All candidates must live in California.
The California College Guidance Initiative is looking for a director to join the team that manages CaliforniaColleges.edu. As part of the team, this position will be responsible for guiding the development of complex software integrations that underpin California’s official college and career planning platform for 6-12th grade students, parents, and educators.
The Director of CaliforniaColleges.edu Integrations will oversee all transcript-related functionality on CaliforniaColleges.edu, including:
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.
The Director of CaliforniaColleges.edu Integrations is responsible for working closely with experts within CCGI as well as with the vendor of CaliforniaColleges.edu. For new functionality, this typically involves each step of the process from gathering requirements and writing specifications to performing quality assurance testing on completed code and writing user support documentation. This position does not write production code. However, a level of comfort with the software tools and languages in use at CCGI (Jira, SQL, Python, Excel, JSON, Salesforce) is recommended.
This position will directly manage one other staff member, but must be able to partner and collaborate with other subject matter experts on a project management basis. The Integrations Team may grow over time, which would increase the management responsibilities.
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.
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More about the CaliforniaColleges.edu Team
The team is composed of individuals, working remotely across California, that support content, user support, data integrations, and product development (e.g. UX/UI, specification development, quality assurance testing). Not all of us have a product development or technical background, but we believe in continuous learning and are deeply self-motivated.
The team does NOT include developers. We work closely with a product manager and developers at our vendor to handle this portion of the product.
We are keen for you to bring experience that you can impart to the rest of us, but you also have to be interested to improve in many other skills and low ego enough to always take initiative to learn more. This role reports to the Vice President of CaliforniaColleges.edu.
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. This baseline is provided by CaliforniaColleges.edu. CCGI partners with K-12 school districts to support students, counselors, and parents with the systematic use of CaliforniaColleges.edu, including transcript-informed tools. CaliforniaColleges.edu also houses, audits, and transmits student data to help ensure more accurate and efficient decisions regarding admissions, financial aid, and course placement.
CCGI is a positive, diverse, and supportive culture. At our core, we prioritize the needs of students above all else.
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.
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).