The Assistant Director is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Talent Search Program of the Double Discovery Center. This federally funded program provides college access and financial aid counseling and information to approximately 800 high school and middle school students annually. THIS IS A GRANT-FUNDED POSITION. CONTINUED EMPLOYMENT IN THIS POSITION IS CONTINGENT UPON ONGOING SUFFICIENT FUNDING.
*A STRONG INTERNAL CANDIDATE HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED. HOWEVER, ALL QUALIFIED APPLICANTS WILL BE CONSIDERED.*
Provides academic and personal counseling and preprofessional advising to low-income and first generation college-bound youth attending high school in New York City and enrolled in the Talent Search Program of Double Discovery Center, working closely with high school seniors.
Supervises staff and coordinates professional development and training for Talent Search staff about topics including but not limited to college application process, financial aid, and student advising.
Oversees the recruitment and management of all Talent Search volunteer tutors, mentors and teachers; including but not limited to coordinating training, overseeing volunteer assignments, managing communication with volunteers and student leadership, and assisting with the hiring and background check process.
Coordinates management of summer college preparatory program, includes managing relationships with partner programs and organizations for year-round opportunities.
Oversees Talent Search staff, manages program budget, and prepares proposals and annual reports including comprehensive federal grant reporting.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree and a minimum of two to four years of related experience required (or equivalent combination of education and experience).
Experience with college counseling/advisement, and youth program development required.
Demonstrated organizational, interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to clearly articulate persuasive arguments in writing and orally to motivate and influence people; and to exercise sound professional judgement in all interactions.
Demonstrated ability to effectively and productively contribute to a coherent organization culture as well as to a leadership team focused on deepening programmatic impact.
Demonstrated effective program development and management skills, including ability to be flexible, to manage multiple projects as well as to prioritize competing and shifting demands/needs of stakeholders in a highly collaborative environment.
Consistently strong track-record of reliably creating effective and accurate deliverables/work products in timely fashion to meet deadlines.
Well-developed collaborative skills as evidenced by ability to work as part of a team with a strong initiative to drive forward project goals that are data-informed.
A passionate commitment to expanding opportunities, particularly college access and persistence, for low-income and first-generation college-bound students as well as students of color.
Ability to leverage a data-driven approach to effectively problem-solve with a results-orientation across programming.
*Must be able to work evenings (usually until 6:30pm) and weekends (usually Saturdays from 8am to 4pm) when students are attending programs and for special events*
**Applications received without a resume and cover letter will not be reviewed**
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