Site Director-Spelman College

· Atlanta, Georgia
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Manager/Supervisor

Job Title: Site Director, Spelman College

Location: Atlanta, GA

Employment Type: Full Time

Start Date: August 2021

To Apply: Submit your application here. Send any questions to jobs@bebraven.org (applications submitted via email will not be accepted).

Hiring Manager: Kate Shoemaker


About Braven

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, a bachelor’s degree holder from a low-income background started their career earning two-thirds as much as those from higher-income backgrounds. An African American with a BA was almost twice as likely to be unemployed as their white counterpart. While education has the potential to be the great equalizer, only 30% of our country’s 1.3 million first-generation or low-income college enrollees are predicted to land a strong job after graduation. And with the COVID-19 crisis still upon us, now more than ever, college students from humble beginnings need to be prepared to compete for strong jobs. 


Braven is helping to address these inequities. Braven supports 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. Braven Fellows emerge with the skills, experiences and networks they need to land a strong first job and get on a path to economic freedom. Braven is a growing organization, and has worked with more than 3,300 students across four campuses (Rutgers University-Newark, San José State, Lehman College, and National Louis University) and is piloting its innovative program to serve alumni of college success organizations locally in Chicago and virtually nationwide.Learn more about Braven’s impact: 

https://impactreport.bebraven.org/

https://jobsreport.bebraven.org/ 


About the Role

The Site Director is the inspiring leader who sets a powerful vision for programmatic success at Spelman College and is responsible for ensuring that students who participate as Braven Fellows secure a strong first job or enroll in graduate school within 6 months of graduation. You will lead a team of three full-time employees (i.e. Program Managers) and a team of part-time interns. You’ll also be responsible for recruiting and selecting our volunteers, and will build and maintain a positive and strong presence at Spelman and in the greater Atlanta community. 


In this role, you will be joining a mission-driven, hard working, and fun loving team. To be successful as part of the Spelman 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 college partners at Spelman College 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, Atlanta, the Site Director will be responsible for:

  • Setting a vision for the Spelman site and team and building a strategic plan to support that vision
  • Leading the implementation of Braven’s programming at Spelman, including the pre-course, course, and post-course experience, to meet programmatic goals
  • Successfully recruiting and coaching volunteers (known as Leadership Coaches) on their facilitation of weekly virtual Learning Labs to ensure strong weekly engagement. 


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 and/or undergraduates of color and the transition from college to career or graduate school. They demonstrate a clear 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

  • Set goals and key performance indicators for the Spelman site aligned with Braven’s local and national priorities while also building a collaborative team culture committed to excellence.
  • Manage and develop a high-performing team of three full-time employees and several part-time interns to meet outcomes.
  • Lead the weekly check-ins with the Spelman College liaison; setting weekly agendas and identifying ways to partner with Spelman College’s departments (i.e. Career Center, etc.) 
  • Participate in the org-wide Program Management Team to drive program model strategy and decisions, recommending changes as needed on Braven’s program model to achieve transformational and sustainable impact. 


Manage Program Implementation at Spelman College

  • Spearhead the recruitment, selection, and on-boarding of volunteers to ensure a high-quality, diverse, and impactful corps of volunteers. For FY22 this means 35 Leadership Coaches, 8 Coaching Partners, 150+ Mock Interviewers, and 25 Professional Mentors 
  • Observe and provide weekly feedback to Braven Leadership Coaches to support them to improve their own facilitation and coaching skill sets
  • Lead the site team to successfully recruit 250 students each semester into the Braven Accelerator course while also supporting region-wide scale efforts 
  • Execute and attend the Braven Accelerator course which takes place on weekdays from 4-6 pm (2-3 days/week for 15 weeks per semester) along with 1-2 special events per semester typically held on Saturday’s
  • Collaborate productively and regularly with Spelman Faculty of Record that supports with Braven course execution


Engage Regional Partners

  • Help manage a diverse set of local employer/career partners to power the Braven Accelerator course experience by providing volunteers, sponsoring events, and hiring Braven alums
  • Cultivate strong relationships within the local ecosystem of nonprofits and companies to grow Braven’s impact in Atlanta


(Did you know that research shows that women and people from underrepresented groups often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications? Please know that no one ever meets 100% of the qualifications. If much of this describes you, we encourage you to apply.)


Required Professional Experience and Skills:

  • 7-10 years of experience, with a track record of achieving successful outcomes
  • Prior experience with managing teams and building strong team culture 
  • Proven ability to create, operationalize, and manage project plans and deadlines
  • Track record of using data and metrics to drive decisions and measure performance
  • Excellent communication and relationship-building skills (internally and externally)
  • Strong stewardship 
  • Deep roots in and knowledge of Atlanta 
  • Bachelor’s or equivalent degree


Additional Requirements

  • Ability to work in-person in Atlanta
  • Spelman Alumnae are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Authorized to work in the US

  

Working at Braven

Our culture

At Braven, our core values really do describe how we “show up” with each other. Before applying, we encourage you to take a look at them, and see if they describe you, too. At Braven, we are obsessed with making a real impact on the world, and are committed to learning and innovation as a path to get there. What that means in practice is that you can expect a proactive and nimble “startup-like” culture, where we work together to adapt, evolve, and make things happen. We also aspire to be a premier workplace for professionals who share identities with Braven’s Fellows. That means cultivating an environment of belonging for our intentionally diverse team. It means being a place that stretches and grows you as a professional. It means having fun together as we do work that matters. 


Compensation and Benefits

The salary for this position, which depends on prior work experience and our assessment of your fit for the role, will likely be between $78,900 - $98,600. Braven offers competitive base salaries based on the midpoint of the market among not-for-profit organizations of similar size, with opportunities for salary growth over time. 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. Given our commitment to equity and the inequities that can emerge from salary negotiations, Braven does not negotiate salary offers; instead each salary offer is determined carefully upfront using benchmarking. You will have an opportunity to discuss salary in more detail after you begin the application process.


Braven also provides competitive, comprehensive benefits, recognition, and career development. While Braven reserves the right to change benefits at any time, current benefits include: 

  • Unlimited vacation time in addition to org-wide shut downs in July and the end of the calendar year
  • Up to 5% match of your 401K contribution starting your first full month
  • Coverage of 85% of health insurance premium 
  • A one month paid sabbatical after 4 years on staff


Location

When social distancing is not in place, we 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. 


Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

At Braven, we are committed to attracting, engaging, developing, and retaining a diverse team. Braven operates in the context of our American culture, against the backdrop of systemic racism and oppression of marginalized people since our country’s founding. We are committed to assembling leaders at our organization who have emerged from everywhere, with a particular emphasis on those who share the racial and income backgrounds of our Fellows, and creating an inclusive culture that allows all teammates, of all experiences and identities, to thrive.  


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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  • Location
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Manager/Supervisor