Program Manager, College Advising Corps Job Description

Program Manager, College Advising Corps  
Swearer Center for Public Service, Brown University

Position Summary

This position leads and supports the College Advising Corps at Brown University (CAC), a college guidance program in urban school districts across Rhode Island.  The CAC program recruits, trains, supports and evaluates a “corps” of full-time recent graduates and part-time undergraduate volunteers who provide college advising and support to high school students and their families. Corps members provide information about the value of college education and college options, and directly support the college and financial aid applications processes through workshops and one-on-one sessions. This is a one-year position and will continue for as long as grant funding is secured: currently funding is committed only for the 2013-2014 program year.

Primary Responsibilities

Program Management and Leadership

  • Program and partnership management: Develop and enhance programming to support high school students and their families and build the capacity of schools and community partners; Cultivate and support collaborative relationships with schools, community organizations, administrators, and teachers; Secure annual operational and data agreements from partner schools/districts

  • Staff and volunteer management: Recruit, train, and manage 12 full-time College Advisors (recent college graduates)and 30 to 60 undergraduate student volunteers; Provide ongoing supervision, support, and structured learning opportunities

Fundraising and Grants Management

  • Funder cultivation: Assist in identifying and cultivating potential and existing funders; Support funder relationships by coordinating occasional site visits at partner schools and developing informational materials to prospects/funders; Draft compelling narratives and supporting data for a variety of grant proposals

  • Grant management and reporting: Ensure that program practice and procedures comply with grant requirements; Manage grant reporting process including drafting required grant reports, gathering performance data to demonstrate progress on grant outcomes, reviewing financial reports, and meeting internal and external deadlines

Documentation and Evaluation

  • Compile documentation on all major aspects of the program;  Implement and maintain robust data platform to collect a variety of information; Work collaboratively to develop and implement a basic evaluation plan for both the Advisors and the program; Regularly analyze data collected to gauge the effectiveness and impact of individual Advisors and the program as a whole

  • Bachelor’s degree plus five or more years experience in relevant community work; supervisory experience strongly preferred. Prior experience with AmeriCorps/Corporation for National and Community Service programming and funding strongly preferred.

  • Strong skills and experience in management; program structure and process; grant management; documentation, data collection and analysis.

  • Knowledge of and experience with college access, preparation, and guidance efforts with under-represented youth. Interest in and ability to engage, collaborate with, support, and educate recent college graduates and current undergraduate students.

  • Track record of execution and change orientation: open-mindedness; focus on learning, assessment, constant improvement, and accountability; attention to detail.

  • Excellent organizational and prioritizing skills, communication and presentation skills; ability to generate enthusiasm and understanding with variety of audiences and partners.

  • Ability to work evening and weekend events/ programs.

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