacts; you make decisions using your best judgment and your knowledge of key priorities.
  • You like to explore and build innovative approaches and have designed new ways of doing things. 
  • You are driven both by data and experience, recognizing the complexity of decision-making and strategy requires evidence as well as a drive to dream big.


You are excited by professional learning design. 

  • You know how to design both in-person and virtual training for multiple audiences
  • You hold a high standard for product quality and have a keen attention to detail .  You recognize that simplicity is essential for ensuring strong implementation integrity
  • You design reports and tools that help others become better at their jobs, but you do it in a way that also saves them time and helps them feel empowered to use data/resources to inform their work. 


Lived experience of the Fellows we serve (Preferred)

A postsecondary degree at the associate or bachelor’s level (Required)

Knowledge of and experience navigating progressive/credential/career pathways (Required)

  • Experience writing curriculum and developing training (Required)
  • Experience using Canvas (Preferred)

Strong verbal and written communication skills (Required)

Ability to travel, on average, 3-4 days per quarter once COVID-related travel restrictions end (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. 


Thinking Of Applying?

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Our Team 


Guided by a clear set of core values and beliefs, you will join an impressive group of more than 190 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?” You believe in an inclusive and culturally competent society and the essence of our commitment to diversity and inclusion. We believe that in order to create the change we seek, each person we hire brings a remarkable and diverse set of experiences, skills and characteristics that individually and collectively, will contribute to the radical change needed to move us towards a more equitable and just nation.


The Tangible Good 


OneGoal offers competitive compensation based on the market for nonprofits our size. Our benefits package* includes: over eight weeks of paid time off (or 43 business days), between vacation days, wellness time, and holidays; paid medical or parental leaves should you have need; medical, dental, vision, short-term and long-term disability, and life insurance; as well as a 401(k) with a 3% match. 

We believe in compensating staff members fairly in relation to each other, their qualifications, and their impact on behalf of the organization, and take internal and external equity seriously. Given our commitment to equity, OneGoal does not negotiate salary offers; instead each salary offer is determined carefully using external and internal benchmarking. You will have an opportunity to discuss salary in more detail after you begin the hiring process.

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

If you require a reasonable accommodation to submit an application or to participate in the application or interview process, please reach out to our Human Assets Team to request an accommodation. Our Human Assets Team can be contacted at 773-321-2630 or


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.