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Director of Postsecondary Access and Success Job Description

Office Location: 10240 West McNichols, Detroit, MI 48221

Employee Category: Full Time Employee

Positions Hiring: 1

Start Date: Immediately

Salary: $65,000-$80,000, dependent on credentials and experience

Pay Schedule: Bi-weekly pay schedule

Benefits: Medical, dental, vision insurance; No Days PTO/Vacation Days Model; Monthly Self-Care Stipend; robust company holiday calendar; quarterly shutdown week; annual end-of-year shutdown; professional development budget

Reports to: Senior Director of Postsecondary Access & Success

Our Vision

Strategic Community Partners is a national organization that works with mission-driven organizations rooted in education, equity, and justice. We help organizations build capacity by pairing strategy with community and cultural context to drive forward powerful missions.

Our Mission

Strategic Community Partners offers best-in-class services in the following expertise areas:

  • Strategic Planning & Implementation
  • Community-based Research and Evaluation
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Audits, Planning, Training, and Implementation
  • College and Career Access and Success Initiatives
  • Youth- and Community-based Initiatives and Events
  • Project Management & Systems Building
  • Talent Management and Leadership Development

Our Core Values

We are driven by four core values:

  • Passion: We are passionate about our work and the communities we serve.
  • Excellence: We pride ourselves on excellence and we are constantly learning.
  • Integrity: Our decisions are guided by our ethics and firmly rooted in integrity.
  • Equity: We are unapologetically committed to advancing equity with and for communities.

Learn More About Strategic Community Partners

  • Learn more about Strategic Community Partners here.
  • Learn more about our growth and evolution as an organization here!
  • For examples of our work, review our case studies here.
  • To learn about our process with our partners, click here.

Elevator Pitch

We are looking for an exceptionally organized, youth-centered, and innovative postsecondary access & success (CCAS) leader who can work across multiple projects while producing exemplary results. This individual will excel in program management and development and be comfortable working autonomously. The best candidate will have secondary and postsecondary experience focused on engaging youth, school systems, and community partners.

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Social Work, Community Development or related field
  • Master’s degree or above preferred

Experience

  • Leadership experience working/engaging with a mission-driven organization committed to education, positive-youth development,equity and/or justice.
  • Six years of of full-time, paid professional experience
  • At least 5 years of experience working with youth-focused organizations, community partnerships and secondary and post secondary institutions in the metro Detroit area
  • At least 5 years of experience developing, leading and facilitating programs
  • Project management experience preferred

Core Responsibilities: What this Entails

  • Provide research and data analysis support for education and youth focused initiatives
  • Lead and support the facilitation of community conversations, focus groups and partner engagement related to college and career access & success
  • Support partnership engagement related to equity initiatives
  • Actively cultivate relationships with external and community partners in support of strategic goals
  • Develop, refine and implement project plans in pursuit of robust and engaging opportunities, activities and programs for youth and college and career partners.
  • Act as a strategic thinking partner
  • Program Development and Facilitation (60%)
    • Co-create, coordinate and conduct focus group/listening sessions, 1:1 interviews, and survey questions for the following audiences: youth, school administrators, counselors, government officials, post-secondary institutions, community based organizations, funders, and employer/industry sector
    • Work with partners and initiatives staff to develop activities and projects focused on youth development, college and career pathways and education
    • Lead and manage the Strategic Community Partners Youth Advisory Council
    • Provide virtual and in-person programming for high school students
    • Manage the development and implementation of an internship program
      • Source industry partners for internship opportunities
      • Create student recruitment plan and manage application process
  • Research and Data Analysis (25%)
    • Lead Local Asset Mapping/Landscape Scan
    • Research best practices related to youth development, college and career access and community engagement.
    • Support the writing and editing of strategic plans, implementation plans, feasibility studies and reports based upon research, community conversations and data analysis findings
  • Partnership Engagement (15%)
    • Lead and support CCAS department in building strong and lasting relationships with partners.
    • Support communication strategy with key stakeholders regarding programs, expectations, priorities and results

Skill Sets

  • Understanding of the secondary/postsecondary ecosystem and positive youth development and college access and success frameworks
  • Excellent communication skills (written, verbal, and presentation)
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Detailed-oriented with a proven track record of excellence
  • Possess the ability to work proactively to forecast, manage, and mitigate challenges
  • Ability to mobilize people and resources for project success
  • Exemplary facilitation skills from planning to execution and follow-up
  • Comfortable engaging internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to create deep and meaningful collaboration with team members and functional leaders
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with several tasks and priorities at once
  • Strong problem-solving skills, including, yet not limited to, ability to proactively identify management concerns and create solutions to address
  • Superior organization skills, detail-oriented, and dedicated to completing projects in a timely manner
  • Proficiency in Google Drive with expertise in Google Docs, Google Slides and Google Spreadsheets
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office with expertise in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Familiarity with Adobe Acrobat preferred but not required

Mindsets

  • It is necessary to pair strategy with community and cultural context to partner with communities.
  • You are passionate about the work you do.
  • You believe in delivering nothing less than excellence—process, presentation, and communication are all equally important.
  • An unwavering commitment to integrity is a non-negotiable.

Applying for the Director of Postsecondary Access and Success Role

Thank you for considering Strategic Community Partners as your next opportunity to lead mission-driven work in partnership with powerful communities across the country.

If you meet our candidate criteria, apply below. If you know someone who would be a good fit, please feel free to share this opportunity with them.

All applications are due by Sunday, February 5, 2023 @ 11:59 PM EST. All applicants will be contacted by Friday, February 10, 2023 with next steps based on a first review of all applications.

If you have any questions, please reach out to info@strategiccommunitypartners.org.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

Strategic Community Partners provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

We look forward to reviewing your application! Thank you for your commitment to mission-driven work!

Title: Systems Change Community Coach Consultant

Office Location: Virtual with possible travel in 2023

Employee Category: Consultant

Hours of Engagement: Deliverable-based model, flexible/non-traditional hours, approximately 40 hours per month

Positions Hiring: 1

Start Date: Immediately

Compensation Package: Consultant monthly retainer $4,000; Initial contract will run through June 2023 with potential for renewal based on performance

Reports to: Strategic Community Partners’ Partnership Director

This consultant job description is divided into four sections:

  • Brief opportunity summary
  • About Strategic Community Partners
  • About the Network Community Coach Consultant opportunity (qualifications, activities, deliverables, etc.)
  • How to apply

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Opportunity Summary

Strategic Community Partners supports a national nonprofit organization whose work focuses on improving life outcomes for boys and young men of color. Part of our engagement with this client includes designing and evolving a suite of technical assistance services for their network of 200+ communities. Central to this suite of supports is a new role we’ve created: the Systems Change Community Coach. The Community Coach will be a critical and strategic position designed to support communities across the country in increasing their impact in improving life outcomes for boys and young men of color.

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About Strategic Community Partners

SCP is a national firm that works with organizations by advising, designing, and managing projects and initiatives that advance equity with and for communities. We partner with organizations to build capacity by pairing strategy with community and cultural context to drive forward powerful and equitable missions.

We are passionate about and focus on capacity building in the following areas:

  • Community-Grounded Research and Evaluation
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Education (Early Childhood, K-12, and Higher Education)
  • Project Management and Systems Building
  • Recruitment, Retention, and Overall Talent Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Youth- and Community-Based Initiatives and Events

Our Core Values

We are driven by four core values:

  • Passion: We are passionate about our work and the communities we serve.
  • Excellence: We pride ourselves on excellence and we are constantly learning.
  • Integrity: Our decisions are guided by our ethics and firmly rooted in integrity.
  • Equity: We are unapologetically committed to advancing equity with and for communities.

Learn more about Strategic Community Partners here.

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About the Systems Change Community Coach Consultant Opportunity

Elevator Pitch

As we continue to grow the impact of local communities across the country to support young men of color, it is critical that we scale and differentiate our ability to strengthen, stabilize, and scale our network. The Systems Change Community Coach will serve as a two-way liaison between our client and each local community providing technical assistance to further strengthen communities, adding capacity to our core team to help stabilize the network, and adding capacity to help scale our network of actively engaged communities. The Systems Change Community Coach will be essential in ensuring communities are able to navigate complex systems and pursue outcome-based work while building local capacity. Please see a list of sample activities for community engagement and network team management for this position.

In addition to engaging and supporting communities to successfully complete the four steps to become a certified community, coaches will support each community based on its certification level with the goal of helping them scale their impact and progress to the next level. Coaches will support communities in improving in each of the 8 elements of success.

Eight Elements of Success

1.     Collaboration - If you want to go far, go together.

2.     Equity - None of us are free until all of us are free.

3.     Vision - If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up somewhere else.

4.     Evidence - Invest in what works, focus on results.

5.     Systems Change - Root out, reform, reimagine.

6.     Data Driven Decisions - What gets measured gets managed.

7.     Sustainability - Invest in lasting solutions, infrastructure and results.

8.     Stakeholder Engagement - Communicate early, often and in all directions.

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred or a minimum of 5 years of coalition-building, organizing and base-building, or government experience

Experience

  • Minimum of 5-7 years of coalition-building, organizing and base-building, or government experience
  • Experience with base-building, engagement, and ongoing retention of community and civic leaders around a common cause or campaign
  • Experience with policy and movement-building
  • Experience with managing or engaging with place-based and systems change work
  • Social media and digital campaign experience (additional preference)

Skill Sets

  • Excellent coalition-building skills with an ability to communicate and work effectively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders and varied geographic regions (including yet not limited to partners, community members, government officials, and youth)
  • Strength in quickly being able to build rapport, trust, and relationships to engage numerous stakeholders in a shared vision and mission
  • Thrives when building from the ground-up and operating with little to no direction or present--with an ability to create strong expectations and a roadmap to self-operate and convey, rally others
  • Understands data disaggregation and metric/goal setting fundamentals
  • Strengths in laterally managing others, managing up, and managing externally to lead everyone toward a common goal
  • Strengths in planning and implementing a plan of action to campaign/coalition-build, navigating nuances and filling gaps
  • Strengths in coaching people of diverse backgrounds, skill sets, and positions toward a shared vision and common goals
  • Excellent written and oral communication, as well as interpersonal skills
  • Intrinsically motivated with an unwavering commitment to equity

Core Responsibilities

  • Serve as a two-way liaison between our national partner and each community, supporting a cluster of communities based on certification community status and additional unique aspects (e.g. Geography, opportunities, years in this work)
  • Provide support and strategic guidance to communities through coaching, training, workshop development, and other engagement outlets
  • Offer ongoing support and technical assistance to further strengthen communities
  • Add capacity to our core team to help stabilize the network
  • Engage multiple communities in a community cohort
  • Engage and support communities in becoming a Certified Community and scaling their impact (resulting in progression in Certification)
  • Serve as additional boots-on-the-ground to proactively identify opportunities, wins, challenges, and contribute to global engagement strategy with the network and otherwise
  • Add capacity to help scale Network of actively engaged communities.
  • Flexibility to work during traditional business hours and on evenings and weekends as necessary (Travel is possible)
  • Engage in/Lead activities, including yet not limited to sample activities provided below

How to Apply

Thank you for considering Strategic Community Partners as your next home to lead mission-driven work in partnership with powerful communities across the country.

If you meet our candidate criteria, submit your application via Submittable by Friday, December 16, 2022 @ 11:59pm est.

Please note that if you do not meet the baseline aforementioned education and experience requirements, your application will not be considered. Please review the requirements carefully.


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Key  Activities

Community Engagement - 60%

  • Support facilitation of community certification for assigned regions
  • Promote best practices + community facilitation
  • 1:1 touchpoint with partner communities
  • Design and facilitation of community engagement regional events (in person and virtual)
  • Support and facilitation of national MBK events (in person and virtual)

Data Collection and Input - 30%

  • Enter meeting notes, point of contact information in salesforce
  • Maintain accurate and up to date record of community certification status and key activities
  • Review and follow up of framework self-assessment activities and targeted goals

Administrative - 10%

  • Submit all invoices on time
  • Attend all coaches meeting, SCP or MBK requested meetings


Communications Associate Job Description

Office Location: 10240 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit, MI 48221

Employee Category: Full-time Employee

Positions Hiring: 1

Start Date: End of February 2023

Salary: $35,000-$42,000, dependent on credentials and experience

Reports to: Senior Communications Manager

Our Vision

Strategic Community Partners is a national organization that works with mission-driven organizations rooted in education, equity, and justice. We help organizations build capacity by pairing strategy with community and cultural context to drive forward powerful missions.

Our Mission

Strategic Community Partners offers best-in-class services in the following expertise areas:

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Education (K-12 and Higher Education)
  • Large-scale Community-based Events (including youth-based events)
  • Leadership Development and Performance Management
  • Recruitment and Talent Management

Our Core Values

We are driven by three core values:

  • Passion: We are passionate about what we do. This is why we focus our services in five distinct areas.
  • Excellence: We will work relentlessly to meet and exceed the short- and long-term needs of our partners.
  • Integrity: We will make decisions, offer counsel, and provide services that are aligned with strong ethics.
  • Equity: We are unapologetically committed to advancing equity with and for communities.

Learn More About Strategic Community Partners here.

Elevator Pitch

Strategic Community Partners (SCP) is looking for an exceptional Communications Associate who will support SCP’s internal and external communications and marketing work. Charged with implementing the work necessary to uplift and shape the narrative of SCP and our partners, as well as leading creative projects we collaborate on with our partners, this leader is both creative and strategic; can differentiate communication based on audience; is a strong communicator across mediums; has created content (both copy and visual assets); and has a track record of exemplary creativity and execution in communications-oriented projects that have led to significant outcomes and usability. As a member of the SCP team, this individual is intrinsically motivated; extremely comfortable working in gray space and creating from the ground-up; thrives when working in urgent situations and with complex cross-collaborative projects.

Education

  • Associate’s Degree required
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred (or extensive experience in Communications)

Experience

  • At least two years of work experience with evidence of an exemplary proven track record of results
  • Experience serving as a contact and point-person for a creative communications project/initiative, including crisis management
  • Experience working in a mission-driven organization committed to education, equity, and/or justice
  • Experience creating content and participating in meetings with stakeholders and collective groups (to co-create strategy and content; as well as engage in feedback cycles)
  • Experience managing partners across a project, as well as executing toward a project plan
  • Experience and expertise executing on the following (listed in order of current need):
    • Social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn)
    • Graphic design (e.g. one-pagers, impact reports, presentations, brochures)
    • Website management
    • E-newsletters
    • Blogs
    • Narrative/promotional videos
    • Brand execution and management
    • Copyediting
    • Public and media relations (not required, yet preferred)

Skill Sets

  • Creative, innovative, and strategic
  • Compelling and influential communicator with strong differentiation skills based on audience and across mediums (e.g. in meetings, through blogs, via social)
  • Strong, sustainable strategy execution with creative and communications efforts
  • Strong organization and planning habits overall, including:
    • Project plans and timeline
    • Partner collaboration and management
  • Strong creative skills
  • Exemplary skills in:
    • Social Media Management (editorial calendar creation, execution, and community engagement and management)
    • Blogs
    • Brand Direction and Management
    • Communications and Creative Strategy Creation
    • Copyediting
    • Newsletters (HTML, Mailchimp, etc.)
    • Public Relations (not required, yet preferred)
    • Graphic Design (proficient; wiling to further develop)
    • Website Development (proficient, willing to further develop)
  • Strong relationship-builder
  • Ability to manage several priorities and partners at once while also working at a fast pace (and thrives under these circumstances)
  • Exemplary decision-making and judgment
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Ability to be flexible and jump into any role necessary
  • Extremely comfortable working in gray space and creating from the ground-up

Mindsets

  • You do this work with and alongside communities—not on or for communities.
  • You are passionate about the work you do.
  • You believe in delivering nothing less than excellence—process, presentation, and communication are all equally important.
  • An unwavering commitment to integrity is a non-negotiable.
  • Matters of education, equity, and justice are not projects, are not to be intellectualized, nor are you saving anyone. It is an honor and privilege to do this work.
  • You are intrinsically motivated.
  • You are extremely comfortable working in gray space and thrive when creating with little direction/context/no precedent—viewing it as an opportunity for innovation and exploration to best serve our communities and partners.
  • You are willing to put in the work to develop your skillsets and in areas where you need improvement professionally.
  • In complex, time-sensitive, and perhaps even crisis, situations, you are further fueled by the opportunity to partner, lead, and serve.
  • You are positive and operate from a place of abundance, opportunity, and passion.

Core Responsibilities

  • Execute and support overall internal SCP creative and communications strategy, operating with a fast-paced and long-term view, including, yet not limited to:
    • Social Media Management (editorial calendar creation, execution, and community engagement and management)
    • Website Maintenance
    • Newsletters (Mailchimp)
    • Blogs
    • Copyediting and copywriting
    • Graphic Design (e.g. one-pagers, impact reports, presentations, brochures)
    • Narrative/Promotional Video Support
    • Public Relations
  • Create, lead, and execute SCP’s creative and communications processes with our partners
  • Interface directly as a leader in the organization with partners
  • Manage day-to-day execution, ensuring on-track progress toward strategic goals internally and with partners
  • Serve as a leader in the organization, taking ownership and responsibility for the success of our work internally and externally as an organization.

How to Apply

If you meet our candidate criteria, apply below. If you know someone who would be a good fit, please feel free to share this opportunity with them.

All applications are due by January 31, 2023 at 11:59 PM EST. All applicants will be contacted by February 10, 2023 with next steps based on a first review of all applications.

If you have questions, please reach out to jenna.rote@strategiccommunitypartners.org.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

Strategic Community Partners provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

We look forward to reviewing your application! Thank you for your commitment to mission-driven work!If you meet our candidate criteria, apply below. If you know someone who would be a good fit, please feel free to share this opportunity with them.

Strategic Community Partners