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Director of NH Alliance for College & Career Readiness

Reaching Higher NH

Reaching Higher NH is a nonpartisan 501c3 public education policy resource for New Hampshire parents, educators, and elected officials. We are dedicated to supporting public education and fostering high standards that give all students the opportunity to prepare for college, careers, and life in 21st century New Hampshire. Founded in 2015, Reaching Higher NH is already a respected force in NH’s public education policy landscape.

Across our state, there are efforts underway at the grasstops and grassroots levels to improve college and career readiness. The strength of statewide support for improving college and career readiness reflects the urgent need in the state to reverse disparities in academic achievement and address immediate workforce demands. Reaching Higher NH has received funding from the Nellie Mae Education Fund (NMEF) to serve as the backbone organization for a NH Alliance for College and Career Readiness (Alliance). The Alliance will harness existing efforts to drive key state-level legislative and policy reforms and amplify the impact of community-led initiatives to support college and career readiness in NH. NMEF is providing funding as part of its regional initiative to achieve 80% college and career readiness among all New England graduates by 2030.

To advance this exciting work, we are seeking an experienced, bright, committed, and strategic leader to serve as the Director of the NH Alliance for College and Career Readiness. The successful candidate will have a compelling and balanced portfolio of work, with demonstrated experience and success working with a diversity of local and state-level education and policy leaders.


The overarching responsibilities of this position include:

  • coordinating and helping to move the work and convenings of a statewide Alliance of grassroots and grasstops education and workforce development policy leaders;
  • steadily and thoughtfully recruiting and connecting new Alliance members;
  • overseeing and supporting the work of any subcommittees (e.g., policy) formed within the Alliance;
  • recruiting and serving as the point-person and connector for a smaller contingent of innovative community-led college and career (CCR) initiatives; and,
  • leading the planning of an annual workshop in support of those community-based CCR initiatives. 

Application and Hiring Timeline:

This position is for immediate hire. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible - the application closing date is Thursday, September 7, 2017

Requirements:
  • Master’s degree in education, government, political science, or other relevant field, preferred.
  • A minimum of five years professional experience in education policy or practice.
  • Demonstrated coalition-building experience, with a clear track record of building bridges between a diversity of constituencies and interest groups. 
  • Strong familiarity with education issues and players across the NH landscape.
  • Proven understanding of NH’s legislative processes.
  • Strong experience planning and facilitating meetings, events, and projects.
  • Experience with grant-reporting and deliverables tracking.
  • Demonstrated experience, and comfort with, public speaking.
  • Strong ability to work in a number of contexts: independently, as part of a coalition, and under direct supervision.
  • Experience managing web content, interfacing with a CRM, and guiding social media campaigns.
  • Exceptional writing and communication skills.
  • Teaching experience is preferred, but not required.
  • An overall startup mentality – flexibility, adaptability, commitment and energy –and enthusiasm for working as part of a close, dedicated team.

Additional Requirements:

Availability evenings and weekends is essential. Must have a vehicle and valid driver’s license.

Relationships:

This position reports to Reaching Higher’s executive director and is fully accountable to the Alliance Steering Committee. 

Salary and Exempt Status:

This grant funded, full-time, exempt position has a competitive annual salary of $60,000 and excellent health and dental benefits. 

Responsibilities:

The Director of the NH Alliance for College and Career Readiness will:

  • Work in close collaboration with current members of the Alliance Steering Committee and  Reaching Higher NH staff to identify and recruit new Alliance members on an ongoing basis;
  • Continually work to ensure that the Alliance is diverse, inclusive, mission-focused, and productive, placing strong emphasis on recruiting and fully supporting members from underrepresented constituencies, including students from lower-income families, those with disabilities, students of color, and newcomers.
  • Help guide the Alliance in the setting of shared and strategic policy priorities;
  • Help guide the Alliance in the formation, and regular and productive convening of, a small set of key subcommittees;
  • Ensure the broader Alliance has regular (quarterly), purposeful, inclusive, and productive convenings;
  • Connect the Alliance with key state and local influencers, ensuring that their perspectives, interests, and needs are factored into the work and priorities of the Alliance;
  • Serve as the primary point-person for Alliance members, providing regular communications, updates, and support as requested and appropriate;
  • Lead in the drafting and dissemination of an RFP for subcontracts in support of innovative and inclusive community-driven college and career readiness initiatives, reviewing all applications, managing related correspondence, and overseeing the work of those communities selected for a subcontract;
  • Track all related Alliance building grant deliverables - from convenings and communications, to 1:1s, materials developed and disseminated, etc.;
  • Oversee all elements of the planning and implementation of the Alliance’s annual workshop in support of community-driven CCR initiatives;
  • Serve as a primary point person in related check-ins with, and reporting to, the funders of this work;
  • Plan trainings and workshops in support of furthering the Alliance’s policy priorities, as necessary and appropriate. Trainings may include policy-related briefings, legislative engagement workshops, and communications trainings;
  • Keep comprehensive records of contacts, meetings, and follow-ups, ensuring all relevant information is incorporated into Reaching Higher’s CRM;
  • Establish and maintain regular check-in’s with the Steering Committee leadership;
  • Establish and maintain regular check-in’s with Reaching Higher’s management and staff, gathering support as needed;
  • Forge strong, trusting, and respectful relationships with each member of the Alliance, serving as professional and committed representative and guide at all times; and,
  • Other duties, as appropriate and assigned.
How to Apply:

To apply, please send each of the following to Evelyn Aissa at evelyn@reachinghighernh.org by no later than Thursday, September 7, 2017: resume, cover letter, and two writing samples.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.  No phone calls, please.

Job Location:

Concord

Date Added: August 23, 2017

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