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Program Director

College and Career Plaza is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing college access and career development support to high school students in Northern New Mexico. Our mission is to empower students to make informed decisions about their future education and career paths.

Scope of Position

As a Program Director, you will be responsible for overseeing and managing all aspects of our college access and career development programs. This includes developing and implementing program goals, designing curriculum, managing a team of program coordinators, and building partnerships with educational institutions and community organizations.

10 Month Hybrid Schedule

Annual work schedule is August 1 – May 31, with summers off. This position is hybrid, with approximately 50% of the work being home based and 50% on site.

Responsibilities

Program Design and Development:

  • Design and develop innovative college and career programs that align with the needs and goals of schools, students, and families.
  • Research industry trends, educational best practices, and workforce demands to inform program development and ensure relevance.
  • Synthesize program design to be utilized as a model for program growth into additional schools.
  • Support growth into additional high schools.
  • Create a program design,
  • Develop presentation and curricular materials for site coordinators to utilize in classrooms.
  • Work with site coordinators, principals, teachers and counselors to integrate college and career activities into the existing curriculum and extracurricular programs.
  • Implement strategies to engage students from diverse backgrounds and address the unique needs of underserved populations.

Student Support and Guidance:

  • Work with the Executive Director, Site Coordinators and High School Principals to develop and implement a site-specific school year program calendar for 9th – 12th grades at program sites.
  • Train and support program coordinators to ensure quality, equitable, and relevant college and career guidance is delivered to students.
  • Coordinate and attend campus wide college and career events, college visits, guest speaker events, and other activities.
  • Design and co-facilitate evening workshops and seminars for parents/guardians to educate them about the college application process and financial planning, including Family FAFSA Nights.
  • Ensure collaborative and functional programmatic and special project integration occurs at partner schools.
  • Work with site coordinators to develop and implement a structured, paid CCP student internship program.
  • Develop workshops, classroom presentations, and advisory presentations with Site Coordinators.
  • Work with Site Coordinators to develop and co-facilitate classroom presentations.
  • Attend and cross support all on campus events.
  • Ensure that visits/presentations from post- secondary institutions (colleges, trade school), local businesses and professionals for students at partner schools occur regularly.
  • Provide and coordinate training and professional development for site coordinators, with a special focus on ensuring career coaching and career exploration/development programs are of high quality.
  • Maintain cohesion of services between high school campuses.
  • Substitute at centers when needed and provide additional guidance support during high student flows (usually occurs around deadlines).

Collaboration and Partnership:

  • Establish partnerships with colleges, universities, businesses, and community organizations to connect students and families to opportunities, including degree programs, tech programs, dual enrollment programs, internships, apprenticeships, and industry certifications.
  • Collaborate with school staff and external stakeholders to coordinate college fairs, career expos, and other events that connect students with post-secondary education and career opportunities.
  • Serve as a liaison between employers and higher education institutions to promote internship and job placement opportunities for students.
  • Support the Executive Director with donor relations and fundraising as needed.

Data Analysis and Evaluation:

  • Collect and analyze data related to program effectiveness, student outcomes, and participation rates to assess the impact of college and career initiatives.
  • Use evaluation findings to make data-driven decisions, identify areas for improvement, and adjust program strategies as needed.
  • Prepare reports and presentations for the Executive Director to communicate program achievements and challenges.

College and Career Resources:

  • Maintain digital lists and print resources for scholarship, internship and job opportunities.
  • Manage and update CCP web pages, google sheets, and on site visual resources for students.
  • Manage Canva flyers and Canva presentations to ensure content is organized for utilization between sites and is consistent with CCP program approach and branding.

Communications & Marketing:

  • Maintain positive and professional relationships with stakeholders.
  • Work with site coordinators to design and distribute weekly newsletters for parents and students at each campus.
  • Manage photography and video capture for outward facing community newsletter and social media.
  • Work with site coordinators to ensure high visibility across campus and professional newsletters/emails are regularly distributed to students, staff and families.
  • Support site coordinators to maintain positive, professional relationships with teachers, counselors, students and parents.
  • Write a monthly career spotlight for the CCP community newsletter.

Administrative:

  • Support recruiting and onboarding of new program staff as needed.
  • Utilize the CCP staff handbook as a guide for managing expectations and staff accountability.
  • Manage site budgets including receipts for offline purchases.
  • Make recommendations to the Executive Director around programmatic needs and associated costs.
  • Oversee program staff hours, paid time off, and reporting cycles.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred).
  • Previous experience in college counseling, career development, youth development, and/or program management within a non profit and/or educational setting.
  • Understanding of college admissions processes, financial aid resources, and career pathways.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage and motivate staff, students, parents, educators, and community partners.
  • Proficiency in data analysis and evaluation techniques to assess program effectiveness and inform decision-making.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and build partnerships with external stakeholders.
  • Commitment to equity and inclusion, with the ability to address the needs of diverse student populations and promote access to opportunities for all students.
  • Ability to manage time and achieve goals independently.
  • Strong written and verbal communications and interpersonal skills.
  • High level of professionalism.
  • Ability to utilize current technology and adapt to new technologies as a primary working and communications tool.
  • Proficiency in all Google apps including docs, spreadsheets and calendar.
  • Proficiency in Canva Pro or other presentation and design programs.
  • Available some evenings during the school year.
  • Creativity and flexibility as the organization grows.

Additional Requirements

  • Must pass a Background Check.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and car insurance.
  • Must be able to lift and carry office supplies, tech and materials to sites
  • Must be able to drive regularly from home office to sites, travel between sites, as well as drive to trainings, meetings and events throughout Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico.

About Us

At College and Career Plaza, we are dedicated to empowering high school students in Northern New Mexico through comprehensive college access and career development programs. Our mission is to ensure that under-resourced and underrepresented youth have the tools and support they need to achieve their educational and career goals.

Email resume, cover letter, and references to careers@collegecareerplaza.org

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $55,000.00 – $60,000.00 per year

Benefits:

  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance