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Date:               February 2019

Position:          Strategy Manager

Reports to:      President

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.


The Strategy Manager will work closely with the president and the leadership team in effectively and efficiently executing its long-term strategic priorities. As the leader of strategy and outcomes measurement, this role will provide oversight in the refinement of key organizational metrics and ensure the impact of strategic investments in CDI. This includes diligent tracking of results and leadership in implementing projects with fidelity. The Strategy Manager will be a highly organized, focused and results-driven individual with a passion for CDI’s mission. This individual will support the president in setting vision, direction and overall priorities for the team and manage the day-to-day execution against deliverables. The person will also be an exceptional at effectively planning and executing long-term projects, managing, communicating effectively with others to achieve key objectives and meets deadlines.

Key Responsibilities:

Office of the President

  • Serve as a key adviser to the president on organizational outcomes and strategy development and execution.
  • Act as a project manager on special organizational initiatives which includes conducting research, writing, planning, delivering presentations and disseminating lessons learned.
  • Ensure the successful coordination and completion of cross-departmental initiatives on time and within budget.
  • Work with the leadership team to ensure their annual work plans are structured and aligned with organizational strategic priorities.
  • Manage the president’s schedule—meeting cadence, follow ups, planning, preparation for meetings with principals and/or Board.
  • Interface with the Board of Directors on relevant projects.
  • Work with the president and leadership team to recruit, select and onboard high quality talent across the organization.

Strategy and Outcomes

  • Lead the design and implementation of: strategic alignment work such as the annual work plan process; strategy reporting including quarterly dashboard indicators and other monitoring tools; and strategy reviews including outcome measurement and organizational assessment work.
  • Manage CDI’s outcome data to inform planning, decision-making and capacity building.
  • Work with the programs, development and communications teams to build internal technical capacity for gathering, assembling and organizing data.
  • Support CDI’s strategic, operational and business planning initiatives as assigned.
  • Develop a dissemination system that shares organizational learning with appropriate stakeholders and oversee the sharing of knowledge that results.
  • Identify opportunities and drive changes to improve the implementation and evaluation of strategic and organizational planning processes to enable better performance tracking and performance capacity.


  • Become engaged in the intellectual and programmatic life of CDI and make a positive contribution to the growing needs of the organization.
  • Foster an environment that incorporates a creative, entrepreneurial spirit but also builds a sophisticated system of practices and procedures.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred with three to five years of nonprofit management experience (either programmatic or general).
  • Willingness to learn.
  • Superior attention to detail and strong written and oral communication skills. Excellent organizational and time-management skills.
  • Experience in one of the following areas: program management, organizational development or technical assistance delivery.
  • Ability to lead a variety of special projects—developing new programs and implementing new systems—including identifying and managing resources to complete projects.
  • Ability to balance multiple responsibilities and to take initiative to anticipate, prevent and resolve problems.
  • Ability to build effective relationships individually and across teams; builds trust quickly.
  • Must exhibit integrity and discretion in handling sensitive and confidential matters.
  • Proficiency in the MS Office Suite, particularly Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
  • Knowledge of both the K-12 and higher education landscapes are a plus.


To apply, please put “Strategy Mgr” in the subject line and submit cover letter, résumé and salary requirements to president@collegiatedirections.org. The cover letter should clearly demonstrate your ability to manage projects and work plans, influence teams and define clear outcomes. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. For more information, see www.collegiatedirections.org.