Director, College Access Program (CAP)

Location: Brooklyn, NY (Hybrid Work Model)
Position Code: 8HMK2

Job Summary:

The College Access Program (CAP) Program inspires participants to envision the role that post-secondary education plays on their path to sustainable, well-paid careers. CAP supports participants through their post-secondary journey by providing individualized college and career exploration workshops, college admission preparation, financial aid support, career readiness skills, and access to credential training opportunities. The CAP Director will work closely with the Chief Program Officer to implement programs focused on preparing participants for college and beyond. The director will design and implement a comprehensive pre-collegiate and collegiate program model for OBT. They will lead a team of counselors and interns and foster a college access and success culture for the organization.

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Plan, oversee, and support all aspects of the postsecondary planning and admissions process for OBT participants.
  • Develop and implement strategies to support college persistence. This includes mentoring, career and college training, alumni support.
  • Plan and implement CAP activities and special events
  • Collaborate with OBT directors and programs to create a robust college and careers pipeline for participants.
  • Ensure all programs are operating within budget and meeting program contractual requirements.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with college administration, faculty, support services and extracurricular staff to facilitate college enrollment and retention.
  • Represent OBT in partner conversations regarding college, advanced training, and credit for prior learning opportunities.
  • Oversee day-to-day activities of the CAP department, including supervision of staff and managing alumni correspondence and walk-ins.
  • Model development and maintenance of key collaborative relationships, including with program staff, Department of Education, community partners, colleges, and advanced training organizations.
  • Track progress towards meeting all outcomes and funder obligations and develop and execute action plans to address gaps.
  • Collaborate with the Salesforce Manager and Development team around data collection and reporting processes, including managing data entry for college outcomes data collected from external partners
  • Work closely with OBT’s retention services unit to ensure all required documentation to support outcomes is secured and documented.
  • Work with Chief Program Officer, and outside consultants in the grant writing process.
  • Utilize social networking sites to increase the visibility of CAP program offerings.
  • Perform all other appropriate duties assigned by Chief Program Officer.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • A passionate commitment to OBT’s mission and vision, and an understanding of the inextricable relationships between workforce development, post-secondary planning, and equity.
  • A track record in program leadership in youth development, preferably in college, employment, or career-oriented programs.
  • Demonstrated experience developing programmatic systems to enhance program outcomes.
  • The ability to establish strong working relationships with colleagues, participants, and external stakeholders.
  • The ability to work creatively, resourcefully, and collaboratively while exhibiting flexibility in achieving results.
  • Experience working on multiple projects and balancing competing priorities.
  • Strong skill set in data management and data tracking; demonstrated experience managing data collection, analysis, and reporting.

Education and Training:

Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree or substantial professional development in related field preferred

Minimum of 3 years’ experience in education, youth development, or community-based organizations.

Other Qualifications:
These are the skills & attributes that all OBT employees need in order to meet the expectations of each other, our participants, and our partners.

Communicate with Clarity – Be clear, concise, and actionable. Be relentlessly constructive. Seek and provide meaningful feedback.

Work with Purpose – Exhibit a “We Can” mindset. Results outweigh effort. Everyone understands how their role contributes. Set aside personal objectives for team results.

Drive to Decision – Cut the swirl with defined deadlines and decision points. Be clear on individual accountability and decision authority. Guided by a commitment to and accountability for mission outcomes.

Own the Outcome – Defined milestones, commitments and intended results. Assess your work in context, if you’re unsure, ask. Demonstrate unwavering support for decisions.

 Why You Should Join Us

  • Salary is $65,000k – $70,000k + full competitive benefits
  • We are a passionate and motivated staff excited to propel NYC’s young adult communities
  • Growth orientated, entrepreneurial work environment that pairs high accountability with high support