Philadelphia Futures

Director of College Access, Philadelphia Futures

Posted on October 15, 2018

We are currently seeking a Director of College Access to join our team. This role is a unique opportunity for an experienced leader and educator to develop, expand, and lead all College Access programming for Philadelphia Futures. Our classroom-to-college-to-career programs help low-income, first-generation-to-college students gain admission to and graduate, career-ready, from college.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead the College Access staff in the delivery of Philadelphia Futures’ direct service programs, College Connection, and Sponsor-A-Scholar, as well as the College Admissions and Academic offices.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of strategies to meet overall programming needs for college guidance and academic support and enrichment.
  • Evaluate program success, including the development and analysis of key metrics and data, and identify opportunities for continuous improvement in the programs’ effectiveness.
  • Support staff in the cultivation and maintenance of relationships with students, families, mentors, volunteers, and high school and college admissions personnel to ensure that students remain on track to college.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Outreach and Engagement on the PF Admissions process.
  • Coordinate with Director of College Success to ensure the continuity of support throughout the student lifecycle.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with school personnel, community partners, and academic institutions to develop and grow partnership relationships, and to help remove barriers to success.
  • Identify and analyze trends in college access, admissions, and college readiness for use in College Access, Admissions, and Academics planning.
  • Provide content for Philadelphia Futures publications, website, grant proposals, sponsor reports, and others.
  • Serve as a member of the Management Team for Philadelphia Futures.

Education and Experience: The successful candidate for this position will possess the following experience, education, skills, and attributes:

  • Master’s degree in education, human services, or related field of study is required.
  • Successful track record of managing teams to achieve program goals.
  • Minimum of five years of experience in program leadership, cultivating professional relationships and in developing educational programs, teaching, and/or training.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current trends in college access and college admissions, particularly related to low-income, first-generation-to-college students.
  • Experience in program management, demonstrated ability to assess, develop, implement, and measure programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and foster relationships with external stakeholders.
  • Successful track record of collaboration across programs or departments.

Specialized Skills:

  • Excellent written and oral communications
  • Strong project management skills, attention to detail, and the ability to balance multiple tasks.
  • Background in data analysis and program measurement.
  • Experience with delivery of services to first generation, low-income students.

Core Competencies:

  • Commitment to Philadelphia Futures’ Core Values (High Expectations, Focus and Adaptability, Respect, Accountability, Collaboration).
  • Passion for working with low-income, first-generation-to-college students.

This is a full-time, exempt position and offers a competitive compensation/benefits package based on experience. The Director of College Access reports to the Executive Director. Occasional evening and weekend hours required.

To apply, please submit your application materials here:

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Philadelphia Futures is deeply committed to the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusiveness. Philadelphia Futures is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Minorities, women, and individuals with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

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