Guardian Scholars Program Director at Guardian Scholars in VAIL

Vail, 81657 | 02/15/2021 | Ad id: 8-0000660436-01

Job Description

Position: Guardian Scholars Program Director
Reports to: Board Chair and Board of Directors
Location: Eagle County Colorado

The Program Director will have operational responsibility for Guardian Scholars, ensuring ongoing quality of program excellence, outcomes, and alignment with the program mission through program planning, evaluation, and management. The Guardian Scholars program enables high performing local students, who may be the first in their family to attend college, to flourish in college and beyond. The Program Director will work directly with student scholars and their families, with Colorado Mesa University (CMU) and Colorado Mountain College (CMC) and other collaborating partners. This is an ideal opportunity for an entrepreneurial self-starter with a passion for college and career access and success. This is a full-time, salaried position.

To apply: Send resume and cover letter by email to:
Please title the email: GS Program Director Search

Guardian Scholars website:

Key Responsibilities
• Ability to compellingly convey the Guardian Scholar mission, impact, and needs across the community in an authentic way that honors Guardian Scholars and their families.

• Serve as an inspirational program leader, actively engaging and energizing the Scholars as well as the GS supporters - Guardian Angels, partners, and families of scholars.

• Manage the annual recruitment and interview process, working with Eagle County Schools and other youth service organizations to identify and select new scholars.

• Collaborate effectively within the college scholarship space, building cooperative partnerships with like-minded organizations.

• Utilize effective systems to ensure smooth operational oversight, demonstrating a strong detail-orientation and exceptional follow-through, with ability to manage oneself towards successful outcomes.

• Manage collaboration with CMU/CMC staff to ensure optimal support to students that includes: social and emotional well-being, budget management, career development, and progress to graduation.

• Lead, coach, and develop scholars on their academics with a focus on successful graduation, and career planning.

• Work with Board members and community partners on career development and job placement opportunities for Guardian Scholars.

• Manage fiscal oversight and administration: Maintain proper record keeping and internal financial controls. Maintain all donor records, contribution communications, and reporting.

• Cultivate relationships with community partners: My Future Pathways, Eagle County Schools, YP365, Cycle Effect, SOS, Upward Bound, Vail Health, etc., building and maintaining cross-sector partnerships.

• Manage collaborative community and institutional scholarship/funding programs (CMUF, CMCF, YP365).

• Possess strong skills in planning, organizing, attention to detail, and oral and written communication, including strong presentation skills.

• Manage Angel/Scholar engagement events and opportunities.

Ideal Candidate
• Knowledge and understanding of the Eagle River Valley, some familiarity of partner agencies beneficial.

• It is required that you reside in Eagle County.

• Fluency in Spanish and bi-cultural (preferred, though not required).

• Positive personal attributes, including self-motivation, high energy, strong work ethic, and uncompromised professional integrity.

• Excellent written and oral communication skills, including experience and comfort in public speaking.

• Demonstrated ability to work with a volunteer board-directed organization.

• Knowledge of & comfort with technology platforms.