College Track

Vice President of Program Design

Employment type
about 1 month ago

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 12 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 social mobility.
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Our Impact
College Track students graduate from college at a rate that is more than double the national average for low-income and first-generation students. Six months out of college, 79% of College Track alumni are employed. For those 30 and over, 92% report earnings greater than their parents with wages on par with the national average. 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. 

Our Values
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. 

COMMITMENT: We have an unwavering belief in our students. 
PASSION: We are dedicated to changing our nation’s college completion story. 
JOY: We create environments rich with smiles and laughter. 
AUTHENTICITY: We believe relationships matter.
EXCELLENCE: Our students deserve nothing but the best.

Position Overview
The Vice President of Program Design is responsible for the successful programmatic outcomes across the organization. This position leads the Program Design team, working to ensure the high academic performance and holistic development of students through College Track’s 10-year commitment to each individual.  The Vice President of Program Design will lead program innovation, fidelity, and efficacy in College Track’s core service areas: Academic Affairs, Student Life, Wellness, and College Completion. 

Reporting directly to the Chief Program Officer (CPO) and serving as a key part of the national leadership team, the Vice President of Program Design drives dramatic academic gains and college completion rates across all College Track’s sites. This position is responsible for strengthening the quality and outcomes of College Track programs and increasing the percent of College Track students who are eligible for and attend 4-year colleges. 

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Lead, develop, organize, manage and evolve program design function which includes program design and innovation; role specific content training; research and data analysis.
  • Provide leadership and strategic direction in the development of a vision and plan for academic achievement of students, including experience with virtual learning,  and professional development of staff to strengthen program outcomes across the organization.
  • Lead the organization in the continuous cycle of innovating, planning, development, implementation and evaluation of all student services, ensuring consistency, and quality and improvement across programs and compliance with all policies, practices and procedures.
  • Serve as a key member of the national leadership team and function as the program innovation and design expert and advocate for the organization. 
  • Lead, manage and coach the Program Design team to best support programmatic goals and grow and develop team members individually.
  • Advise and assist the CPO in areas related to program design and identifying and cultivating partnerships synergistic to College Track programs.
  • Advise the CPO and other senior staff of relevant secondary and post-secondary educational issues and trends.
  • Work in collaboration with the VP of Organizational Performance to generate analyses that inform the organization on progress related to our benchmark goals;
  • Oversee and responsible for the department budget.
  • Project short-term and long-term needs of the programs and lead the program design team in change management to meet needs.
  • Contribute to the establishment and maintenance of a cooperative environment where students, staff, and parents flourish in a culture of service and support.


Skills & Experience Required
First and foremost, the Vice President of Program Design must embrace the College Track vision of transforming low-income communities into places where college readiness and college graduation are the norms. S/he must embody and model College Track core values and model a deep commitment to improving education equity.
Additionally, candidates must possess the following qualifications:  

  • A minimum of 10 years of leadership and management experience in a school, district and/or student facing non-profit environment, including management experience in an educational environment across a multi-site organization.
  • Excellent strategic planning, project management, and organization skills; able to focus on big picture priorities while not losing sight of the details.Strong
  • strategic thinking skills with an ability to articulate a clear, compelling vision, using data to inform decisions, including external research and internal innovation, and to translate strategy to plan to action. 
  • Demonstrated experience in curriculum development for both in-person learning and virtual learning via education technology platforms, with a track record of successful implementation and change management.  
  • Proven ability to recruit, hire, develop and retain effective, diverse teams and to work in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment.
  • Demonstrated success in staff leadership, management, and development. 
  • Demonstrated ability to manage large and complex operating budgets. 
  • Track record of achieving strong results while building and fostering an inclusive, collaborative, and high-performance culture.
  • Proven team-and culture-building experience and the ability to create a sense of cultural inclusion among staff, students, parents and volunteers;
  • Extensive experience using data to inform practice and drive outcomes.
  • Demonstrated track record of successfully working with present or future first generation college students, including:
  • Proven ability to drive significant academic gains at a school or nonprofit dedicated to students facing systemic barriers.
  • Awareness of best practices in the after-school, post-secondary and general educational arenas and the ability to impart this information effectively to achieve desired results.


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. 


To apply

Please apply on our website!

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.