Deputy Director, Community Engagement

Career Opportunity

Deputy Director, Community Engagement

All candidates must live in California.

Posted: 6/18/21

The California College Guidance Initiative (CCGI) is looking for a Community Engagement Professional to lead the development of a team that will build awareness and drive utilization of the platform to help close opportunity and equity gaps for students across California.

CCGI streamlines the college planning and application process for California students and helps provide colleges with the information they need to inform key decisions about admission, first-year academic placement, financial aid, advising, and supportive services. The Deputy Director Community Engagement will build an active and broad-based constituency to support this work, increasing our reach and impact so we can help create more equitable college and career outcomes for students.

The ideal candidate has experience as a student, community and/or political organizer, and/or policy advocate. You are a skilled communicator, and can strategically identify how best to position and promote CCGI’s work within a variety of settings. You should have experience with relationship-based leadership development and know how to leverage social media platforms for awareness-building and mobilization. Experience working with legislators and/or educational leaders within K-12 and/or higher education institutions is a plus.

This is the first position on CCGI’s brand new Community Engagement team and therefore has no immediate people management responsibilities. We do anticipate growing this work over time and bringing on additional staffing who would operate under your supervision.

What Will You Be Doing?

  • Designing and launching a formalized community engagement campaign, inclusive of key performance metrics.
  • Leading an annual student-experience audit that identifies barriers students encounter in the transition from high school to college that can be addressed through collaboration and alignment among educational institutions.
  • Developing new ways of presenting CCGI’s work to audiences, ranging from school boards and legislative staffers to parent and student organizations.
  • Identifying, developing, and mobilizing leaders who can champion CCGI’s work.
  • Building relationships with allied organizations that promote greater educational equity and more equitable access to college and financial aid.
  • Collaborating with CCGI’s Communications Team to launch CCGI’s social media presence in service of the community engagement goals.
  • Monitoring relevant legislative committees and the governing boards of key educational institutions to identify items that are relevant to our work.

What Makes You a Good Fit for This Job?

  • Ability to engage a wide range of audiences and develop authentic connections that lead to collaborative relationships.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong strategic lens and political instincts.
  • Ability to identify opportunities and capitalize upon them.
  • Ability to take abstract brainstorming and generate concrete proposals for action.
  • Deep understanding of best practices for social media content creation and management.
  • Strong organizational, project, and time management skills.
  • Disciplined approach to tracking and measuring progress.
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects of various scopes with ease and grace.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • The ability and desire to lead a small but mighty team.

More about CCGI

The California College Guidance Initiative (CCGI) works to ensure that all 6th-12th grade students in California have access to a systematic baseline of guidance and support as they plan, prepare, and pay for postsecondary education and training. There is state law pending that would make this work an integrated part of all students’ middle and high school experience.

This baseline is provided by, a 6th-12th grade college and career planning platform. CCGI partners with K-12 school districts to support students, counselors, and parents with the systematic use of, including transcript-informed tools. also houses, audits, and transmits student data from K-12 to public colleges in California and the California Student Aid Commission to help ensure more accurate and efficient decisions regarding admissions, financial aid, course placement, and support services.

At our core, we prioritize the needs of students above all else.

CCGI is a positive, diverse, and supportive culture. Everyone at CCGI works remotely. We are all located in various parts of California. We rarely meet in person. Instead, we make use of tools, such as ZOOM, Slack, and Salesforce, to communicate and document our work. The Community Engagement team will do a combination of virtual and in person engagement activities depending upon public health considerations and constraints.

CCGI is housed at the Foundation for California Community Colleges but is an autonomous initiative with its own mission, goals, and leadership team.

The Foundation for California Community Colleges (Foundation) is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities (EEO) are available to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, genetic characteristics, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital/parental status, political affiliation, religion, age, disability, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or veteran status. In addition to federal law requirements, the Foundation for California Community Colleges complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment.

The Foundation for California Community Colleges is committed to workplace policies and hiring practices that comply with federal, state, and local law. During the hiring process, the Foundation is interested in hiring qualified candidates who are eligible and authorized to work in the United States. However, at this time, the Foundation is not able to sponsor visas. As a result, the Foundation cannot hire applicants that currently, or in the future, require immigration sponsorship for work authorization (i.e., H1B or F1 Student Visa).


If you have questions about CCGI career or RFP opportunities please contact us.