Executive Director of College Readiness and Access
Hyde Park Campus
70680 VP For Civic Engagement
About the Unit
Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Civic Engagement, the Executive Director will provide leadership, oversee and administer programs, budgets, operations and staff of existing OCE college readiness programs, including the Collegiate Scholars Program and the Office of Special Programs – College Prep.
The Executive Director will provide leadership in cross functional division work within the broader University to faculty and staff for the development and enhancement of ongoing youth outreach and engagement initiatives. This position will provide leadership and resources to expand and develop new and existing college access and success models through engaging internal and external stakeholders such as, school administrators, teachers, students, parents, the philanthropic community and organizations that share the University's common interest in ensuring equitable outcomes for Chicago's youth; especially students who reside or attend school in the mid-South-Side. The Executive Director will also be responsible for building a new strategic and comprehensive college access support ecosystem that advances the University's commitment to and impact on college access, readiness, affordability, and success for the next generation of urban youth.
Areas of focus:
- Setting Vision and Direction
Drawing upon staff, faculty, and students from across the University, as well as the resources of the Office of Civic Engagement (OCE), the Executive Director will strengthen existing college readiness initiatives and develop new strategies and initiatives that fulfill the University's and OCE's strategic priorities. This role will also be critical to ensuring delivery of high-quality college access and success programming to youth participants of respective programs and initiatives.
- Program Leadership and Management
The Executive Director will directly lead and manage the Collegiate Scholars Program and the Office of Special Programs – College Prep. This position will build on the current college readiness programming and curriculum in order to help students develop the skills necessary to grow and meet new challenges.
- Internal and External Partnership Engagement
The Executive Director will identify, attract, and maintain individual and organizational support for existing and new college access initiatives. This position will work in consultation with OCE senior leadership as well as other UChicago staff and leadership to create a comprehensive college access ecosystem at the University of Chicago. The Executive Director will also work to raise the profile of the University's college access models locally and nationally through a variety of communications avenues. These efforts will include facilitating opportunities for local organizations to participate in University functions, creating connections for the University's faculty and student population, and planning convenings to bring together partner institutions.
- Lead organizational development and decision-making in service of each respective college access program's emerging strategic goals.
- Collaborate with the Alumni Relations and Development Office for programmatic stewardship and fundraising activities.
- Collaborate with College Admissions to support their initiatives and drive progress in UChicago Promise and UChicago Empowerment by developing, sustaining and leveraging internal and external University relationships to maximize and expand educational opportunities for Chicago high school students; including ongoing evaluation and development of new initiatives and approaches.
- Collaborate with OCE's Director of Development and Program Evaluation, and Director of Strategy, Research Initiatives and Philanthropic Partnerships to review and evaluate programs to assess efficacy and design and implement program improvements as needed.
- Collect and maintain student academic data, demographic data, history and anecdotal documentation.
- Prepare reports and analyses as needed.
- Supervise and hire lead staff.
- Coordinate high-level partnerships with the University of Chicago's College Admissions Office, the Urban Education Institute, The College, Office of the Provost, Alumni Relations and Development and other university divisions as needed.
- Demonstrated track record of assuming increasing responsibility within an institution, and working with program staff and senior staff to develop and advance program models and design.
- Ability to work effectively across an institution of higher education – including students, faculty, and staff – and with the broader community, including community and civic organizations.
- Excellence in organizational management with the ability to plan and execute on both strategic and tactical levels.
- Exhibits energy and desire to achieve; sets ambitious goals and acts decisively; takes action that no one has requested to improve or enhance job results and avoid problems.
- Ability to dynamically communicate and advocate for missions and goals.
- Demonstrated ability to build relationships.
- Ability to maintain calm and courteous demeanor and to work productively despite heavy workload, competing priorities, complex problems, and tight deadlines required.
- Demonstrated ability to contribute as a colleague and team player.
- Familiarity with Chicago area and national college access community and philanthropic sector preferred.
- Ability to effectively work with senior level management at internal and external organizations.
- Ability to lead a team toward a common goal and shared outcomes, while developing their professional careers.
Education, Experience or Certifications:
- Bachelor's degree required.
- Advanced degree required.
- Minimum of ten years of progressive experience working in education or college prep/access required.
- Knowledge and experience working with Chicago Public Schools required.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including for executive-level audiences required.
- Experience in program budgeting and fiscal management required.
- Experience managing and executing development plans for an organization required, including developing and tracking success measures required.
- Experience working in higher education and/or research-related institutions preferred.
- Experience designing and implementing workshops and programs preferred.
- Experience with college admissions and financial aid required.
- Self-motivated and able to work independently required.
Technical Knowledge or Skills:
- Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint) and Google Docs required.
- Cover Letter
- Reference list
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
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