All candidates must live in California.
The California College Guidance Initiative (CCGI) is looking for a product director to oversee features for educators on CaliforniaColleges.edu (e.g. reports, account management, etc.).
The California College Guidance Initiative streamlines the college and career planning and application process for California students and educators by helping them access the information they need to inform key decisions about admission, first-year academic placement, financial aid, advising, and supportive services. The Product Director will provide strategic leadership to a small team that defines the educator feature requirements, creates a vision, and aligns the educator experience with CCGI’s organizational priorities. They will also oversee specs writing and quality assurance for educator functionalities on CaliforniaColleges.edu.
The ideal candidate is a collaborative leader who has a knack for understanding problems, presenting data in a way that’s easy to understand, and familiarity with the needs of K-12 educators. To be successful in this role, you must be able to collaborate with other subject matter experts on a project-management basis.
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.
Official title of the position is Director, CaliforniaColleges.edu Educator Experience.
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More about the Technical Assistance and User Support & Training Team
The team is composed of individuals, working remotely across California, that support K-12 school districts’ data quality improvement efforts through virtual training and providing responsive assistance to educators, students, and families who utilize the CaliforniaColleges.edu platform. Not all of us have a background in teaching or education, but we believe in continuous learning, are deeply self-motivated, and have a personal connection to the organizational mission around student equity.
Those who thrive here exhibit a growth mindset, are interested in improving and/or building their skill sets and are willing to take initiative to learn more. This role reports to the Director, User Support.
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 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 1.8 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.