Honors Pathway (HP) seeks to recruit a full-time Executive Director to support first-time college students in an innovative college pathway program at our newest site to be located in Los Angeles, CA. The estimated start date for this position is on or before December 1, 2020.
Honors Pathway (HP) is a social venture headquartered in Oakland, CA. HP partners with a growing network of non-profit, regionally accredited universities and public high schools to operate MicroCollege programs. These unique college pathway programs enable low-income students to complete their first two years of college in a highly supportive environment – at no cost to them or their families.
MicroCollege is designed to help students who are "college-capable, but not yet college-ready," successfully transition to college. College courses and coaching are offered in small class sizes at standalone MicroCollege sites. Each cohort of 30-35 students is assigned a Success Director and two Academic Coaches (Math and English) who provide over 500 hours of academic coaching and support each year.
MicroCollege sites are fun, vibrant locations where staff and faculty build authentic connections with students and help them develop the skills and habits to become successful in college and in life. To learn more about MicroCollege, visit www.microcollege.info.
Honors Pathway is seeking an Executive Director to manage the ongoing operation of a MicroCollege pathway program serving approximately 175 students. The Executive Director will manage 5-7 full-time staff and 30-40 part-time staff, including program Faculty, Student Success Managers, and Academic Coaches. The Executive Director will report to the Senior Vice President of Programs. Due to Covid-19, this role will begin as a remote/virtual position but will eventually transition to an on-site position.
Estimated Start Date: On or before December 1, 2020
Location: Los Angeles, CA
- Manage and oversee a college pathway program with several dozen employees serving approximately 175 students annually.
- Ensure employees both model and support students' development of a growth mindset, while helping students build confidence in their capacity to succeed academically despite setbacks.
- Represent the MicroCollege to public school administrators, applicants, and parents in connection with student enrollment.
- Meet student enrollment, achievement, and retention goals by, among other things, ensuring staff provides active student support.
- Coordinate with the Operations Team to schedule classes, including a weekly student success seminar.
- Plan and coordinate extracurricular activities and events.
- Ensure staff develop and implement a college transition plan for each student, including reviewing college applications and supporting students with the FAFSA.
- Develop and implement creative strategies for assisting students with unique needs across a wide range of college preparedness.
- Regularly collaborate with the SVP Programs and SVP of Operations.
- Regularly engage with local stakeholders, including parents/guardians, family members, student support groups, transfer colleges, and local non-profit partners.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Prior education leadership experience at the secondary or post-secondary level or experience leading a mission-driven organization focused on helping students transition from high school to college.
- Demonstrated success in leading teams or organizations that have helped students who have underperformed academically become successful students, including low-income students from diverse backgrounds.
- Willingness to use non-traditional approaches to fostering and ensuring student success, coupled with experience leading teams that "goes the extra mile" for students as needed.
- Exceptional interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate with a diverse group of students and staff.
- Demonstrated competence in serving students and staff of diverse racial, ethnic, academic, and socio-economic backgrounds; sexual orientation, and disabilities.
- Bachelor's Degree from a regionally-accredited college or university (minimum), Master's Degree preferred.
During this time of COVID-19, we understand there is a lot of uncertainty and we are all learning to navigate personal and professional priorities in new ways. The Executive Director will not only have a critical role in setting guidelines and procedures for the local site but also in enforcing them for the ongoing safety of the students and the staff.
Successful candidates will be required to submit official transcripts, as well as undergo a pre-employment criminal history background check along with LiveScan fingerprinting for any required partner school districts.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The mission of Honors Pathway is to help low-income, college students earn four-year college degrees and launch professional careers. Honors Pathway is an equal opportunity employer committed to student success. All employment decisions shall be made without regard to age, race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status, or any other basis as protected by federal, state, or local law.