Careers2019-08-06T12:47:48-04:00

CAREERS

Open Positions

Please see below for our current openings. Click on the job title for more information and to apply. Applications will be processed on a rolling basis. We will continue to post additional roles as they become available, so feel free to check back for future opportunities. If you have any questions, you can reach us at careers@achieveatlanta.org.

Open Position: Program Manager, Scholar Support

Position Description: Program Manager, Scholar Support

The Context:

Atlanta leads the nation in income inequality and has one of the lowest rates of social mobility in the entire country. In fact, recent research suggests that a child living in poverty in Atlanta has about a four percent chance of moving out of poverty and into a higher income bracket in his or her lifetime.

Despite these odds, Atlanta’s students have dreams for their futures and their families. In 2015, Achieve Atlanta (AA) was launched by a group of local leaders determined to support these dreams. Coming together initially with the goal of dramatically increasing the number of APS students who earn a degree, Achieve Atlanta today, inspired by the power of strategic, coordinated action, and using data as the spark for change, has expanded its vision for the future to include eliminating the degree attainment gap in the city, and making Atlanta a place where race and income no longer predict postsecondary success or upward mobility.

The Work:

In pursuit of its vision, Achieve Atlanta’s mission is to help APS students access, afford, and earn postsecondary credentials. To do this, Achieve Atlanta:

  • Partners with college advising providers with proven results to serve Atlanta Public School (APS) students while they are in high school;
  • Establishes strategic formal relationships with post-secondary institutions that can successfully serve APS graduates, especially those who are first generation or come from underrepresented populations;
  • Is progressing along a plan to mobilize broad community support by leveraging data to accelerate collaborations that further college access, persistence, and completion in Atlanta; and
  • Provides Achieve Atlanta Scholarships to students to eliminate financial barriers.

The Results:

After a few short years, it’s clear that Achieve Atlanta’s endeavors are yielding significant gains; driving an increase in college enrollment, creating greater access to financial aid and scholarships, securing meaningful commitments from partners, identifying and removing barriers to persistence, and supporting APS to institutionalize a culture that raises awareness of and encourages the pursuit of post-secondary education, thereby enhancing individual students’ ability to realize their own potential.

The Opportunity:

Achieve Atlanta is seeking a Scholar Support Manager who will help prospective and current Scholars navigate the complex enrollment and persistence challenges in order to support their goals of college completion. This is a new role for the organization, created to ensure we have staff who can provide direct support to our Scholars when needed either by connecting them to our college or nonprofit partners and/or providing individual coaching and advising. The Scholar Support Manager will serve as our “eyes and ears” on the ground, which will also help inform organizational practices and policies to ensure we stay true to our mission.

Position Overview:

The Scholar Support Manager will report to the Director of Scholarship & Financial Wellness and will work closely with all team members across the college access, affordability, and success pipeline. They will be  responsible for student outreach and support, with a heavy emphasis on supporting students through the Achieve Atlanta Scholarship application and renewal processes. They will also work with Achieve Atlanta partners and directly with students to ensure students have the financial, academic and social-emotional supports needed to persist through college. Further, they will manage processes, campaigns, and events to meet scholarship and persistence targets, which may include collaboration with or support of other Achieve Atlanta team members.

Primary Responsibilities:

 Scholar Outreach and Advising

  • Under the direction of the Director of Scholarship and Financial Wellness, manages Scholar outreach efforts to meet Achieve Atlanta scholarship uptake and Scholar persistence targets
  • Coaches Scholars/potential Scholars on college-going and scholarship tasks including details of scholarship policies and practices, and, when relevant, connects Scholars to specific on-campus resources and/or coaches
  • Responds to student inquiries through email, text messages, and phone calls
  • Provides outreach and case management to potential/current Achieve Atlanta Scholars during their application/renewal process to support college enrollment, persistence and completion
  • Collaborates with coaches and partners when needed to support student enrollment or persistence
  • Develops and maintains outreach manual including common issues and resolutions, and documentation rules
  • Manages scholarship appeal process (solicits all documents, analyzes appeals, makes initial recommendation, maintains reporting)
  • Supports Director of Scholarship and Financial Wellness in delivering training on scholarship application, renewal and other processes, as needed

 Programmatic Support

  • Assists with design of scholarship components such as application and survey development and Scholar communications
  • Participates in college access and college success meetings and events under the direction of the VP, College Success or VP, College Access (e.g., meetings with college success partners; scholarship presentations to high schools, etc.)
  • Provides administrative and logistical support to VP, College Access and Director of Scholarship and Financial Wellness

The Profile

The ideal Program Manager candidate will be a mature contributor with experience in student coaching and
advising and desire to work collaboratively on behalf of students. The successful candidate for this position will
have:

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree
  • 3-5 years of experience working with first-generation college and/or low-income high school or college students to increase college enrollment and/or persistence;

S/he will also demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Appreciation for nuance and ability to communicate with and anticipate the perspectives of a variety of stakeholders including students, parents, college partners, high school staff, etc., while demonstrating patience, diplomacy, and compassion
  • Ability to:
    • connect and build trusting relationships with students and parents in authentic ways;
    • work across lines of difference, and influence through relationships rather than positional authority;
    • diagnose challenges with a commitment to identifying root causes; and
    • proactively connect students to supports and/or provide direct coaching and advising when needed
  • Ability to productively confront issues and communicate difficult messages in line with organization values and respect for individual students and their unique situations;
  • Demonstrated cultural competence, humility, and awareness of how power, privilege, and their identities impact how they engage with others
  • A customer service mindset and desire to advocate on behalf of students;
  • Experience using a database, ideally Salesforce, to track information;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Comfort with change and ambiguity and ability to set direction in the midst of it;
  • Commitment to learning and continuous improvement; and
  • Passion for Achieve Atlanta’s mission and values

The successful candidate will reflect the following characteristics:

  • Flexibility to change course and integrate feedback to achieve more successful outcomes
  • Empathetic, and acknowledges and honors all people’s humanity
  • Sense of urgency
  • Humble approach to working and learning
  • An insatiable desire to transform student achievement across Atlanta and a deep passion for social
    justice

Organizational Culture:

Achieve Atlanta is a values-driven organization and each team member grounds his/her work in the following core values:

Unwavering Belief: Belief in what’s possible–for our students and the school community that surrounds
them–is the inspiration and fuel for all we do.

Champion for Students: Our belief is backed by action. We never give up on students and accept the
charge to do whatever it takes to remove the barriers they face.

Expectation of Excellence: We expect excellence…from ourselves and from our community of
stakeholders. This expectation shapes our ambition and sets our standard for execution day in and day
out.

Intentional Collaboration: We don’t presume to have all the answers. We’re deliberate in our effort to tap
the experience and knowledge of others as we work toward sustainable change.

Continuous Innovation: We understand that to get different results we must try new things. It’s important
we always remain driven, humble, and nimble enough to pursue promising ideas.

Salary and Benefits
Achieve Atlanta offers competitive salary and health, dental, and retirement benefits.

To Apply:

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to Careers@achieveatlanta.org.

Achieve Atlanta is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of qualifications. Achieve Atlanta policy prohibits unlawful discrimination in any employment decision based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religious creed, color, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sexual orientation or any other basis
protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance or regulation.

Open Position: Program Manager, College Success

Position Description: Program Manager, College Success

The Context:

Atlanta leads the nation in income inequality and has one of the lowest rates of social mobility in the entire country. In fact, recent research suggests that a child living in poverty in Atlanta has about a four percent chance of moving out of poverty and into a higher income bracket in his or her lifetime.

Despite these odds, Atlanta’s students have dreams for their futures and their families. In 2015, Achieve Atlanta (AA) was launched by a group of local leaders determined to support these dreams. Coming together initially with the goal of dramatically increasing the number of APS students who earn a degree, Achieve Atlanta today, inspired by the power of strategic, coordinated action, and using data as the spark for change, has expanded its vision for the future to include eliminating the degree attainment gap in the city, and making Atlanta a place where race and income no longer predict postsecondary success or upward mobility.

The Work:

In pursuit of its vision, Achieve Atlanta’s mission is to help APS students access, afford, and earn postsecondary credentials. To do this, Achieve Atlanta:

  • Partners with college advising providers with proven results to serve Atlanta Public School (APS) students while they are in high school;
  • Establishes strategic formal relationships with post-secondary institutions that can successfully serve APS graduates, especially those who are first generation or come from underrepresented populations;
  • Is progressing along a plan to mobilize broad community support by leveraging data to accelerate collaborations that further college access, persistence, and completion in Atlanta; and
  • Provides Achieve Atlanta Scholarships to students to eliminate financial barriers.

The Results:

After a few short years, it’s clear that Achieve Atlanta’s endeavors are yielding significant gains; driving an increase in college enrollment, creating greater access to financial aid and scholarships, securing meaningful commitments from partners, identifying and removing barriers to persistence, and supporting APS to institutionalize a culture that raises awareness of and encourages the pursuit of post-secondary education, thereby enhancing individual students’ ability to realize their own potential.

The Opportunity:

Achieve Atlanta is seeking an enthusiastic and creative team member to support the everyday management and implementation of college success initiatives. This role is responsible for managing outreach to Scholars, supporting communication to post-secondary partners, and implementing signature college success initiatives.

Position Overview:

The College Success Program Manager will report to the Director of Postsecondary Partnerships and work closely with all team members across the college access, affordability, and success pipeline. Further, they will serve as a liaison between secondary and postsecondary partners to promote continuity in relationships that supports seamless enrollment and, ultimately, the college persistence of Scholars. In addition, they will ensure
accurate documentation of agreements that promote collaboration and partnership and maintain the fidelity of college success programming.

Primary Responsibilities:  

  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with key personnel at all Achieve Atlanta partner organizations, including higher education and program partners, and APS high schools
  • Serve as a liaison to Achieve Atlanta Scholars, APS students and parents on college success, FAFSA or other initiatives as needed
  • Collaborate with Campus Support Teams and nonprofit partners to connect Scholars to higher education supports (campus liaisons at partner institutions; coaches at partner organizations) and partner with the Scholar Support Manager to coach scholars/potential scholars on college-going and scholarship tasks
  • Implement outreach and marketing activities, campaigns, and strategies to promote Achieve Atlanta’s programs and services
  • Provide administrative and operational support to the Achieve Atlanta Ambassador Program
  • Provide ongoing support for the collection and reporting of College Success partner metrics, and program outcomes reports
  • Provides administrative and logistical support to VP College Success and Director of Postsecondary Partnerships

 The Profile

Most importantly, the College Success Program Manager must be a positive, energetic, and proactive team player who is thoroughly committed to Achieve Atlanta’s vision and mission. Further, we seek a mature contributor with experience in managing programs for college advising; college admissions/school counseling in the K-12, nonprofit, or higher education sector. The successful candidate will also have:

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree plus 3 or more years of experience in relevant community work
  • Experience in program management; documentation, data collection and analysis
  • Knowledge of and experience with college access, K-12 preparation, or college guidance efforts with under-represented youth
  • Track record of execution and change orientation

S/he will also demonstrate the following competencies:

Commitment and Collaboration

  • Demonstrable passion for Achieve Atlanta’s mission and values
  • Interest in and ability to engage, collaborate with, support, and educate recent college graduates
  • Demonstrated cultural competence, humility, and awareness of how power, privilege, and their identities impact how they engage with others
  • Ability to work across lines of difference, and influence through relationships rather than positional authority
  • Ability to generate enthusiasm and understanding with variety of audiences and partners
  • Persistent

Organizational Management

  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent organizational and prioritizing skills
  • Mature and proactive

 Innovation

  • Open-minded
  • Focus on learning
  • Constant improvement and accountability

Communication

  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Exceptional written, oral, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to strategically communicate and connect in authentic ways with very diverse audiences across multiple dimensions including but not limited to race/ethnicity, age, socio-economic background
  • An appreciation for nuance and ability to thoughtfully communicate with and anticipate responses and perspectives from diverse audiences, while demonstrating patience, diplomacy, and compassion

Problem Solving

  • Excellent analytical and abstract reasoning skills
  • Diplomatic problem-solver

The successful candidate will reflect the following characteristics:

  • Flexibility to change course and integrate feedback to achieve more successful outcomes
  • Sense of urgency
  • Humble approach to working and learning
  • Empathetic, and acknowledges and honors all people’s humanity
  • An insatiable desire to transform student achievement across Atlanta and a deep passion for social justice

Finally, while no one person will possess all the qualities below, the ideal candidate will also possess some
combination of the following professional and personal characteristics:

  • Experience within a start-up/entrepreneurial environment will be beneficial given Achieve Atlanta’s stage in development
  • High emotional intelligence and political savviness
  • Comfort with change and ambiguity and the ability to set direction in the midst of it

Organizational Culture:

Achieve Atlanta is a values-driven organization and we ground our work in the following core values:

Unwavering Belief: Belief in what’s possible–for our students and the school community that surrounds them–is the inspiration and fuel for all we do.

Champion for Students: Our belief is backed by action. We never give up on students and accept the charge to do whatever it takes to remove the barriers they face.

Expectation of Excellence: We expect excellence…from ourselves and from our community of stakeholders. This expectation shapes our ambition and sets our standard for execution day in and day out.

Intentional Collaboration: We don’t presume to have all the answers. We’re deliberate in our effort to tap the experience and knowledge of others as we work toward sustainable change.

Continuous Innovation: We understand that to get different results we must try new things. It’s important we always remain driven, humble, and nimble enough to pursue promising ideas.

Salary and Benefits
Achieve Atlanta offers competitive salary and health, dental, and retirement benefits.

To Apply:

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to Careers@achieveatlanta.org.

Achieve Atlanta is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of qualifications. Achieve Atlanta policy prohibits unlawful discrimination in any employment decision based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religious creed, color, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sexual orientation or any other basis
protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance or regulation.

Open Position: Senior Director, Marketing and Communications

Position Description: Senior Director, Marketing and Communications

The Context:

Atlanta leads the nation in income inequality and has one of the lowest rates of social mobility in the entire country. In fact, recent research suggests that a child living in poverty in Atlanta has about a four percent chance of moving out of poverty and into a higher income bracket in his or her lifetime.

Despite these odds, Atlanta’s students have dreams for their futures and their families. In 2015, Achieve Atlanta (AA) was launched by a group of local leaders determined to support these dreams. Coming together initially with the goal of dramatically increasing the number of APS students who earn a degree, Achieve Atlanta today, inspired by the power of strategic, coordinated action, and using data as the spark for change, has expanded its vision for the future to include eliminating the degree attainment gap in the city, and making Atlanta a place where race and income no longer predict postsecondary success or upward mobility.

The Work:

In pursuit of its vision, Achieve Atlanta’s mission is to help APS students access, afford, and earn postsecondary credentials. To do this, Achieve Atlanta:

  • Partners with college advising providers with proven results to serve Atlanta Public School (APS) students while they are in high school;
  • Establishes strategic formal relationships with post-secondary institutions that can successfully serve APS graduates, especially those who are first generation or come from underrepresented populations;
  • Is progressing along a plan to mobilize broad community support by leveraging data to accelerate collaborations that further college access, persistence, and completion in Atlanta; and
  • Provides Achieve Atlanta Scholarships to students to eliminate financial barriers.

The Results:

After a few short years, it’s clear that Achieve Atlanta’s endeavors are yielding significant gains; driving an increase in college enrollment, creating greater access to financial aid and scholarships, securing meaningful commitments from partners, identifying and removing barriers to persistence, and supporting APS to institutionalize a culture that raises awareness of and encourages the pursuit of post-secondary education, thereby enhancing individual students’ ability to realize their own potential.

The Opportunity:

Achieve Atlanta is seeking an experienced leader to set and guide the organization’s comprehensive communication strategy and steward Achieve Atlanta’s brand such that it represents both impact and influence in the educational equity and access to opportunity spaces. This role is responsible for managing all communications and building external relationships with the organization’s constituencies, including funders and the media. Further, the person in this role will help strengthen and promote Achieve Atlanta’s identity and values to students, partners, and the Atlanta community and catalyze action that supports our mission.

The Sr. Director of Marketing & Communications will report to the Executive Director and will work closely with Achieve Atlanta’s leadership team as the communications partner on a variety of strategic initiatives. Specifically, the person occupying this role will:

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate the annual communications plan across the network’s discreet audiences in collaboration with Achieve Atlanta’s leadership team and constituents
  • Lead the generation of online content that engages audience segments and leads to measurable action
  • Put communications vehicles in place to create momentum and awareness as well as to test the effectiveness of communications activities
  • Manage the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral including, but not limited to, newsletters, brochures, and Achieve Atlanta’s website
  • Coordinate webpage maintenance and ensure that new and consistent information (article links, stories, and events) is posted regularly
  • Track and measure the level of engagement within the network over time
  • Prepare creative briefs for content development
  • Coordinate and organize annual meetings that engage the network’s discreet audiences
  • Assist the Executive Director in preparing for her speeches and external interviews
  • Manage and select external vendors, when necessary
  • Manage all media contacts
  • Mentor and lead a team member responsible for Achieve Atlanta’s communication administration and coordination

The Profile:

The Sr. Director of Communications must be a positive, energetic, and proactive leader who is thoroughly committed to Achieve Atlanta’s vision and mission. Further, Achieve Atlanta seeks an accomplished professional with at least 10 years of marketing/communications experience, ideally in a leadership role within a complex (number and variety of constituents) nonprofit.

This person will also demonstrate the following competencies:  

  • Communication
    • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills
    • Ability to connect in authentic ways with very diverse audiences across multiple dimensions including but not limited to race/ethnicity, age, and socio-economic background
    • An appreciation for nuance and ability to thoughtfully communicate with and anticipate responses and perspectives from diverse audiences, while demonstrating patience, diplomacy, and compassion;
  • Results-Orientation
    • A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently
    • Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives
    • Exceptional critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Collaboration
    • Ability to cultivate and influence through productive, trusted relationships with various key constituents
    • Demonstrated cultural competence, humility, and awareness of how power, privilege, and their identities impact how they engage with others
    • Ability to work across lines of difference, and influence through relationships rather than positional authority
    • Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, program participants, and other supporters
  • Leadership
    • High energy, maturity, and leadership with the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels

The successful candidate will reflect the following characteristics:

  • flexibility to change course and integrate feedback to achieve more successful outcomes
  • empathetic, and acknowledges and honors all people’s humanity
  • sense of urgency
  • humble approach to working and learning
  • an insatiable desire to transform student achievement across Atlanta and a deep passion for social justice

Finally, while no one person will possess all the qualities below, the ideal candidate will also possess some combination of the following professional and personal characteristics:

  • experience within a start-up/entrepreneurial environment will be beneficial given Achieve Atlanta’s stage in development;
  • experience working with parents, students, post-secondary institutions and/or nonprofit organizations;
  • existing Atlanta-relevant relationships.

Organizational Culture:

Achieve Atlanta is a values-driven organization and we ground our work in the following core values:

Unwavering Belief: Belief in what’s possible–for our students and the school community that surrounds them–is the inspiration and fuel for all we do.

Champion for Students: Our belief is backed by action. We never give up on students and accept the charge to do whatever it takes to remove the barriers they face.

Expectation of Excellence: We expect excellence…from ourselves and from our community of stakeholders. This expectation shapes our ambition and sets our standard for execution day in and day out.

Intentional Collaboration: We don’t presume to have all the answers. We’re deliberate in our effort to tap the experience and knowledge of others as we work toward sustainable change.

Continuous Innovation: We understand that to get different results we must try new things. It’s important we always remain driven, humble, and nimble enough to pursue promising ideas.

Salary and Benefits
Achieve Atlanta offers competitive salary and health, dental, and retirement benefits.

To Apply:

The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications, including a cover letter and resume, should be submitted electronically, and will be considered on a rolling basis. Nominations, applications, or inquiries about the position and/or the search process should be directed to careers@achieveatlanta.org.

Achieve Atlanta is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of qualifications. Achieve Atlanta policy prohibits unlawful discrimination in any employment decision based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religious creed, color, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sexual orientation or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance or regulation.

Working at Achieve Atlanta

The Achieve Atlanta team’s success lies in tapping into a broad range of interests and expertise. An unwavering belief in the potential of every single student to achieve and succeed is what defines the team at Achieve Atlanta. Our CORE VALUES are woven into the fabric of everything we do and our COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY + INCLUSION frames our work and makes us stronger. We’re looking for passionate, grounded individuals to join our team to expand our capability and accelerate our impact.

You might be a fit for our team if:

You are always looking for the power and potential in all students.

You are a lifelong learner and continuously strive for a better version of yourself.

You are a leader who consistently reflects on what you do and what you project.

You are a go-getter who will move mountains to do what is best for students and stakeholders.

You believe weekend naps, quality snacks, family time, and/or music festivals are essential to your success.

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