Senior Director of Postsecondary Initiatives 


Overview of Raise DC

Raise DC spurs citywide action to improve educational outcomes for Washington, DC, children and youth, from birth through age 24. The organization convenes public, private, nonprofit, and philanthropic leaders and uses data to guide effective practices that ensure every child has opportunities to succeed, from cradle to career. Raise DC is a partner of the collective impact network StriveTogether, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Greater Washington Community Foundation serves as Raise DC’s backbone organization, supporting daily operations with human capital and infrastructure.

Raise DC supports five citywide goals for District youth as they transition along the cradle-to-career continuum:

  • Every child is prepared for kindergarten.
  • Every child graduates from high school.
  • Every youth who is not in school reconnects to education/training.  
  • Every youth attains a postsecondary credential.
  • Every youth is prepared for a career.

For each of these ambitious goals, Raise DC and its partners have established core, contributing, and monitoring indicators to guide continuous improvement and serve as ongoing metrics. The organization’s “Change Networks” – working groups comprised of private industry, philanthropic partners, nonprofits, and government agencies – meet regularly to coordinate efforts and track progress toward these indicators. The Raise DC Leadership Council, consisting of multi-sector public champions, monitors Raise DC’s progress; influences the alignment of resources; implements strategy; and addresses financial, policy, and structural barriers.


Position Summary

The Senior Director of Postsecondary Initiatives will be responsible for developing and managing all work related to Raise DC’s high-level goal of postsecondary credentialing. This position includes managing Change Networks, building cross-sector partnerships, spearheading related special initiatives, supporting StriveTogether Leadership Program (STLP) initiatives, and advocacy. The position will serve as an integral member of Raise DC’s Operations Team.



  • Support Change Networks in using data to shape their agendas
  • Work with Data Manager to identify and define Change Network indicators and business rules, manage timely and efficient data collection processes, and document data methodologies and analyses
  • Work in partnership with Data Manager and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) to execute data-sharing agreements with Change Network members
  • Engage relevant stakeholders and develop strategic partnerships to grow the membership of the Postsecondary Access and Completion Change Network (PACCN) and Community Partnership for Postsecondary Attainment (CPPA)
  • Leverage/activate Raise DC Leadership Council around high-level focus areas in college preparation, enrollment, persistence, completion, and career readiness
  • Represent Raise DC at various stakeholder meetings and monitor work across the city 
  • Work with partner organizations to further a shared agenda, including employment and postsecondary data access and collection, supporting practice improvement, and any advocacy needs
  • Manage PACCN and CPPA around a focused agenda to improve organizational-based practices, coordinate planning efforts, and identify and inform key policies
    • Secure Network co-chairs from relevant sectors and work with them to guide the vision and strategic direction of the Network
    • Determine high-impact Network strategies with members
    • Facilitate meetings and guide the decision-making process on how to focus the Network’s shared resources and supports
    • Develop and oversee implementation of agreed-upon strategies
    • Work with Data Manager to oversee data collection, analysis, and support
  • Assess the viability of relaunching a youth employment-focused Change Network
  • Assist with grant proposal writing and material creation to support all college preparation, enrollment, persistence, completion, and career readiness initiatives
  • Represent Raise DC at national and local conferences, to funders, and to relevant stakeholders
  • Additional duties, as needed


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 4+ years professional or related experience
  • Experience in the education, government, and nonprofit sectors


Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Commitment and passion for improving educational outcomes for DC youth
  • Excellent and concise communicator, both in written and verbal communication
  • Ability to build relationships in DC government, nonprofits, local education agencies, philanthropy, and private industry, including, but not limited to: District of Columbia Public Schools, DC Public Charter School Board, Office of the State Superintendent of Education, Deputy Mayor for Education Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, and Department of Employment Services
  • High standard of quality and attention to detail
  • Strategic thinker and results-oriented
  • Strong facilitation, problem solving, and project management skills
  • Experience “managing through influence”, driving results requiring contribution from multiple stakeholders without direct oversight/micromanagement
  • Ability to connect people and ideas to one another
  • Proficient in understanding and applying quantitative and qualitative data
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products
  • Good sense of humor



This position reports to the Executive Director of Raise DC.


Compensation and Benefits

Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience. This position offers excellent benefits including health and dental coverage and vacation, sick, and personal leave.


Application Instructions

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to Gretchen Wieland: Application deadline is Friday, December 29, 2017. No phone calls will be accepted.


Raise DC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of individuals of diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and cultures. Recruiting staff to create an inclusive organization is a priority, and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientations, gender identities, military or veteran status, or other status protected by law.