Director of College and Career Readiness

Neighborhood Learning Alliance

Pittsburgh, PA, USA


Program Design/Program Management

Full time


Aug 29

Title: Director of College and Career Readiness Programs

Reports to: Executive Director

FLSA Status: Exempt

Employment Status: Full-Time

Benefits: Healthcare, Dental, Vision, IRA, PTO

Hourly Rate: $55,000 - $67,000

Work Location: In-person

Resume Submission: 

Vaccination: Must submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination 

Hiring: Dependent on FBI, Child Abuse, Criminal Background, and mandated reporter training (Cost covered by the organization)

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday; some Saturdays 

Position Overview:

The High School University (HSU) program is designed to address systemic challenges for low-income students and students of color accessing college level courses and career work related experiences while in high school and monitoring students through their second year of college. The HSU programs provide high school students in the Pittsburgh region the opportunity to earn free college credits, participate in work related experiences, and receive college and career readiness support.

Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Director of College and Career Readiness Programs works with the Executive Director to curate college and career readiness programs for rising high school through year two college students. The Director effectively manages all program reporting, partnerships, professional learning, the HSU team, and student programming.

Our work culture is collaborative, student-centered, and community forward. Neighborhood Learning Alliance is looking for a candidate that is a visionary, keeps a pulse on the workforce and educational needs of the region, can manage a team, effectively execute grant deliverables and reporting, and build relationships with stakeholders.

Job Responsibilities:

The essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Provide leadership and management to ensure that the mission and core values of the Organization are put into practice
  • Cultivate a premier college and career readiness pathway program that provides high school students the opportunities to earn college credits, workforce credentials, and authentic paid internship experiences
  • Expand and maintain current partnerships with school districts through relationships with administrators, school staff, or board members
  • Establish workforce development activities for HSU participants throughout the year and effectively communicate opportunities to all stakeholders (students, parents/caregivers, schools, community partners, etc.)
  • Develop partnerships with businesses, universities, government agencies, and other community partners to expand workforce experiences for high school students
  • Establish organizational goals and objectives
  • Foster a positive and success-oriented work environment that is in aligned with the Organizational goals and culture
  • Recruit, train, and supervise all program staff, interns, and volunteers
  • Compile and evaluate data to ensure compliance with organization policies and monitoring program components
  • Performs other duties assigned for which the employee is qualified and physically able to perform
  • Participate in fundraising events and other program events that advance the mission of the organization


  • College degree preferred in social work, counseling, or teaching, but not required; or nonprofit experience of 5 years or more with equivalent leadership experience in college and career readiness for non-degree applicants
  • Experience managing and leading a team to achieve goals and complete tasks in a timely and efficient manner
  • Preferred experience with Partner4Work and Learn and Earn program but not mandatory
  • Possess time management and organizational skills necessary to manage multiple projects
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office/Google Workspace, donor/member management systems, and online and website communications tools and strategies
  • Passion for serving the community and ensuring student success
  • Ability to troubleshoot and problem solve
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Strong communication skills (written, oral, verbal, body language)
  • Comfortable communicating with stakeholders
  • Have reliable transportation or able to access college campus and partner sites
  • Experience working with diverse populations

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

The organization is an Equal Opportunity Employer, drug free workplace, and complies with ADA regulations as applicable.

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