Job Title: Program Director
Reports to: Executive Director
Employment Type: Full-Time, fixed term through Sept 30, 2024, potential for extension
Application Deadline: Position open until filled
Start Date: June 1, 2021
Salary: $65,000 -$75,000
Since our founding a decade ago, Michigan College Access Network has known that college changes everything — and perhaps even more critical to our mission is the belief that college is for everyone.
We do what it takes to provide students in Michigan with a brighter long-term future, through college access and postsecondary certificate and degree attainment: doing the research, talking to agents of change, connecting resources, being a changemaker.
Why? By encouraging Michigan residents to earn postsecondary certificates and degrees, we not only help them earn more and promote their well-being—we also strengthen Michigan's talent pool, retain and attract businesses to the state and stimulate Michigan's economy in the process.
Through college access, we are also able to promote equity in our state. We work to ensure that every student in Michigan has the opportunity to attend college — especially low-income students, first-generation college-going students and students of color.
We are proud to put forth a strategic plan that works to ensure that each and every student across Michigan has access to the knowledge, tools, and support to make college a reality.
College is postsecondary education
We use the term college to refer to attainment of education beyond high school, including postsecondary certificates and academic degrees.
College is a necessity
Postsecondary attainment dramatically increases an individual’s economic independence in a knowledge-based economy.
College is for everyone
We work toward changing the systems that perpetuate inequities in postsecondary attainment.
College is a public good
Postsecondary attainment is critical to a just and equitable society, strong economy, thriving democracy, and healthy communities.
Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) is expanding our commitment to prioritizing students of color, first-generation college-going students, and students from low-income backgrounds. Additionally, we recognize and applaud the transformative potential of the Governor’s Futures for Frontliners and Michigan Reconnect scholarship programs. These programs, which offer a tuition-free pathway to a certificate or associate degree from community colleges for Michigan adults, were launched in the Fall of 2020 and Spring of 2021, respectively. Given that both programs follow federal guidelines for scholarships and grants, Michiganders who are not yet allowed to access federal financial aid are unable to take advantage of these programs. Therefore, MCAN is committed to working with philanthropy and other partners to offer a parallel scholarship program that is available to these Michiganders that offers the same transformative potential and tuition-free pathway for people to complete a college degree. The scholarship program is set to launch in early Summer 2021.
The Program Director is a new position to MCAN. Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Program Director will launch and manage this new scholarship program. Additionally, the Program Director will create and regularly convene an advisory council of internal and external representatives to guide the scholarship program and ensure it is meeting the needs of the communities it is designed to serve.
The ideal candidate is self-motivated, technically-capable, detail-oriented, and has the ability to prioritize multiple tasks in a fast-paced, innovative environment. Having a tolerance for ambiguity and an adventuresome outlook will help ensure success within MCAN’s work and culture. A strong commitment and understanding of the role of college access and success in addressing racism and equity is essential. This position is currently grant funded through September 30, 2024. There is potential for the person in this role to continue at MCAN after this date.
The Program Director duties include, but are not limited to:
The ideal candidate should:
The ideal candidate must:
For questions related to this position, please email Vicky Wright, Director of Operations, at email@example.com. To apply, please submit résumé, cover letter, and a list of 3 professional references to https://mcan.smapply.org/prog/scholarship_program_director.Apply Now