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Ready to Rise National Director

Position:  Ready to Rise National Director

Status: Full-time, exempt, with full benefits

Location:  Tacoma, WA

Apply by: May 24, 2019

Expected start date: June 17, 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, 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

An innovator, collaborator and strategic planner, the Ready to Rise National Director provides primary leadership in the collaborative design, implementation and iteration of the Ready to Rise initiative, utilizing participant feedback, national best-practices and academic research while engaging a variety of stakeholders to continue to build, scale and refine an effective, results-driven program model.

A dynamic leader and articulate communicator, the Ready to Rise National Director builds and strengthens relationships and partnerships with senior administrators and front-line staff at seven RTR partner colleges and universities across the state.

An effective facilitator and coach, the Ready to Rise National Director works with leadership at community affiliates to support local program staff at each site, providing ongoing resources and using data to carefully monitor program quality and maximize outcomes.

EXAMPLES OF SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP

  • Guide and articulate the overall vision and strategy for the Ready to Rise program.
  • Monitor and shape adaptive responses to the evolving perspectives, strengths and challenges of Ready to Rise scholars, colleges, affiliates and communities.
  • Serve on the DoC Senior Management team, supporting the President in shaping organizational strategy and informing important organizational decisions.

PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND SCALING

  • Oversee the development and continuous improvement of all program elements, including recruitment materials, selection process, training curriculum and support protocols for RTR scholars and coaches.
  • Inform and partner with the Operations team to develop and troubleshoot strategies to achieve yearly scaling goals
  • Codify training, timeline and support materials for a badging app and career pathways program for scholars to use from their second year through attainment of their degree or credential.

STAFF TRAINING, COACHING AND SUPPORT

  • Refine, codify and deliver training curriculum to orient and train new staff.
  • Provide consistent, personalized support and ongoing coaching for lead field staff.
  • Convene and facilitate regular team meetings and calls with lead field staff.
  • Collaborate with Operations team to deliver high-quality resources, effective tools and personalized technical assistance to field staff and partner colleges.
  • Coordinate professional development opportunities for staff.

PARTNERSHIP MANAGEMENT

  • Maintain and strengthen relationships with senior administrators and frontline staff at existing affiliates and partner colleges.

PROGRAM AND EVALUATION DESIGN

  • Oversee coordination and timeline for twice-annual focus groups for scholars and coaches.
  • Work closely with Director of Operations and external evaluators to regularly assess and adjust program model and theory of change as needed.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of Degrees of Change.
  • Master’s degree or equivalent experience in a related field.
  • Minimum five years of increasing organizational leadership, including senior-level administrative experience, in community-based nonprofits and/or higher education.
  • Experience in design and implementation of innovative educational, leadership or social programs.
  • Demonstrated success in management of multifaceted, collaborative projects.
  • Generally familiar with basic quantitative and qualitative program evaluation methodologies.
  • Demonstrated supervisory and project management experience.
  • Instructional and pedagogical coaching experience.
  • Strong organizational, administrative and interpersonal skills.
  • Deep commitment to educational, racial and economic equity.
  • Ability to work in partnership with a wide range of people and organizations.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and eagerness to embrace rapid learning methodologies.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
  • Self-motivated, detail-oriented, team-oriented and receptive to constructive feedback.
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office suite.
  • Requires 10-15 occasions per year of out-of-town travel.

EMPLOYMENT TERMS, ACCOUNTABILITY & COMPENSATION 

  • Full-time, exempt, salaried position.
  • Reports to CEO.
  • Starting annual salary range of $75,000 - $85,000.
  • 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 stipend.
    • Free parking ($125/mo)
  • Generous paid vacation, personal, sick and family leave.

APPLICATION & TIMELINE  

  • Apply online at indeed.com by May 24.
  • Interviews are planned May 28-30.
  • Anticipated start date is  June 17.

First Year Program Support - AmeriCorps | Tacoma, WA

Organization’s Mission:

Degrees of Change mission is to prepare diverse, homegrown leaders to succeed in college and use their degrees to build more vibrant and equitable communities. We fulfill this mission by creating college transition and completion programs that send under-represented students to college together in community, provide them with training and support to develop their leadership skills and mentorship to support their transition to and graduation from college.

Position’s Alignment to Organization’s Mission:

Degrees of Change’s two main programs are Act Six which partners with private liberal arts colleges and Ready to Rise which partners with two- and four-year public colleges. The AmeriCorps led project will provide intensive support to the recruitment, selection and training phases of these two programs locally in Tacoma (both programs) and Seattle (Act Six only). This project which focuses on engaging and supporting local high school seniors is the critical foundation to supporting students to graduate college and become significant community leaders.

AmeriCorps Project Description:

Degrees of Change AmeriCorps project is to provide intensive support to the recruitment, selection and training phase of Act Six and Ready to Rise programs, supporting high school seniors to be college ready and transition to college successfully, while developing leadership skills and building a strong, supportive peer community. In this way, the AmeriCorps project is central to beginning of our journey with students to and through college. It is during this first year that our program participants, we call them scholars, build life changing relationships with their peers who will walk with them throughout their college journey and beyond, it is where they will receive leadership development, identity and cross cultural communication trainings that they will rely upon in both the most meaningful and most challenging moments in college and beyond that will help them persevere and persist towards their goal of a bachelor’s degree and living a life of impact.

Member Key Essential Functions of the Position:

AmeriCorps member duties include the following:

  • Schedule and conduct recruitment visits at local high schools and community events around the urban Puget Sound region
  • Attend Act Six and Ready to Rise staff retreats and meetings
  • Recruit and support volunteers to participate in the recruitment, selection and training program phases
  • Track potential applicants utilizing scholar database
  • Follow-up with recruits via phone, text and email
  • Support the selection phase for Act Six and Ready to Rise
  • Assist in planning college preparedness training for new scholars
  • Schedule and conduct recruitment visits for the following year

Member Performance Measure Expected Output(s) and Outcome(s):

Provide critical support to the recruitment of 108 high school seniors to receive pre-college training and enter college the fall after their graduation from high school.

  • Output: Support 108 economically disadvantaged youth (16 to 24) who receive academic and career planning services.
  • Outcome: Support 108 economically disadvantaged youth (16 to 24) who obtain college readiness.
  • Outcome: Support 108 students entering post-secondary institutions.

Member Additional Duties and Responsibilities:

WSC members may be deployed to help support disaster response and/or recovery efforts. Sponsor organizations must agree to release Members for short term duration to assist with these efforts. Deployment may be waived if it presents undue hardship for an individual member. All deployments would be requested by the WSC unless your host organization is a disaster response organization where any requests for deployment would require initial approval by the WSC.

Volunteer Management:

AmeriCorps volunteer management duties include:

  • Participate in the recruitment and support of volunteers who will further the goals of the AmeriCorps project.
  • Oversee the volunteer activities of the AmeriCorps project to ensure that the activities are allowable and not prohibited.
  • Implement at least three new effective volunteer management practices.

Qualifications required for this position:

The AmeriCorps First Year Program Support member must possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • An understanding and belief in the Degrees of Change mission, the importance of developing home-grown leaders and the opportunity a college education provides in that leadership development.
  • A basic understanding of and desire for personal growth in the areas of equity, intercultural communication, and justice.
  • Understanding of the college application process and the challenges that accompany students, especially first-generation students, in their transition to college.
  • Ability to work with diverse students and their families, as well as individual, community, and school partners.
  • Ability to navigate the Microsoft suite of products including Word, Excel, OneNote, SharePoint, etc.
  • Ability to be proactive and independent worker.
  • Ability to take on projects and lead them to completion.
  • Ability to ask questions and problem solve.

First Year Program Support - AmeriCorps | Yakima, WA

Organization’s Mission:

Degrees of Change mission is to prepare diverse, homegrown leaders to succeed in college and use their degrees to build more vibrant and equitable communities. We fulfill this mission by creating college transition and completion programs that send under-represented students to college together in community, provide them with training and support to develop their leadership skills and mentorship to support their transition to and graduation from college.

Alignment of the AmeriCorps Member’s Position and Project to the Organization’s Mission:

Degrees of Change’s two main programs are Act Six which partners with private liberal arts colleges and Ready to Rise which partners with two- and four-year public colleges. The AmeriCorps led project will provide intensive support to the recruitment, selection and training phases of these two programs locally in the Yakima Valley. This project which focuses on engaging and supporting local high school seniors is the critical foundation to supporting students to graduate college and become significant community leaders.

AmeriCorps Project Description:

Degrees of Change AmeriCorps project is to provide intensive support to the recruitment, selection and training phase of Act Six and Ready to Rise programs, supporting high school seniors to be college ready and transition to college successfully, while developing leadership skills and building a strong, supportive peer community. In this way, the AmeriCorps project is central to beginning of our journey with students to and through college. It is during this first year that our program participants, we call them scholars, build life changing relationships with their peers who will walk with them throughout their college journey and beyond, it is where they will receive leadership development, identity and cross cultural communication trainings that they will rely upon in both the most meaningful and most challenging moments in college and beyond that will help them persevere and persist towards their goal of a bachelor’s degree and living a life of impact.

Member Key Essential Functions of the Position:

AmeriCorps member duties include the following:

  • Schedule and conduct recruitment visits at local high schools and community events around the Yakima Valley region
  • Attend Act Six and Ready to Rise staff retreats and meetings
  • Recruit and support volunteers to participate in the recruitment, selection and training program phases
  • Track potential applicants utilizing scholar database
  • Follow-up with recruits via phone, text and email
  • Support the selection phase for Act Six and Ready to Rise
  • Assist in planning college preparedness training for new scholars
  • Schedule and conduct recruitment visits for the following year
  • Routinely refer to Member Service Agreement requirements
  • Ability to serve at project site location and time specified in this position description

Member Performance Measure Expected Output(s) and Outcome(s):

Provide critical support to the recruitment of 108 high school seniors to receive pre-college training and enter college the fall after their graduation from high school.

  • Output: Support 67 economically disadvantaged youth (16 to 24) who receive academic and career planning services.
  • Outcome: Support 67 economically disadvantaged youth (16 to 24) who obtain college readiness.
  • Outcome: Support 67 students entering post-secondary institutions.

Member Additional Duties and Responsibilities:

WSC members may be deployed to help support disaster response and/or recovery efforts. Sponsor organizations must agree to release Members for short term duration to assist with these efforts. Deployment may be waived if it presents undue hardship for an individual member. All deployments would be requested by the WSC unless your host organization is a disaster response organization where any requests for deployment would require initial approval by the WSC.

Volunteer Management:

  • Participate in the recruitment and support of volunteers who will further the goals of the AmeriCorps project.
  • Oversee the volunteer activities of the AmeriCorps project to ensure that the activities are allowable and not prohibited.
  • Implement at least three new effective volunteer management practices.

Qualifications required for this position:

The AmeriCorps First Year Program Support member must possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • An understanding and belief in the Degrees of Change mission, the importance of developing home-grown leaders and the opportunity a college education provides in that leadership development.
  • A basic understanding of and desire for personal growth in the areas of equity, intercultural communication, and justice.
  • Understanding of the college application process and the challenges that accompany students, especially first-generation students, in their transition to college.
  • Ability to work with diverse students and their families, as well as individual, community, and school partners.
  • Ability to navigate the Microsoft suite of products including Word, Excel, OneNote, SharePoint, etc.
  • Ability to be proactive and independent worker.
  • Ability to take on projects and lead them to completion.
  • Ability to ask questions and problem solve.