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Site Director - Watts
About College Track
College Track is a comprehensive college completion program that empowers students from underserved communities to graduate from college. From ninth grade through college graduation, our 10-year program removes the academic, financial, and social-emotional barriers that prevent low-income and first-generation students from earning their college degree. In 1997, we started with 25 students in East Palo Alto, and today, we have twelve centers located in underserved communities across California, Colorado, Louisiana, and the D.C. Metro Area with more than 3,000 students on the path to upward social mobility.
To learn more, please visit www.collegetrack.org.
About College Track in the Los Angeles Area
College Track LA first opened in 2012 in the East Los Angeles community of Boyle Heights in partnership with the i.am.angel Foundation to serve students from Roosevelt High School. College Track Watts launched in 2015 in collaboration with the Wasserman Foundation to serve students from Jordan High School campus. This year, College Track will expand to our 12th location – in Los Angeles. The Crenshaw District will be the home of our third College Track center in Los Angeles. Our sites offer students a safe space to succeed as members of a college-bound community. Together, our Los Angeles sites currently serve 685 students, including college freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
In 2015, College Track Los Angeles opened our Watts center in partnership with the Wasserman Foundation, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, and Green Dot Public Schools. At our impressive center on the Jordan High School campus, 260 students are on the path to college and career success. In Spring 2019, 47 of these scholars headed to colleges and universities across the U.S., rewriting the narrative for what young people in the Watts community can achieve.
College Track students graduate from college at a rate that is more than double the national average for low-income and first-generation students. Five years out of college, our graduates are employed full-time, and over 85% report earnings greater than their parents. By helping our students maximize the value of their four-year college degree, which includes minimizing student loan debt, securing internships, and limiting the need to work while in college--we prepare them to succeed in the 21st century economy.
At College Track, our values drive the way we do our work, and we look for individuals who share our passion. We blend an entrepreneurial spirit with our nonprofit roots, cultivating a dynamic culture where everyone's contributions are valued and encouraged.
Site Directors are inspiring, visionary, and highly relational leaders. Their expertise combines the capacity to engage and connect across a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, with the instincts, authenticity, and gravitas to gain their trust and confidence. As practiced leaders, Site Directors drive results by holding and articulating an organization-wide vision, and tying it in a meaningful way to the aspirations, realities, and desired outcomes of a local site and community. They have a propensity for planning and managing competing priorities, and proven ability to marshal team members and resources and develop productive partnerships. They are equally adept at vision setting, operations, finance, and coaching. Site Directors are conduits to the national organization, carrying knowledge, tools, messages, mandates, and insights across channels, promoting mutual understanding and cohesion. While the Site Director role differs some by site and situation, its inhabitants are universally tenacious, agile, and adaptable, with unshakeable resolve and relentless commitment to strong student outcomes.
Highest Priority Competencies
Additional Skills, Experience and Characteristics Required
Site Directions report to Regional Executive Directors. The number of direct reports varies by site maturity and location, and generally includes one or more full time staff and a team of part- time paid staff and volunteers.
Compensation & Benefits
College Track offers a competitive salary based on the organization’s compensation philosophy, which is grounded in market data. We also offer comprehensive health & welfare benefits and top of the market paid time off.
Please upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter with your application. We will only contact candidates chosen for further consideration. No phone inquiries please.
College Track works to remove barriers for first generation college students on their journey to college completion. Our commitment to removing barriers for first generation college students doesn't stop when college ends. While we hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, we especially encourage applicants who identify as first-generation college graduates to apply for open opportunities on staff.
College Track is an equal opportunity employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. College Track does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.