Director of Development & Partnerships
About College Track
College Track is a comprehensive college completion program that empowers students from underserved communities to graduate from college. From ninth grade through college graduation, our 10-year program removes the academic, financial, and social-emotionalbarriers that prevent low-income and first-generation students from earning their college degree. In 1997, we started with 25 students in East Palo Alto, and today, we have 12 centers located in underserved communities across California, Colorado, Louisiana, and the D.C. Metro Area with more than 3,000 students on the path to upward social mobility. To learn more, please visit www.collegetrack.org.
College Track students graduate from college at a rate that is more than double the national average for low-income and first-generation students. Six months out of college, 79% of College Track alumni are employed. For those 30 and over, 92% report earnings greater than their parents with wages on par with the national average. By helping our students maximize the value of their four-year college degree, which includes minimizing student loan debt, securing internships, and limiting the need to work while in college--we prepare them to succeed in the 21st century economy.
At College Track, our values drive the way we do our work, and we look for individuals who share our passion. We blend an entrepreneurial spirit with our nonprofit roots, cultivating a dynamic culture where everyone's contributions are valued and encouraged.
- COMMITMENT: We have an unwavering belief in our students.
- PASSION: We are dedicated to changing our nation’s college completion story.
- JOY: We create environments rich with smiles and laughter.
- AUTHENTICITY: We believe relationships matter.
- EXCELLENCE: Our students deserve nothing but the best.
The Director of Development & Partnerships, College Track New Orleans will develop and manage an effective Partnerships and Development plan that achieves long-term sustainability for College Track New Orleans. This role will be responsible for maintaining and growing programmatic and philanthropic partners, including universities, colleges, corporations, foundations, and individuals. This role is accountable for identifying new partnerships that will expand opportunities for our students and alumni in the region; and, for growing the current portfolio of external partners and donors. Ultimately, this role will be responsible for leading and implementing a multi-faceted regional partnerships strategy, which will require best-in-class stewardship and cultivation of all College Track New Orleans external relationships. This role will report to the Senior Director of Development & Partnerships.
- Develop, implement and manage an effective partnership and development strategy that supports long-term fiscal and programmatic sustainability for College Track New Orleans.
- Manage, and steward relationships with a wide-range of external partners including—university, college, corporate, scholarship, foundation, and individual.
- Identify, develop and maintain relationships with community and corporate partners tosupport internship placements and career success for our students and alumni.
- Oversee all activities related to the ongoing day-to-day fundraising efforts including implementation of our donor stewardship strategy, and detailed management of the Salesforce development database.
- Collaborate with the National Grants Management team to complete and submit proposals, reports, and other institutional funder requirements.
Skills & Experience Required
First and foremost, the Director of Development & Partnerships must possess an authentic connection to College Track’s mission, and our vision for increasing educational and professional opportunities for our students and alumni.
In addition, candidates must demonstrate the following qualifications:
- Five years of cultivating and stewarding external partners—donors and educational institutions—for an educational nonprofit, school, or other entrepreneurial, high-performing organization.
- Proven track record of managing and growing a $300,000-$500,000 portfolio, with extensive knowledge of New Orleans’ higher education landscape and philanthropic community.
- Exceptional networking and relationship management skills, with a demonstrated history of stewarding partnerships from transactional to transformational.
- Strong project management skills and experience working across departments and teams to implement a successful partnerships strategy.
- Entrepreneurial, self-starter with a growth mindset; committed to building positive, solutions-oriented internal and external relationships.
- High level of self-awareness, humility, and emotional intelligence.
- Exceptional verbal and written communication skills—inspiring, eloquent, and persuasive.
- Highly skilled at change management; comfortable with ambiguity, yet effective at driving towards clarity and achieving results.
Compensation & Benefits
College Track offers a competitive salary based on the organization’s compensation philosophy, which is grounded in market data. We also offer comprehensive health & welfare benefits and top of the market paid time off.
Please upload a PDF resume and a thoughtful cover letter with your application. We will only contact candidates chosen for further consideration. No phone inquiries please.
College Track is an equal opportunity employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. College Track does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.