Stand Freshman Success Director


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The Organization

Stand is a non-profit education advocacy group that believes ALL children deserve an equal opportunity to succeed in life. Stand works to accomplish this mission through:

  • Education and empowerment of parents, teachers and communities
  • Advocacy at state, local and federal levels
  • Ensuring that policies and funding reach classrooms and help students
  • Election of courageous leaders who will stand for our priorities

We focus primarily on increasing early literacy and high school success. Additional priorities include improving school quality and ensuring adequate funding spent wisely.

The Position

Your role stands at the center of the fight to change the odds for low-income children and families. As a key member of Stand’s leadership at a moment of tremendous need and opportunity, you will lead and support the organization’s efforts across multiple states and in key urban school districts to implement the U Chicago Network for College Success’ evidence-based Freshman Success Framework

As someone motivated by results and impact, you will have the opportunity to work with colleagues who not only care deeply about justice and equity, but who are bold and strategic and take responsibility for achieving substantial progress toward greater justice and equity every year, everywhere we work.  Through your innovative and strategic leadership, you will help take Stand’s impact to new heights by developing the internal capacity to ensure high quality implementation of the proven Freshman Success Framework in a range of high schools to lift graduation rates statewide in multiple states and in several key urban school districts in the next few years. 


  • With support from the Network for College Success and Stand’s CEO and Chief of State Operations, develop and oversee the implementation in the 2018-2019 school year of 2 to 2.5-day Freshman Success Institutes in Oregon, Washington state, Shelby County, TN (Memphis), and Indianapolis;
  • With support from the Network for College Success, develop a strategy for and oversee the implementation of Freshman Success learning networks in the above locations that include school-based coaching by Stand Freshman Success Coaches of Freshman Team Leaders and Freshman Success Teams and coordination of useful monthly convenings;
  • Hire, onboard, and manage Stand Freshman Success staff located in different Stand state affiliates;
  • Provide hiring support, training, and technical assistance as appropriate to Freshman Success Coaches hired by school districts with which Stand partners;
  • Partner with Stand’s technology team and/or external partners to develop the capacity to ensure grade level teams have access to the actionable data in a user-friendly format needed to identify trends in freshman student performance and flag individual ninth graders who are off track or at risk of being off track and need personalized support;
  • Develop and implement an internal dashboard to monitor progress of Stand’s freshman success work to ensure program quality and continuous program improvement; 
  • Facilitate or ensure facilitation of professional learning by Stand Freshman Success Coaches to build their capacity to successfully perform their role and foster collaboration, data analysis, problem solving, and learning by coaches to enable the continued improvement of the model and our supports;
  • Stay current on research and best practices related to fostering freshman success, maintaining relationships with leading researchers and practitioners and conducting regular site visits in Chicago high schools effectively implementing the Freshman Success Framework;
  • Advise on state and district level policy proposals and implementation strategies related to fostering freshman success specifically and high school success generally;
  • Support fundraising for Stand’s freshman success work via collaboration with Stand development staff on grant proposals and participating in meetings with significant funding prospects;


  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience in school improvement, preferably at the high school level, with experience as a high school principal or assistant principal preferred;
  • A relentless commitment to public education, social justice, and equitable outcomes for all students;
  • Demonstrated success (i.e. significantly improving freshman on track rates) in implementing freshman on track practices in multiple schools as a trainer/coach, with experience designing freshman on track trainings and coaching protocols preferred;
  • Expertise in the following Freshman Success Framework-related areas:
  • Forming and facilitating effective teams of educators
  • Change management
  • Data systems, strategy and reporting
  • Coaching educators
  • Evidence-based interventions
  • Effective manager, coach, and trainer with strong facilitation skills and demonstrated knowledge of adult learning principles;
  • Excellent data analysis and problem-solving skills;
  • A commitment to self-reflection, examination of identity and role in systems of oppression and to challenging inequities;
  • Demonstrated ability to work and cultivate relationships with diverse constituencies, including principals, teachers, school staff;
  • Ability to effectively collaborate with colleagues and school partners in a team environment;
  • Eagerness to participate in ongoing professional development and team and self-evaluation;
  • Outstanding written, verbal communication, and interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills and ability to effectively prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to respond with flexibility to demands and requirements and adjust to ambiguous circumstances and change;
  • Willingness to travel.

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