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.

Jobs

  • Job Overview

    By providing administrative and operational support across the organization, the incumbent in this role will get broad exposure as to how a national nonprofit functions.  The position proactively supports ATD by providing logistical, operational, and administrative assistance in two main areas.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

     

    Provide Operational Support to Events Team (50%)

    • Provides customer service and support to conference attendees and internal customer inquiries.
    • Maintains and updates various databases and websites; monitors and tracks registration and housing; compiles pre-and post-conference reports.
    • Generates and proofs correspondence, name badges, agendas, etc.
    • Assures follow-through on all aspects of meeting contracts, with regards to deposits, deadlines, and concessions.
    • Obtains vendor quotes and coordinates selection of vendors needed for meetings.
    • Prepares invoices for review/payment.
    • Attends assigned meetings to assist with registration and logistics, and attends to other on-site meeting-related items as needed.
    • Supports Event staff's goals to maximize revenue from critical events through various means, including by providing staff with up to date research on pricing for comparable events, booth pricing practices, etc.

    Provide Assistance to President’s Leadership Team (PLT) (50%)

    • Provides support for PLT meetings and retreats, including at monthly PLT “home week” meetings, including working with staff to create and circulate agendas for meetings, gathering materials for same, taking meeting notes, driving follow-up actions.
    • Facilitates information-flow and sharing among staff in support of effective and timely decision-making.
    • Provides scheduling and other support for PLT members, including coordinating travel arrangements for PLT members and assisting with expense reports.
    • Assists in management of the President’s calendar; obtains and assimilates information related to President for meetings, appointments, presentations
    • Attends meetings and conferences with the President as requested; prepares notes and action items from each meeting; relays follow-up information to departments and other stakeholders.
    • Assists Data/Coaching team with administration of coaching contacts, site visit reports and coach assignments (in Salesforce and other systems).

    Skills/Qualifications/Experience

    • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience) required
    • Minimum two years of operational and administrative experience, preferably at a college or nonprofit organization
    • Demonstrated attention to detail and capacity to track and systematize information, along with demonstrated project management skills
    • Ability to maintain a professional demeanor in a fast-paced environment, easily handling and overcoming scheduling demands/conflicts and multiple simultaneous requests; flexibility and a tolerance for ambiguity
    • Skill in managing executive calendars and skill in organizing, planning and coordinating meetings and travel arrangements
    • Independence, good judgment, and diplomatic skills
    • Discretion and exemplary capacity to maintain confidentiality
    • Ability to communicate professionally with a variety of constituent groups such presidents, board members, faculty, students, and government and other officials
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the demonstrated ability to prepare talking points, briefings and short PowerPoint presentations; ability to write fluidly for various audiences
    • Ability to demonstrate a collaborative workstyle by building relationships among ATD colleagues, external partners, and others to achieve buy-in and shared understanding; recognizes how own role and responsibilities contribute to the team’s performance vis a vis others’ roles
    • Ability to recognize when an isolated issue or problem is part of an interconnected set of issues or more complex problem
    • Experience in regularly managing work flow against expectations and an overall work plan in order to ensure alignment and make adjustments as needed
    • Required technology skills:  Microsoft Office Suite; familiarity with Google Apps and mobile devices; experience using web-based conference systems; knowledge of web-based mail merging/marketing tools along with experience using Salesforce or similar CRM

    Level of Travel Required:  Moderate


    April 2, 2018

    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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Internships

  • job description

    The Innovation Team Intern will assist with higher education research and analysis and the coordination of a variety of essential functions to further Achieving the Dream’s mission to ensure community college success, particularly for low-income students and students of color. The Innovation Team Intern will report to the Director of Teaching & Learning and work cross functionally with other Innovation Team members. This is an eight-week summer internship position.

    duties and responsibilities

    • Provide administrative and research support to the Innovation Team, with particular focus on Holistic Student Supports and Teaching & Learning. 
    • Perform research projects and writing succinct memoranda and briefing papers in support of Achieving the Dream’s mission and goals.
    • Analyze and synthesize promising practices and common challenges of Achieving the Dream institutions. 
    • Develop and maintain project plans.
    • Assist in the writing of compliance reports, meeting summaries, news updates, and other written communications.
    • Coordinate and support webinars and other learning events for Achieving the Dream institutions. 
    • Provide support to colleges that have received grants through Achieving the Dream’s Learning Initiatives, including scheduling and attending sessions to monitor progress and coordinate sharing. 
    • Gather and organize regular updates about the work of ATD’s Innovation Team and disseminate important information within Achieving the Dream.
    • Attend and document relevant internal and external meetings and events. 
    • Complete other duties as assigned, including administrative functions.

    skills / qualifications / experience

    • Bachelor’s degree preferred, graduate students encouraged to apply. 
    • Education or experience in higher education, sociology, policy, or related field preferred. 
    • Must be a strong communicator (written and oral) with excellent attention to detail, discretion, and  commitment to follow-through. 
    • Must have the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, work independently, and produce  high quality work products within tight time constraints. 
    • Must recognize and commit to the urgency of ATD’s mission. Community college experience  preferred. 
    • Required technology skills: Microsoft Office and familiarity with Google Apps and mobile devices (iPad and smart phone). 

     

    April 27, 2018

    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

    Achieving the Dream, Inc. (ATD), a growing education-based national nonprofit organization, seeks a motivated Marketing and Communications Intern to support ATD’s Office of Marketing and Communications. The Intern will be responsible for performing various communications projects including generating content for all of ATD’s communications channels, research, list management, photography selection, and other duties as requested on behalf of the Marketing and Communications team.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Generate content for use in all ATD communication channels, including website, social media, and email by conducting research and interviewing/meeting with ATD staff.
    • Research and compile best practices in social media.
    • Provide scan of ATD website to help team’s work in documenting pages that need to be updated, changed, deleted.
    • Assist in developing process to update contact lists used for mailings, including email blasts.
    • Research trends in digital marketing, including design, delivery, and content.
    • Attend and document relevant meetings with internal staff and external designers, website developers, etc.

    Skills/Qualifications/Experience

    • Associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree student in communications, public relations, marketing, or related field.
    • Must have strong written and oral communication skills and a professional demeanor.
    • Self-motivated, detail-oriented and organized, the candidate must be able to keep track of multiple projects and help move them forward simultaneously.
    • Candidate must demonstrate ability to work productively and independently and produce high quality work under time constraints.
    • Must have a tolerance for ambiguity and a fast-paced environment.
    • Required technology skills: Microsoft Office Suite, Google.

    April 23, 2018

    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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    Job Overview

    ATD is currently recruiting an accounting intern for the spring semester . Interns at ATD are an integral part of the team and will have the opportunity to learn and gain hands-on experience in the field of not for profit finance. The accounting intern will work directly with our Director of Finance/Controller.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Assisting with accounting journal entries, allocations and accounts payables/receivable.
    • Assisting with the development of systems and tools related to financial grant or financial project management during ATD's tech upgrade of its financial systems.
    • Updating budget tracking tools.
    • Assisting with various administrative duties.

    Skills/Qualifications/Experience

    • Degree candidate (Accounting/Finance/Economics/Business preferred).
    • Excellent verbal and written skills.
    • Interest in not for profit financial accounting helpful.

    general information 

    • The internship will take place at ATD’s Silver Spring headquarters. Interns will receive transport stipend initially; other offerings may be possible later, dependent on budget and performance.

     


    April 23, 2018

    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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