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Chief Technology Officer | Tacoma, WA

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, 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. Degrees of Change actively recruits and employees a staff and board that represent the broad diversity of the students and communities we serve. Learn more at degreesofchange.org.

POSITION SUMMARY

A strategic thinker with strong business acumen, the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) will provide strategic and technical leadership for all technology and software product management within the organization. Most critically, the CTO will lead the development, launch and growth of the next generation of our flagship commercial software product, the Foyost College Enrollment Visualizer (foyost.org).  This includes negotiating and managing all business partnerships and vendor contracts, directing engineering and support teams, aligning strategy with the Marketing Director, coordinating user feedback and testing, and implementing all associated technology and support systems for the product.

Well-versed in current technological trends, the CTO will work closely with the CEO in the ongoing management of a profitable software division that delivers data-driven insight that practitioners and administrators across the country need to address inequity in postsecondary access and success.

Leveraging an entrepreneurial spirit, creative thinking and innovative problem solving, the CTO will be a service-minded leader with a heart for our mission and extensive experience building technology products that delight users and drive outcomes.

EXAMPLES OF SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Plan, implement and track strategic product development with vision for consistent delivery.
  • Recruit, hire and manage a high-performance product team.
  • Manage vendor relationships and outsourced development to deliver critical milestones on time and within budget.
  • Negotiate, sustain and deepen business relationships with essential organizational partners.
  • Work with marketing and sales resources to develop strategies to expose the product to the marketplace and gain positive sales traction.
  • Establish product life cycle and help desk management processes.
  • Manage scalability and product use within the Microsoft/Azure technology stack.
  • Discover and implement new technologies that yield competitive advantage.
  • Supervise organization system infrastructure to ensure functionality and efficiency.
  • Manage quality assurance and data protection processes.
  • Manage to a strict deliverable, milestone-based budget.
  • Use stakeholders’ feedback to inform necessary improvements and adjustments to technology products.
  • Communicate technology strategy to partners, both national and local.
  • Serve on the DoCSenior Management Team, supporting the CEO in shaping organizational strategy and informing important organizational decisions.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of Degrees of Change.
  • Proven experience in a CTO or similar leadership role.
  • Track record of design and execution of complex technology projects.
  • Strong knowledge of modern software development tools and processes.
  • Knowledge of technological trends to build strategy.
  • Understanding of budgets and business-planning.
  • Ability to conduct technological analyses and research.
  • Strategic thinking and problem-solving aptitude.
  • Strong organizational, administrative and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work in partnership with a wide range of people and organizations.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and eagerness to embrace lean methodologies.
  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, data science, engineering or a related field.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE 

  • MBA or other relevant graduate degree in a related field.
  • Strong business analytics and/or data science experience.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS 

  • May requires 1-2 occasions per year of 5-7 day international travel, as well as 3-4 occasions per year of 2-3 day domestic travel.

EMPLOYMENT TERMS, ACCOUNTABILITY & COMPENSATION 

  • Full-time, exempt, salaried position.
  • Reports to CEO.
  • Starting annual salary range of $120,000 - $130,000.
  • 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
    • free downtown parking.
  • Generous paid vacation, personal, sick and family leave.

Development Associate | Tacoma, WA

POSITION SUMMARY

A compelling fundraiser who is creative. organized and efficient, the Development Associate will be responsible for the successful engagement of individual donors to support the mission of Degrees of Change (DoC), with responsibility for annual fund development including fundraising event coordination, donor database processing, donor stewardship, donor identification and communications.

A collaborator who is enthusiastic about sharing the mission and impact of DoC, the Development Associate will lead the implementation of annual fund strategies that increase the number and value of donations being gifted to DoC from individuals.

EXAMPLES OF SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

TEAMWORK

  • Establish and maintain strong partnership with DoC program, evaluation, and development staff necessary to support and grow a successful annual fund program aligned to the strategic plan, programmatic and organizational needs.

STRATEGY

  • Partner with the Development Director to development and refine DoC’s fundraising strategy for individual annual fund donors.

GOAL SETTING

  • In partnership with the Development Director and aligned to the fundraising strategy, create annual and multi-year goals for the annul fund program, including performance metrics and annual evaluation process.

RESEARCH

  • Identify potential donor prospects and prospect pools that align to DoC’s mission, programs, and strategy.
  • Identify current annual fund donors who have the potential to become major donors.

RELATIONSHIPS

  • Cultivate, maintain, and deepen relationships with annual fund donors and other funding partners.

SOLICITATION

  • Compose and send well-written and engaging appeal letters that align to DoC’s mission, programs, and strategy.
  • Partner with DoC’s Events Manager, to lead the strategy and implementation of fundraising events.
  • Partner with the operations team in crafting timely social media updates related to annual fundraising.

STEWARDSHIP

  • Write content for collateral, including newsletters, social media, website, etcetera to steward donors.
  • Lead the development of well-written procedures for, as well as the day-in and day-out processing of gifts through, DoC’s donor database.

GRATITUDE

  • Say thank you often, in various, sincere ways, to our annual fund donors, to DoC staff, and other stakeholders.

OTHER

  • Perform other duties as requested.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

  • Commitment to the mission and values of Degrees of Change.
  • Deep commitment to educational, racial and economic equity.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a related field.
  • One to two years of fundraising or related experience.
  • Compelling and efficient writer with strong presentation, storytelling and visual communication skills.
  • Self-directed, with strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple overlapping and interconnected projects.
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office suite.
  • Strong relational, interpersonal, and intercultural communication skills.
  • Self-motivated and self-starter, detail-oriented, flexible and receptive to constructive feedback.

EMPLOYMENT TERMS, ACCOUNTABILITY & COMPENSATION 

  • Full-time, hourly position.
  • Reports to Development Director.
  • Starting hourly pay range of $17.50 to $20.00/hr.
  • 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
    • free downtown parking.
  • Generous paid vacation, personal, sick and family leave.