Colorado Department of Higher Education
The mission of the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) is to improve the quality of, ensure the affordability of, and promote access to, postsecondary education for the people of Colorado. In pursuing its mission, the Colorado Department of Higher Education will act as an advocate for the students and institutions of postsecondary education and will coordinate and, as needed, regulate the activities of the state's postsecondary education institutions.
Description of Job
The Student Success Network Manager will be responsible for coordinating, developing and implementing research, outreach and technical assistance under the guidelines, policies, and mission of the Colorado Department of Higher Education. The Student Success Network Manager will be responsible for managing multiple projects and revolving timelines under the guidance of the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative Director. Each Manager will have designated areas of expertise (i.e.- pre collegiate or postsecondary programs, evaluation, etc.) which be incorporated into job duties as necessary.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
The Student Success Network Manager responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Act as liaison between COSI and grantees and their teams
Create and implement efficiencies across the program which will enable programs and teams to scale quickly
With Grants Coordinator, assist with research of best practices in student services and scholarships, including college advising, services for first-generation students, and retention efforts to inform field staff and leadership for the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative. Translate research into meaningful best practices for community partners
Coach and facilitate change in order to better align all student support programs' goals, objectives, and implementation of activities to support the mission and vision of the Scholarship Initiative and the CDHE master plan, which could include support in technical assistance to non-grantees to help build capacity
Develop resources and materials, such as: handbook and curriculum, data tracking and evaluation tools, needs assessments, reporting policy and reporting templates, and professional development, providing specialized support for designated area of expertise
Build awareness of community partner program and scholarship matching opportunities from the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative
Coordinate technical assistance and provide development, implementation, and facilitation support to grantees based on region
Provide direct management and ongoing support to the grantees including outreach, program design, implementation, evaluation, and professional development
Manage multiple programs' student success through ensuring that all grantees are providing proactive, comprehensive, and high-quality support to students
Identify opportunities for improvement and growth within programming
Develop and manage events, network meetings, and newsletters with the assistance of the Grants Coordinator
Serve as content expert in either postsecondary or pre-collegiate success models, and cross-train team in best practices
Implement strategies to positively impact key metrics i.e.: graduation rates, student engagement, enrollment, retention, and completion goals
Lead collection and preparation of year-end reports, and work alongside the Director and contracted evaluator to prepare annual evaluation reports for the program
Act as a collaborator and active team member, contributing to various projects as necessary throughout the year
Assist the Director with the RFP and review process for scholarship matching funds from communities, institutions of higher education and workforce programs, and community partner program grants
Guide, interpret and synthesize data and annual reports to drive organizational change and overall program improvement
Coordinate with other divisions of the Colorado Department of Higher Education, including Student Success and Academic Affairs to ensure stakeholders are aware of all policy, legislative, and other updates that impact students in a timely fashion
Think creatively and work collaboratively with the Director to launch and drive new initiatives from inception to implementation
Represent the Scholarship Initiative at conferences and events as appropriate
OTHER DUTIES & Responsibilities
Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights
Bachelor's degree in research, policy, education or related field required
Skills & Experience
Three to five years' work experience required
Knowledge of how to distill and present dense information to various audiences
Self-starter & self-directed
Ability to work independently as well as be a team player
Strong organizational skills and detail oriented
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications including Word, Outlook, Excel, & PowerPoint
Data management experience
Master's degree in research, policy, education or related field preferred
Works in normal office environment. Does not require physical activity other than that typically utilized in such a setting, working with standard office equipment such as phone, fax, and personal computers. Some travel required.
To be considered for this position, candidates must possess the minimum qualifications listed above and submit the following: Cover letter and resume. Submit your completed application materials to:
Colorado Department of Higher Education
Attention: Human Resources
1560 Broadway, Suite 1600
Denver, Colorado 80202
This position is not governed by the selection process of the classified personnel system and is not part of the classified state personnel system.
Application Deadline: Position will remain open until filled. Application review begins immediately and position start is immediate.
Employment is contingent on successful completion of a criminal background check.
The Colorado Department of Higher Education is an Equal Opportunity employer. In compliance with federal and state anti-discrimination laws, the Department does not discriminate in matters of employment based on disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, religion, age, national origin, or ancestry.