Vice President, Puerto Rico and Latin American Office
The College Board, the national educational organization, is conducting a search for a Vice President for our Puerto Rico and Latin American Office. This position is based in our San Juan, Puerto Rico office.
About the College Board
We are a mission-focused, not-for-profit membership organization that believes in promoting innovation, equity, and excellence for generations of students. Our members include more than 6,000 of the world’s leading colleges, schools, and other educational organizations. We have over 1,900 employees in 13 offices across the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
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 a few. Our work falls broadly into four categories: College Readiness, College Connection & Success, Student Opportunities, and Advocacy.
About the role
The Vice President, Puerto Rico and Latin America Office (VP, PRLAO) provides executive leadership for defining and advancing the role of the College Board’s Spanish language programs and services in Puerto Rico and throughout Latin America. The VP, PRLAO creates strategic alliances with both government education authorities and higher education institutions in Puerto Rico and throughout Latin America, seeking to advance educational outcomes while identifying opportunities for College Board programs and services.
As the leader of the division and with responsibility for its financial health, the VP, PRLAO provides a steady focus on opportunities for market engagement, revenue generation, workforce optimization, technological innovation, and strategic positioning of the College Board within the office’s various geographies. The VP, PRLAO also has key responsibility for developing and expanding relationships and connections between the office and its programs and the broad range of evolving College Board activities in the U.S.
Responsibilities of the role
- Provide executive leadership and be accountable for the overall performance of the Puerto Rico and Latin America Office.
- Serve as a liaison between local and national College Board leadership; participate in management task forces and committees.
- Lead the PRLAO Advisory Board comprised of regional education leaders in collaboration with College Board's Governance team in New York.
- Promote the College Board as a valuable resource to governments, universities, schools, educational associations, and other stakeholders by developing and maintaining key relationships across the region.
- Guide staff in organizing market intelligence and competitive research from a broad variety of sources to identify key strategic themes in the office’s several geographies, and in translating those market insights into a well-defined strategic plan for the office.
- Lead the PRLAO assessment development strategy and work with the PRLAO team in defining, developing, marketing, and delivering assessments and other program services that create valuable educational outcomes for constituents while observing psychometric integrity, assessment development quality standards, and strict test security requirements.
- Lead the digital transformation of the PRLAO and drive innovation in programs and services by monitoring and analyzing educational technology and other leading-edge technology trends that will improve PRLAO operations and performance by assimilating and integrating innovations within the division.
- Modernize the organizational structure of the division and seek to improve processes and workflows while encouraging an entrepreneurial spirit with an increase in flexibility and fluidity of employee roles. Identify business re-engineering opportunities to streamline processes, implement operational and systems tools that meet the needs of the current business model while satisfying divisional goals.
- Collaborate with Human Resources to foster effective relationships cross-functionally, at all levels, to optimize collaboration and communication, strengthen employee engagement, and build high-performance teams across PRLAO.
- Collaborate with College Board's Finance department and the Office of the General Counsel on issues related to the management and operations of the office and its activities.
Qualifications needed for the role
- BA/BS degree required; MBA or Ph.D. preferred.
- 15 years of directly related, progressively responsible work experience at the senior level in the public, private, or the not-for-profit sectors. Must have significant leadership experience at a senior executive level.
- Strong leadership experience in education and knowledge of secondary and higher education institutions (schools, colleges, departments of education, other agencies) in Puerto Rico and across Latin America.
- Proven ability to drive technological innovation that will further strengthen PRLAO programs and services to more effectively serve the region with current knowledge in use and trends of technology in higher education.
- Professional experience in areas highly related to our work, such as software engineering, design, data analysis, online learning, instructional design, learning assessment, or brand management.
- Preference for someone with knowledge of data governance matters including privacy, data security and data sharing matters.
- Strong written and verbal communications skills, including excellent oral presentation/public speaking skills in both Spanish and English (native or near-native fluency in both languages).
- Excellent negotiation and business development skills.
- Excellent business planning and budgeting skills with a strong financial acumen for long-range financial planning, budgeting, forecasting, and cost control.
- Excellent understanding of measurement and assessment, including the research methods that support the validity of our programs and services.
- Eagerness to travel extensively (50% - 75%) throughout Latin America and the U.S.
We offer an outstanding benefits package that includes up to four weeks of paid time off each year, comprehensive health insurance, a generous retirement savings plan, tuition reimbursement, ongoing professional development and training, and more.
Our mission is to clear a path for all students to own their future.
College Board is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or veteran status.