Manager, Scholarship Programs (Young Scholars Program)

Lansdowne, VA
Exempt Full Time
Date Posted: 11/18/2019
Manager, Scholarship Programs (Young Scholars Program)

Under the supervision of the director, scholarship programs, has primary responsibility to develop and implement the Young Scholars Program to prepare high-achieving, high school students with financial need to get into and thrive at our nation’s top colleges and universities. Specific duties include: hiring and coaching staff; ensuring that staff meet or exceed service goals; utilizing data to inform program implementation; developing and monitoring budgets; managing the individual learning plan (ILP) processes, budgets, and requirements; collaborating with the scholarships selection staff to identify scholarship recipients; and identifying best practices and process improvements.

Principal Responsibilities:

  1. Manages the team of educational advisers and senior advisers from hiring through ongoing direction of activities, ensuring outstanding delivery of high-quality, mission-driven, and cost-effective educational advising, programming, and resources to support Cooke Young Scholars’ academic performance and outcomes.
  2. Oversees program operations and administration by collaborating with the scholarship administration team and streamlining efforts of program coordinators and educational advisers.
  3. Develops Young Scholars Program budgets and monitors budget execution. Monitors all ILP services for appropriateness and cost effectiveness. Reviews and approves individual learning plans (ILPs) and budgets and amendments for scholars
  4. Actively monitors scholar academic performance and recommends decisions on renewals, interventions, dismissals, and withdrawals; communicates with families about these decisions. Addresses conflicts between advisers and their families and pursues appropriate remedies.
  5. Develops and implements programming, projects, and resources for students, parents, and educational advisers focused on preparing scholars to succeed at top colleges and go on to fulfilling professional lives.
  6. Collaborates with the vice president and the director of program evaluation on assessments of efficacy and efficiency of Young Scholars Program elements and maintaining consistent, high-quality services. Devises program improvements.
  7. Works with the scholarship selections staff to support selection processes, including reviewing application standards, preparing reviewers, and implementing selection protocol. Reviews applications of Cooke Young Scholar finalists.
  8. Collaborates with the program manager of higher education to facilitate seamless transitions for scholars receiving services from the college counseling team during high school years and matriculating to the Cooke College Scholarship Program.
  9. Contributes to curriculum development and implementation for Foundation-sponsored programs, including summer programs, and ongoing year-round Schoology courses and groups.
  10. Manages communications to Cooke Young Scholars and families regarding upcoming deadlines, requirements, and expectations. Collaborates with Communications team to produce engaging and informative materials.
  11. Prepares reports and/or provides data points and scholar anecdotes as needed by leadership team and the Board of Directors.
  12. Maintains constructive relationships with all other Foundation departments and participates in management team activities.
  13. Special projects and other tasks as assigned.


Job Qualifications & Requirements:

  1. Minimum of a bachelor’s degree; master’s degree preferred.
  2. Minimum of five years of experience in field of education, scholarship provision, foundation, or other related areas.
  3. High level of demonstrated skills and abilities in the following areas: (1) project management; (2) decision making and problem solving; (3) written and oral communications; and (4) and interpersonal relations management.
  4. The ability and skill to constructively influence the individual and/or teamwork of others, including setting priorities and expectations, adhering to deadlines, and maintaining optimism in the face of adversity.
  5. Unwavering commitment to our scholars, their families, and the responsibility we have to support their college aspirations.
  6. Demonstrated track record of taking responsibility to achieve goals.


To Apply:

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter through the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Career Center. E-Verify employer. No phone calls please.