Founded in 1993, ALABAMA POSSIBLE is a statewide nonprofit organization that breaks down barriers to prosperity through advocacy, education, and collaboration. Our research-driven work connects Alabamians and equips them with resources to build a stronger Alabama. We also influence public policy so that all Alabamians have equal opportunities to lead prosperous lives.
Alabama has coalesced around Success Plus and its target of adding 500,000 individuals with valuable postsecondary credentials to the workforce by 2025.
Building on Alabama Possible’s success with the statewide Cash for College FAFSA completion campaign, we are convening an education and workforce network focused on the transition from high school to and through postsecondary education. Alabama Possible will provide capacity building, technical assistance, consulting, workshops, training, conferences, advocacy, and research to educators, community-based organizations, and policymakers to drive equitable increases in postsecondary attainment.
We bring the following values to our work:
- College is postsecondary education. “College” is the attainment of valuable postsecondary credentials beyond high school, including professional/technical certificates and academic degrees.
- College is a necessity. Postsecondary education is a prerequisite for success in a knowledge-based economy. Everyone must pursue and complete postsecondary credentials or degrees beyond high school.
- College is for everyone. The postsecondary education attainment rates among low-income students and students of color are significantly lower than those of other students. Alabama Possible commits to closing these gaps.
- College is a public good.Postsecondary educational opportunity and attainment are critical to a just and equitable society, strong economy, and healthy communities.
Program director is a new position, and the successful candidate will oversee the creation, coordination, and implementation of effective systems to manage programs, strategic initiatives, personnel, finances, and operations. They will champion diversity, equity, and inclusion and demonstrate cultural competence in understanding historical barriers to access to postsecondary education.
The program director will report to the executive director and supervise program staff, independent contractors, interns, and volunteers.
- In collaboration with the executive director, operationalize the organization’s business plan to support Alabama college access programs through a systems leadership approach.
- Lead Alabama Possible’s programs and services, including supervising program staff.
- Convene partner meetings, communicate regularly with stakeholders, and solicit feedback on organizational services.
- Create and implement work plans and revise as needed to meet changing needs.
- Maintain a thorough working knowledge of local and national college access resources and tools.
- Understand needed college access services, establish an inventory of service providers, and nurture working relationships with partner organizations.
- Provide research support and develop and implement tools and resources to support achieving the Success Plus goal.
- Prepare written communication, including producing reports, presentations, online communications, and other publications.
- Serve as an organizational spokesperson for traditional and social media.
- Steward relationships with stakeholders, including the Alabama State Department of Education, Alabama Community College System, Alabama Commission on Higher Education, K-12 educators, college and university administrators, and the Bold Goals Coalition.
- Use results-based facilitation and continuous improvement tools to achieve organizational goals and support of school and program leaders.
- Develop and implement professional development opportunities for educators and college access professionals.
- Provide technical assistance to FAFSA completion sites.
- Develop and monitor program budgets.
- Enthusiastically perform other duties as assigned.
KEY COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS
- Demonstrated ability to foster collective leadership across institutions and sectors.
- Planning and organizational skills, including project management.
- Vision and demonstrated ability to develop, promote, and deliver positive results in a fast-paced environment.
- Strong supervisory skills with experience developing, coaching, and leading teams.
- Excellent communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills. Ability to deliver effective presentations.
- Effective problem-solving skills.
- Ability to work independently and make appropriate decisions with limited direction.
- Meticulous attention to detail.
- Willingness to work weekends and evenings and travel throughout Alabama as needed.
EDUCATION, JOB KNOWLEDGE, AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
- Bachelor’s degree and five years full-time, professional work experience. Master’s degree in education, counseling, social work, or related field strongly preferred.
- Prior experience supporting historically underrepresented students’ journey to and through postsecondary education. Strong knowledge of the FAFSA and financial aid preferred.
- Excellent analytical skills, including an ability to process data to inform continuous improvement teams.
- Team orientation with a strong work ethic.
- High levels of resourcefulness, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving.
- Friend of technology who can learn and use software platforms competently; hands-on experience with MacOS environments; exceptional Microsoft Office skills.
- Possession of a valid driver’s license, a reliable car, and proof of auto liability coverage with minimum limits of $100,000 per person/$300,000 per incident.
- Complete and pass all background checks and clearances.
- $60-80,000/year commensurate with experience.
- Health and dental insurance provided by the organization; vision coverage also available.
- Simple IRA with 3 percent matching contributions after a waiting period.
- Long-term disability insurance after a waiting period.
- Generous vacation, sick leave, and paid holiday schedule.
- Ample professional development opportunities.
Equal Opportunity Employer and Service Provider
Alabama Possible is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. It is our policy to recruit, hire, train and promote/serve persons without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, political ideology, veteran status, or any other classification protected by local, state or federal law. All staff and volunteers will adhere to all anti-discrimination policies and procedures. AP will make reasonable accommodations for individuals with known disabilities as long as they do not create an undue burden in accordance with local, state, and federal law.
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TO APPLY, submit your cover letter, salary expectations, and resume via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Program Director” in the subject line. To ensure your resume is considered, PLEASE follow the submission process. And PLEASE – no direct emails or phone calls to Alabama Possible staff. They are focused on the mission – to remove barriers to prosperity through advocacy, education, and collaboration!!! Thank you.