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Program Director, Access to Postsecondary Education

The program director, access to postsecondary education, reports to the vice president, community investment and will work cooperatively with the student aid manager, as well as with all other Foundation staff. The program director will provide oversight for the Foundation’s student aid program, as well as promote access to postsecondary opportunities for local students. The student aid program provides over $1.2 million annually to more than 500 local students.

Job description:

  • Center racial equity in the Foundation’s student aid program, including but not limited to, analyzing disaggregated data about the program, and reviewing/revising student aid policies and practices
  • Develop a deep understanding of the funds from which student aid is awarded; assure utilization of scholarship funds in accordance with governing documents
  • Work collaboratively with the student aid manager, serving as their direct supervisor
  • Work collaboratively with Advancement/Philanthropic Services, representing student aid in stewardship of student aid donors
  • Develop and communicate an understanding of best practices for student aid equity, share that information with Foundation staff, to inform donor conversations and student aid fund policies
  • Understand and manage scholarship displacement of Foundation student aid funds
  • Manage internal requests from other departments about student aid
  • Conduct regular analysis of the student aid program to ensure that it delivers the greatest possible benefit to local students
  • Oversee the collection and analysis of robust student aid data to inform best practices and policies for the student aid department, as well as to inform Foundation staff, donors and other constituencies
  • Serve as an accessible point of contact for community members inquiring about the Foundation’s student aid program, application status, and funding decisions, especially in the spring each year
  • In partnership with the student aid manager, recruit, orient, and steward student aid volunteers
  • Make presentations on student aid-related topics to a variety of audiences, including at college fairs
  • Keep the community, board, and Foundation staff members informed about the Foundation’s student aid program
  • Partner with communications staff to ensure broad access to and awareness of the student aid program
  • Serve as back-up to the student aid manager; be prepared to assume program management duties when necessary
  • Actively manage several complex student aid funds
  • Stay informed on post-secondary access and financial aid issues, trends, policies, and opportunities, as well as current events and public policy
  • Develop and maintain strategic external partnerships with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, local colleges and universities, individuals with lived experience, and community organizations to understand the challenges and opportunities in post-secondary access and further the Foundation’s work
  • Engage actively with community organizations to ensure the Foundation is learning about and from their work
  • Communicate effectively with others in developing solutions to complex problems
  • Represent WSF by serving on key community committees, boards, and attending community meetings
  • Partner with program officers to understand overlapping work (such as student loan debt and culturally affirming educational environments) and opportunities for Foundation investments
Winston-Salem, NC
66,000 - 71,000
To apply, please visit The application deadline is 5:00pm on September 15, 2021

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