Strategy Director for Bachelor’s Enrollment and Reenrollment

Strategy Director for Bachelor’s Enrollment and Reenrollment

Job Title:  Strategy Director for Bachelor’s Enrollment and Reenrollment
Department:  Strategic Engagement
Reports to:  Vice President of Strategic Engagement
FLSA Status: Exempt and Full-time
Location:  Flexible within the contiguous United States
Compensation: $152,000-$171,000 (final offer commensurate with experience)
Benefits:  Include, but are not limited to Health Insurance (medical, dental, and vision), 401(k), Pension, Vacation and Sick Time, Paid Leave, 100% Employer Paid Group Life, and Long-term Disability

A remote work opportunity (outside of Indiana or Washington, DC)– may require, on average, 3-5 days in the Indianapolis or DC office per quarter with additional presence as needed.

The Role

The strategy director for bachelor’s enrollment and reenrollment leads a portfolio of work designed to increase enrollment and re-enrollment of students in bachelor’s degree programs. Promoting and accelerating bachelor’s attainment is an important component of Lumina’s current strategic plan, given that these pathways result in long-term economic stability for individuals and their families and that increased bachelor’s attainment is associated with better economic and societal health. Though bachelor’s attainment has increased for all groups over the last 15 years, stubborn gaps by race and ethnicity remain related to access, retention, and completion. This portfolio centers on two interrelated goals for bachelor’s institutions: addressing key barriers to (re)enrollment, particularly for ‘some college, no degree’ adults, and promoting systemic change in outreach and admissions processes for all prospective students in service of equity and justice.

The director will have an opportunity to develop and implement Lumina’s strategy, approach, and grantee portfolio in this field, including the amplification of the strategic focus through thought leadership. The director should have expertise in effective approaches to identifying, informing, engaging, and enrolling students in high-quality programs and institutions well designed to promote credential attainment.  The director should also have insight into innovative marketing strategies, behavioral barriers to enrollment, and best practices in student recruitment, onboarding, advising, and navigation.  In addition, the director should be conversant with the current array of strategies and reforms that address equity, quality, scale, and innovation to dramatically increase the enrollment, persistence, and completion of postsecondary credentials, particularly for learners of color and adults.   

Core Responsibilities

Advancing Racial Equity: The strategy director advances Lumina’s commitment to ending systemic racism and barriers to learning beyond high school for Black, Latino and Native American individuals. strategy director develops approaches to implementing practices that promote racial and ethnic diversity in hiring, contracting, grantmaking, inclusive decision making, and achieving fair and just outcomes arising from the department’s exercise of its duties and responsibilities. The director effectively communicates Lumina’s equity commitment to internal and external partners.

Strategy Leadership, Design, Planning, and Implementation: The strategy director works collaboratively with the BA Attainment team to develop a set of strategies to increase equitable participation in BA programs – defining specific problems that the foundation is uniquely positioned to help partners to address.  Director works to identify potential partners, advisors, and grantees and establishes a budget plan to advance measurable outcomes; actively engages in grant review meetings, monitors grant progress and drafts concept papers, RFPs, and grant guidelines in support of new programs.  Director collaborates on grant and contract development and budget review in cross-functional strategic planning groups.

Leadership and Staff Development: Strategy director supports one direct report serving as a mentor and advisor and providing administrative oversight on expenses, travel, and grantmaking; onboards new hires and reviews individual and collective performance.

Thought Leadership: In collaboration with Lumina’s Strategic Communications team, the strategy director develops and writes op-eds, position statements, reports, talking points, and other deliverables that advance the foundation’s strategic goals.  The strategy director collaborates to plan and execute convenings of grantees and other stakeholders and attends and/or makes professional presentations at meetings of national organizations and other groups.

Education and Experience

  • Graduate degree or demonstrated competency required in a relevant field such as higher education, social/behavioral sciences, liberal arts, marketing or another related area.
  • At least eight (8) years of experience working in or with BA-granting institutions of higher education to improve enrollment and/or re-enrollment strategies in equitable ways. Ideal candidate will have demonstrated track record of implementing innovative strategies to promote increased participation of Black, Hispanic and Latino, and Native American students and particularly students who are working adults and/or returning students.

Skills, Competencies, and Characteristics

  • Ability to learn quickly and connect learning to ongoing conversations related to the assigned body of work.
  • Ability to demonstrate how best to use the Foundation’s resources to ensure the policies and practices envisioned in the Strategic Plan are aligned with Lumina’s principles of learning and credentialing.
  • Ability to make decisions in concert with others without complete information and to thrive in an outcomes-oriented, continuously evolving work environment in which thinking beyond the curve is encouraged.
  • Project management skills with demonstrated ability to execute and follow through to achieve intended results, by following through on commitments, prioritizing work, and managing time and resources well.
  • Experience building and managing diverse networks that support efforts to produce systemic change.
  • Ability to communicate accurately, effectively, and in ways appropriate to different audiences. 
  • Strong writer, with the ability to review, revise and synthesize a variety of information and help connect the Foundation’s work to broader discussions within the higher education landscape.
  • Capable of applying adaptive problem-solving skills in response to unforeseen challenges and new assignments.
  • Ability to prioritize a wide range of duties and responsibilities, organize tasks, and remain flexible to changing and multiple requests.
  • Ability to work collegially and diplomatically across the organization and audience groups, with an ability to resolve any conflicts.
  • Exercise sound judgment in handling sensitive or confidential information.
  • Ability to use technology effectively, including databases, spreadsheets and Microsoft Office 365 products.
  • Demonstrates servant leadership by exhibiting listening skills, valuing the development of others, and working in a way that is people-focused, humble, trusting, and caring.

Work Environment and Physical Demands

  • Work is performed in an office environment, mostly sedentary.
  • The position travels about once a month, including overnight stays for trips to cities such as New York and Washington, D.C., to meet with grantees, for training and funder meetings, and to meet with D.C.-area or Indianapolis colleagues.

This description is only a summary of the typical job functions, not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, and may be subject to change at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.

Applicants should send the following to the e-mail address below:

  • a letter of interest
  • resume outlining experience relevant to the position

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