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.
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.
To date, 71% of San Jose Braven’s Fellows have landed a strong job within 12 months of graduation, as compared with an average of 54% for all students nationally. Braven currently operates in Newark, NJ, Chicago, IL and in NYC. We aim to become the nation’s leading accelerator of diverse talent, putting emerging leaders on the pathway to college completion and economic mobility. Our work is highly data driven around the outcomes of college graduation, workforce readiness skills-based proficiency, and employment in a high impact role within six months of graduation.
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.
Role start date is January, 2020. The Site Director is the inspiring leader who sets a powerful vision for programmatic success in San Jose 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 2 full-time employees and a dozen part-time employees, recruit and select our volunteers, and build and maintain the positive presence of Braven at San José State and in the greater Silicon Valley community.
What You’ll Do
Reporting directly to the Bay Area Executive Director, you’ll collaborate extensively with university faculty and staff, volunteers, employer partners, and local organizations to ensure the effective growth of Braven in San Jose. Specifically, you will:
Vision, Strategy, and Culture (~25% of time)
Set a powerful vision for the San Jose site and inspire the commitment of others towards the shared vision. Build a strategic plan to support the vision. Cultivate a strong and enduring culture that is based on and aligns with Braven and SJSU’s mission and culture. This includes:
Set goals and key performance indicators for San Jose site aligned with Braven’s local and national priorities
Recruit, lead, manage, and develop a high-performing team of ~2 full-time, ~15 part time, and ~70 volunteer staff members to meet outcomes
Build a collaborative team culture of individuals committed to meeting goals and living out Braven core values in service of our mission
Programmatic Leadership (~50%)
Lead the implementation of Braven’s programming at SJSU, including the pre-course, course, and post-course experience, to meet programmatic goals. This includes:
Successfully recruiting requisite number of students into the Braven Accelerator course (~400 for 2019-2020 school year) and scale significantly in each subsequent year
Execute and attend the weekly evening Braven Accelerator course (2 days/week for 15 weeks of a semester), special events and occasional weekend events, ensuring program quality
Recruit, train, and manage Teaching Assistants to assess student work
Collaborate well with San José State professors in running course to finalize grades, handle student concerns, etc
Hire and manage their interns and volunteers
Recruit, select, onboard, and coach varies volunteers. Per semester a minimum of 30 Leadership Coaches, 5 Coaching Partners, 75 Mock Interviewers, and 30 Professional Mentors are needed. The number of Fellows—and thus Leadership Coaches, Mock Interviewers, and Professional Mentors—will scale significantly in each subsequent semester.
Assess data continuously and ensure students are on track to graduate and secure strong jobs. Partner with Braven’s Product team to develop supports and interventions to achieve student jobs outcomes
Participate in the Program Management Team to drive program model strategy and decisions, recommending changes as needed to Braven’s program model to achieve transformational and sustainable impact
Partnership Development and Stakeholder Management (~25%)
Develop and steward strong and formalized partnerships with San José State University staff and faculty, employers, and community based organizations that result in additional resources for our students and improvements to our program model. This includes:
Cultivate and manage relationships with key San José State stakeholders that foster collaboration and ensure a healthy partnership
Manage local employer partners as they provide volunteers, sponsor events, and hire talent
Cultivate strong relationships within the local ecosystem of nonprofits and companies; collaborate to deepen and scale our impact
Experiences, Skills, and Traits
The ideal person will be extremely driven, customer-service and results oriented, entrepreneurial and highly resourceful, and excited to dive into an early stage organization poised to change the educational landscape. At Braven we look for people who do what it takes and operate with humility and hunger.
Prior leadership experience (6-10 years) with a verifiable track record of achieving excellence and successful outcomes;
Experience in an early-stage environment launching an initiative, program, or team;
Successful in managing and developing people and teams; creates and fosters a strong sense of culture;
Exceptional communication and relationship-building skills; ability to facilitate strong partnerships across a range of stakeholders;
High degree of flexibility and adaptability, excels in a fast paced, team oriented environment and is comfortable with ambiguity;
Proven ability to create, operationalize, and manage project plans, meeting milestones and deadlines
Data-driven manager: mastery of using data and metrics to drive decisions and measure performance;
Strong alignment with, passion for, and commitment to the mission and values of Braven;
Bachelor’s degree required
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 benefits, compensation, recognition, and career development. Braven covers 85% of health care costs, offers a work from home day, 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 offers a competitive base salary 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. Braven reserves the right to change benefits at any time.
The salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior work experience. 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.