2017 - Strategic Initiatives Manager(SIM)

Location: Oakland, CA
Date Posted: 07-31-2017

Partner Organization: College Track

Fellowship Role: Strategic Initiatives Manager (SIM)

Organization Overview:
College Track is a national college completion program that empowers students from underserved communities to graduate from college. From the summer before 9th grade through college graduation, our 10-year program removes the barriers that prevent students from earning their college degree by providing them with comprehensive academic support, leadership training, financial and college advising, and scholarships. We teach them the skills necessary to succeed in college and beyond. In four years, a College Track student receives support equivalent to one extra year of high school.
College Track started in 1997 with a cohort of 27 students in East Palo Alto. Today, we serve over 2,400 high school and college students in East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, New Orleans, Colorado, Los Angeles, and Sacramento. In 10 years, we will serve over 10,000 students and increase our number of college graduates tenfold. Over our 17-year history, 93% of our high school seniors have been accepted to four-year colleges and our college graduation rate is 2.5 times the national average for low-income students.
To learn more, please visit www.collegetrack.org

ProInspire Fellow Role Overview
The Strategic Initiatives Manager (SIM) serves as the direct line of support to the VP of Operations & Finance. The role is responsible for the organization’s annual planning process and ensuring execution of annual initiatives in order to best position the organization to achieve its 2020 vision. This position will (1) serve as the Strategy liaison, ensuring cross-collaboration across NLT, MSL, and Site Directors and supporting the VP of Operations and Finance in drafting agendas for, managing, and facilitating cross-functional meetings (2) lead the annual planning process and continue to systematize College Track’s approach to project management, (3) project manage high-leverage, organization-wide project roll-outs, (4) serve as the lead for Operations Managers at the sites.
Key Roles and Responsibilities:
Primary Responsibilities
  • Strategy Liaison (25%)
    • MSL Facilitation
    • MSL All-Hands
    • Listening, pulse on organization
    • Contribute to drafting and facilitation of Strategy agendas
  • Annual Planning (40%)
    • Calendaring
    • Support the National Leadership and Strategy Teams in decisive leadership around what College Track should prioritize through facilitating thoughtful conversations
      • Manage and facilitate the project management process for current and following fiscal-year annual priorities and key initiatives
      • Develop and manage the annual organization-wide calendars
    • Build College Track’s approach to project management
    • Develop frameworks, tools, and protocols for supporting future roll-outs; this may include one on one consultation/coaching with other project owners
    • Identify and implement new tools and technologies that can further support organization wide project management
    • Build and refine the system/process itself – including collecting input from actual users, piloting a meaningful number of actual users, and incorporating the learnings from the pilot into the next iteration of the system/process
    • Streamline communications across the organization around project roll-outs
    • Manage National Operations Manager (.5 FTE)
  • Project manage high leverage, organization-wide project roll-outs that the organization prioritizes (20%)
    • Provide direct, high-touch project management support to select project(s)
    • Build, manage, and deliver trainings
    • Work in close collaboration with Board and Communications Manager to ensure content
  • National OM Liaison (15%)
    • Create and lead professional development curriculum for Operations Managers at the sites, collaborating with various departments with Mission Support
First and foremost, the Strategic Initiatives Manager must embrace College Track’ vision for transforming low- income communities into places where college readiness and college graduation are the norms. Additionally, candidates must possess the following qualifications:
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in a strategic, operational and/or consulting role.
  • Results-driven; commitment to utilizing data to take informed action
  • Be a proactive self-starter with a high degree of flexibility and adaptability; feels comfortable operating in fast-paced, ambiguous environments with limited direction
  • Outstanding problem solver with an independent and entrepreneurial spirit and ability to juggle multiple projects and priorities simultaneously
  • Be an empathetic communicator and “client-centric” team player 
  • Be diligent, organized, detail-oriented, and masterful at time management while being thoughtful and strategic
  • Feel comfortable bringing projects from initial conception through completion – everything from high level strategy down to making detail-oriented PowerPoint slides, and coordinating logistics
  • Strong learning orientation (e.g. constant learner, exhibits strong self-awareness of and initiative to develop one’s growth areas, accepts and promptly incorporates feedback)
Compensation and Benefits:
  • College Track offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.
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