Director of College Completion

Director of College Completion

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 Completion
Oakland Promise College Completion team manages the CTE, two-year and four-year college
scholarships, advising, peer (CREWS) and volunteer mentors, workforce development, and
partnerships for Oakland public high school students. We are especially interested in skilled
individuals committed to social change who want to ensure the success of students
underrepresented in college, attend and graduate and expand their life opportunities. College
Completion serves over 2000 scholars in postsecondary education. We provide scholarships
(financial), advising, mentorship, and online support for our students and families in our programs
to help them access the resources necessary to persist in college and create opportunities for
students to build relationships with mentors and peer advising through the CREWS program. The
team has a $2.5+M program budget, 14 in-house staff, and several partners. We are enrolling 700
new scholars with the class of 2022, and growth goals are set as part of the Oakland Promise
Strategic Plan to reach 1500 new scholars/year by 2026.

Oakland Promise, an Oakland-based nonprofit organization, seeks an exceptional Director for its
College Completion program. This executive team member is responsible for all strategic and
operational aspects of OP’s College Completion. Under the direct supervision of the Chief
Executive Officer, the College Completion Director formulates, implements, evaluates and
communicates all aspects of the College Completion program. The Director will be responsible
for the operations of the College Completion program, including delivery of services and
resources to students and families, the leadership of the program staff and partners, relationships
with external partners, communications about the program, evaluation of service quality and
impact, oversight of assessments of the program, cross-program collaboration and integration
within Oakland Promise.

Duties & Responsibilities

A successful Director of College Completion will have the ability to:
● Provide strategic leadership to the College Completion program.
● Work with an exceptional team and be a creative thinker and a problem solver with a
systems perspective.
● Set College Completion program goals objectives, and ensure alignment of program
strategies and staff work plans. Set priorities for administrative data gathering, and
oversee analysis.
● Develop and maintain external partnerships in college success, mentoring, college
advising, postsecondary institutions, scholarships, and workforce development to meet
program objectives.
● Supervise and support College Completion staff, set work plans, complete performance
● Manage all College Completion MOUs, contracts, partners and collaborate
with external service providers
● Support and/or lead cross-program collaborations within Oakland Promise
● Prepare and manage a $5M program budget
● Work closely with the Development team in fundraising, including seeking new funding
sources, maintaining College Completion funder relationships, and assisting in writing
grants and grant reports. Guide the College Completion program evaluation and develop
impact reports for funders and programmatic changes.
● Represent College Completion and Oakland Promise more broadly to external
stakeholders and the media; present at conferences, panels, and other forums.
● Generate written communications about College Completion
● Coordinate and support all OP Scholar events (Awards Ceremony, semi-annual Retreats,
Parent Night, Mentor/Scholar Kick-Off, and Persistence Night)
● Other duties as required

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 on Postsecondary
Education, nonprofit management, mentoring, or related field.
● 5+years of successful experience in nonprofit management, program implementation, and
● Knowledge of Mentoring (peer and volunteer), postsecondary education, and workforce
● Strong connection and knowledge of Oakland’s educational landscape, including
familiarity with OUSD, Peralta, CSU, and UC.
● 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
strategic plans
● Experience setting up program operations systems, including piloting, assessing, and
improving systems
● Knowledge of and experience related to public education, parent engagement, data
management, evaluation, mentoring and postsecondary advising, retention, workforce development, and college completion/degree attainment. 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

Preferred Qualifications
● Knowledge of and connections to Oakland communities
● Experience managing a budget of at least $2 million
● Experience in fundraising and funder relationships
● 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 are required.
● Bay Area: Currently remote with the expectation to be available locally if we return to the

    • 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 Completion [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 don’t include your 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.

Application Process:

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