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The strategy director for participation leads a portfolio of work designed to increase enrollment and re-enrollment in AA degree and short-term credential programs. Over the past decade, postsecondary attainment has grown steadily but millions more traditional age and adult students would benefit from enrolling or reenrolling in postsecondary education. In a labor market where postsecondary credentials are a necessity for economic success and stability, there are 36 million adults with some college but no degree and over 50 million adults with high school diplomas only. The economic upheaval the nation faces in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic will only increase the number of workers who will find it necessary to learn new skills in order to re-enter the labor force.
The director will have an opportunity to develop and implement Lumina’s strategy, approach, and grantee portfolio in this field. The director should have expertise in effective approaches to identifying, informing, engaging, and enrolling students in high-quality programs, 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 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.
This position works in a collaborative and integrated manner within the Learning and Work division as well as across all other areas of the foundation to ensure that the goals of Lumina’s Strategic Plan are realized, and to assist the nation in making significant improvements in credential attainment.
This description is only a summary of the typical job functions, not an exhaustive list of all possible responsibilities, and may be subject to change at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.
Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. We envision a system that is easy to navigate, delivers fair results, and meets the nation’s need for talent through a broad range of credentials. Our goal is to prepare people for informed citizenship and for success in a global economy.
Lumina is working with partners to design a learning system that gives every person—regardless of race and ethnicity, income, or other socioeconomic factors—the opportunities that only education and training after high school can provide. To achieve our mission, we work with governmental, nonprofit, and private-sector organizations to bring about widespread change. Our work relies on strategic communication, empowering leaders who can bring about change, policy outreach to state and federal officials, investments in proven and promising practices, and targeted efforts to measure and evaluate progress.
Lumina Foundation has a passionate and committed staff and is among the nation’s top private foundations with an endowment in excess of $1.2 billion.
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