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Director of Strategy

at The College Board | National Office (New York, NY) | View all jobs

About the College Board

We are a mission focused organization that believes that investing in education is investing in the future. From our earliest days, we have devoted ourselves to educational opportunity and achievement. We have promoted innovation, equity and excellence for generations of students. We are advocates for children and parents; we empower teachers and educators; and we are a strong presence in thousands of schools and communities across the country through programs and services - the SAT, Advanced Placement (AP®) and Pre-AP are just few. Our work falls broadly into four categories: College Readiness, College Connection & Success, Student Opportunities and Advocacy.

The College Board, seeks a Director of Strategy who will work urgently and entrepreneurially to solve the most difficult and interesting problems at the organization. The position is resident in New York City and reports to the Vice President of Strategy.

We seek an individual who can lead strategy projects from concept to implementation hand-off, combines strong analytical skills with effective storytelling and consensus building, and has expertise in secondary or post-secondary education. This position offers a rigorous development experience while tackling difficult questions for senior management, often the CEO and/or President.

The job requires a strong focus on improving educational opportunities and outcomes, particularly for low-income, first-generation, and students of color, in the context of a competitive business environment. As an example of the impact you could have, our team created and incubated the College Board Opportunity Scholarships Program, a $25M initiative which guides students through the complicated process of applying to college.

What you will do:

You’ll drive 2-4 projects/initiatives at one time. Responsibilities include:

  • Define ambiguous problems and formulate hypotheses to drive new program/product development, current program improvements, and long-term organizational strategies to meet mission and business objectives.
  • Scope and lead qualitative and quantitative analyses to test product hypotheses. For example:
    • Analyze millions of records of student data to explore and visualize trends and patterns by demographics or over time
    • Scope and conduct interviews and focus groups with students, counselors, or other educators.
    • Synthesize public information or data to understand the competitive landscape for new products
    • Work with experts within the organization, such as researchers, data scientists, policy analysts or UX researchers to build an evidence base to support or refute hypotheses
    • Manage external consultants on discrete project work-streams
  • Develop product and/or initiative prototypes, with recommendations grounded in rigorous analysis.
  • Present clear and compelling findings to senior management and work across the College Board to build consensus around our conclusions.
  • Collaborate with team members across the organization to implement recommendations.

Examples of questions our team has tackled in the past include:

  • How can we use financial aid as a motivator towards academic achievement and an engine of mobility? What is the College Board’s role in making that reality possible?
  • How can we build tools that simplify the college planning and application process to drive more students to go to colleges where they will graduate?
  • How can we use grow our products and services to competitively support higher education enrollment needs while promoting student privacy and access?

About you

You are inspired by the opportunity to work on intellectually engaging problems whose answers have the potential to impact the lives of millions of students. You have:

  • 4-7 years of experience in management consulting, strategy, and/or policy analysis.
  • Flexibility, curiosity, and initiative to tackle problems big and small: you delight in digging deep into data to uncover new insights about students as much as you enjoy developing a greenfield, 5-year vision for a new product.
  • An outstanding record of academic and professional achievement and leadership
  • Exceptional analytical and quantitative problem-solving skills, including ability to analyze large data sets (proficiency in R, Stata, SQL, and/or Tableau strongly preferred)
  • Strong ability to communicate complex ideas simply, both verbally and in writing
  • The ability to work collaboratively in a team environment, across lines of difference
  • Expertise in secondary or post-secondary education
  • A strong commitment to expanding educational opportunity

Benefits

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.

Mission

Our mission is to clear a path for all students to own their future. 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.