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Hot off the Press: Education Job Opportunity with Posse Foundation

Posted on: May 2, 2011

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I was forwarded this job annoncement and thought it would be  great opportunity for my blog followers.  The Posse Foundation, a national education leadership non-profit, is opening an office in New Orleans. Four positions are open – Director, Program Director, Trainer and Program Coordinator. Deadline for submission is May 24th. Basic information can be found below.  The Posse Foundation does amazing work for high school and college students.  Please respond to the contact listed below since I am not affiliated with the program.

The Posse Foundation is a nationally recognized youth leadership development and college access program that identifies, recruits, and trains diverse teams – posses – of public high school students and sends them to top colleges and universities. To date, a total of 3,638 Posse Scholars have been accepted into top-tier institutions of higher education throughout the country. These young people have received $402 million in full-tuition leadership scholarships from Posse’s college and university partners and have been agents of positive change on their campuses. Posse’s unique and carefully structured, three-month selection process identifies candidates using criteria beyond academic achievement, including leadership talent, desire to succeed and ability to work constructively with people from diverse backgrounds. Posse’s high school through college programming makes it one of the most comprehensive programs of its kind in the nation. Most recently The Posse Foundation was identified by President Obama as one of 10 national non-profit organizations to receive a portion of his Nobel Peace Prize grant. The foundation is poised to double in size over the next ten years and dramatically increase its national impact.
Posse’s 2011 budget of $12.8 million supports programs in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City and Washington, D.C. Posse has a staff of 110 nationally. There is a national board of directors, as well as advisory boards in each city.

The primary responsibilities of the Director are to represent the youth focused mission of the program, raise the annual site budget, manage the financial operations of the site, maintain strong university partner relationships, work closely with a local advisory board, and to recruit and manage a team that ensures the coordination of all program operations. Posse New Orleans is a start-up site. The Director must be ready to oversee an expanding program – which will grow to accommodate a growing staff, more students and up to six university partners. The Director must be highly motivated, organized, enthusiastic, willing to travel, a great communicator, hard working, and a strong role model. The Director reports to a Regional Vice President.

Program Director
The primary responsibilities of the Program Director in New Orleans are to oversee and manage the Posse program for up to six (6) university partners; manage a staff of up to four (4) trainers and one program coordinator; oversee and coordinate all program operations for his/her team. These include: maintaining a network of school and community based organizations; overseeing the pre-collegiate training program; overseeing the on-campus program; communicating and working closely with the career program; organizing and attending summer and on-campus retreats; scheduling program activities; and maintaining relationships with university partner administrators and staff. The Program Director will also oversee student academic performance and retention and provide regular reports about program outcomes. S/he will also insure trainer development and effectiveness. The Program Director will work closely with the Director of the site to insure that his/her program is operating in the most effective way possible. The Program Director will support the Director of the site in maintaining university relations with his/her assigned university partners through campus visits and regular communication. The Program Director must be detail-oriented, highly organized, enthusiastic, a great communicator, hard working, and a strong role model. The Program Director reports directly to Director of the site. (Please visit for a more detailed breakdown of the role.

The role of the Posse trainer is to help recruit, train, support, encourage and maintain contact with Posse Scholars. The Posse trainer works with Scholars beginning in their senior year of high school and continuing to their graduation from the partner college or university. The Posse trainer works with Scholars both on an individual basis and in groups. The Posse Trainer reports to the Program Director of Posse New York and will work in close collaboration with a partner Trainer. Please visit for a more detailed breakdown of the role.
Program Coordinator
The Program Coordinator acts as a project organizer. S/he is a main support to the Program Director and supports the entire program team. S/he directly supports the dynamic assessment process/recruitment, pre-collegiate training, and the career and campus programs. S/he maintains the student database and networks, organizes volunteers, plans special events, maintains other critical databases and files, keeps calendars and schedules, makes travel plans, coordinates major mailings, and manages phone calls. The Program Coordinator is responsible for organizing and managing special project logistics including the awards ceremony, pre-collegiate writing program, the summer Posse Olympics, and retreats. S/he reports to the Program Director. Please visit for a more detailed breakdown of the role.

Cover letter:
In your cover letter, please share in detail how Posse’s mission and goals intersect with your previous work experience. In addition, please share your thoughts on the importance of diversity within a higher educational setting.
Salary commensurate with experience.
Please send résumé and cover letter via e-mail to:
No Phone Calls Please.
Deadline for submission of application is May 24, 2011.

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