Jobs & Internships

The work of improving student success is as difficult as it is important, which is why Achieving the Dream, Inc. actively recruits colleagues who can help us accomplish and sustain positive change. Below are the positions for which Achieving the Dream is actively recruiting.


  • Job Overview

    This position is a core member of Achieving the Dream’s Teaching & Learning team, and will help guide and accelerate evidence-based change at ATD institutions by managing various projects and assisting with the overall strategic messaging and marketing efforts of the organization. The position is responsible for managing programs and projects designed to build institutional capacity supporting intentional integration, professional development, and engagement of full-time and part-time faculty in fostering inclusive, student-focused college cultures. The incumbent is tasked with producing dynamic thought leadership around faculty engagement and professional development in order to accelerate and sustain better student outcomes at ATD institutions nationwide.

    This position reports to the Director of Teaching & Learning, serves as a member of the Innovation team, and works collaboratively with other teams within ATD to ensure effective communication and collaboration across initiatives.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    Support the Development of ATD’s Teaching & Learning Portfolio (45%)

    • Support the strategic direction and implementation of teaching & learning services and support for the Network and the field.
    • Promote ATD’s position as a thought leader on teaching & learning in higher education through the publication of blogs, grant-related publications, presentations, in-person and virtual learning events, and partnerships with other organizations in the field.
    • Support the development and management of the implementation of robust tools, trainings, and events for Network colleges and the field.
    • Research the needs of ATD Network colleges in building capacity in Teaching & Learning.
    • Support the planning and execution of annual Teaching & Learning convenings and institutes.
    • Develop, organize, and facilitate sessions on Teaching & Learning at the annual DREAM conference.
    • Support the development and maintenance of partnerships with relevant organizations and vendors to further ATD’s work in Teaching & Learning.
    • Work with other ATD teams to increase alignment and collaboration across ATD’s learning initiatives.

    Manage ATD’s Teaching & Learning Programs (45%)

    • Support the management of the Engaging Adjunct Faculty in the Student Success Movement Initiative and collaborate on related teaching & learning initiatives.
    • Provide a faculty-focused perspective on all aspects of the initiative.
    • Work to develop and synthesize policies and practices that engage full-time and part-time faculty as change agents in the community college student success agenda.
    • Coordinate technical assistance throughout the grant period to ensure strong performance at participating institutions.
    • Catalogue reports and evaluations.
    • Coordinate professional and timely feedback to the colleges.
    • Synthesize findings, draft compliance reports for investors, and work with the ATD communications team to share results widely.
    • Coordinate the development, scheduling, and delivery of communications (email, social media posts, webinars, etc.) to grantees, grant partners, the ATD Network, and other project stakeholders.
    • Schedule and support regular video- and/or tele-conference calls with grantees, funders, and partners.
    • Assist in planning and provide on-site support to project-related events, including college site visits and other face-to-face convenings.

    Additional Responsibilities (10%)

    • Other duties as assigned.


    • Master’s degree required, preferably in field related to education, social sciences, or public policy
    • Minimum five years related experience, with some grants-management work; non-profit experience preferred
    • Experience teaching at the college level required, preferably in a community college
    • Demonstrated success at leading or supporting faculty professional development initiatives
    • Must be very detail-oriented and organized; able to monitor and execute multiple projects at once
    • Ability to work productively in both team and independent settings; ability to build strong and trusting relationships among ATD colleagues, external partners, and others to achieve buy-in and shared understanding
    • Experience creating goals and action plans with measurable outcomes
    • Strong oral communication and presentation skills with ability to communicate crucial information up, down and across
    • Ability to write fluidly and for various audiences
    • Exceptional customer service skills and professional demeanor with ability to manage work processes effectively and efficiently, and manage stakeholder expectations by clarifying assumptions at the onset of and during a project.
    • Must be self-motivated and disciplined with capacity to be highly productive working under pressure and within time constraints
    • Flexibility and a tolerance for ambiguity
    • Microsoft Office skills and familiarity with Google Apps and mobile devices (iPad and smart phone), Canvas, Salesforce, Qualtrics and Blackboard

    Position Details
    Position Type:    Full Time, Exempt
    Salary Grade:   6
    Reports To:     Director, Teaching & Learning
    Work Location:    Silver Spring, Maryland
    Level of Travel Required:  Moderate
    Start Date:    Immediately


    Achieving the Dream, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability (in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act) with respect to employment opportunities.

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  • Job Overview

    The person in this position is a core member of Achieving the Dream’s OER Degree Initiative team who supports and assists in the coordination of a variety of essential functions for this important and innovative project. This includes providing operational support, grant compliance, and communications assistance.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    Support OER Degree Initiative (100%)

    • Update and oversee the OER Degree Initiative project plan.
    • Coordinate the development, scheduling, and delivery of communication (email, social media posts, webinars, etc.) to grantees, grant partners, the ATD Network, and other project stakeholders.
    • Schedule and support regular video- and/or tele-conference calls with grantees, funders, and partners.
    • Assist in planning and provide onsite support to project-related events, including college site visits, face-to-face meetings, and annual summits.
    • Maintain and monitor processes for compliance reporting to OER Degree Initiative funders and from OER Degree Initiative grantees.
    • Assist in monitoring payment schedule, receipt of deliverables, and disbursement of grant funds.
    • Assist in writing of compliance reports, meeting summaries, news updates, and other written communications.
    • Help maintain and provide technical support with digital technologies, tools, and platforms used to support the initiative (Google Apps Suite, Asana, Slack, Zoom, among others).
    • Perform other duties as needed.


    • Bachelor’s degree and two years office experience (or AA degree with three years’ experience)
    • Experience in a nonprofit or higher education environment helpful
    • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, work independently, and produce high quality work products within tight time constraints
    • Ability to manage work processes effectively and efficiently to deliver high quality work; is able to plan for input or review by key stakeholders in advance of deadlines and incorporate feedback appropriately
    • Must be a strong communicator (written and oral); is timely and transparent in communication and uses clear, understandable, and respectful language in relating to others; has experience communicating crucial information up, down, and across, both inside and outside an organization.
    • Functions effectively in the context of cultural differences; uses inclusive language when communicating internally and externally
    • Excellent attention to detail, discretion, and commitment to follow-through
    • Must be expert using Microsoft Office tools, and have at least a basic understanding of HTML, Drupal, and Adobe Suite Products. Also requires familiarity with Google Apps and mobile devices; prior experience using SalesForce is highly desirable

    Position Details
    Position Type: Full Time, Exempt
    Salary Grade: 3
    Reports To: Director, OER Degree Initiative
    Work Location: Silver Spring, Maryland
    Level of Travel Required: Minimal



    Achieving the Dream, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, veteran status, sexual
    orientation, marital status, or disability (in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act) with respect to employment

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  • Job Overview

    Reporting to the COO, and serving as an integral member of the finance management team, this position is responsible for assisting in the development and improvement of ATD’s financial practices, and delivery of key ideas related to financial strategy.  The incumbent works with the COO to implement organizational efforts to manage ATD’s various financial obligations and sources of revenue, including:  network revenue and new revenue streams through fee for service models; new grant initiatives; ongoing grant obligations/temporarily restricted net assets; and all other forms of organizational revenue.  The position is also responsible for developing and implementing policies and procedures in the finance and general operations areas.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    Grants Management (35%)

    • Assists in evaluating grant opportunities from a financial lens before a decision is made to apply for funding.
    • Develops draft budgets for grant proposals; works with COO, finance, programs and operations staff to determine allocation of funds.
    • Reviews organizational budgets on an ongoing basis to develop strategies around grant staff allocations.
    • Monitors spending of allowable and unallowable grant expenses.
    • Enforces staff allocations.
    • Ensures that staff members properly code expenses to the appropriate grants and contracts.
    • Actively manages ongoing funder relationships, including tracking funder payments.
    • Works with other finance team members to prepare monthly budget-to-actual reports on grant and contract spending.
    • Meets with COO, PLT (President’s Leadership Team) and program leads on a monthly basis to check in on grant status.
    • Prepares financial reports to funders; prepares budget modifications as necessary.

    Budget Analysis (35%)

    • Works with COO, CEO and PLT to develop ATD’s operating budget.
    • Reviews organizational needs and objectives to add and subtract budget spending categories in such Gen OPs areas as technology, facilities, and human resources. Analyzes funding needs, and works with COO, VP of Development, and others running revenue-generating programs, regarding strategies for covering these needs through funding and other revenue streams.
    • Combines all the program and department budgets together into a consolidated organizational budget.
    • Upgrades and implements an appropriate system of policies, internal controls, accounting standards, and procedures as it relates to grants and contracts.
    • Projects organizational budgeting needs in traditional unfunded operational areas such as technology, infrastructure and communications.
    • Creates budgets for grant proposals and for contracts for network revenue.  Reviews budget proposals created by others for rationality, completeness, accuracy, and compliance with laws and other regulations.
    • Explains recommendations for funding requests to others in the organization.
    • Helps the COO and other managers to analyze proposed plans and find alternatives if the projected results are unsatisfactory.
    • Monitors grant and organizational spending to ensure that it is within budget.
    • Informs program managers of the status and availability of funds.
    • Works with COO to estimate future financial needs.

    Strategy, Vision and Leadership (15%)

    • Advises the COO, PLT and other management on financial planning, grants management, organizational budgeting, investment priorities, and financial/organizational policy matters.
    • Effectively communicates and presents on critical financial matters at PLT and board of directors and committee meetings, as necessary.
    • Supports resource development efforts with strategic budget development assistance.
    • Maintains continuous lines of communication, keeping the COO and CEO informed of all critical issues.
    • Represents ATD externally, as necessary, particularly with brokers, counsel and banking representatives.
    • Contributes to the development of ATD’s strategic goals and objectives as well as the financial management of the organization.

    Operations (15%)

    • Plans, coordinates, and executes the annual budget process.
    • Provides analytical support to ATD’s internal management team including development of internal management reporting capabilities.
    • Improves and stewards administrative and operational accounting services such as budgeting and grants payment processing.
    • Assists in the development and implementation of key controls.


    • Business or Accounting degree required; master’s in business administration or nonprofit management is preferred
    • CPA, MBA or equivalent required
    • Minimum eight years of progressive experience in a management role, ideally with both external audit and in-house financial management experience
    • Demonstrated understanding of the importance of the community college mission
    • Demonstrated understanding of nonprofit finance and accounting regulations
    • Proven track record of success facilitating progressive organizational change and development within a growing organization
    • Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills including negotiation and conflict resolution skills
    • Superior management skills; ability to build a team, influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers
    • Self-reliant, good problem solver, results oriented
    • Energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive; a team leader who can positively and productively impact both strategic and tactical finance and administration initiatives
    • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills with the ability to effectively interface with senior management, ATD’s board of directors, and staff
    • Ability to effectively communicate complex messages; can anticipate gaps and breakdowns in communications and is able to pre-empt such situations
    • Demonstrated ability to leverage broad range of concepts, principles, models, methods and tools
    • Can anticipate obstacles and likely outcomes, and create responsive strategies; is also able to anticipate potential roadblocks; works to remove obstacles for others
    • Demonstrated superior ability to make sound and evidence-based decisions, even in extremely difficult situations
    • Ability to operate as an effective tactical as well as strategic thinker
    • Prior experience with Financial Edge NXT software and ADP (or other time and attendance systems) highly desired; experience with Salesforce helpful
    • Advanced Microsoft Office skills (particularly Excel) and familiarity with Google Apps and mobile devices

    Position Type:    Full Time, Exempt
    Salary Grade:   9
    Reports To:     Chief Operating Officer
    Work Location:  Silver Spring, MD
    Level of Travel Required:  Minimal


    November 28, 2017

    Achieving the Dream, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, or disability (in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act) with respect to employment opportunities.

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