Director, College Success

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Organization Alliance College Ready Public Schools
Location Downtown, Los Angeles
Classification Other
Job Type Full-Time
Date of posting 8/3/2017



Alliance College-Ready Public Schools is the largest nonprofit charter organization in Los Angeles, serving 12,500 low-income students across 28 free, public charter high schools and middle schools. We’re a well-established charter network with a proven record of success in preparing our students for college. In the next phase of our evolution, we must strive to ensure that our students are set up for success in college and beyond. Now is the time to join us in working for long-lasting change for our scholars.


Join our team at Alliance and you can expect to be part of an inclusive and innovative organization deeply committed to preparing Los Angeles students for long-term success. We want talented people from diverse backgrounds and experiences who are motivated to unleash our scholars’ potential. We want strong collaborators, skilled communicators and avid problem solvers who are comfortable in a culture of continuous learning and who are excited to implement fresh ideas and unique solutions to achieve our goals in service of our 12,500 students and families.


The Director, College Success is responsible for developing and implementing a system of professional development, resources, partnerships and tools for academic counselors and other school staff to support middle and high school students in college awareness, match, matriculation, and persistence.

The Director of College Success will report to the Chief College Officer and serve as a key leader on the College Success Team. S/he will directly manage one team member (Manager of College Counseling). The ideal candidate will be strategic, data-driven, and have a “do what it takes” attitude to all projects and tasks.


Develop and implement a differentiated professional development experience for counselors across the Alliance network to support college awareness, match, and persistence

Support the creation of a professional learning community among counselors-- including by creating the learning agenda and leading bi-monthly, day-long, differentiated professional development sessions for middle and high school counselors.
Identify opportunities to train other school site staff on tools and approaches to increasing awareness and knowledge around college match and persistence.

Develop and manage community partnerships to increase support for students

Identify and build relationships with college access organizations (College Match, Fulfillment Fund, etc) to increase their footprint at Alliance schools.
Work with Director of Mental Health to identify resources and approaches for counselors to address students’ social and emotional issues.

Develop data tools to analyze, track and leverage data to drive program and supports

Identify tools and reports needed by counselors and other school staff to improve effectiveness and efficiency in the college awareness, match, matriculation and persistence processes.
Work with the College Success Team’s Data Analyst and Alliance’s school-based counselors on the development and implementation of tools.

Lead other strategic projects to support college awareness, match, matriculation and persistence

With the Manager of College Counseling, oversee pilot of a high school counselor evaluation process, including development of career path/ladder based on assessment, training of principals and counselors on how to use the rubric, and gathering feedback on the pilot to adapt for final version.
Lead working groups to set Alliance-wide policies related to counseling and other similar topics


Education and Experience:

Experience developing effective professional development sessions.
Deep understanding of the barriers facing first generation, low income middle and high school students in getting to, and completing 4 year degrees.
5-8 years of experience, including at least 3 years in college access work, academic counseling or other similar work.

Skills, Beliefs, and Mindset:

Systems level thinking and data-driven mindset: Effectively develops and implements common systems and tools to improve effectiveness and efficiency of schools in supporting college awareness, match and persistence.
Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written: Ability to establish rapport with counselors and school administrators. Ability to communicate with data in a way that reaches counselors, school staff, and Alliance leadership.
Constructive and creative mindset: Fortitude to handle and overcome daily challenges with positive, can-do attitude. Think creativity to seek out solutions in a resource-constrained environment. Willingness to go above and beyond to contribute to the success of a dynamic team committed to a new future for urban education.
Initiative: Willingness to go above and beyond to contribute to the success of a dynamic team committed to a new future for urban education. Actively seeks out resources that benefit counselors, students and families for a variety of personal, academic, college related themes. Entrepreneurial spirit to thrive in a fast-paced and achievement-oriented environment.
Belief in and alignment with Alliance’s core beliefs and educational philosophy.


Alliance is committed to a being a Best Place to Work, where employees find meaning and joy in their work every day, within a culture of collaboration, support, and excellence. Alliance is proud to offer the following benefits to Home Office employees:

Competitive salaries commensurate with experience.
A personalized health benefits package, built from a choice of medical, dental and vision coverage plans with a fully covered monthly premium for an individual employee (up to $750/month).
An employer-sponsored 403b plan annual contribution equal to 5% of your regular earnings, beginning immediately upon your start date.
Paid time off benefits that include an annual accrual of 15 vacation days and 10 sick days, in addition to 11 paid holidays and paid time off between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Employer-paid monthly parking benefit or the option of receiving a reimbursement for using public transportation or a stipend for walking or cycling to work.