Senior Director of Postsecondary Program Innovation + Design – National Program Team

Reports to: Vanessa Diaz, Managing Director, Program Innovation

Desired Start date: August/September 2022

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: Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., Wisconsin

Salary Range: $95,000-$98,000 is the hiring salary range (i.e. the range a candidate would be offered to start, in our core Cost of Labor). 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

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. 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 13,500 students in six communities.
  • Our model, honed over 14 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.
  • 84% of OneGoal high school graduates enroll in a postsecondary institution and 75% of those who enroll persist one year after high school.

The Role

As the Senior Director of Postsecondary Program Innovation + Design, you will be an integral member of the team responsible for reimagining the success component of our program model (i.e., the supports we provide Fellows after high school) so that  OneGoal reaches its mission of eliminating the degree divide in America. Your mission will be setting the vision and strategic plan for how OneGoal differentiates its support for Fellows based on the Fellows’ postsecondary aspirations, predictive postsecondary success data, and regional context. You’ll do this by leveraging internal collaboration spaces and internal data systems while gathering external best practices for supporting Fellows across all 6 OneGoal sites and District Partnership Program sites.

The Senior Director of Postsecondary Program Innovation + Design  will work toward four outcomes on an annual basis:

  • Setting Vision & Direction (50%): Setting up a robust strategy that allows the organization to measure and analyze the impact of various differentiated postsecondary approaches segmented by Fellow profile (including alternative & progressive pathways) that is grounded in Fellow experience, inclusive of regional needs and priorities, and grounded in postsecondary success best practices. 
  • Differentiated Advising Progress Monitoring (25%): Collect and analyze data to inform your FY23 planning on the broader differentiated advising strategy and to inform the work of your two direct reports: the Manager, Alumni Support and Postsecondary Success Coach. Leverage this data to bring together regional stakeholders to make meaning and strategize.
  • People Manager (15%): Use your positional power responsibly to support a staff member’s 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 Person 

The Senior Director, Postsecondary Program Innovation + Design 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 are excited about leading change.

  • You see change management as a key piece of your role, a crucial piece of any project or initiative and something that you are invested in leading. 
  • You enjoy coaching others to lead change management and see it as critical to your success.
  • You can identify the key stakeholders (internal or external) in any given situation, and can tailor your approach to change management to fit their specific context and motivators.

 

You are a strategic visionary – who puts it into practice.

  • You are driven by a bold vision of what’s possible, and can quickly and effectively build momentum around that vision across diverse constituencies. 
  • You can also break down a complex vision into clear, tangible, and measurable milestones for yourself and others. You see the big picture, but you thrive in the gradual pursuit.
  • You can see connections across lines of work and you maximize those connections by opening lines of communication and forming strong collaborative partnerships.

 

You believe relationships lead to results, and you build the capacity of others.

  • You enjoy collaborating with others to leverage their knowledge and are eager to work across functional teams to ensure success of the group as a whole.
  • You are proactive in managing up to others to build capacity laterally and vertically. You take initiative and model for others how to ask the right questions to learn as we go.
  • You thrive with opportunities to collaborate and influence others. 
  • You have an exceptional ability to persuasively and clearly communicate in a way that conveys urgency, empathy, understanding and balance.  

 

You are a strategic thinker with a strong data orientation and proactively collaborate to improve outcomes.

  • You are invested in using both qualitative and quantitative data to drive strategy for postsecondary advising
  • You think critically about what persistence challenges Fellows face and coordinate with others to ensure alignment across program team members to set Fellows up to achieve postsecondary success. 
  • You recognize the interconnectedness of program work and learnings across the organization, and communicate often with teammates to build understanding and alignment towards our shared vision. 

 

You are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • You seek to understand and celebrate the unique identities of the individuals with whom you interact; you advocate for and elevate the voices of marginalized people and communities especially those from which our Fellows come; you interrogate your own understandings, bias, and privilege and reflect on how they play out in your work. 
  • You see becoming a more equitable and inclusive educator as a lifelong journey and regularly pursue opportunities that will cause you to reflect, learn, and grow. 

 

Qualifications:

  • Lived experience of the Fellows we serve (Preferred)
  • A postsecondary degree at the associate or bachelor’s level (Required)
  • Expertise with human-centered design thinking principles (Strongly Preferred)
  • Experience developing and launching new programs, products, or innovations (Required)
  • Expertise in the college access and success space  (Required)
  • Ability to travel, on average, 4-6 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. 

Our Team 

Guided by a clear set of core values and beliefs, you will join an impressive group of more than 170 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 9 wellness days (flexible sick time). 

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

 

You believe in people and the promise of humanity and are committed to equity and inclusion 

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.

 

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.

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 HumanAssets@onegoalgraduation.org

 

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.