Lead Impact Strategist

Career Opportunity

Lead Impact Strategist

All candidates must live in California.

Posted: 12/7/21

The California College Guidance Initiative (CCGI) is looking for a dynamic, detail oriented, and seasoned educator to serve as our senior strategist to track, measure, support, and communicate the organization’s impact. This position is both strategic and tactical in nature. It requires someone who can help the organization to learn from and improve upon our own work while helping a broad range of audiences understand and care about our value to students, educators, families, and the state.

The ideal candidate has a passion for diving into the details and can simultaneously assess big picture implications and impact. The senior strategist will quickly develop a deep understanding of the multiple data sets we collect and use their critical lens to determine how data relate to one another. This will enable them to provide the CCGI team with accurate, impactful, and well presented analytics. The senior strategist has a strong and demonstrated track record of helping to advance organizational decision making and priorities.

The ideal candidate is also knowledgeable and stays updated about California’s policies and procedures related to college planning and transition and understands how to frame data to meet the needs of public K-12 and postsecondary institutions. We are looking for someone who can interpret, simplify, make meaning of, and present data to make it actionable for all internal and external constituencies to support CCGI in meeting its organizational objectives and advancing our equity mission. To do this well, the senior strategist must demonstrate a clear commitment to ongoing learning about CCGI’s work including CaliforniaColleges.edu, as well as our technical assistance, user support, training, and community and civic engagement work.

A successful senior strategist is motivated and energized by being a critical thought partner for others across the organization. The Lead Impact Strategist reports to the President, regularly collaborates with organizational leader and serves as a co-equal partner to the Director of Data and Analytics Infrastructure as they generate analytics. They serve as a project manager for tasks that include staff across the organization, which includes working with technical and non-technical staff members. This person will not directly manage a team at this time.

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?

  • Tracking, researching, and distilling implications of changes to the college and career planning and transition landscape to ensure that all aspects of CCGI’s work are accounting for shifting policies and procedures.
  • Strategically framing and developing CCGI’s reporting to multiple stakeholders.
  • Providing strategic oversight to the generation of analytics that support multiple teams.
  • Supporting the development of and signing off on requests for analytics to ensure that the questions and objectives for the resulting product are clear and feasible.
  • Overseeing prioritization and sequencing of requests for analytics across the organization.
  • Working closely with the Data and Analytics Infrastructure Team, which will be generating the actual queries and visualizations.
  • Ensuring data generated for internal and external use is framed with clear objectives in mind, is accurately and properly contextualized, and is coupled with a strategy for how data will be used to advance impact.
  • Assessing the use and impact of the data provided to both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Managing data sharing with external stakeholders as well as partnerships focused on evaluation of CCGI’s work.
  • Working with CCGI’s Leadership Team as well as our team leads for Technical Assistance, Training and User Support, User Research, and Community Engagement to help iterate the ways in which we capture and use data to advance our mission.
  • This includes how data is presented to school districts, state and educational system offices, and the general public.

What Skills and Experience Do You Need?

  • Minimum of sever (7) + years of professional experience with progressive levels of leadership and responsibility.
  • Ability to gather, analyze, synthesize, and present both quantitative and qualitative information effectively.
  • Ability to conceptualize and collaborate with technical staff on the development of analytics that can be used to inform capacity building, communications and decision making.
  • Ability to frame and present information for maximum impact.
  • Exceptional organizational, project and time management skills.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred.

What Intangibles Do You Need?

  • Deep understanding of systemic barriers to meaningful college access for first generation students.
  • Exceptional professional judgement.
  • Strong decision-making skills and collaborative spirit, with the ability to take abstract brainstorming and generate concrete proposals for action.
  • Desire and demonstrated ability to coach and develop a diverse group of team members, providing guidance and feedback to help advance their work.
  • The ability to:
    • Build authentic connections and relationships with a broad range of individuals, organizations and communities.
    • Advance projects with minimal supervision, balancing multiple responsibilities and providing colleagues with actionable proposals for advancing collective efforts.
    • Thrive in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities and deadlines.
    • Juggle multiple projects of various scopes with ease and grace.

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, 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 CaliforniaColleges.edu, 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 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 nondiscrimination in employment.


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