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Director, Upward Bound Program

at The College Board | Washington Office (Washington, DC) | View all jobs

The College Board, a national educational organization, is looking for the next Director for our Upward Bound Program, to be resident in the College Board’s Washington, DC office. This is role for someone passionate about educational access and committed to building a supportive environment with high expectations for all students. This is a real opportunity to develop and deploy creative and effective solutions in service of helping every student succeed


For over 19-years the College Board (CB) has operated one of over 964 Upward Bound programs funded by the US Department of Education. Each year, the College Board Upward Bound program serves 110 low-income, first-generation potential college students, providing:

  • Academic-skill enhancement and social development through 8-month after school and Saturday academies
  • Rigorous 6-week summer residential and commuter academic and career enrichment experiences
  • Weekly tutorial support
  • Comprehensive college preparation support and college tours
  • Educational and cultural enrichment workshops and activities
  • Parent services to address challenges families face in supporting students


The Director, Upward Bound, based out of the College Board Washington, DC office, is responsible for: overall programmatic development and implementation, day-to-day leadership, management and supervision of staff; serving as the College Board liaison to The Catholic University of America and schools in District of Columbia Public Schools and District of Columbia Public Charter Schools, agencies, and educational organizations; dissemination of information to other Upward Bound programs; and program administration including but not limited to fiscal management, planning, implementation, and evaluation.

  • Design, and supervise the delivery of academic and college/career counseling services for Upward Bound students and their guardians including comprehensive college tours, work study activities, college planning and financial aid component for parent(s)/guardian(s), academic year and summer programming, and other cultural and educational experiences for students in grades 9-12 with a focus on preparing students for college and career success.
  • Work collaboratively with Upward Bound Assistant Director and other staff in developing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating all aspects of the program.
  • Develop and manage program budget.
  • Coordinate day-to-day operations at The Catholic University of America site, including managing classroom and dormitory space for Saturday/Wednesday Academies and Summer Program.
  • Administer all program promotion activities including but not limited to meeting with outside individuals or institutions; serving as a liaison between the College Board’s College and Career Access division and external agencies; and maintaining records of contact and follow up.
  • Ensure compliance with all general administrative regulations for TRIO grant proposals as prescribed by the Department of Education; maintain student roster, prepare grant proposals, and prepare interim and annual performance reports for the Department of Education.
  • Establish and administer a methodology to gather feedback, evaluate program success, and recommend changes in the program.
  • Maintain regular contact with senior management in order to present and discuss work plans and priorities, and to report work status. Also maintain contact with staff to delegate work assignments, collaborate to produce work and ensure that performance is meeting set goals.
  • Maintain important contacts with K-12 and higher education institutions, K-12 and higher education faculty, government officials, consultants, vendors, and other business-related outside parties.

About you; You have:

  • Master's degree in Education, Social work, Counseling, Public Administration, or related field required
  • At least two years of managerial and/or professional experience in an educational or social service environment, with a focus on college access preferred. Management experience in curriculum development, program design, program budgets, or project management required
  • At least three years of direct service experience working with minority, low‐income, and other disadvantaged youth from diverse backgrounds required
  • Classroom experience highly preferred

More about you:

  • Ability to creatively and strategically develop programming that connects students to a lifelong love of learning
  • Extensive knowledge of issues affecting low-income students’ access to post-secondary education
  • Extensive knowledge in youth development and working with diverse groups
  • Extensive experience in program development relating to curriculum design, college preparation, and professional development for educators
  • Knowledge of strategic planning and budget development
  • Strong interpersonal skills, written and verbal communication skills, including excellent oral presentation/public speaking skills
  • Proven ability to analyze and evaluate, set priorities and follow through, manage multiple projects/tasks and adhere to deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage a student services program and supervise, train, motivate, evaluate and provide work direction to professional and student staff
  • Ability to ensure compliance with Higher Education Opportunity Act, Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), and Federal TRiO Regulations
  • Must be available to work evenings, extended workdays, and occasional weekends and a summer residential program (6 weeks)



We offer our employees an outstanding benefits package, which includes 4 weeks of paid time off, a generous retirement savings plan, tuition reimbursement and ongoing professional development and training.


The College Board’s mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. We are a not-for-profit membership organization committed to excellence and equity in education. Among our best-known products are the SAT®, PSAT/NMSQT®, and Advanced Placement Program®. The College Board is committed to diversity in the workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The College Board participates in E-Verify, a service of DHS and SSA, where required. Please understand that only qualified applicants will be contacted.