Director of College Access
Reports to: CEO
About Oakland Promise
The mission of Oakland Promise is to engage the Oakland community to advance equity and
economic mobility through cradle-to-career educational opportunities. Founded in 2016, Oakland
Promise is a citywide movement with over 50 implementation partners working towards our
shared vision. Oakland Promise supports children and families from birth through college and
career to ensure that postsecondary success is a reality for all Oaklanders. Oakland Promise
includes four programs: Brilliant Baby, Kindergarten to College (K2C), College Access, and
College Scholarships & Completion, providing a cradle to career continuum of college-focused
support for students. Our goal is to dramatically increase the number of college graduates from
Oakland and ensure that all students hold a college-bound identity. We seek a hard-working,
strategic, highly detail-oriented individual to join our community in undertaking this vital work.
College Access Team
Under the direct supervision of the Chief Executive Officer, the College Access Director
formulates, implements, evaluates and communicates all aspects of the College Access program.
The Director of College Access is responsible for developing, coordinating, and maintaining
records of our access services and partnerships for our 6th-12th programs. Oakland Promise
Future Centers, along with other high schools’ college and career centers, bridge support and
advising and bridge support and advising for our 6-12 grade scholars. One of the main focuses of
work is scaling OP’s Career Technical Education, two-year and four-year college scholarship
program, and continuing to develop and improve the implementation of our curriculum for
students’ transition from middle school to high school and high school to postsecondary
education. The team has a combined $1.5M program budget, six in-house staff, and several
partnerships. We will enroll 700 new scholars with the class of 2022, and growth goals are set as
part of the Oakland Promise Strategic Plan to reach 1500/year by 2026.
Primary Duties Responsibilities include:
● In partnership with Oakland schools, provide college advising, career exploration, financial
literacy, and activities to build a college-going culture at participating middle schools and
● Coordinate with OUSD College access professionals to support school-wide support and
incentives for FAFSA completion. Some direct facilitation of seminars and outreach to
parents around college savings accounts, the Oakland Promise Scholarship, and college
access in middle and high schools.
● Training and supporting volunteers to support the “college crunch.” and closely
collaborate with OUSD high schools and other college access providers to increase
FAFSA completion and submission into CSAC. Work in partnership with OUSD high schools to increase high school graduates’
postsecondary matriculation rate, which includes an annual increase in the completion
and submission of college applications, financial aid, OP Scholarship application, and
CREWS program; with a focus on our most vulnerable student populations
● Set College Access program goals objectives, and program strategies from middle school
to and through high school and postsecondary opportunities and staff work plans.
● Provide strategic and direct support to students and parents to educate and eradicate
● Work closely with the Development team in fundraising, including seeking new funding
sources, maintaining College Access funder relationships, and assisting in writing grants
and grant reports.
● Guide the College Access program evaluation and develop impact reports for funders and
● Represent College Access and Oakland Promise more broadly to external stakeholders
and the media, which includes written communications and presentations at conferences,
panels and other forums about College Access, panels, and other forums.
● Manage all College Access MOUs, contracts, partners and collaborate with external
● Liaise with community members and staff to organize the Black College Expo.
● Support and lead cross-program collaborations within Oakland Promise
● Promote and coordinate the Scholar selection process for our OP Great Expectations
Scholarship and integrate scholarships into school access services.
● Coordinate and support all OP Scholar events (Awards Ceremony, semi-annual Retreats,
Parent Night, Mentor/Scholar Kick-Off, and Persistence Night).
The successful candidate will have:
● Any combination of training/education and experience equivalent to a masters/graduate
degree from an accredited college/university with an emphasis in K-12 and Postsecondary
Education, nonprofit management, mentoring, or related field
● 5+ years of successful experience in nonprofit management, program implementation, and
● Knowledge of college access best practices for K-12 and postsecondary education
● Strong connection and knowledge of Oakland’s educational landscape, including
familiarity with OUSD and Oakland Public charter schools
● Exemplary communication skills and demonstrated ability to write and present orally.
Experience supervising diverse staff, building team buy-in
● Demonstrated strategic thinking and organizational skills needed to develop and execute
● Experience setting up program operations systems, including piloting, assessing, and
● Knowledge of and experience related to public education, parent engagement, data
management, evaluation, mentoring and postsecondary advising, retention, and college
● Strong interpersonal skills as demonstrated by the ability to establish and maintain
effective relationships with people both inside and outside of the organization
● Commitment to supporting a diverse, inclusive, transparent, and equity-centered
● Knowledge of and connections to Oakland communities
● Experience managing a budget of at least $1 million
● Experience in fundraising and funder relationships
● Knowledge of Salesforce and Survey Monkey
● Full-time non-exempt position
● Pay Band: $105,000 to $135,000
● Oakland Promise offers medical, dental, and vision benefits, 401k, vacation, and sick time.
● Some evening and weekend hours may be required.
We are looking for candidates available to start immediately and encourage you to apply if you
are interested in and qualified for the position
To apply: Send a single PDF (NOT a Microsoft Word document) of a resume and a thoughtful
cover letter to [email protected] with “OP Director, College Access [Your Name]” in the
subject line. Please use your last name and first initial (ex: Doe_J) as the filename of your PDF
containing your resume and cover letter. Failure to follow these instructions may delay the review
of your application. Applications will be reviewed immediately, and candidates with the best fit will
be contacted for interviews. Unfortunately, the volume of applications will prevent us from
responding to all applications received.
*Your application will be denied if you do not include a cover letter and resume
Oakland Promise is an equal opportunity employer. Oakland Promise is committed to providing a work environment
free of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and disrespectful or other unprofessional conduct based on sex
(including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), sex stereotype, race, religion (including
religious dress and grooming practices), color, gender (including gender identity, gender expression, and transgender),
national origin (including language use restrictions and possession of a driver’s license issued under Vehicle Code
section 12801.9), ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, registered
domestic partner status, age, sexual orientation, military, and veteran status or any other basis protected by federal,
state or local law or ordinance or regulation. It also prohibits discrimination, harassment, disrespectful or unprofessional
conduct based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics or is associated with a person who has
or is perceived as having any of those characteristics.