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 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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  • Job Overview

    The data analyst works with the director of research in the west coast office.  This position primarily supports data, reporting, and program improvement activities for the Gateway to College Initiative of Achieving the Dream.  This position works closely with program staff at the Gateway to College programs located at community colleges across the country to support their data submissions and use of these data for program improvement.

    Responsibilities and Deliverables/Job Duties

    Gateway to College Program Data Collection and Reporting (65%)

    • Maintain, modify, and support data collection systems using Access, SQL, Excel and new tools as acquired.
    • Monitor and report progress of data submission activities across the Gateway to College programs.
    • Train program staff in support of data collection and database usage through on-line training modules, group training webinars and individualized technical assistance.
    • Coordinate data submission and ensure data quality to support program evaluation.
    • Support Survey administration in Qualtrics and build new surveys and reports as needed.
    • Work with national program staff to develop meaningful analyses for stakeholder and client reporting.
    • Collaborate with the research and student success teams to create meaningful monitoring metrics for evaluation and program improvement.
    • Share relevant research around student success with the research and student success teams.

    Training and Relationship Management (25%)

    • Train program staff in support of data collection and database usage through on-line training modules, group training webinars and individualized technical assistance.
    • Communicate complex results to lay and research audiences for program improvement, stakeholder engagement, and to support programs in improving their outcomes.
    • Coach college staff in use of available reports for program improvement.

    Other Duties (10%)

    • Support the Research team with other duties as required to meet the team’s goals around data collection and reporting.
    • Support additional research projects as needed including recruitment, literature reviews, and developing protocols for data collection and analysis.
    • Other duties as assigned.

    Skills/Qualifications/Experience

    • Bachelor’s degree in Social Science, Education, Human Development, Public Administration, Computer Science, Information Sciences, or other research-oriented fields; master’s degree helpful
    • Three years related experience; experience in K-12 or college data systems preferred
    • Proficiency in SQL, Access, and Excel; experience maintaining a SQL database
    • Working knowledge of MS Office 365, Qualtrics
    • Proficiency with Tableau or other Business Intelligence software preferred
    • Experience with technical assistance or customer service
    • Ability to build systems for recurrent reporting
    • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and manage multiple projects
    • Ability to collaborate and also to work independently
    • Ability to maintain confidentiality protocols

    competencies

    Collaboration:  Acts as a team player who is responsive to others’ priorities, processes and roles.  Seeks assistance and input from colleagues to move the work forward.

    Disciplined Execution:  Models use of data to inform decision-making.  Manages work processes effectively and efficiently against expectations.

    Effective Communication:  Actively listens.  Develops tailored messages that respond to the different priorities and needs of the audience.

    Position Details

    Position Type:  Full-Time, Exempt Salary Grade:  4
    Starting Salary:  $45,000 - $55,000 per annum
    Reports to:  Director of Research
    Work Location: Portland, OR office
    Travel: Minimal


    May 8, 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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  • Job Overview

    This position works closely with program team leads, college relationship managers, and finance colleagues to create, support, and nurture positive long-term relationships with ATD Network colleges to ensure that they gain value from their ATD participation and are on track with the ATD supports they need to advance their student success work.

    Responsibilities and Deliverables/Job Duties

    Relationship Stewardship (90%)

    • Manage, update, monitor and further develop ATD’s customer relationship management solutions, ensuring the Network Engagement team is aware of changes occurring with Network participants.
    • Track and analyze the engagement of ATD colleges in ATD related activities such as learning events, learning initiatives, ATD services, etc.
    • Serve as the interface between college relationship managers and the Finance team to ensure the accuracy of college invoicing and the tracking of timely payments.
    • Monitor ATD performance against service level agreements and lead the development and implementation of an early alert system to flag issues.
    • Bring attention to and help resolve areas of concern as raised by network participants.
    • Alert the Network Engagement team and relationship managers to opportunities for ATD to provide additional support to colleges to advance their reform work.
    • With college relationship managers, build and maintain positive relationships with current Network colleges and key personnel at these institutions.
    • Assist in conducting relationship reviews to ensure institutions are satisfied with their ATD experience.

    Other Duties (10%)

    • Support the Network Engagement team with other duties as required to meet the unit’s goals around Network growth, retention, and satisfaction.

    Skills/Qualifications/Experience

    • Bachelor’s degree with minimum five years related experience, preferably in membership management in the nonprofit association field
    • Experience in a higher education setting or non-profit setting preferred
    • Prior relationship management and customer service experience
    • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to build rapport with higher education network participants and with coworkers
    • Comfort with absorbing and interpreting large amounts of quantitative and qualitative data from different sources
    • Ability to efficiently craft clear and concise actionable written summaries and supporting evidence for relationship managers
    • Strong project management skills and experience managing multiple projects simultaneously
    • Working knowledge of Salesforce, MS Office 365, Qualtrics

    competencies

    Disciplined Execution:  Demonstrated ability to manage work processes effectively and efficiently in order to deliver high-volume, high-quality work.

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

    Emotional Intelligence:  Demonstrates self-awareness and self-regulation and recognizes impact of personal behavior on others.

    Position Details

    Position Type:  Full-Time, Exempt Salary Grade:  6
    Starting Salary:  $69,000 - $75,000 per annum
    Reports to:   Executive Director of Services Management
    Work Location: Silver Spring, MD office
    Travel: Minimal


    April 1, 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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  • Job Overview

    This position supports Achieving the Dream’s mission and strategy by planning, implementing, and evaluating employee relations and human resources policies, programs, and practices.  The Executive Director has oversight of all human resources disciplines such as compensation;benefits; employee leave programs; whistle-blower and conflict of interest policies; organizational policy recommendation, creation, and implementation; compliance; training and development; recruitment, selection and retention; and employee relations.

    The Executive Director serves on the President/CEO’s President’s Leadership Team (PLT) and reports to the President/CEO through the Executive Vice President.  The position works closely with the Finance/Operations lead as a partner and thought-leader on HR issues and oversees ATD operational staff members who dedicate some of their time to Human Resources.

    Responsibilities and Deliverables/Job Duties

    Talent Management (45%)

    • Develop strategic solutions to align the workforce with ATD’s strategic goals, ensuring all appropriate efforts are made to develop a diverse and inclusive team; oversee the recruitment and selection processes of new employees and counsel managers on candidate selection.
    • Maintain ATD’s work structure by updating job requirements and job descriptions for all positions.
    • Manage the employee onboarding process and coordinate with all departments to ensure employee access is properly completed for all new employees.
    • Monitor turnover and develop strategies to maintain/enhance morale and retention. Execute termination processes, including conducting and analyzing exit interviews and coordinating with all departments to ensure employee access is properly terminated for all exiting employees. Tracking and reporting out on trends related to exits.
    • Design and implement succession planning strategy for ATD, including considering opportunities for employees who demonstrate aptitude and desire for upward mobility.
    • Coordinate management training in interviewing, hiring, terminations, promotions, employee goal setting, performance review, safety, and sexual harassment.
    • Design and manage employee training and development including:  new hire orientation; leadership training and oversight of professional development seminars and workshops (including some related to Equity and core competencies) opportunities for staff.
    • Ensure planning, monitoring, and appraisal of employee work results by:  training managers to coach and discipline employees; administering ATD’s employee performance review and improvement program; scheduling management conferences with employees; hearing and resolving employee grievances through coaching and development of documented policies and procedures related to same; participating in disciplinary and termination meetings; and counseling employees and supervisors.
    • Working with outside counsel, serve as the primary contact for legal counsel in risk mitigation activities and litigation pertaining to employee relations matters.
    • Maintain historical human resource and employee records, the ATD employee handbook and the organizational staffing chart.
    • Ensure a positive work environment that is safe, fulfilling, inclusive, respectful, free from discrimination and harassment, and promotes overall well-being.

    Compensation and Benefits (25%)

    • Guide, manage, document and communicate ATD’s compensation and benefits practices and procedures. Activities include developing strategic compensation plans, benchmarking pay with comparable organizations, aligning performance management systems with compensation structure and monitoring negotiations for group healthcare, retirement, and insurance benefits.
    • Manage all aspects of employee benefits programs and inform employees of benefits; study and assess benefit needs and trends; recommend benefit programs to management; direct processing of benefit claims; obtain and evaluate benefit contract bids; award benefit contracts; and design and conduct educational programs on benefit programs.
    • Serve as primary contact for staff, management, and vendors related to employee services, benefits, and counseling.

    Employee Relations (20%)

    • Interact with ATD employees and Leadership on simple and complex employee relations issues.  Must have the ability to guide with authority, lead and direct conversations on the Employee Relations.
    • Provide senior leadership support for the effective operation of the Culture and Equity Committee.

    Other (10%)

    • Work with Finance to process semi-monthly payroll.
    • Oversee integrity of HR and payroll data.
    • Ensure legal compliance by monitoring and implementing applicable human resource federal and state requirements, including Family & Medical Leave Act; conducting investigations as appropriate; maintaining records; and representing the organization at hearings.
    • Other duties as assigned, including special projects.

    Skills/Qualifications/Experience

     

    • Minimum 10 years’ experience in human resources, with at least five years at a management level; preferably in a nonprofit or association environment
    • Bachelor's degree
    • PHR or SPHR Certification preferred
    • General knowledge of relevant employment laws and practices
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
    • Highly attuned ability to operate in sensitive, confidential matters
    • Demonstrated ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints
    • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex documents
    • Demonstrated decision-making capabilities based on analytical tools and critical thought processes
    • Strong negotiation skills
    • Strong project management skills required, with experience managing multiple projects simultaneously
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to communicate and present results to different audiences at various levels throughout the organization
    • Solid knowledge of state and federal employment labor laws
    • Collaborative and flexible leader, with a strong commitment to developing best human resource practices at both the staff and organizational levels
    • Hands-on manager with gravitas, integrity and a desire to work in a dynamic, mission-driven environment
    • Leader who is a team player committed to enabling the success of ATD’s programs and publications
    • Must have high level of intercultural competence, along with deep understanding of DEI principles and experience building diverse and inclusive environments

    COMPETENCIES

    Change Management:  Anticipates changing circumstances and engages stakeholders in moving forward with change

    Cultural Competence:  Models appreciate inquiry to gain understanding and awareness of others’ cultural identity and practices.  Creates safe and constructive forums for sharing diverse perspectives and opinions.

    Disciplined Execution:  Is able to break down big picture work goals into management tasks; has the foresight to anticipate potential roadblocks in order to ensure timely completion of tasks and projects.

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

    Level of Travel Required: Occasional


    April 1, 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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