Director of College and Career Success

Great Oaks Legacy Charter School - Newark, New Jersey - Full time

ORGANIZATION

Great Oaks Legacy Charter School is a high-performing, innovative public charter school in Newark NJ, serving students from Pre-K to 12th grade on multiple campuses across the city. Our mission is to prepare students for success in college. We provide all children with the support they need - inclusive of resources that acknowledge and address systemic inequities - to be empowered to thrive.

We have high academic and behavioral expectations for our students. Our students, for example, are encouraged to take multiple AP classes before they graduate. We bridge the educational opportunity gap by supporting rigorous academics with daily individualized tutoring within a community committed to supporting equity and diversity.

These three principles guide our work, every day, in support of our students and mission:

  1. Creating a community that is built upon genuine and meaningful relationships
  2. Being surgical in our approach to differentiation of instruction and support of all students and team members
  3. Setting and exceed high expectations for academic growth and character development for all students, in preparation for success in college and beyond

To learn more about GOLCS, visit greatoakslegacy.org.

OPPORTUNITY

Great Oaks Legacy Charter School in Newark is seeking a Director of College and Career Success to lead our College and Career Office (CAC) team. The Director of College and Career Success is responsible for leading the organization’s College and Career Office to ensure optimal support for Great Oaks Legacy Charter School (GOLCS) students and alumni. This includes providing management of the College and Career Office team, and the development and management of college counseling and alumni programs that provide opportunities, supports and services that empower GOLCS students and alumni to thrive in college and in life.

The Director of College and Career Success is instrumental in building positive working relationships with GOLCS students, families, and staff, high school leadership teams, the GOLCS Senior Leadership Team, national and local college access organizations, and college and universities.

The Director of College and Career Success will report to the GOLCS Chief Strategy Officer, and will participate in high school leadership team activities and organizational leadership activities.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Management

  • Lead, manage, and develop the College and Career Office team of five individuals and oversee staff recruitment, interviewing, and hiring processes;
  • Support College Counseling staff, initiatives, and achievement of goals:
    • Development and implementation of the College Action curriculum;
    • Weekly submission of grade-level College Action lesson plans;
    • Progress-monitoring of targets in College Action courses;
    • Check-ins with high school leadership to ensure full implementation of a college-readiness culture within the classroom;
    • Tracking all pertinent information regarding college admissions and financial aid processes through the GOLCS weekly Green Sheet system.
    • Bi-weekly classroom observations to ensure implementation of College Action curriculum and college readiness skills;
    • Correspondence with students and families on a bi-weekly basis regarding the student academic performance and growth;
  • Support the successful development, implementation, and execution of alumni programs and services;
  • Ensure a college-going culture across GOLCS high schools, ensuring that students have college in mind starting in fall of 9th grade;
  • Serve as a liaison between the CAC team, Network team, and high school leadership teams to ensure alignment.

Strategy

  • Oversee annual strategic planning efforts in a way that aligns with the organizational vision and goals, including ensuring that GOLCS staff consistently understand the alignment of the CAC team with the GOLCS mission;
  • Collaborate with Chief Strategy Officer on CAC Office strategic imperatives, reporting preparation, and grants stewardship impacting the College and Career Office.

Partnerships

  • Develop partnerships with organizations that can help prepare alumni for success in high school, college and careers, including providing academic and social support, summer opportunities, and career enrichment opportunities;
  • Cultivate, maintain, and leverage new or existing college or university partners to promote and ensure college access, success, persistence, and completion;
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with GOLCS middle schools and high school staff and families (within feeder patterns) to prepare students for high school.

Data-Driven Leadership

  • Oversee the management of College and Career Office database platforms (Naviance, Salesforce) and use GOLCS student and alumni data to inform the work of the CAC team to improve the preparation of GOLCS students for college;
  • Analyze alumni data, quantify current outcomes and future demands, map current dosage and duration of services, and develop a clear vision of how the College and Career Office is supporting the organization’s mission;
  • Maintain staff, family and stakeholder confidence and protect operations by keeping student and programming information confidential;
  • Coordinate with Lead College Counselor and high school leadership to conduct graduation audits to ensure students meet high school and state requirements.

Communication

  • Manage communication with key stakeholders – students, parents, faculty and staff, community members, and board members – to proactively engage all stakeholders in working towards college completion;
  • Ensure the successful implementation and execution of CAC team communication, events (Graduation, Senior Signing Day), and services focused on college readiness, college access, college persistence, college completion, and career readiness;
  • Act as point person for all organizational communication around College and Career Office programming, initiatives, and new developments;
  • Manage the College Office email and calendar regarding college tours/fairs and additional CAC programs;
  • Ensure a user-friendly, up-to-date and helpful college office website;
  • Other duties as assigned by the executive director.

KEY COMPETENCIES

  • Be flexible and ready to roll up their sleeves to complete the hard work at hand;
  • STRONGLY believe every student has the ability to succeed and remain data driven to inform actionable steps;
  • Be relentlessly committed to the mission of preparing every student for college and post-secondary success;
  • Possess strong entrepreneurial and team skills;
  • Possess the strong ability to be self-reflective, willing to learn and receive/give constructive feedback;
  • Possess the ability and flexibility to travel to visit and provide support to current students and alumni when necessary;
  • Have superb organizational and self-management skills and be able to handle multiple responsibilities effectively; have strong planning and execution skills; be a goal-oriented and effective problem-solver.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 5 to 7 years of work experience in high-growth, entrepreneurial charter school environment or a similar organization strongly preferred;
  • Demonstrated passion for and commitment to the support of educationally under-resourced students strongly preferred;
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited 4-year college; master’s degree preferred;
  • Experience helping educationally under-resourced students and their families navigate college admission, financial aid, and scholarship application procedures;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to exercise excellent judgment in decision-making; facilitate various size working groups, work collaboratively, and; gather and analyze data, compile information, and prepare reports;
  • Flexible and able to multi-task within a fast-moving environment while also driving toward clarity and solutions;
  • Proficient in MS Office, particularly Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and experience with utilizing databases;
  • Demonstrated ability to lead multiple high-profile and complex projects simultaneously and a strong ability to multitask, prioritize effectively, and manage time well to accomplish goals and drive change.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

Great Oaks Legacy Charter School offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package, including rich health insurance plans, professional development and coaching, and retirement benefits as part of the state pension plan.

TO APPLY

Please submit a resume online at https://apply.workable.com/j/43E8D295CF. For additional questions about this position or to speak with someone about your interest, please contact Hadley Kornacki at hkornacki@edgilityconsulting.com.

Great Oaks Legacy provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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Role

C Level Executive Leadership

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Senior Level

Great Oaks Legacy Charter School

GOLCS is a high-performing, innovative public charter school in Newark NJ, serving students from Pre-K-12th grade on multiple campuses. Our mission is to prepare students for success in college. We provide all children with the support they need to be empowered to thrive.
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