Careers & Opportunities

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Careers & Opportunities

Equity and inclusion are at the heart of everything we do. We are diverse – in our personal and career backgrounds, our skills, our cultures, and the communities we call home. We are united in our passion for educational equity and our belief in the power of data and collaboration to transform student futures.

The California College Guidance Initiative is a fully-remote organization, and our team is distributed throughout the state of California. We offer competitive compensation and benefits packages and provide a wide range of opportunities for professional and career development. CCGI is housed at the Foundation for California Community Colleges but is an autonomous initiative with its own mission, goals, and leadership team.

Diversity & Inclusion

The California College Guidance Initiative is an equal opportunity employer, and we hire without regard to race, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, veteran status, national origin, disability, or genetics.

Open Positions

Recruiting for the California College Guidance Initiative is managed by our fiscal sponsor, the Foundation for California Community Colleges. To submit an online application, click on the name of the position, then use the “Apply” link.

Cloud Engineer
Posted: 11/16/22

The California College Guidance Initiative is looking for a cloud engineering expert to join the Cloud Infrastructure Team. As part of the team, you will be a key strategic leader in the expansion, refinement, and continued development of CCGI’s infrastructure utilizing Amazon Web Services (AWS), as well as continuing to build out our data analytics and engineering tools. This role will be instrumental in helping us scale our work statewide and open the door for expanded use of California’s official college and career planning platform for K-12th grade students, parents, and educators, CaliforniaColleges.edu. The ideal candidate for this team has extensive experience building out complex cloud architectures, including the testing, maintenance, and refinement of containerized workloads.The candidate should also have experience successfully scaling up an organization’s data intake from batch to streaming data intake, as well as automating data delivery. This person is comfortable working with data storage and can troubleshoot data accessibility via SQL, Python, shell scripting, AWS, etc, and take on a leadership role in special projects when needed. Additionally, this person had extensive experience developing robust technical documentation and security governance protocols. There are no direct supervisory responsibilities for this position, but you must be able to proactively and successfully partner and collaborate with other subject matter experts on a project management basis. Lastly, you must be comfortable leading and project managing work with many unknowns and ambiguous solutions, as well as carry a deep knowledge and/or curiosity about the needs and behaviors of students, educators, and parents, and a passion for educational equity.

Data Engineer
Posted: 11/16/22

The California College Guidance Initiative is looking for a data engineering expert to join the Cloud Infrastructure Team. As part of the team, you will be a key strategic leader in the expansion, refinement, and continued development of CCGI’s data warehousing utilizing Snowflake and Amazon Web Services (AWS), as well as continuing to build out our data analytics and engineering tools. This role will be instrumental in helping us scale our work statewide and open the door for expanded use of California’s official college and career planning platform for K-12th grade students, parents, and educators, CaliforniaColleges.edu. The ideal candidate for this team has extensive experience building out complex data architectures, including the testing, maintenance, and refinement of all data pipelines.The candidate should also have experience successfully scaling up an organization’s data intake to terabytes and petabytes of data, as well as optimizing data delivery and automating manual processes. This person is comfortable working with structured and unstructured data and can troubleshoot data loading and processing tools via SQL, Python, shell scripting, AWS, etc, and take on a leadership role in special projects when needed. Additionally, this person had extensive experience developing robust data documentation and data governance protocols. There are no direct supervisory responsibilities for this position, but you must be able to proactively and successfully partner and collaborate with other subject matter experts on a project management basis. Lastly, you must be comfortable leading and project managing work with many unknowns and ambiguous solutions, as well as carry a deep knowledge and/or curiosity about the needs and behaviors of students, educators, and parents, and a passion for educational equity.

Deputy Director, CaliforniaColleges.edu Content
Posted: 11/10/22

The California College Guidance Initiative (CCGI) is looking for a skilled content creator and innovative leader to drive day-to-day development and iteration of content on CaliforniaColleges.edu. As a member of the CaliforniaColleges.edu Student Experience division, the Deputy Director, CaliforniaColleges.edu Content is an integral part of a cross-functional team of product and content managers, user researchers and designers. Together, the division is responsible for ensuring all 6th through 12th grade students in California have the tools and information they need to create and launch a college and career plan. This is not a content marketing position. We’re looking for someone with a proven track record of managing successful educational, web-based content for K-16 audiences. The ideal candidate is a tech savvy content manager with expertise in writing, editing, and visual content creation, and experience with content management systems, page building tools, and html. A successful Deputy Director is a mission driven, strategic thinker and an exceptional project manager who knows how to leverage the team’s strengths and rally team members around shared goals. This role requires a keen interest in California’s educational landscape, and the flexibility to adapt when that landscape inevitably shifts.

Chief of Staff
Posted: 8/23/22

CCGI is looking for an exceptionally strategic and innovative educator to advance organizational strategy and positioning as CaliforniaColleges.edu is scaled to all 6th-12th grade students in California. The ideal candidate is a politically savvy educator who has first hand knowledge of the barriers that impede student progress. They meticulously track both the legislative and institutional policy landscape and industry best practice to ensure CCGI’s work is positioned and informed by these external realities. They can persuasively communicate CCGI’s value proposition as a critical statewide college and career planning infrastructure. The Chief Staff will be a collaborative problem solver, a vulnerable leader, and demonstrate a natural ability to examine every opportunity and gap with due diligence and in thoughtful and grounded ways. The Chief of Staff will be responsible for driving the organization’s strategic impact work, and overseeing communications and government relations. They serve as a key strategic thought partner to and close collaborator with CCGI’s President, ensuring that President’s Office business is handled in a professional, efficient and thoughtful manner. Externally, the Chief of Staff represents CCGI in critical state level, regional, and institutional relationships that have implications for organizational strategy and scaling.

Director, People and Systems
Posted: 10/27/22
CCGI is looking for an innovative and meticulous professional to lead the day-to-day management of the organization’s internal operations team, which includes driving CCGI’s talent development initiatives and overseeing our Salesforce and contracting teams. In this role, the Director, People and Systems ensures consistent tracking and documentation of organization-wide processes, including the maintenance of existing processes and protocols in Salesforce and Google, and the development of new tracking mechanisms to align with CCGI’s rapid growth and scaling. They play a critical role in the continued development of CCGI’s talent development initiatives, including professional development and coaching of the organization’s people managers by building out and implementing people managers’ activities that align with CCGI’s core values and competencies. Additionally, they are a critical thought-partner to the Chief People and Systems Officer (CPSO) to ensure CCGI’s recruitment efforts meet the organization’s ongoing hiring needs.

Senior Director, Technical Assistance
Posted: 10/27/22
CCGI is looking for a dynamic and effective technical and people leader committed to removing systematic barriers for students working towards their postsecondary goals. The Senior Director, Technical Assistance will play a critical role in advising the organization as we continue to develop relationships and closely collaborate with systems partners (e.g. CCCCO, CDE, CSAC, CSUCO, and UCOP) on our Technical Assistance services. They will hold an important leadership role within CCGI through their content knowledge, skills, and experience and their ability to both represent and make decisions in the best interest of the Technical Assistance team in a fast-paced and constantly evolving environment.

Product Director, Educator Experience
Posted: 10/11/22
CCGI is looking for a product director to oversee features for educators on CaliforniaColleges.edu (e.g. reports, account management, etc.). The Product Director will provide strategic leadership to a small team that defines the educator feature requirements, creates a vision, and aligns the educator experience with CCGI’s organizational priorities. They will also oversee specs writing and quality assurance for educator functionalities on CaliforniaColleges.edu. The ideal candidate is a collaborative leader who has a knack for understanding problems, presenting data in a way that’s easy to understand, and familiarity with the needs of K-12 educators. To be successful in this role, you must be able to collaborate with other subject matter experts on a project-management basis.

Deputy Director, Virtual Training
Posted: 6/24/22
CCGI is looking for an experienced educator in school counseling and/or e-learning program development to lead the day-to-day operations of the specialized team that provides Virtual Training to school districts who use CaliforniaColleges.edu with their students. The Deputy Director, Virtual Training will provide strategic leadership to the team that administers virtual training to counselors, teachers and other educators who use CaliforniaColleges.edu to facilitate career exploration, college knowledge, and postsecondary planning and to launch and track college and financial aid applications. The ideal candidate is a collaborative leader with a deep understanding of the K-12 system and its seasonal priorities. They understand the challenges schools and districts face in improving college and career outcomes and have experience developing programmatic materials to train educators in supporting students’ post-secondary planning. This person has successfully supported adoption, implementation, and usage of a college and career tool/program.

Product Designer, CaliforniaColleges.edu
Posted: 10/3/22
CCGI is looking for a Product Designer to join the CaliforniaColleges.edu Team. As part of the team, you will be designing intuitive experiences for 6-12th grade students, parents, and educators on California’s official college and career planning platform. The ideal person for this team excels in UI design, collaborating across teams, and employing design thinking methods and a user-centered approach to solve complex problems. They also have knowledge and/or curiosity about the needs and behaviors of students, educators, and parents, and a passion for educational equity. The Product Designer will work directly with the Director of Product Design and UX Researcher, and be heavily involved in the end-to-end design process, to carry out the product vision. We work to solve large scale, system-level problems. You must be comfortable working with unknowns and ambiguous solutions, as well as passionate about promoting public education and advancing educational equity. We are looking for two product designers. One will focus more on the student experience and one will focus more on the educator experience on the platform.

Data Engineer, Cloud Infrastructure
Posted: 6/1/22
CCGI is looking for a data engineering expert to join the Infrastructure Team. As part of the Infrastructure Team, you will be a key strategic leader in the expansion, refinement, and continued development of CCGI’s infrastructure utilizing Amazon Web Services (AWS), as well as continuing to build out our data analytics and engineering tools. This role will be instrumental in helping us scale our work statewide and open the door for expanded use of California’s official college and career planning platform for K-12th grade students, parents, and educators, CaliforniaColleges.edu. The ideal candidate for this team has extensive experience building out complex data architectures, including the testing, maintenance, and refinement of all data pipelines. They have also experience successfully scaling up an organization’s data intake to terabytes and petabytes of data, as well as optimizing data delivery and automating manual processes. This person is comfortable working with structured and unstructured data and can troubleshoot data loading and processing tools via SQL, Python, shell scripting, AWS, etc, and take on a leadership role in special projects when needed.

District Data Support Analyst, Technical Assistance
Posted: 7/26/22

CCGI is looking for an analyst to join the team that supports Local Education Agencies (LEAs) as they implement transcript-informed functionality on CaliforniaColleges.edu. The Technical Assistance District Data Support Analyst, will oversee the receipt, processing and troubleshooting of transcript-related cases, including: recurring management of transcript files from various LEAs in California; troubleshoot discrepancies found by educators; and support LEA staff to resolve the file issues. The ideal candidate for this position has experience working in college/K-12 admissions and student records management. The candidate should have an interest in large educational systems and the equity challenges that students face when navigating such systems as well as a strong desire to manage others.

RFPs

There are no open RFPs at this time.

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