Director of Career Development

Job Locations US-MA-Boston
Posted Date 3 months ago(11/16/2017 1:46 PM)
Program Management
Work Hours
9am - 5pm
Regular Full-Time
Targeted Job Start Date

Overview & Benefits

Bottom Line is dedicated to helping first-generation students from low-income backgrounds get into college, graduate from college, and go far in life.  Our vision is to dramatically transform urban communities by producing thousands of new career-ready college graduates.

As one of the first college support organizations to focus on college completion, Bottom Line now produces best-in-class college graduation rates that eliminate the significant gap between first generation students from low-income backgrounds and their wealthier peers. We operate regional programs in Massachusetts, where we were founded in 1997, New York City and Chicago that collectively serve over 7,000 students. We plan to open two new sites in major urban areas and increase our footprint to over 10,000 students by 2020.

Bottom Line focuses on students who have the desire and potential to earn a degree, but lack the support structures necessary to navigate the college application process, make a responsible school choice, succeed in college, and prepare for a meaningful career.

Over the last 20 years, Bottom Line has developed a proven and proactive long-term, high-touch, high impact model.  Full-time, trained and specialized advisors leverage our DEAL model which addresses the four key areas that are most likely to lead to college success: Degree, Employability, Affordability, and Life.  Our relationship and results focused approach helps our students change their lives by gaining economic mobility through college selection, graduation, and career-readiness.

When you join Bottom Line, you will find a rewarding, fast-paced, results-oriented environment. We build strong relationships with our students and with each other. We take our work seriously, and we know that a focus on data and metrics is integral to our continued success. Experts in our field we are driven by our mission and we are extremely proud of the work we do.


Compensation and benefits: Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

Bottom Line offers a comprehensive benefits package:

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Current Context and Opportunity


Six years ago, Bottom Line began building and investing in additional programming designed specifically to improve employment outcomes (Go Far) for the students we serve. We were early to the understanding that, for the students we serve, having a four-year degree is not enough in today’s highly competitive job market. Each year, we have made incremental improvements to the career program and many of our students are enjoying admirable employment outcomes.


In keeping with our values of continuous improvement, we assessed our employability programming and student outcomes about a year ago. We came to the conclusion that we needed to (and could do) more to help our students enjoy strong employment outcomes.


We seek to hire a full-time, experienced nonprofit leader to lead the program design and implementation of the improved model. This is a National position, reporting to the Chief Program Officer. He/she will work closely with the National program team, program leadership in our current regions, career counselors, and regional development staff.  


Position Roles and Responsibilities



Refine the new program design and build program elements


  • Develop internal Bottom Line Career Center, clearly outlining roles and responsibilities
  • Increase organizational knowledge of local and national employment landscapes; build strong understanding of jobs available to our students, the paths to those jobs, and the requirements for success in those jobs
  • Design new student-centered career events and workshops to help students advance along career readiness and baseline skills spectrum
  • Develop and implement modified employment-related training and professional development for current and new counselors
  • Refine current implementation plan, developing a detailed project plan for the 2018-2019 academic year roll-out in MA, as well a roll-out strategy and plan for other sites for the 2019-2020 academic year
  • Audit and revise current curriculum and service offerings (Success and Career)

Further articulate and build momentum, externally and internally, for the new career outcomes Bottom Line seeks


  • Communicate a compelling vision across Bottom Line regions for how to help students achieve career readiness by focusing on strategies, program design, and planning
  • Work closely with Executive Directors and development staff in all regions to establish site specific career programming priorities
  • Participate with development staff in writing/preparation of proposals to fund career development efforts
  • Prepare or supervise the preparation of research reports, summaries, presentations, and other materials that highlight value of career programming


Build and implement a corporate strategy that simultaneously delivers career opportunities for students, corporate engagement with Bottom Line, and philanthropy


  • Work collaboratively with the career team members and regional corporate engagement teams in creating and sustaining corporate relationships that result in employment related experiences and placements
  • Partner with regional Directors of Corporate Engagement to further develop volunteer mentoring program
  • Oversee all internship-related programming, data collection, analysis and reports in the regions Learn from best-in-class career readiness programs across the country, and successfully incorporate corporate partnerships into the existing student support work
  • In collaboration with regional program and development teams, establish and promote career events strategy


Qualifications and Qualities


The Director of Career Development must be a proven skilled leader and have significant experience designing and implementing new, operationally complex programming. This position also requires strong operational, project management, and people skills.

Some travel to Bottom Line sites and college campuses is required.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 5+ years of program management and design experience, preferably within a nonprofit setting (That said, we are also eager to meet candidates with backgrounds in the for-profit space.)
  • Proven experience managing complex projects
  • Proven experience managing staff through periods of significant organizational change
  • Ability to work from our National Headquarters in Boston, MA
  • Ability to travel to BL regions


The Director of Career Development will:

  • Thrive in a fast-paced environment where continuous improvement is the norm
  • Be able to demonstrate and uphold our core competencies of: Relationships, Results, Talent Development, Planning, Inclusiveness, Communication and Agility
  • Be exceedingly proactive and interested in working in an ambiguous, dynamic, entrepreneurial organization
  • Be skilled at and eager to quickly build relationships with current staff
  • Be a very quick learner and demonstrate eagerness to immediately embrace this high potential and operationally complex new program
  • Be able to work with culturally and socially diverse students, staff, board members, senior executives and other constituencies


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