Job Title: Site Director, Braven at San Jose State University
Location: San Jose (CA)
Employment Type: Full-time, Part-time
Start Date: May 2021
In America, we’ve promised that hard work and ambition will be met with equality of opportunity. The reality is that we have a quiet crisis on our hands. Before COVID-19, an African American with a BA was twice as likely to be unemployed as their white counterpart, and a Bachelor’s degree holder from a low-income background started their career earning only two-thirds as much as those from higher-income backgrounds. While education has the potential to be the great equalizer, only 25% of our country’s 1.2 million first-generation or low-income college enrollees are predicted to land a strong job after graduation and be on a path to the American Dream. And with the COVID-19 crisis upon us, now more than ever, college students from humble beginnings need to be prepared to compete for strong jobs.
We believe that our country’s next generation of leaders will emerge from everywhere, but they need a talent strategy that matches them in strength and diversity. We envision an American Dream Team—100,000 diverse leaders-in-the-making—prepared to access and thrive in strong first jobs after college graduation.
Theory of Action
Braven supports untapped students from college to career by partnering with universities, employers, and college success organizations to offer a two-part experience that begins with a credit-bearing college course followed by a post-course experience that lasts through graduation. Fellows emerge from Braven with the skills, experiences and networks they need to land a strong first job and get on a path to economic freedom. Braven has worked with more than 2,300 students at four campuses at Rutgers University-Newark, San José State, Lehman College, and National Louis University to date.
Braven Fellows across the country are persisting in college and achieving exciting levels of internship and job attainment.
We believe Braven is a solution and we are on a mission to scale it, equalizing access to the American Dream.
The Site Director is the inspiring leader who sets a powerful vision for programmatic success and is responsible for ensuring that Braven Fellows graduate from college and secure a strong job within 6 months of graduation. You will lead a team of two full-time employees (Program Managers of the Accelerator Course and Workforce Development) and a team of part-time student interns. You will be responsible for recruiting and selecting our professional volunteers for our programs, and builds and maintains the positive presence of Braven at San José State and in the Silicon Valley community.
In this role, you will be joining a mission-driven, hard working, and fun loving team. To be successful as part of the SJSU site team you must be comfortable at skillfully navigating ambiguity and ongoing change and demonstrate an openness to feedback. You genuinely understand and appreciate that you are only as good and successful as your team - which includes the community of university partners at SJSU specifically. You must also value leading with a high-impact/low-ego mindset and demonstrate a strong commitment, in both thought and action, to diversity and inclusion.
Reporting directly to the Executive Director of Braven Bay Area, the Site Director will be responsible for:
The strongest candidates for this role have prior management experience ideally in the education or nonprofit sector along with a clear understanding of the experiences of first-generation, Pell-eligible college students and the transition from college to career. They demonstrate an ability to build strong relationships and shared-value partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders and have mastered the ability to fully leverage data and metrics to drive decision-making. They are energized by public speaking and facilitation, thrive on human interaction, and enjoy the challenge of meeting new people.
The individual in this role will ultimately:
Set Vision and Direction
Manage Program Implementation at SJSU
Engage Regional Partners
Required Professional Experience and Skills:
Experiences, Skills, and Traits:
Total Rewards Philosophy:
Braven is committed to attracting and retaining extraordinary, diverse leaders who believe deeply in our mission and uphold our core values as organizational leaders and stewards within and outside of the organization. Braven provides a “total rewards package” that encompasses comprehensive and competitive benefits, compensation, recognition, and career development. Current benefits include: Braven covers 85% of health care costs, has unlimited vacation time, matches up to 5% of your 401K contribution starting your first full month, a paid sabbatical after 4 years on staff, and competitive base salaries based on the midpoint of the market among not-for-profit organizations of similar size. We believe in compensating staff members fairly in relation to each other, their qualifications, and their impact on behalf of the organization and take internal equity seriously. Staff who are meeting expectations generally receive an annual 3% increase. Braven conducts benchmarking every other year; based on this external data, some salaries may also receive market adjustments to keep pace with relevant competition in similar roles. Braven reserves the right to change benefits at any time.
The salary for this position depends on your prior work experience and will start between $94,100-$117,000. Please be advised, you will have an opportunity to discuss salary in more detail after you begin the application process.
In typical times where social distancing is not in place, Braven teammates gather in the office four days a week. Each teammate can use one flex day of their choosing per week to work remotely. We believe in the magic, connection, and collaboration that happens when people work together face-to-face and we believe in giving people flexibility to focus, balance personal priorities, and save themselves one commute per week.
Braven is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status, or any other protected factor. We encourage talented individuals of all backgrounds to apply.
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