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

    The person in this position is a core member of Achieving the Dream’s Coaching Team who plays a vital role in supporting and coordinating of a variety of essential functions for and between this critical area of operation and other ATD organizational units with which Coaching collaborates. This includes providing operational support for multiple projects and activities, grant compliance, and communications assistance.

    Responsibilities and Deliverables/Job Duties

    Support the Coaching team in the following ways:

    Coaching (70%)

    • Provide support in the recruiting of new coaches, including managing information and communications, onboarding and organizing professional development opportunities.
    • Coordinate the scheduling and delivery of communication (email, social media posts, webinars, etc.) to ATD coaches and participants in grant or contractually funded projects, and other project stakeholders.
    • Schedule and support video- and/or tele-conference calls with coaches, pathways partners and other partners.
    • Work with Services Management, Network Engagement and Research units to review, format and report key data related to the productivity and effectiveness of coaching interactions. 
    • Support the Canvas Coaches Course, including on-going updates and improvements and monitoring participation and analytics
    • Coordinate with Network Engagement in the delivery of jointly-sponsored calls, webinars and other communication with ATD network colleges.
    • Manage the implementation logistics of the Pathways Collaborative Grant, JFF Pathways contract and other contracts, including coordination with Events, information sharing and contractual/travel reimbursement support for participants

    Events (10%)

    • Assist in planning and provide onsite support to project-related events, including training for external participants, ATD coach retreats, Kickoff and ATD learning events such as DREAM.

    Financial (10%)

    • Maintain and monitor processes for compliance reporting to Gates Foundation and other funders and assist in monitoring payment schedule, receipt of deliverables, and disbursement of grant and contract funds.
    • Assist in the writing of meeting summaries, news updates, and other communications.

    Technology and Operational (10%)

    • Help maintain and provide technical support with digital technologies, tools, and platforms used to support the initiative (Canvas, Microsoft Office 365, Qualtrics, Zoom, Salesforce and others).
    • Perform other duties as needed.

    Skills/Qualifications/Experience

    • Bachelor’s degree and two years office experience (or AA degree with three years’ experience), preferably in higher education or a related field.
    • Proficient user of Microsoft Office tools, including Power Point and Excel and data visualization, along with at least a basic understanding of Canvas (or other online learning management systems) and Qualtrics. 
    • Prior experience using Salesforce is highly desirable.
    • Excellent project management skills; must be able to keep track of multiple projects and to move them forward simultaneously; needs to be detail-oriented and organized.
    • Strong research, writing, and oral communication skills, with ability to communicate effectively with various audiences.
    • Exceptional customer service skills and a professional demeanor.

    competencies

    Disciplined Execution:  Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and tasks simultaneously, work independently, and produce high quality work products within tight time constraints.

    Effective Communication:  Strong communication skills (written and oral); timely communication and use of inclusive and respectful language in relating to others; ability to communicate information up, down, and across, both inside and outside an organization.

    Systems Thinking:  Ability to understand “big-picture” approach and manage workflow effectively and efficiently.

    Level of Travel Required:  Minimal


    August 22, 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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  • 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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