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

  • Achieving the Dream (ATD) seeks a talented, experienced Vice President – Finance and Administration (VP) to lead the organization’s finance and accounting operations, partner in the financial planning process, and work collaboratively with the executive team and Board to support the organization’s continued advancement and impact. This is an outstanding opportunity for a finance executive with significant non-profit experience and a proven track record of innovative problem-solving and change management to contribute to the mission of a vital national nonprofit organization.

    about achieving the dream

    ATD—the national, nonprofit leader in championing evidence-based institutional improvement—has seen firsthand what happens when there is a long-term, sustainable commitment to improving student success. ATD leads America’s largest network of community colleges working to become strong engines of student and community growth. ATD helps colleges identify emerging needs and ways to improve practices across the full spectrum of capacities required for whole-college reform.

    Conceived as an initiative in 2004 by Lumina Foundation and seven founding partner organizations, ATD now leads the most comprehensive non-governmental reform movement for student success in higher education history. Together with our Network of over 277 institutions of higher education, 75 coaches and advisors, and numerous investors and partners working throughout 44 states and the District of Columbia we are helping more than 4 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.

    Headquartered in Silver Spring, MD, ATD has a current annual budget of nearly $17M and a staff of 55.  For more information about the organization, please visit our website at https://www.achievingthedream.org/.

    position summary

    Reporting to the Executive Vice President and serving as an integral member of the CEO’s leadership team, the Vice President – Finance and Administration (VP) will be responsible for the development of ATD’s financial management and operations strategy and contribute with other senior leadership to the development and implementation of the organization’s strategic goals.

    In addition to the strategic components, the VP will be charged with developing and implementing business processes that align with ATD’s new financial system, leading and mentoring the finance team to effectively and efficiently support the organization, and building the budgets, analyses, and forecasting that support the management team, CEO, and Board in their respective financial and fiduciary responsibilities.

    This is an outstanding opportunity for a finance professional with significant nonprofit experience, a proven track record of innovative problem-solving, and successful change management to contribute to the mission achievement of a vital national nonprofit organization.   The VP supervises a team of eight including Director of Finance, Accountants, Budget Analysts and Operations staff.  As the organization migrates to a new financial platform, the VP will have the opportunity to develop the finance and accounting team to leverage the efficiencies of the new platform and align with the strategic organization priorities.

    Leadership Priorities
    ATD continues to grow and advance its mission.  The VP will focus on the following priorities:

    • Oversee design and implementation of NetSuite platform.
    • Organize finance and accounting staff structure to ensure team has all required capacities, defined roles, and the right team members in each role.
    • Understand ATD’s business model and refine pricing models for products/services.
    • Contribute to the development of ATD’s strategic goals and objectives as well as the overall management of the organization with an entrepreneurial mindset.

    Key Priorities and Responsibilities
    Working with staff across the organization, the VP provides leadership in implementing the strategic goals and objectives of the organization, strengthening internal systems and overseeing finances for the organization. The VP is responsible for the following:

    Strategy, Vision and Leadership

    • Advise members of leadership team on financial planning, budgeting, cash flow, investment priorities, and policy matters.
    • Collaborate with senior leaders on strategic efforts for the organization.
    • Serve as the management liaison to the Board Finance Committee.
    • Maintain continuous lines of communication.
    • Communicate to the audit and finance committee, as well as up, down, and across the organization, on the finance and business elements of ATD.
    • Support resource development efforts with strategic budget development assistance.
    • Represent ATD externally, particularly with Foundations and Corporate investors and in banking and lease negotiations.
    • Support migration to NetSuite (January 2020) and other new technology advancements.

    Finance

    • Understand ATD’s business model and how the organization fits into the higher education space.
    • Upgrade and implement an appropriate system of policies, internal controls, accounting standards, and procedures, and articulate logic behind decision-making.
    • Develop and utilize forward-looking, predictive models and activity-based financial analyses to provide insight into the organization’s operations and business plans.
    • Provide analytical support to ATD’s internal leadership team including development of internal management reporting capabilities.
    • Plan, coordinate, and execute the annual budget process; build and lead program and annual budget development and reporting, with a focus on achieving metrics, understanding variances, and supporting growth.
    • Provide accurate, timely monthly financial statements that are accessible to the organization and are relevant for senior management, executive leadership, and Board fiduciary responsibilities.
    • Partner with the Controller to oversee and approve the work of the finance team, including the annual audit and 990 submission.
    • Oversee cash, investment, and asset management, as well as financing strategies and activities and banking relationships.
    • Improve administrative and operational accounting services such as grants payment processing, payroll, accounts payable, and purchasing.

    Beginning in September, ATD will be customizing and implementing its new financial system. ATD currently uses Blackbaud Financial Edge and will be transitioning to Oracle NetSuite. Other systems currently in use are Salesforce (CRM), Expensify (expense management), CVent and Eshow (events management), and ADP (payroll and time reporting).  The organization uses Microsoft Office 365 for its enterprise cloud server and related productivity tools.

    Experiences and Attributes
    Ideal candidates for this position will share our commitment to ATD’s mission and will bring a variety of experiences and attributes to the organization, including:

    • 10+ years’ of progressive professional experience in a senior management role ideally with both external audit and in-house financial management experience, in an organization with at least a $10M budget, and familiarity with complex revenue streams, including customizable fee for service, contracts, grants, and events.
    • Demonstrated understanding of nonprofit finance and accounting regulations with considerable experience in short- and long-term cash investment management practices; experience with revenue streams relevant to ATD’s business model preferred.
    • 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 influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers. Strong mentoring, coaching experience to a team with diverse levels of expertise.
    • 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 and the ability to effectively interface with senior management, ATD’s Board of Directors, and staff.
    • Bachelor’s degree required; CPA, MBA, CPM or Master’s degree in relevant field preferred.

    Competitive nonprofit salary and strong benefits package including health insurance, vision, and life insurance as well as long- and short-term disability, 401(k) retirement plan and generous vacation and sick leave.

    Application Process

    To apply, e-mail resume, cover letter and salary requirements to: ATD-VPFIN@marcumllp.com (e-mail applications are required). Only complete applications will be considered. For other inquiries contact Adrienne O’Rourke at adrienne.orourke@marcumllp.com. Resume reviews begin immediately.

    EEO Statement 

    ATD 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.

    About Raffa – Marcum’s Nonprofit & Social Sector Group

    On behalf of ATD, Raffa – Marcum’s Nonprofit & Social Sector Group is working with the leadership team to advance the search. Founded in 1984 and recently merged with Marcum, Raffa is, and always has been, a mission-driven professional services firm seeking to do more for nonprofits and socially conscious companies. We exist to do meaningful work for organizations like ATD who are making a difference in our communities and our world.

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  • ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW

    Achieving the Dream—the national, nonprofit leader in championing evidence-based institutional improvement—has seen firsthand what happens when there is a long-term, sustainable commitment to improving student success. Achievement gaps close. Momentum builds. Lives change. Neighborhoods flourish.

    Student success means so much more than a personal goal secured – It means improved skills, better employability, and economic growth for families, communities and our nation as a whole.

    Conceived as an initiative in 2004 by Lumina Foundation and seven founding partner organizations, Achieving the Dream now leads the most comprehensive non-governmental reform movement for student success in higher education history. Together with our Network of over 277 institutions of higher education, 75 coaches and advisors, and numerous investors and partners working throughout 44 states and the District of Columbia we are helping more than 4 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.

    VISION, MISSION, AND VALUES

    Vision
    A nation in which community colleges are highly valued for preserving access and ensuring that their students, especially low-income students and students of color, achieve their goals for academic success, personal growth, and economic opportunity.
    Mission
    To lead and support a national network of community colleges to achieve sustainable institutional transformation through sharing knowledge, innovative solutions and effective practices and policies leading to improved outcomes for all students.
    Values
    • Organizational Community: We are committed to the success of each other and the full ATD team. Together, we create an empowering, collaborative, and trusting atmosphere where staff feel connected and respected. We believe meaningful change can be achieved through purposeful partnerships and relationships.
    • Integrity: We demonstrate honesty and trustworthiness in all of our actions. We lead by example and consistently hold ourselves accountable to one another.
    • Equity: We proactively seek to create an equitable and inclusive environment within ATD. We highly value and appreciate our differences and create an environment grounded in the principles of fairness where all staff can thrive.
    • Reflective Practice and Improvement: We believe in evidence informed decisions, and feedback. As such, we know that learning, reflection and adaptation to evolving circumstances are critical to ATD's success. We build organizational capacity, sustainability, and impact through creative and innovative approaches.
    Equity
    Community colleges are an indispensable asset in our nation’s efforts to ensure and preserve access to higher education and success for all students, particularly students of color, low-income students, and other historically underrepresented student populations. However, student access and success in higher education continues to be impacted by the effects of structural racism and systemic poverty. Achievement gaps among student groups reflect structural inequities that are often the result of historic and systemic social injustices. These inequities typically manifest themselves as the unintended or indirect consequences of unexamined institutional or social policies.

    Achieving the Dream believes that access to a high quality education in an inclusive environment is the right of all individuals and imperative for the continued advancement of a strong democracy and workforce. Achieving the Dream also believes higher education institutions have an obligation to work toward equity for their students. Equity is grounded in the principle of fairness. In higher education, equity refers to ensuring that each student receives what they need to be successful through the intentional design of the college experience.

    Achieving the Dream expects colleges to dismantle the barriers facing underserved students. Colleges must routinely scrutinize structural barriers to equity and invest in equity-minded policies, practices, and behaviors that lead to success for all students.

    OPPORTUNITY OVERVIEW

    Reporting to the President/CEO, the Vice President holds the primary responsibility for executing ATD’s Network “connect” strategy, with the goal of creating a strong network experience for all ATD Colleges. Executing this strategy involves leading efforts to recruit and retain colleges into the ATD Network, engaging colleges during their life cycle of participation with ATD, and planning and delivering events that inspire and mobilize college leaders across their organizations to adopt innovative, evidence-based practices that accelerate equitable student success outcomes. As part of the President’s leadership team, the Vice President supports organizational strategy development working collaboratively with ATD leaders responsible for coaching, innovation and core operations.
    The VP for Network Engagement supervises a team of 10 ATD employees.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Network Support (25%)
    • Network Recruitment and Retention (20%)
    • ATD Service Offerings (20%)
    • ATD Events (25%)
    • Other (10%)

    Required experience / skills:

    • A master’s degree is required with preference given for an earned doctorate
    • Significant experience leading change in a complex organization through collaboration and innovation in student improvement efforts. Proven success as a management professional able to meet multiple high-priority demands.
    • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills in working with community college CEOs, faculty, and staff, as well as governmental, institutional, and other higher education leaders.
    • Work experience in a community college environment preferred.


    APPLICATION PROCESS

    Please direct inquiries and nominations to the Organization’s search consultant:
    Angela Provart, President Pauly Group, Inc.
    3901 Wood Duck Drive, Suite E Springfield, IL   62711
    Phone: 217-241-5400
    Fax: 217-241-5401
    E-mail:  aprovart@paulygroup.com
    Please submit electronically to aprovart@paulygroup.com the following documents as MS Word or Adobe Acrobat attachments: (1) a cover letter that addresses the Opportunity Overview; (2) a current résumé; and (3) names and contact information of five professional references.

    The committee will begin review of applications immediately.   Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with materials submitted by Monday, July 22, 2019 receiving priority consideration.  All applications are confidential and references will not be contacted without the expressed authorization of the applicant. 


    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

    The Associate Director of Corporate Engagement supports the Director of Development in refining and executing a comprehensive development strategy and action plan for partner support for Achieving the Dream (ATD), with a special focus on corporate engagement and ATD learning events. The position is responsible for coordinating the research, development and production of the strategic sponsorship benefits, content, and budgets for fundraising proposals, memoranda of understanding, grant agreements, and corporate contracts. The individual works closely with the Events, Finance, Communications, and Program Teams within ATD to effectively steward partners, monitor their engagement with ATD, and respond to their needs with an excellent customer service orientation. The Associate Director also supports the Director with other fundraising activities as needed.

    Responsibilities and Deliverables/Job Duties

    Corporate Stewardship (45%)

    • Steward all committed corporate relationships, including coordinating and fulfilling mutually agreed upon deliverables while maintaining positive relationships.
    • Coordinate, plan, attend, and execute corporate investor involvement at ATD events, including a large annual conference (DREAM) and multiple medium-sized convenings throughout the year.
    • Plan, schedule, develop, and execute engagement activities with corporate investors. Seek continual feedback and refine strategies and offerings.
    • Achieve revenue goals that support the financial sustainability of ATD.

    Outreach (35%)

    • Represent and advocate for Achieving the Dream regularly with prospective corporate investors and stakeholders.
    • Develop and maintain key long-term relationships with corporate investors through innovative engagement.
    • Develop innovative strategies for renewing corporate sponsorships.
    • Partner extensively with ATD’s Communications function to meet corporate donors’ expectations around their branding with ATD (e.g., assist with press releases, op eds, etc.).
    • Attend relevant meetings and calls with potential and committed corporate investors (both inside and outside the office) and recommend opportunities to ATD’s leadership team to meet and continue conversations.
    • Research industry and field convenings and conferences where ATD should attend and/or seek visibility in order to advance development goals.
    • Recommend and attend industry and field convenings and conferences where there is a corporate presence to strengthen and expand new corporate investor relationships.

    Communications and Other Supporting Activities (20%)

    • Monitor and report progress of development strategy activities that include corporate investors.
    • With Director of Development, develop agendas, reports, and supplemental documents for the events, finance, and program teams (e.g. for grant proposals or compliance reports or stewardship).
    • Work with Communications to develop evidence of impact for ATD through metrics driven partner stories (data, case studies, quotes, photos, and videos, etc.).
    • With the Communications and Events teams, develop and update materials for potential investors.
    • Develop presentations and related materials related to development for speaking and meeting engagements for members of the ATD leadership team.
    • Other duties as assigned.

    Skills/Qualifications/Experience

    • Bachelor’s degree and minimum of five years’ experience in a development or fundraising role
    • Familiarity with the strategy and operations of corporate philanthropy and/or social responsibility teams
    • Familiarity with issues related to higher education and community colleges preferred
    • Excellent writing skills
    • Budget development and presentation graphics capability
    • Prior proposal writing and execution experience
    • Proven project management and time management skills
    • Strong interpersonal communication skills, including excellent phone and email manner to help build and maintain funder relationships, as well as comfort interacting in-person, by phone, and via email with donors
    • Able to prioritize, multi-task, collaborate, work independently and exercise discretion
    • Microsoft Office skills and familiarity with social media; experience using Salesforce or similar CRM

    competencies

    Collaboration:  Demonstrates respect, humility and willingness to collaborate when seeking to understand others and making decisions.

    Effective Communication:  Ability to actively listen and thoughtfully question in order to create greater understanding and to offer insights that advance problem-solving.

    Disciplined Execution:  Perseveres in addressing complex issues despite significant obstacles.

    Position Details

    Position Type:    Full Time, Exempt
    Salary Grade:   6
    Starting Salary:   $70,000 - $80,000 per annum
    Reports To:     Director of Development
    Work Location:    Silver Spring, Maryland
    Level of Travel Required:  Occasional


    May 28, 2019

    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.

    ~ EMPLOYMENT IS CONTINGENT ON A CANDIDATE’S SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF A BACKGROUND CHECK ~

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