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Braven, Inc

Manager, Student Recruitment Strategy & Ops

– Chicago, Illinois
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

This is a full-time, benefits-eligible role through December 1, 2019. Continuation after this period will be considered. Ideal start date is mid-January, 2019. Chicago, San Jose, Newark or New York preferred.

Braven’s mission:

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. Despite 1.2 million low-income or first-generation students enrolling in college each year, only one in four will attain a strong first job or enroll in graduate school upon graduating. In partnership with universities and employers, we believe Braven is a solution and we are on a mission to scale it, equalizing access to the American Dream.

We are looking for people passionate about ensuring all young people can put their education to work at this unique moment in time for our organization:

  • In 5 short years, we have grown from 14 students in a pilot on one campus to a community of 1,200 strong across three sites.

  • To date, 69% of Braven’s Fellows have landed a strong job or quality outcome within 6 months of graduation, as compared with the average of 54% for all students nationally.  Braven Fellows outpace their peers in internship attainment, non-cognitive skill growth, and college persistence.

  • Over the next 3 years, Braven will serve a total of 6,000 new Fellows across our existing three sites, innovate on our core model, and expand to new sites across the country.

The role:

In this role, you will partner with Executive Directors and their regional execution teams to set an ambitious student recruitment strategy to ensure a growing number of students at our three existing university partner sites enroll in our course (450+ students per campus). Our students, known as Fellows, are typically first-generation college students from some of the most promising backgrounds and communities.

In this capacity, you will set a strong vision and direction for an ambitious recruitment campaign to find and inspire diverse, promising, undergraduate students to become Braven Fellows. You will also own the creation of the resources, tools, and collateral necessary to train and support student interns and full-time staff who execute the campaign, in order to exceed our goals and successfully grow our impact across all three of our existing regions- putting Braven on a path to serve 1,000 students per campus, each year, by 2021.  

Each semester, you will have a wide array of responsibilities ranging from working closely with our executive team around strategic priorities, decision-making, and scaling business operations, to providing on-the-ground recruitment and training support to program team members and interns, to recommending new tools, processes, and collateral to drive strong performance.

There is a ton of room for growth in this role. Braven is a nimble, fast-paced startup environment where the work evolves quickly and no day is the same as the day before. This should excite you!


  • Set the strategy for how Braven recruits  hundreds of Fellows into our college-level, credit-bearing course that aligns with Braven’s org-wide goals

  • Evaluate which other tools and resources teams need to execute said strategy, and ensure their creation. Examples include, but are not limited to, working with designers to create marketing collateral, writing outreach templates, creating call scripts, etc.

  • Design and execute staff training and provide ongoing support so interns and regional team members can implement strategies and tactics well.

  • Create data systems and tools that allow for goal setting, progress review, execution, and analysis and to ensure consistency in reporting the overall progress of the Fellow recruitment campaign across regions, identifying opportunities or challenges, and solving for problems through analysis and strategic reasoning

  • Work in partnership with Executive Directors and direct managers to ensure successful and continued implementation of strategy, tools, and resources across each region

  • Build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders across our three regions to maximize outreach efforts, promote a stronger organizational brand, and achieve bold outcomes.

  • May also provide some support around refining our overall volunteer recruitment strategy and tools as organizational needs evolve.


  • Must be authorized to work for any company in the U.S.

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5-7 years of recruitment and/or grassroots campaign experience.

  • Experience with Salesforce required

  • Some experience with Marketing, Social Media, or Learning & Development preferred.

  • Strong leadership experience– you don’t drop balls, you fully own the achievement of  your goals and the success of your projects, you are able to prioritize among a large body of tasks big and small, you exhibit strong judgement on when to act alone and when to seek input to make decisions, very comfortable with dotted line management

  • Excellent ability to coach, empower, and lead people to take action toward strong outcomes without direct management - firm and kind.


  • Comfortable in a role that requires extensive travel (at least 50%)

  • Adept at analyzing qualitative and quantitative data in order to make decisions and track progress to goals

  • Ability and motivation to build community and team, virtually and in-person. Strong cultural competence and experience working with diverse populations.

  • Strong executive presence and ability to communicate clearly and compellingly (both verbally and written) across lines of difference.

  • Able to manage multiple projects simultaneously; strong attention to detail and time management skills

  • A natural self-starter who thrives in an entrepreneurial environment.

About Braven

The Braven Accelerator empowers promising young people on their path to college graduation, meaningful careers, and lives of impact. Alongside educational institutions, Braven provides a scalable model to discover, develop, and connect extraordinary, diverse, and driven young people to high-quality skill building, opportunities, and networks. From the Accelerator will come a generation of leaders as diverse as our future demands.

Braven currently operates in Newark, New Jersey, Chicago, and the San Francisco Bay Area. We aim to become the nation’s leading accelerator of diverse talent, putting 100,000 emerging leaders on the pathway to college completion and economic mobility. Our work is highly data and outcomes driven: college graduation; workforce readiness skills-based proficiency; employment in a high impact role within six months of graduation.

We as an organization value the longevity of our employees and offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits plan. The salary for this position is also competitive and depends on your prior work experience. Please be advised, you will have an opportunity to discuss salary in more detail after you begin the application process.

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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