This job listing has expired and may no longer be relevant!
3 Sep 2021

Operations / Administration Senior Director of Secondary Partnerships- Program Implementation – District Partnership Program

 Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States

Job Description

Reports to: Andy Schmitz, Managing Director of Secondary Partnerships

Start date: October 18, 2021

Location: Highly preferred within Chicago, IL or the greater Chicagoland area, but flexible within the following states: Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., Wisconsin

Apply by: September 14, 2021 (applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis)

About OneGoal

Despite decades of work and millions of dollars invested, the degree divide continues to be one of our nation’s most complex and critical injustices, with deep roots in systems of oppression and racism. Only 22% of students from low-income communities earn a college degree, compared to 67% of their peers from high-income areas.

COVID-19 further exposed and exacerbated inequity, with communities of color and those in low-income areas impacted at disproportionately high rates. We are looking for individuals to join us in our fight for equity during this extremely critical time.

  • OneGoal has grown from a small afterschool program serving just 32 students in Chicago to a nationwide movement that is serving some 12,500 students in six communities.
  • Our model, honed over 14 years, has three core differentiators: A rigorous, culturally relevant content and experience, cohorts of students who can support each other over the course of three years, and a teacher who supports our most vulnerable students’ long-term ambitions.
  • 88% of OneGoal high school graduates enroll in a postsecondary institution and 79% of those who enroll persist one year after high school.
  • In Fall 2020, OneGoal launched the District Partnership Program in Louisiana and Elgin U-46, IL, with a focus on achieving impact at scale through effective use of technology, a standardized culturally responsive post-secondary curriculum, and a train the trainer model

District Partnership Program Team

The District Partnership Program (DPP) team is a new team within OneGoal that is piloting a new program model. The District Partnership (pilot) Program is a system-wide postsecondary solution for districts committed to closing the degree divide in their communities. Partner districts will transform the postsecondary pathway experience for students across schools by building the capacity of multiple adults already in those districts/schools who directly impact critical postsecondary outcomes. In partnership with OneGoal, districts will embed postsecondary success programs, systems, and tools into the fabric of K12 education. From OneGoal’s perspective, an effective model will significantly reduce the cost to serve each student so that any district in the country can access and effectively implement the OneGoal program.

DPP’s overarching goals are to: (1) improve student postsecondary outcomes in partner DPP districts, (2) reduce our reliance on philanthropy, over time, through larger investments of public dollars in the program, (3) support districts to institutionalize sustainable and system-level postsecondary practices and processes, and (4) hire, retain, and grow a highly talented DPP team that continuously innovates in support of our broader vision: to close the degree divide in America.

The Role

You are driven by a strong belief that all students deserve an equitable opportunity to achieve their greatest postsecondary aspirations. There are two distinct areas of focus for this role:

  • Developing a vision for the program implementation of OneGoal’s Professional Development (PD) Services. These PD services include a range of trainings, coaching, resources, and tools for district and school leaders all designed to improve the postsecondary readiness of K-12 systems
  • Hiring, onboarding, and managing a team of school and district leadership coaches to execute this vision and transform the postsecondary systems and structures of partner schools and districts

Together, we’ll achieve a system-level change that puts the majority of students in a district on a better trajectory towards their postsecondary aspirations.

Your primary responsibilities include:

  • Setting vision and direction (40%)
    • Articulate a focused strategy and direction for OneGoal’s PD services
    • Refine a theory of action and logic model related to the implementation of PD services
    • Engage and invest others within and outside the organization around this vision
    • Outline measures of success and evaluation framework for OneGoal’s PD services
    • Collaborate with the MD, Secondary Partnerships and SD, Secondary Partnership-Program Design + Strategy to continuously refine the vision and direction of OneGoal’s PD services – including making adjustments to dosage, service offerings, staffing organization, pricing structure, etc. and innovating on new service iterations

Managing team execution and developing others (40%)

  • Outline the profile for OneGoal’s district and school leadership coaches
  • Hire and onboard a team of district and school leader coaches to execute OneGoal’s PD services
  • Build a diverse, highly effective team with balanced skill sets
  • Manage team execution and clarify team goals, strategies, and benchmarks, and responsibilities
  • Identify patterns and trends across multiple data sources related to PD service outcomes and postsecondary readiness to inform your team’s work
  • Create a positive culture and strong relationships across team members
  • Develop team members strategically through regular internal coaching cycles and feedback

Partnership Management (10%):

  • Under the guidance of the MD, Secondary Partnerships collaborate with district and school leaders to define the scope of work related to OneGoal’s PD Services

Leadership Coaching + Training (10%):

  • Coach a small portfolio of school and district leaders across the country in order to ensure positive postsecondary outcomes with partners. (This person will have a small number of district and school leaders that they directly coach in addition to managing the broader team of coaches.)

The Person

The Senior Director of Secondary Partnerships – Program Implementation is likely to see himself/herself/themselves in the following examples, as they are designed to help you determine if this opportunity aligns with your own passion, purpose, skills, and experiences.

You are a strategic leader and coalition builder.

  • You know how to set a clear vision, rally people around that vision, and operationalize that vision
  • You can translate a vision into a set of clear, tangible actions and manage people to execute on those actions.
  • You build and communicate the programmatic infrastructure (eg. logic model, theory of action) that embodies an organizational vision

You are driven by user experience and solving problems.

  • You ground your vision-setting in the needs of districts and school leaders and the specific problems they face in the postsecondary success space
  • You understand the barriers that stop our Fellows from persisting in college, and have already been working on some solutions, or have some ideas on what needs to be done
  • You utilize this awareness to create and refine our program innovation systems, tools, and processes

You lean into ambiguity.

  • You can operate in the gray and use ambiguity to create processes that enhance impact
  • Contingency-planning and problem-solving excite you, and working to streamline and improve vision and direction gives you energy

You see the system.

  • You recognize that without alignment and coherence, improvement initiatives often fail
  • You apply continuous improvement principles to your own work in vision and direction setting
  • You monitor progress relative to our vision, and understand the role the system plays in accelerating or inhibiting progress

You value working collaboratively and take personal responsibility for your actions and your team’s outcomes.

  • You build authentic, trusting relationships with your colleagues through meaningful listening and caring for people as individuals
  • When there is a setback you accept responsibility and accountability.
  • You constantly strive to learn from and share learnings with your teammates, no matter your current knowledge or experience.
  • You set high expectations for your team and support them strategically along the way.

You build the capacity of others.

  • You recruit, engage, develop, and retain talented, diverse team members
  • You believe in empowering others where you can, as opposed to doing it all yourself
  • You have multiple strategies to coach your team with the knowledge, skills, and mindsets necessary to improve their support of district and school leaders
  • You backwards plan team goals, strategies and benchmarks and manage progress accordingly
  • You provide direction, ongoing feedback, and support to enable your team’s collective ability to reach its goals

You believe deeply in our Fellows and their ability to graduate from a postsecondary institution.

  • You believe that students in underserved communities face real systemic barriers to postsecondary completion, and that empowering their families, their teachers and themselves to own their unique path will help them to overcome those barriers.
  • You believe a user-centered design approach ensures that our program is responsive to students and educators AND leads to the greatest impact on post-secondary outcomes


  • Lived experience of the Fellows we serve (Preferred)
  • Bachelor’s Degree (Required)
  • Master’s Degree in School/District Leadership or Administration (Preferred)
  • 5+ years of leadership [administrator] experience at the high-school level (Required)
  • 3+ years of leadership experience in a district central office (Required)
  • Knowledge of and experience with postsecondary systems and structures [eg. FASFAs, common application, etc.] (Required)
  • Experience coaching and developing school or district leaders (Required)
  • Outstanding interpersonal, communication and teamwork skills
  • Ability to travel a few days every month, once COVID-19 related travel restrictions are lifted (approximately 20-30% of the time, mostly throughout Illinois)

Our Team

Guided by a clear set of core values and beliefs, you will join an impressive group of more than 150 OneGoal staff across the country who believe in the untapped potential within students. The OneGoal team challenges themselves and others to regularly ask, “Is there a better way?”


The Tangible Good

We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package* which includes medical, dental, vision, short-term disability, long-term disability, life insurance, retirement matching, paid parental leave, and more. We also offer a generous paid time off policy, including 20 paid vacation days, holidays and 6 wellness days (flexible sick time).

*OneGoal reserves the right to change benefits at anytime according to business need.


You believe in people and the promise of humanity and are committed to equity and inclusion

You believe in an inclusive and culturally competent society and the essence of our commitment to diversity and inclusion. We believe that in order to create the change we seek, each person we hire brings a remarkable and diverse set of experiences, skills and characteristics that individually and collectively, will contribute to the radical change needed to move us towards a more equitable and just nation.

How to Apply

Throw Your Hat in the Ring. Please click here to complete an application, which includes attaching an updated resume and cover letter explaining your passion and alignment to this position. OneGoal is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of actual or perceived sex, race, color, ancestry, citizenship, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, disability (mental or physical), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, breastfeeding or related medical condition, parenthood, genetic characteristic or information, military or veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, or local law ------------------------------------------------ Quarter Five, a coaching and consulting firm that specializes in supporting organizations as they navigate complex and consequential change, has been retained for this engagement. About Quarter Five Quarter Five (Q5) represents an extra quarter in the year to focus on the things that matter most. We know that true partnership matters - we are that true partner. Our partnership includes: Our partnership includes: Business Consulting
  • Executive Leadership Transitions and Team Restructures
  • Individual, Team, and Leadership Development Through Change
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Design and Implementation
Executive Team Coaching
  • Transitions
  • Restructures
  • Navigating Complex Issues and Crisis Response
Recruiting and Hiring Support
  • Matching diverse talent to your organizations' needs
Learn more about Quarter Five here.

Bureaus: Chicago. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Operations / Administration.