The Community College Growth Engine Fund

The Fund is a first-of-its-kind high-profile design accelerator involving six of the most forward thinking community colleges and systems in the country. Backed by some of the most active funders in the education sector, the Fund was launched in response to an urgent demand from community college leadership for support to deliver skills-focused, market-driven education to close the economic mobility gap, particularly for learners of color, frontline workers, and other underinvested communities. Recent research suggests that 30 million workers without college degrees have the skills to earn 70% more. The role of the Fund is to help community colleges model and scale visible pathways for many of these learners in ways that stack to degrees, but increase earnings power within a one year or less time frame.

For more information on the Fund and the Education Design Lab visit our website here.

About the Position

We are seeking a Senior Education Designer to lead the Fund’s on-the-ground work around the country testing “micro-pathways” as a cutting edge higher education model to improve outcomes for “new majority learners.” These are the growing majority of learners for whom college was not designed, including first-in-family college attendees, lower-income and underpaid working adults, single parents, students of color, and English-language learners. The Lab has built a high profile rapid innovation Fund with multiple national funders to quickly demonstrate how community colleges can work with their regional stakeholders to drive economic mobility by creating a new class of shorter-term, accessible credentials that stack to degrees, to provide learners with the flexibility and portability necessary for college to work for them. At a critical moment in the national conversation about workforce development and the role of community colleges, you will work directly with a dozen of the most innovative institutions around the country to support the development and implementation of 18 micro-pathways that can be national models. You will also spearhead the evaluation and change management efforts of the schools to better track hiring outcomes and help learners be “visible” to employers via digital badging strategies. You will help build and lead a vision to expand these models to additional cohorts and create a platform and repository to disseminate models and to iterate and scale micro-pathways in ways that deliver more equitable outcomes for new majority learners.

Learn more here.

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to careers@eddesignlab.org by February 7, 2021, and will be considered on a rolling basis.