All candidates must live in California.
The California College Guidance Initiative is looking for an educator with deep experience in school counseling who can lead our efforts to help educators use innovative technological tools and curricula to close equity and opportunity gaps for California’s 6th-12th grade students.
The California College Guidance Initiative streamlines the college planning and application process for California students and helps colleges access the information they need to inform key decisions about admission, first-year academic placement, financial aid, advising, and supportive services. The Director, User Support and Training will provide strategic leadership to the team that provides front-line support and 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 an empowering leader, with first-hand experience providing student guidance in a K-12 school district. They understand the challenges schools and districts face in improving college and career outcomes, and they are motivated to address them to create sustainable, student-centric and systemic change. This person has successfully supported other educators in implementing practice changes through training and support.
This position will be responsible for leading a growing team as the California College Guidance Initiative expands its reach over the next several years. To be successful in this role you must believe in the possibility of systemic change and be able to iterate strategy to help achieve it. We work to solve large scale, system-level problems. You must be comfortable working with unknowns and ambiguous solutions, and you must be passionate about promoting public education and advancing educational equity.
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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).