College Track, Inc.

College Track is a comprehensive college completion program that empowers students from underserved communities to graduate from college. From ninth grade through college graduation, our 10-year program removes the academic, financial, and social-emotional barriers that prevent low-income and first-generation students from earning their college degree. In 1997, we started with 25 students in East Palo Alto, and today, we have ten centers located in underserved communities across California, Colorado, Louisiana, and the D.C. Metro Area with more than 3,000 students on the path to upward social mobility.

Aug 26, 2019
This year, College Track will expand to our 12th location – in Los Angeles. The Crenshaw District/West Adams neighborhoods will be the home of our third College Track center in Los Angeles. College Track LA first opened in 2012 in the East Los Angeles community of Boyle Heights in partnership with the Foundation to serve students from Roosevelt High School. College Track Watts launched in 2015 in collaboration with the Wasserman Foundation to serve students from Jordan High. Our sites offer students a safe space to succeed as members of a college-bound community. Together, our Los Angeles sites currently serve 600 hundreds of students, including college freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors.      Our third center, scheduled to open in Spring 2020, will recruit 75 9th graders each year from Crenshaw High School and Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High School, eventually serving 500 students at a time. Our expansion allows College Track LA to reach a compelling scale and enable us to diversify our student demographics.   Our Values    At College Track, our values drive the way we do our work, and we look for individuals who share our passion. We blend an entrepreneurial spirit with our nonprofit roots, cultivating a dynamic culture where everyone's contributions are valued and encouraged. COMMITMENT: We have an unwavering belief in our students. PASSION: We are dedicated to changing our nation’s college completion story. JOY: We create environments rich with smiles and laughter. AUTHENTICITY: We believe relationships matter. EXCELLENCE: Our students deserve nothing but the best. Position Overview    The Founding Site Director sets a powerful vision for student achievement and is responsible for ensuring that at least 90% of students matriculate to a four-year college and 70% graduate from college within six years (as compared to the national average college graduation rate of 21% for low-income students). S/he leads a team of full time and part time employees and builds and maintains the positive presence of College Track in the local community.    Primary Responsibilities Include: Site Vision and Culture:  Set a powerful vision for student achievement and family engagement; inspire the commitment of others towards the shared vision, and ensure all decisions are aligned to and support the vision. Build a strong and enduring site culture based on mission, vision and College Track’s values. Program Development and Individual Student Planning and Monitoring:  Work with program directors to assess student data continuously and ensure that students are on track and have the tools and social emotional skills they need to graduate from high school and thrive in four-year universities. Focus relentlessly on delivering outcomes despite obstacles, ensuring students graduate from high school and receive a college degree. Staff Management:  Recruit, lead, manage and develop a site team of full-time and part-time employees (paid and volunteer) to ensure the overall success of students. Build a collaborative team of individuals committed to achieving excellence and meeting site goals. Student Recruitment : Effectively develop and execute an innovative student recruitment plan. Build long lasting relationships with school administrators and teachers. Lead a strong on-campus and community relationship building effort, ensuring strong recruitment of students annually. School and Community Partnerships:  Develop strong and formalized partnerships with community based organizations, colleges, school partners and district leadership that result in additional resources for our students and improvements to our program model. Keep abreast of emerging trends and practices within the education landscape and community, and be active in the educational and political landscape.  Fundraising and Development : Work in collaboration with the College Track development team to execute development activities that support long-term sustainability. Financial and Resource Management : Lead the site budgetary planning process, and manage the site’s expenses to the agreed upon budget.    Skills & Experience Required   Minimum of 7 years of teaching, school leadership and/or supporting students to excel academically; history of driving significant gains in student achievement Leads and inspires others under a shared vision of excellence Builds relationships and communicates in ways that foster trust, value differences and further College Track’s mission Minimum 5-7 years of management experience; proven track record in successfully recruiting, hiring, leading and developing people and teams. Creates the conditions for staff to learn, grow and do their work with ever increasing excellence Manages people, projects and oneself to achieve excellent results and expand organizational impact; highly outcomes-focused Entrepreneurial, flexible and adaptable; thrives in an ambitious, fast-moving environment, while also driving toward clarity and solution Strong student advocate; demonstrated ability to listen, build relationships and learn from community, parents, and students Strong demonstration of community and cultural knowledge, including the historical and current context Unwavering belief in economic, racial and social justice; makes all decisions through the lens of what is best for the students and families we serve Minimum 4-year college degree (Masters or Doctorate Degree preferred) Experience with Crenshaw District, West Adams, South LA preferred      Compensation & Benefits   College Track offers a competitive salary based on the organization’s compensation philosophy, which is grounded in market data. We also offer comprehensive health & welfare benefits and top of the market paid time off.
College Track, Inc. Los Angeles, CA, USA Senior Management - Director