[Careers] Regional Director for New England

Monday, October 24, 2016

Regional Director for New England

Gateway to College National Network (GtCNN) is a Portland, Oregon-based education nonprofit organization with partner programs in 20 states. GtCNN replicates and supports programs on college campuses across the country serving out of school and off-track youth as well as underprepared college students. Founded at Portland Community College, the Gateway to College program now operates at 39 colleges in partnership with over 100 school districts. More information about Gateway to College National Network is available at: www.gatewaytocollege.org

The Regional Director for New England is a remote employee of GtCNN who will develop and support a community of practice among all Gateway to College programs in New England. The Regional Director will provide guidance and support to local programs, in order to assist them to improve student performance outcomes as well as maintain sustainable programs and partnerships.

Quality Implementation (60%)*
• Provide training and coaching to new Gateway to College programs
• Support and coordinate effective program practices to ensure timely data collection and accountability reporting
• Provide support and guidance to New England Gateway to College programs in support of achieving student performance benchmarks
• Support programs’ continuous improvement processes based on fidelity to GtCNN’s essential elements and evidence-based strategies that contribute to student success

Facilitate a Community of Practice (30%)*
• Act as a primary point of contact to GtCNN for New England-based Gateway to College programs and connect programs to other resources as needed
• Facilitate the development of a regional community of practice, document and share best practices among programs
• Support and coordinate communication and reporting by local Gateway programs to GtCNN and state departments of education

Regional Sustainability (10%)*
• Develop and strengthen local networks and stakeholder relationships, including college and school district leadership, workforce boards, and state departments of education
• Secure resources for program and network sustainability through fundraising and developing local partnerships
• Identify community volunteers to serve as GtCNN ambassadors. In collaboration with GtCNN staff, launch an ambassador council to build community support for New England programs and raise funds for GtCNN
*The estimated percentage of time spent on each responsibility during the first year on the job is listed above. GtCNN expects that over a three year period, the balance of activities will shift and the amount of time spent will be evenly split between each responsibility.

• This position is an individual contributor and does not have supervisory responsibilities

• Familiarity with alternative education programs; leadership or administrative experience in alternative education programs preferred
• Familiarity with early or middle college, or dual enrollment programming
• High level of passion, interest and expertise working with low income, first generation, students of color; understands barriers that lead to achievement gaps in K-12 and college systems
• Comfort with working independently and remotely
• Strong public speaking with presentation skills
• Experience engaging funders and foundations, and ability to facilitate proposals at a statewide or regional level a plus
• Familiarity with the Gateway to College program model preferred
• The candidate will reside in either Massachusetts, Connecticut, or Rhode Island
• Master’s degree preferred, or a Bachelor’s Degree along with significant experience commensurate with the role is required

Majority of work is completed in a home office environment with continuous exposure to computer screen. Frequent regional travel by car and air as well as occasional national travel, including travel to GtCNN offices in Portland, Oregon is required. A valid driver’s license is required. This is a full-time, exempt position located in Massachusetts, Connecticut, or Rhode Island.

The starting annual salary for this position is consistent with professional experience and credentials. GtCNN offers a comprehensive benefits and vacation package which includes 19 days of vacation and personal time in the first year. This is a full-time, home-based exempt position with expectations of work throughout New England.

For best consideration, please email a cover letter, resume, and answers to the supplemental questions to Alina Randall, arandall@gatewaytocollege.org by October 31st, 2016. Incomplete applications will not be considered. This position is considered open until filled.

In addition to a cover letter and resume, please include a response to the following prompt:
• How has your prior experience and passion for working in alternative education serving opportunity youth prepared you to be successful in this role? What skillsets do you bring to the position?

Gateway to College National Network does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

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