Job Title: Program Director
Reports to: Executive Director
Employment Type: Full-Time, fixed term through Sept 30, 2024, potential for extension
Location: Michigan
Application Deadline: Position open until filled
Start Date: June 1, 2021
Salary: $65,000 -$75,000

ABOUT THE MICHIGAN COLLEGE ACCESS NETWORK

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.

Vision and Values

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.

ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP STRATEGY

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. 

POSITION SUMMARY

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.

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Program Director duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Create and implement best practices and processes for scholarship application submission and review, focusing on equity
  • Oversee the online scholarship application process
  • Prepare and distribute correspondence to applicants regarding award status. Connect scholarship recipients with on-and off-campus resources, including College Completion Coaches and MI-BEST Project Leads, among others
  • Partner with community and tribal colleges to distribute funds and work within their established financial aid processes
  • Track, manage and report on program budget
  • Collect and manage appropriate data to measure program impact
  • Serve as liaison between MCAN and scholarship stakeholders, including colleges, employers, and the State of Michigan
  • Create and regularly convene an advisory council of internal and external representatives to guide the scholarship program implementation, with a particular eye towards equity
  • Handle inquiries from students, employers, and partners
  • Ensure prompt communication and solve problems in a timely and sensitive manner
  • Conduct outreach and promotion of the scholarship statewide
  • With support, complete grant reporting requirements.
  • Perform other duties as needed to advance the mission of the Michigan College Access Network
  • Educate internal and external audiences on the assets and needs of the communities to be served through the scholarship

EDUCATION, JOB KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

The ideal candidate should:

  • Have an understanding of the concepts of institutional and structural racism and bias and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities
  • Have experience considering the impacts of college access and success on multiple communities, including communities of color and those with low socioeconomic status
  • Have experience incorporating the perspectives of multiple communities in the consideration of impacts and outcomes of a decision-making process
  • Prioritize work, multi-task, work independently with minimal supervision, and accurately perform duties in a fast-paced environment
  • Solve problems, pay attention to detail, and follow through on tasks assigned through completion
  • Work efficiently and adhere to established deadlines
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Have a passion for working in the nonprofit and education sector – especially for postsecondary attainment
  • Have strong written communication skills that demonstrate professional composition, proper grammar, clarity, and reflect the tone of the Michigan College Access Network
  • Demonstrate confidence, competence and communication
  • Have extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office products and the google suite of productsas well as knowledge of basic office and communication equipment and software
  • Communicate clearly and professionally with MCAN staff and its partners

The ideal candidate must:

  • Have a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
  • Have a strong and demonstrated commitment to equity
  • Have a valid in-state driver license for local travel
Priority will be given to candidates with:

  • A Master’s degree in a relevant field
  • Experience working with scholarships, foundations
  • Experience with immigrant communities
  • The ability to speak both English and Spanish fluently

BENEFITS

This position is full-time and is eligible for MCAN’s full benefits package including generous health, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance, retirement benefits, significant paid time off, and paid holidays.

TO APPLY

MCAN believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. MCAN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages people from all backgrounds to apply.

For questions related to this position, please email Vicky Wright, Director of Operations, at vicky@micollegeaccess.org. To apply, please submit résumé, cover letter, and a list of 3 professional references to https://mcan.smapply.org/prog/scholarship_program_director.

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