Director, Engagement & Implementation

Career Opportunity

Director, Engagement & Implementation

California, Remote

Posted: 3/6/23

The California College Guidance Initiative is looking for an experienced educational leader to oversee and coordinate the regional team that supports partner districts to effectively implement See this Regional Map for an approximate view of the counties served within each area. Please indicate in your cover letter which region you are applying for: Central California, Greater Los Angeles, or Inland Empire/South. Candidates should apply for the region in which they live.

The Director, Engagement & Implementation leads the regional effort to drive K-12 district partnerships and ongoing, effective utilization of the college and career planning tools on The Director will serve a region of the state that represents approximately ¼ of all 6th-12th grade students in California and will work in direct service of school districts to ensure effective implementation of to impact student equity outcomes.

The ideal candidate has demonstrated leadership ability to influence others to achieve actionable change, possesses a deep understanding of K-12 educator needs and priorities both at the practitioner level and leadership level, and can confidently articulate the role of in closing opportunity gaps for underserved students in California. This position reports directly to the Senior Director, Engagement & Implementation.

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.

What Will You Be Doing?

  • Lead CCGI’s efforts to establish partnerships with new districts:
    • Lead and coordinate outreach efforts within your region, including exploratory conversations with individual districts.
    • Oversee the management of relationships with districts.
    • Serve as primary liaison for the largest districts within your region.
  • Play a critical leadership role in CCGI’s efforts to support existing partner districts to effectively implement the college and career planning tools of to achieve meaningful outcomes:
    • Engage districts in ongoing conversations about their desired outcomes and how/where the tools of align to that work.
    • Maintain ongoing relationships with district leaders, points of contact, and champion users to understand how to match districts to the correct support to further their goals.
    • Serve as primary liaison for high priority districts.
  • Confidently lead and coach their regional team by
    • Providing direct supervision of Managers & Senior Managers and cultivating a cohesive team culture.
    • Monitoring and supporting district caseloads to ensure that the team’s workload is sustainable, district educators are adequately supported in completing key activities, and response to partnership inquiries are timely and comprehensive.
  • Routinely gather and analyze data for formative and summative assessments of program outcomes in order to jointly address organizational and statewide program needs.
  • This is a remote position that requires a quiet home office space with some travel. Regular daytime travel and in-person attendance at events and meetings within the region to align with the needs of the institutions in the region. All mileage is reimbursable.
  • Must live in California – residence in the region you are applying is strongly preferred

What Technical Skills Do You Need?

  • Understanding of and experience with systematic implementation of college and career related work, in K12 school districts.
  • Strong familiarity with California’s college and career readiness landscape, including a-g coursework, higher education options, college and financial aid applications, the College Readiness Indicator, and other standards.
  • Strong relationships with K-12 educators, partners, organizational leaders, and other stakeholders within the region strongly preferred.
  • A bachelor’s degree is required. An advanced degree is preferred.
  • K12 PPS or administrative credential is strongly preferred.
  • Experience with Salesforce preferred, or similar Customer Relationship Management tool.

What Intangibles Do You Need?

  • Ability to engage educators in a way that relates to their needs/interests and develop buy in.
  • Ability to successfully navigate complex dynamics as an external collaborator with districts.
  • Ability to establish and maintain external partnerships/relationships.

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, which provides California students and educators with a wide range of college and career planning information and tools. The site also houses, audits, and transmits student data to help ensure more accurate and efficient decisions regarding admissions, financial aid, and course placement. CCGI provides technical assistance, support, and training to K-12 school districts in order to support students, counselors, and parents with the systematic use of, including its transcript-informed tools.

CCGI forms the core of the college planning and application tools in California’s newly-launched Cradle-to-Career System. Over the next few years, the Cradle-to-Career System will scale CCGI so that all California 6th-12th grade students can have free access to our transcript-informed tools.

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 application process will be open until the position is filled.

The Foundation for California Community Colleges 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.

As the official nonprofit auxiliary to the Chancellor’s Office, we aim to ensure our team reflects the diversity of the California Community Colleges and the 2.1 million students, campuses, and communities it serves. Individuals are hired for their deep understanding of each population’s unique needs and will join a collaborative environment where each team member plays an important role in helping Californians across all communities improve their social and economic mobility and build a better future for themselves and their families.


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