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We are looking for highly-qualified, committed individuals who want to invest their talent and time in a mission that matters, joining a diverse, high-performing team in an entrepreneurial, collaborative and flexible work environment.

Current position openings:

Executive Assistant

Position:  Executive Assistant
Full-time, exempt, with full benefits
Location:  Tacoma, WA
Apply by:  December 7, 2018
Expected start date:  January 2, 2019

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION

To college and back. Together. Degrees of Change (DoC) is a not-for-profit organization that prepares diverse, homegrown leaders to succeed in college and use their degrees to build more vibrant and equitable communities. We partner with community organizations, high schools, colleges and employers to provide cohort-based leadership training, college success support, career development and alumni programming to underrepresented students who desire to lead and serve their home communities. As both a national backbone organization and local, direct service provider in Tacoma-Seattle and the Yakima Valley, we provide and utilize research-based programming, cutting-edge evaluation and data tools, and innovative operational systems and technical assistance to support all aspects of our integrated programs. Learn more at degreesofchange.org.

POSITION SUMMARY

A highly-organized, proactive and resourceful professional, the Executive Assistant will provide a full-range of professional support to the President, the Board of Directors and the Senior Management Team, including administrative, scheduling and correspondence support.

A highly visible representative of DoC, the Executive Assistant will interact with a broad range of internal and external constituents and play a key role in support of the DoC mission.

A detail-oriented planner with exceptional follow-through, the Executive Assistant will provide coordination for important organizational projects involving senior management.

EXAMPLES OF SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

EXECUTIVE SUPPORT

  • Provide direct confidential, administrative and strategic support to the President and Senior Management Team.
  • Manage the President’s calendar and daily workflow, juggling competing priorities as necessary and making appropriate and informed decisions regarding available time.
  • Schedule internal and external meetings, coordinating all logistics and details, providing relevant preparation materials, and ensuring appropriate follow-up.
  • Screen, direct, respond to, and prioritize calls and correspondence, facilitating the smooth exchange of information as a first point of contact for staff, board members and external partners.
  • Coordinate travel arrangements for the President and board members, including flights and lodging.
  • Complete expense reports for reimbursement.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS SUPPORT

  • Schedule and coordinate all board meetings and calls in consultation with President and Board Chair.
  • Compile and distribute meeting materials, ensuring adequate preparation time and procedural compliance.
  • Plan and oversee logistical arrangements for board and board committee meetings, including space and facility needs, meals and refreshments, supplies, and technology.
  • Attend meetings, prepare and distribute minutes, and maintain corporate documents.
  • Facilitate regular and clear communication between the President, Board Chair, board and committees.

PROJECT COORDINATION

  • Provide project coordination for a range of projects in which senior management plays a lead role.
  • Coordinate schedules and meetings with external partners and consultants.
  • Attend meetings, taking and organizing notes, assigning tasks and ensuring follow-up.
  • Facilitate and monitor communication between all project stakeholders.
  • Monitor progress toward project deadlines and outcomes.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

  • Commitment to the mission and values of Degrees of Change.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • Strong writer and verbal communicator with high level of professional tact and courtesy.
  • Experience working under pressure and managing multiple, competing tasks and priorities.
  • Demonstrated skills in project management.
  • Ability to learn and anticipate the needs of President and Board of Directors.
  • Ability to communicate with others on behalf of the President and Board of Directors.
    • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office 365 apps, including online planning and collaboration tools.
    • Strong relational, interpersonal, and intercultural communication skills.
    • Deep commitment to educational, racial and economic equity.
    • Self-motivated, detail-oriented, flexible and receptive to constructive feedback.

EMPLOYMENT TERMS, ACCOUNTABILITY & COMPENSATION

  • Full-time, exempt, salaried position.
  • Reports to Development Director.
  • Starting annual salary range of $45,000 – $55,000.
  • Comprehensive benefits including:
    • 4% matching contribution to 401(k) retirement plan;
    • Regence PPO Platinum + health plan, premiums paid 100% for employee, 50% for dependents;
    • Delta Dental + VSP Signature Vision, premiums paid 100% for employee, 50% for dependents;
    • Short- and long-term disability insurance, no cost to employee;
    • $50,000 life insurance, no cost to employee; and
    • $25/mo cell phone reimbursement.
    • Free parking ($125/mo)
  • Paid vacation, personal, sick and family leave.

APPLICATION & TIMELINE

  • To apply, submit cover letter and resume online at indeed.com by December 7.
  • Initial interviews are planned for December 10-14.
  • Anticipated start date is January 2.

Grants Manager

Position:  Grants Manager
Full-time, exempt, with full benefits
Location:  Tacoma, WA
Apply by:  December 7, 2018
Expected start date:  January 2, 2019

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION

To college and back. Together. Degrees of Change (DoC) is a not-for-profit organization that prepares diverse, homegrown leaders to succeed in college and use their degrees to build more vibrant and equitable communities. We partner with community organizations, high schools, colleges and employers to provide cohort-based leadership training, college success support, career development and alumni programming to underrepresented students who desire to lead and serve their home communities. As both a national backbone organization and local, direct service provider in Tacoma-Seattle and the Yakima Valley, we provide and utilize research-based programming, cutting-edge evaluation and data tools, and innovative operational systems and technical assistance to support all aspects of our integrated programs. Learn more at degreesofchange.org.

POSITION SUMMARY

A compelling writer who is organized and efficient, the Grants Manager will be responsible for the successful solicitation of grants to support of the mission of Degrees of Change, with responsibility for all aspects of grant management including research and identification, cultivation, writing, stewardship and reporting.

A forward-thinking planner, the Grants Manager will lead the development and implementation of strategies that increase the number and value of grants being awarded to Degrees of Change from foundations, corporations and government entities.

EXAMPLES OF SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

TEAM WORK

  • Establish and maintain strong partnership with DoC program, evaluation and development staff necessary to build a successful grants program aligned to the strategic plan and other program and organizational needs.

STRATEGY

  • Lead the development and implementation of all aspects of DoC’s foundation, corporate and government grant writing strategy and annual plan.

GOAL SETTING

  • In partnership with the Development Director and aligned to the grant writing strategy and annual plan, create annual and multi-year goals for grant program.

RESEARCH

  • Identify and qualify potential grant making prospects that align to DoC’s mission, programs and strategy.

RELATIONSHIPS

  • Cultivate, maintain and deepen relationships with funding grant making partners.

SOLICITATION

  • Submit well-written and concise letters of inquiry and grant proposals that align to DoC’s mission, programs and strategy; the grant plan and calendar; and specific funder priorities and guidelines.

REPORTING

  • Submit timely and well written reports as required by grant making partners.
  • Provide grant making partners with additional updates, as appropriate, that strengthen partnerships.

GRATITUDE

  • Say thank you often, in various, sincere ways, to our grant making partners, to DoC staff and other partners.

OTHER

  • Perform other duties as requested.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

  • Commitment to the mission and values of Degrees of Change.
  • Three or more years of grant writing experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent writing experience in a related field.
  • Compelling and efficient writer with strong presentation and visual communication skills.
  • Ability to represent budgets and program evaluation data in multiple forms.
  • Self-directed, with exceptional organizational skills.
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office suite.
  • Strong relational, interpersonal, and intercultural communication skills.
  • Deep commitment to educational, racial and economic equity.
  • Self-motivated, detail-oriented, flexible and receptive to constructive feedback.

EMPLOYMENT TERMS, ACCOUNTABILITY & COMPENSATION

  • Full-time, exempt, salaried position.
  • Reports to Development Director.
  • Starting annual salary range of $45,000 – $55,000.
  • Comprehensive benefits including:
    • 4% matching contribution to 401(k) retirement plan;
    • Regence PPO Platinum + health plan, premiums paid 100% for employee, 50% for dependents;
    • Delta Dental + VSP Signature Vision, premiums paid 100% for employee, 50% for dependents;
    • Short- and long-term disability insurance, no cost to employee;
    • $50,000 life insurance, no cost to employee; and
    • $25/mo cell phone reimbursement.
    • Free parking ($125/mo)
  • Paid vacation, personal, sick and family leave.

APPLICATION & TIMELINE

  • To apply, submit cover letter and resume online at indeed.com by December 7.
  • Initial interviews are planned for December 10-14.
  • Anticipated start date is January 2.

Research and Evaluation Associate

Position:  Research and Evaluation Associate
Full-time, hourly, with full benefits
Location:  Tacoma, WA
Apply by:  December 7, 2018
Expected start date:  January 2, 2019

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION

To college and back. Together. Degrees of Change (DoC) is a not-for-profit organization that prepares diverse, homegrown leaders to succeed in college and use their degrees to build more vibrant and equitable communities. We partner with community organizations, high schools, colleges and employers to provide cohort-based leadership training, college success support, career development and alumni programming to underrepresented students who desire to lead and serve their home communities. As both a national backbone organization and local, direct service provider in Tacoma-Seattle and the Yakima Valley, we provide and utilize research-based programming, cutting-edge evaluation and data tools, and innovative operational systems and technical assistance to support all aspects of our integrated programs. Learn more at degreesofchange.org.

POSITION SUMMARY

A skilled and well-organized data analyst, the Research and Evaluation Associate (R&E Associate) will play a lead role in data collection, analysis and reporting efforts to monitor program effectiveness, target interventions, inform decision-making, and ultimately improve participant outcomes across all Degrees of Change programs.

An inquisitive researcher, the R&E Associate will build and maintain a literature review database to support DoC programming and participate in local, state and national learning communities to help keep DoC up to date on the latest research trends and best practices in the field.

An exceptional written, verbal and visual communicator, the R&E Associate will regularly report DoC outcomes and learnings through formal and informal mediums to a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.

EXAMPLES OF SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

RESEARCH BEST PRACTICES

  • Review current practice, academic research and national best practices to inform program design.
  • Build and maintain a literature review database to support DoC programs.
  • Participate in local, state and national learning communities.

PROGRAM DESIGN AND MODELING

  • Support the development and maintenance of logic models and/or theories of change to codify program logic.

EVALUATION PLAN DESIGN

  • Support the implementation and monitoring of comprehensive outcome measurement plans for all DoC programs.

DATA COLLECTION

  • Support the design of surveys, focus group and interview protocols and other data collection tools.
  • Manage data collection efforts with students, community affiliates, college partners and external evaluators. This includes maintaining a comprehensive data collection calendar; initiating data requests with affiliates and college partners to ensure timeliness; reviewing data for accuracy; and following up until data requests are complete.
  • Maintain clean and accurate data in the central database.

DATA ANALYSIS

  • Utilize appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods and tools to frame, prioritize, and conduct internal studies.
  • Analyze historical and real-time program data to identify opportunities and challenges.

DATA REPORTING

  • Synthesize findings and develop short- and long-term recommendations for program improvement.
  • Help fulfill ad hoc data requests from DoC staff, affiliates, college partners and external evaluators.
  • Help prepare data for specific needs, including marketing, communications, grant proposals and reports.
  • As appropriate, support the presentation of findings at local, state and national conferences.

EVALUATION CAPACITY-BUILDING

  • Support training efforts to build the analytic capacity of staff across the DoC network.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

  • Commitment to the mission and values of Degrees of Change.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent research experience in a related field required.
  • Strong background in quantitative and qualitative research and program evaluation methodologies.
  • Exceptional technical writer with strong presentation and visual communication skills.
  • Ability to train and coach nontechnical staff to increase their ability to interpret and respond to data.
  • Familiarity with or ability to quickly learn quantitative statistical analysis using an appropriate software package (SPSS, SAS, R, etc.).
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office suite.
  • Familiarity with or ability to quickly learn advanced Microsoft analytics tools (Excel and Power BI).
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and eagerness to embrace lean startup methodologies.
  • Strong relational, interpersonal, and intercultural communication skills.
  • Deep commitment to educational, racial and economic equity.
  • Self-motivated, detail-oriented, flexible and receptive to constructive feedback.

EMPLOYMENT TERMS, ACCOUNTABILITY & COMPENSATION

  • Full-time, non-exempt, hourly position.
  • Reports to Operations Director.
  • Starting annual salary range of $40,000 – $45,000.
  • Comprehensive benefits including:
    • 4% matching contribution to 401(k) retirement plan;
    • Regence PPO Platinum + health plan, premiums paid 100% for employee, 50% for dependents;
    • Delta Dental + VSP Signature Vision, premiums paid 100% for employee, 50% for dependents;
    • Short- and long-term disability insurance, no cost to employee;
    • $50,000 life insurance, no cost to employee; and
    • $25/mo cell phone reimbursement.
    • Free parking ($125/mo)
  • Paid vacation, personal, sick and family leave.

APPLICATION & TIMELINE

  • To apply, submit cover letter and resume online at indeed.com by December 7.
  • Initial interviews are planned for December 10-14.
  • Anticipated start date is January 2.

Ready to Rise WWU Campus Coordinator

Position: Ready to Rise WWU Campus Coordinator
Part-time (40-45 hours per month)
Location: Bellingham, WA
Apply by: December 7, 2018
Start Date: January 7, 2019

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION

To college and back. Together. Degrees of Change (DoC) is a not-for-profit organization that prepares diverse, homegrown leaders to succeed in college and use their degrees to build more vibrant and equitable communities. We partner with community organizations, high schools, colleges and employers to provide cohort-based leadership training, college success support, career development and alumni programming to underrepresented students who desire to lead and serve their home communities. As both a national backbone organization and local, direct service provider in Tacoma-Seattle and the Yakima Valley, we provide and utilize research-based programming, cutting-edge evaluation and data tools, and innovative operational systems and technical assistance to support all aspects of our integrated programs. Learn more at degreesofchange.org.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Ready to Rise (RTR) is an innovative, evidence-based program to identify, develop and support homegrown community leaders on the journey through college as they prepare for careers and community leadership by:

  • leveraging community and school networks to identify and attract promising young leaders who can flourish with additional supports;
  • developing meaningful, supportive relationships and ongoing connections with fellow students, community leaders and campus resources to encourage degree completion;
  • helping scholars connect what they’re learning in the classroom to their vocational interests and the real needs within their community; and
  • connecting scholars to real-world leaders to help them envision and prepare for lives of service and leadership.

Learn more at readytorise.org.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Ready to Rise WWU Campus Coordinator (Campus Coordinator) provides RTR scholars at Western Washington University (WWU) with a full range of programmatic support including coordination and delivery of first-year campus trainings; support and mentoring of student coaches; and career-focused support and guidance to scholars through graduation.

The Campus Coordinator will possess both the dynamism and leadership needed for training and mentoring RTR coaches and first-year scholars at WWU as well as career-related resourcefulness and support to encourage, guide and hold accountable WWU scholars from their second year through to graduation.

An articulate communicator and effective relationship builder, the Campus Coordinator will build personal relationships with RTR scholars and coaches, and maintain partnerships with WWU staff in key departments.

An organized and outcome-driven program manager, the Campus Coordinator will be responsible for training, campus support, and data collection for first-year scholars; overseeing and mentoring near-peer coaches; and career-related training and case management for second-year scholars.

EXAMPLES OF SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist in welcoming first-year scholars and volunteer student coaches at a four-day RTR orientation and summer retreat every summer.
  • Work with WWU staff to schedule room and logistics for monthly workshops or social activities.
  • Deliver RTR curriculum to provide engaging and informative workshop sessions.
  • Develop strong mentoring relationships with volunteer student coaches in monthly one-on-one meetings.
  • Meet one-on-one with second-year scholars to discuss their progress along their desired career pathway.
  • Work with WWU Career Services to identify individual and group resources such as resume assistance and career development workshops best suited for scholars.
  • Utilize the RTR Pro Badging App to monitor the career path progress of scholars in their second year of college through graduation.
  • In close collaboration with RTR National Office and an external evaluation team, ensure consistent, timely data collection to drive continuous program improvement and inform decision making.
  • Work with regularly in virtual team meetings with RTR staff teams.
  • Collaborate with hometown-based career programs staff to encourage scholars to apply for summer internships in their hometown.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

  • Commitment to the mission and values of Degrees of Change and Ready to Rise.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • Experience advocating for and supporting underrepresented students.
  • Strong one-on-one case management skills.
  • Deep commitment to educational, racial and economic equity.
  • Relates well and works effectively with diverse groups of youth and adults.
  • Effective communicator with strong presentation and writing skills.
  • Solid knowledge of career support resources.
  • Strong organizational, administrative and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work in partnership with a wide range of people and organizations.
  • Flexible and receptive to constructive feedback.
  • Self-motivated and detail-oriented.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).

EMPLOYMENT TERMS, ACCOUNTABILITY & COMPENSATION

  • Part-time, hourly position (40-45 hours per month).
  • Reports to Ready to Rise National Director.
  • Hourly rate of $20 per hour.
  • Based in Bellingham, WA.
  • Requires 2-3 occasions per year of out-of-town travel, including:
    • 1 occasion of 4-day summer retreat in July or August
    • 1-2 occasions of 2-day meetings in Tacoma, Vancouver or Yakima
  • Benefits include:
    • 4% matching contribution to 401(k) retirement plan;
    • $25/mo cell phone reimbursement.
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick leave.
  • Does not include health insurance benefits.

APPLICATION & TIMELINE

  • To apply, submit cover letter and resume online at indeed.com by December 7.
  • Initial interviews are planned for December 10-14.
  • Anticipated start date is January 7.