Job Description: Program management and leadership
Provide effective day-to-day management and administration for the Furman College Advising Corps.
Supervise 7-10 advisers.
Proactively identify and implement methods for publicizing and promoting the activities of the Furman College Advising Corps.
Establish, nurture, and sustain relationships, communication, and collaboration between and among the host institution, College Advising Corps, partner high schools and districts, funding agencies, and other stakeholders.
Contribute to best practice sharing with fellow program directors in College Advising Corps' national network
Establish and nurture relationships with other college access and community programs in the area and beyond - community agencies, the business community, alumni, and community members for the purpose of increasing collaboration, fundraising and program expansion opportunities.
Supervision of advisers
Identify, recruit, hire, train, and evaluate advisers.
Lead the planning and implementation of on-campus pre- and in-service training.
Assist each adviser in the development of site-specific strategic plans.
Assess advisers' effectiveness and encourage professional development.
Provide effective supervision, coaching, and leadership for advisers.
Communicate regularly with advisers, visit advisers in their service communities, and implement additional methods for assuring advisers meet the goals of College Advising Corps.
Management of relationships with partner high schools and community
Work with school partners; site supervisors and leadership to resolve issues that arise
Maintain regular contact with high school counselors and administrators in support of the Furman College Advising Corps program.
Consult regularly with partner school principals, counselors, and teachers and district leadership.
Communicate frequently and effectively with site supervisor at each school.
Budget and grants management
Oversee Furman College Advising Corps program budget
Manage aspects of grant funding as needed (e.g., assure deliverables, complete and submit reports, coordinate site visits, coordinate inquiries from gran agencies).
Track and manage grant funds to assure their proper use, maintain records, and prepare financial reports as necessary.
Work collegially with College Advising Corps funders and provide reports regarding Advising Corps outcomes, progress, and activities as requested.
Evaluation and assessment
Oversee ongoing data collection and analysis processes and program outcomes reports (e.g., liaison to the national office, work closely with program data analyst and data contacts at school districts and in partner high schools).
Evaluate performance of program through visits to high schools on a regular basis and development and oversight of a formal review process with high schools to assure program goals are being met.
There will be 5-10 trips to the service area for 1-2 days during the course of the year.
Regularly analyze data collected to gauge the effectiveness and impact of individual advisers and the program as a whole.
Work with staff from College Advising Corps development office and other to identify and implement activities to generate financial support for College Advising Corps program.
Represent the program to media, community organizations and other interested parties.
Host funders for site visits as needed.
Competencies: The Program Director will be a leader with experience in managing programs in college access or advising, national service, college admissions, school counseling, K-12, nonprofit management, and/or higher education.
The ideal candidate for this position will possess the following competencies and attributes:
Demonstrable passion for College Advising Corp's mission.
A minimum of a Bachelor's degree plus 5 or more years experience in education or relevant community work. Advanced degree preferred.
Strong skills and experience in management; program structure and process; grant management; documentation, data collection and analysis.
Knowledge of and experience with college access, K-12, preparation, and guidance efforts with under-represented youth.
Interest in and ability to engage, collaborate with, support, and educate recent college graduates.
Track record of execution and change orientation: open-mindedness; focus on assessment, constant improvement, and accountability; attention to detail.
Excellent organizational and prioritizing skills, communication and presentation skills; ability to generate enthusiasm and understanding with variety of audiences and partners.
Experience with program evaluation and school-based nonprofits.
Supervisory experience strongly preferred.
Excellent analytical and abstract reasoning skills, plus excellent organization skills.
Exceptional written, oral, and interpersonal skills.
Furman is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. The University aspires to create a community of people representing a multiplicity of identities including gender, race, religion, spiritual belief, sexual orientation, geographic origin, socioeconomic background, ideology, world view, and varied abilities. Domestic partners of employees are eligible for comprehensive benefits.
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