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Date:              July 2019

Position:          Program Manager, School Support

Reports to:      Vice President, Programs

Location:         Bethesda, MD


Organization Overview:

Collegiate Directions, Inc. (CDI) is a nonprofit organization based in the National Capital Region committed to closing the education, achievement, and opportunity gap for low-income, primarily first-generation college students. It helps them plan for, apply to and graduate from four-year, selective colleges and universities. CDI’s Scholars Program provides comprehensive college counseling, targeted tutoring, test preparation, study skills, leadership training, and ongoing support to students—starting with rising juniors in high school and continuing through successful college graduation.  CDI’s School Support Program provides tailored consulting focused on helping high school counselors and staff improve their college advising and support students to find their best-fit college.  CDI is a rapidly growing organization focused on closing the opportunity gap for its students which makes now an exciting time to join this dynamic team.

Position Summary

The program manager will work closely with the vice president of programs to assist with day-to-day operations, as well as ensure program quality, function, and development. The program manager will lead the work with school partners, provide strategic guidance, and develop tactics to deliver desirable program outcomes.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead strategic program and logistic planning and execution efforts within programs department
  • Lead, facilitate, and participate in panels, workshops, and public speaking engagements as requested
  • Communicate and collaborate with CDI partner high schools, colleges, and other community organizations
  • Collect and codify data for program evaluation and grants
  • Prepare program reports for senior management
  • Assist with the development of program manuals, forms, and records
  • Assist with training of new staff members, including development of training materials
  • Visit colleges and universities and participate in appropriate professional development
  • Participate in program activities, including some evening and weekend commitments

Qualifications: 

  • Master’s degree with minimum of five years experience working in college access
  • Exhibits knowledge of college access and retention, including admission, standardized testing and financial aid policies
  • Acts as a team player, who can interrelate and operate effectively with peers and other associates within a collegial, yet demanding, work environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills in relating to multiple audiences, including students, parents, and educators from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds
  • Experience or interest in qualitative and quantitative research, data analysis, or curriculum design
  • Project management or consulting experience a plus
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Willingness both to take the initiative and work with a dynamic team
  • Strong organizational skills, with attention to detail

Applicants should submit a letter of interest and résumé to jobs@collegiatedirections.org with salary requirements.
References should be available upon request.


 

Date: July 2019

Position: Education Research and Data Analyst

Reports to: Vice President, Programs

Location:         Bethesda, MD


 

Organizational Overview: 

Collegiate Directions, Inc. (CDI) is a nonprofit organization based in the National Capital Region committed to closing the education, achievement, and opportunity gap for low-income, primarily first-generation college students. We help them plan for, apply to and graduate from four-year, selective colleges and universities. CDI’s Scholars Program provides comprehensive college counseling, targeted tutoring, test preparation, study skills, leadership training, and ongoing support to students—starting with rising juniors in high school and continuing through successful college graduation. CDI’s School Support Program provides tailored consulting focused on helping high school counselors and staff improve their college advising and support students to find their best-fit college. CDI is a rapidly growing organization focused on closing the opportunity gap for its students which makes now an exciting time to join this dynamic team. 

Summary: 

Collegiate Directions, Inc. (CDI) seeks a qualified full-time education research and data analyst. The position will lead CDI’s short- and long-term research and analytical programmatic goals. The research analyst will lead the effort to ensure the quality and accuracy of CDI’s data, identify compelling data points to highlight CDI’s work, assess areas for future development, and inform programmatic changes. This position is a collaborative one that works closely with the programs and communucations teams as well as the president. 

Key Responsibilities: 

General education research and data analyst duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Work with team to develop research questions, conduct needs assessments, and perform statistical and qualitative analyses of existing student and program data. Examples include analyzing student performance data to identify gaps and trends, and developing data driven continuous improvement strategies for CDI
  • Collect, synthesize, and analyze student-level data from a variety of internal and external sources
  • Interface with our third-party strategic partner on standardized test data 
  • Carry out organizational data documentation process so that all staff can benefit from data and evaluation efforts
  • Use National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) data, verify college enrollment, persistence, and completion rates
  •  Provide supervision and professional development to staff on data and evaluation-related activities
  • Lead the development of organizational documents like logic models and theories of change to guide data identification, collection, and analysis
  • Present data in a variety of digestible and compelling ways for diverse stakeholders
  • Develop surveys and analyzing responses to gauge student and alumni experiences and satisfaction
  • Work with communications manager and president to translate key data into meaningful communication
  • Act as a resource for internal program eveluation needs

Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree with 3-5 years experience in quantitative and qualitative research methods. Master’s Degree a plus.
  • Good understanding of Excel, Pivot Tables, and Stata/SPSS for analyzing student-level data and making and visualizing comparisons
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to communicate technical information to non-technical stakeholders
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative
  • Strong interpersonal skills and willingness to work with a dynamic team
  • Strong organizational skills, with attention to detail
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with high accuracy in a fast-paced environment
  • Familiarity with higher education and college access a plus

Applicants should submit a letter of interest and résumé to jobs@collegiatedirections.org with salary requirements.

References should be available upon request.