Position Title Director, Post-Secondary Partnerships, Achieve Atlanta Position Reporting Structure

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Director, Post-Secondary Partnerships, Achieve Atlanta

Position Reporting Structure

Reports to the Vice President College Success

Overview Achieve Atlanta’s vision is that all students educated in Atlanta Public Schools (APS) will complete post-secondary education and obtain the full benefits that a higher education provides. To reach our vision, Achieve Atlanta is working to harness a broad array of community resources to dramatically increase the number of Atlanta Public School students graduating from a post-secondary institution. Currently, Achieve Atlanta is:

  • Partnering with college advising providers with proven results to serve APS students while they are in high school;

  • Establishing strategic formal relationships with post-secondary institutions that can successfully serve APS graduates, especially those who are 1st generation and who come from underrepresented populations;

  • Providing Achieve Atlanta scholarships to students to eliminate financial barriers; and

  • Developing a plan to mobilize broad community support by leveraging data to accelerate collaborations that further college access, persistence, and completion in Atlanta.

Through these actions, Achieve Atlanta will help address the financial and social barriers students face in accessing and persisting through post-secondary education and help to:

  • Enhance individual students’ ability to realize their own potential, especially for those traditionally underrepresented in post-secondary education;

  • Support APS in continuing to institutionalize a culture that raises awareness of and encourages the pursuit of post-secondary education; and

  • Create an ecosystem in Atlanta that ensures college access and persistence for all students.

Ultimately, Achieve Atlanta will be part of a system that transforms the lives of students, their families, and the city of Atlanta by creating a highly educated and skilled population and, as a result, address the lack of economic upward mobility and income inequality in our city. Achieve Atlanta has set a goal to double the number of APS graduates completing a post-secondary degree or credential by 2025.

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 everything 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 have to try new things. It’s important we always remain driven, humble, and nimble enough to pursue promising ideas.
Position Overview

The Director of Post-Secondary Partnerships for Achieve Atlanta will support the VP College Success to effectively manage the organization’s college success work. Specifically, the Director will draw insight from multiple sources to shape the strategy for how the organization engages with institutions of higher education and nonprofit partners, through its coordinated action model, to ensure each Achieve Atlanta Scholar persists to complete college and earn a degree. Further, the Director will translate AA’s college success strategy into actionable plans and timelines, oversee the implementation of said strategy, and drive the effective allocation of resources.

The Director will also be charged with accelerating Achieve Atlanta’s tiered partnership model to increase the number of Scholars who are fully served with advising and coaching services. This may be accomplished through a wide variety of supports and structures: working with the senior team to provide informed input into different partnership models; supporting internal and external research efforts; ensuring effective prospecting, contracting, onboarding and support of partners; and effectively facilitating data collection and feedback from partners in formal and informal settings.
To effectively execute on these expectations, the ideal candidate will have a successful track record of managing relationships with higher education institutions and nonprofit organizations, be competent in understanding and articulating relevant data patterns and relationships, and have excellent verbal and writing skills. To excel in this role, the candidate must have exceptional relationship-building skills and thrive in an environment where managing multiple stakeholders with competing priorities is the norm.


Primary Responsibilities

Program Design and Management

  • Manage day-to-day relationships with post-secondary and nonprofit partners

  • Manage accountability standards and process with partners

  • Work with partners to ensure a successful high school to college transition for Achieve Atlanta Scholars

  • Coordinate with partners to implement initiatives that promote and enhance post-secondary success for Scholars

  • Ensure partners and Achieve Atlanta adhere to the guidelines outlined in relevant Memoranda of Understanding and Scopes of Work

  • Promote innovative and research-supported successful practices that result in increased effectiveness of the college success initiative

  • Assist with applying for grant funds and writing reports

Data Collection, Monitoring, and Evaluation

  • Partner with the Achieve Atlanta data team to generate and monitor strategic measures of success and ensure the consistent reporting on these metrics to internal and external stakeholders

  • Use data to help drive decision-making and inform partner practices

  • Assist with the secure maintenance of data and records for Scholars

  • Assist with the reporting process for college and nonprofit partner success

  • Collaborate with the data team to manage the intervention strategy database

Outreach and Convenings

  • Plan and execute quarterly meetings of all partners

  • Support the planning and execution of Achieve Atlanta events with APS and college and nonprofit partners

  • Identify and develop resources for Scholars and facilitate sharing and use among partners

Experience and Competencies

The Director, Post-Secondary Partnerships must be a positive, energetic, and proactive strategic thinker who is thoroughly committed to Achieve Atlanta’s vision and mission. Additionally, experience within a start-up/entrepreneurial environment will be beneficial given Achieve Atlanta’s stage in development. The ideal candidate will have the following experience and competencies:  

  • At least 5 years of experience managing partnerships that resulted in increased program effectiveness and the accomplishment of shared objectives; post-secondary institution and/or nonprofit organization experience are a plus

  • Highly skilled with establishing and maintaining effective communication with multiple stakeholders; experience working with parents, students, post-secondary institutions and/or nonprofit organizations are a plus

  • Knowledge of tools and techniques that have been effectively used to increase post-secondary success, particularly with students who are 1st generation or come from underrepresented populations

  • Experience effectively resolving complex partnership dilemmas

  • Demonstrated flexibility to change course and integrate feedback to achieve more successful outcomes

  • Advanced proficiency with using Microsoft Word and PowerPoint to take complex information and make it concise, impactful and easy for stakeholders to interpret

  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to summarize findings and determine the appropriate mode of communication depending on the situation and audience

  • Demonstrated cultural competence, critical consciousness, and ability to work across lines of difference

  • Exceptional critical thinking and problem-solving skills

  • Exceptional attention to detail

  • Deeply invested in and inspired by Achieve Atlanta’s mission and core values


Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree, with related coursework, preferred

Salary and Benefits

Competitive salary and health, dental, and retirement benefits.


Please email a cover letter and resume to careers@achieveatlanta.org with the email subject line title: “AA Director PSP Application”

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.

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