Director of High School Success
Founded in 1989, the College Crusade supports more than 4,000 students in middle school, high school and college each year with one-on-one advising and year-round programs that focus on academic enrichment, social and emotional development, career education, and postsecondary preparation to help them become the first in their families to earn a college degree.
Purpose of the Position
Primary functions and purpose of this position including overall objectives of the position
The Director of High School Success is responsible for the planning, implementation, accountability and evaluation of the High School Advisory System for grades 9-12. The Director of HS Success develops, plans, and implements programs to support high school students’ success related to academic performance, career exploration, college prep, and social emotional development. The Director supervises a large team of thirteen (13) full-time High School Advisors. The Director of HS Success works with the Curriculum and Instructional Specialist and Program Specialist and other relevant staff to ensure that all college and career readiness programs meet prescribed GEAR UP goals, objectives, and strategic outcomes. The Director of HS Success collaborates with the Crusade’s postsecondary team as well as manages and strengthens partnerships with school districts, colleges and universities, and community partners to facilitate the successful transition of Crusaders into postsecondary education. As part of the leadership team of the College Crusade, the Director of HS Success provides input to the strategic direction and management of the Crusade and supports the development of grants and collaborative initiatives for the organization.
Provide strategic and operational direction and supervision to the high school team.
- Directly supervise up to thirteen High School Advisors, developing workplans for each employee and conducting annual goal setting and performance appraisals.
- Regularly assess high school advisory system needs and work with Chief Program Officer (CPO) and other relevant staff to address identified gaps, challenges, or areas of need.
- Work with the High School Advisors to identify training and professional development needs, and coordinate with CPO and relevant staff to address these needs.
- Communicate regularly with school-based administrators to gauge their awareness of and level of satisfaction with Crusade advisory services and programming.
- Ensure procedures and implementation of database management, standard operating procedures, and Crusade policies are adhered to by Advisors.
- Screen and interview Advisor candidates and participate in hiring discussions and decisions.
- Conduct onboarding activities and orient new advisors to the Crusade including coordinating principal/administrator meetings and shadow days at schools.
Collaborate with the postsecondary team to maximize college readiness and facilitate a smooth transition to college for Crusaders.
- Work with the Postsecondary department to create, develop and implement quality, relevant programs for graduating seniors transitioning to a postsecondary institution.
- Collaborate with the Director of Postsecondary Success to develop training workshops for High School Advisors on topics related to college preparation (admissions, financial aid, scholarships, etc.)
- In conjunction with the Director of Postsecondary Success, identify and connect high school students with pathways for high achievement and special college preparatory programs geared toward underclassmen.
- Facilitate communication between HS Advisors and College Success Coaches and create opportunities for information sharing and collaborative student-focused programming design.
Support the development and implementation of Crusade programs, especially those geared toward high school students.
- In conjunction with the CPO and other relevant staff, conduct and review program evaluations to inform decision-making about which Crusade programs to continue, discontinue, update or introduce.
- Implement academic intervention initiatives, monitor progress, and conduct post-program reviews.
- Collaborate with community partners and school districts within the grade 9-12 education community to encourage student success and college readiness, and facilitate, monitor and assess the impact of all such collaborations.
- Advocate for all high school Crusaders to meet or exceed college entrance requirements.
- Conduct program planning activities including speaking with the coordinators, booking space, supporting direct recruitment efforts, and ensuring that the necessary supplies are secured.
Contribute to the strategic direction, management and overall health of the organization.
- Together with the Chief Executive Officer and leadership team, participate in the planning and implementation of activities that support the overall development, strategic direction, program delivery, and management of the organization.
- Attend and actively participate in Leadership Team meetings.
- Facilitate cross-departmental coordination and communication in the interest of more seamless organizational integration.
- Meet bi-weekly with CPO to provide relevant program updates.
- Prepare reports and presentations as required by the CPO and/or Chief Executive Officer.
- Be familiar with and keep track of the various grant funding sources for high school and college programming, ensure adherence to grant requirements and coordinate with Director of Development about grant funds.
- Oversee the preparation of the annual high school team budget (staffing and program delivery) and collaborate with the Chief Finance and Operations Officer in budget monitoring.
Position Qualification and Competencies
Required KSOC’s (knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics)
- Knowledge of the grades 9-16 college preparatory process, college entrance and graduation planning, and youth development theories and research.
- Understanding of/commitment to working with first generation and minority students.
- Strong understanding of and familiarity with the college admissions process.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to lead and inspire a cohesive, collaborative team.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office and the ability to learn and effectively use the latest software and technology systems employed by the Crusade.
- Familiarity with technology and systems used by students and families including text messaging and social media.
- Flexible and willing to adapt to changing needs and landscape.
- The ability to represent the organization externally, particularly in school-based settings, in a professional manner.
- Spanish speaking or second language a plus.
Education and Experience Requirements:
- Master’s degree in education, public administration, or related field. Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree plus five years of relevant experience may also be considered.
- Three years of experience working directly or indirectly in secondary education: developing relationships with school-based personnel, managing programs, and administering grants.
- Candidate must possess excellent management and supervisory skills.
- Commitment to the vision, mission, and values of the College Crusade.
- A positive attitude and willingness to contribute productively to the success of your team and the organization as a whole.
- An understanding of and commitment to the Crusade’s core competencies of accountability, collaboration, communication, institutional values and service.
- Active participation in efforts geared toward directing and improving the overall operations of the Crusade, such as strategic planning, organizational development and performance improvement.
- Commitment to acting as an advocate and ambassador for the College Crusade.
- Knowledge of the barriers and obstacles that low-income families and first-generation students encounter in the journey to higher education is preferred.
- Sense of ownership and pride in personal performance.
- Adherence to all existing company policies and procedures.
- Perform additional duties as needed.