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Conexión Américas

Associate Director of Educational Success

Conexión Américas


Job Summary

Conexión Américas seeks qualified candidates for the position of Associate Director of Educational Success. This full-time staff position will be responsible for the overall program management of Conexión Américas’ College Access & Success programs as well as direct community appointments related to college access. This position will manage five to six (5-6) full-time staff members. The Associate Director of Educational Success will report directly to Conexión Américas’ Director of Programs.

The successful candidate will lead an integrated approach to supporting programming related to the College Access & Success initiatives at Conexión Américas that seek to support Latinx, immigrant, and first-generation college students. These initiatives include the Escalera College Access program, the College Success program, and GEAR UP. The goals of this role are to innovate and lead around issues related to college access & educational success, program improvements and/or expansions, to grow and develop team members, and to nurture and foster positive collaborations and partnerships. The successful candidate is someone who is self-motivated, highly organized, adaptable, solutions-oriented, and skilled in working with multiple diverse stakeholders. They must have strong analytical and problem-solving skills, the ability to manage, nurture, and motivate a team, and experience creating and implementing strategies to achieve a vision. The role must also be comfortable providing one-on-one advising on the college application process. Native/Advanced level bilingualism in Spanish is highly preferred (part of the interview will be conducted in Spanish).

The successful candidate:

  • Has experience in college access and advising, is familiar with the TN college access landscape
  • Is knowledgeable about how to serve first-generation, Latinx and immigrant, DACA/Undocumented students interested in pursuing higher education
  • Has experience in supervision, program management, or program evaluation
  • Is self-motivated; comfortable working independently in a fast-paced environment
  • Has strong analytical and problem-solving skills, seeks solutions and improvements
  • Has a solid understanding of data and how to use data to drive overall decision-making
  • Excels in working with, supporting, and developing team members
  • Is comfortable building trust and rapport with community members, regardless of background
  • Has the ability to learn quickly and apply knowledge
  • Is bilingual and bicultural

About Conexión Américas
Conexión Américas is a statewide Latino nonprofit organization based in Nashville, Tennessee. Our mission is to build a welcoming community and create opportunities where Latino families can belong, contribute, and succeed. Our organization was founded in 2002 to address some of the most pressing challenges created by recent demographic changes in Middle Tennessee as Latino families come to this region searching for a better quality of life. Only candidates who can demonstrate total commitment to the mission and values of Conexión Américas should apply. Please read about our mission and values on our website at www.conexionamericas.org.

We focus on four areas of community impact:
Social Integration(family engagement, youth development, and English as a Second Language), Economic Development (homeownership, micro-entrepreneurship, and taxpayer education/assistance), Civic Integration(community education through workshops and grassroots leadership development), and Community Development (arts and placemaking). For more information about Conexión Américas, visit us at www.conexionamericas.org and check our organization’s profile at www.GivingMatters.com

Job Responsibilities

Program Management

  • Oversee the implementation of college access & success programs, representing 5-6 staff
  • Provide support and direct supervision to the program team through weekly check-ins, staff evaluations, and semesterly debriefs
  • Support the development, promotion, and coordination of college access & success programs and workshops
  • Monitor operational activities and effectiveness of results and prepare reports as appropriate
  • Accountable for overall program results and quality
  • Accountable for timeliness and integrity of data management and analysis in relevant systems
  • Manage external relationships (such as partners, volunteers, and supporters)
  • Monitor overall program budget
  • Prepare program grant reports and invoices
  • Coordinate and/or participate in efforts to build relationships with local colleges, universities, and partner organizations to establish and develop a network of allies and thought partners
  • Participate, as assigned, as a member of community groups and organizations to promote college access and success knowledge related to serving first-generation college students, Latinx students, and DACA/undocumented students

Direct Service

  • Serve 50-60 community members (high school youth, recent grads, or adults interested in pursuing education) through one-on-one community appointments relating to the college application process, scholarships, or FAFSA completion
  • Support delivery of Educational Success programs and workshops lead in-house or at school sites, on an as-needed basis
  • Refer participants to in-house or external resources, as needed

General Organization Support Duties:

Job responsibilities include but are not limited to those listed above. As with every other position at Conexión Américas, every person in the organization will assist in any way necessary to respond to new demands and to ensure a collaborative environment.  


  • Bachelor’s degree required; at least two years of experience in college access program; required
  • Knowledge and understanding of the best practices for college access & success; required
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish; highly preferred
  • Experience in program management, staff supervision or development, highly preferred
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community
  • Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Data management skills
  • Ability to develop and present educational programs and/or workshops in English and Spanish
  • Ability to oversee program development, promotion, participant enrollment, and retention 

Additional Information


Salary and Benefits

  • The salary ranges from $63,000 to $65,000 based on experience, education, or other qualifications
  • Medical and Dental insurance
  • PTO Benefits: 18 vacation/personal days and 12 sick days for all full-time employees
  • 401K with a 4% employer match
  • Holidays – 10 paid holidays for all full-time employees
  • Flexible 9-5 pm schedule, with occasional evenings or Saturdays as needed
  • Paid parental leave for full-time employees who complete two years with the organization
  • Ongoing training and development
  • Dynamic and engaging team

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and references to Maria Paula Zapata, Director of Programs, via email to maria@conexionamericas.org.

No phone calls or in-person inquiries, please.


  • Date Posted: May 8, 2024
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Other
  • Service Area: Children / Youth
  • Salary Range: $63,000 to $65,000