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Director of College Access, Marin & Contra Costa

Equity and our Mission

10,000 Degrees is the leading, equity-focused scholarship provider and college success nonprofit in California. Since 1981, we’ve helped more than 20,000 students from low-income backgrounds achieve their college dreams, and today, we reach more than 12,000 students and families each year. 

Our mission is to achieve educational equity and to support students from low-income backgrounds to and through college to realize their full potential and positively impact their communities and the world. 

Never has this mission been more critical. The pandemic has multiplied the obstacles and uncertainty our students face. The opportunity gap has not narrowed but grown. Educational inequities and racial injustices continue to prevail. The demand for our support and resources has never been greater. 

Through it all, our commitment to our students has never wavered. 10,000 Degrees won’t stop until all of our students get the support and resources they need to realize their full potential, and earn their degree.

Join us on our mission to achieve educational equity. Apply to work with our passionate team to make a difference and give back to your community.

This is an exciting time to join as we just updated our 5-year Strategic Plan, which calls for growth, investment and improvement of the services we offer our students and families.

Our Core Values

At 10,000 Degrees, our core values guide everything we do, from the way we deliver student support to how we structure our organizational systems to be mission-aligned.  

We believe:

  • In the great potential of all students.
  • Every student should have equitable opportunities to a quality education and to graduate from college.
  • All our students and alumni are changemakers.
  • Students and their families, schools and communities each play a critical role in educating our youth and strengthening our communities’ economic and social health
  • Educating all students to achieve their full potential is an urgent moral, social and economic imperative.
  • Education is the foundation of a just and equitable society.

The Opportunity & How You’ll Help Us Achieve Our Mission

The focus of the Director of College Access is to develop and supervise the delivery of high quality college & career access programming to high school students in Marin and Contra Costa counties. This position will directly supervise 3 program managers  with room to add up to 2 additional manager teams in future years.

Our Fellowship is an integral part of the 10,000 Degrees mission to support students from low-income backgrounds to and through college to positively impact their communities and the world. At 10,000 Degrees, we believe that education is the foundation of a just and equitable society. Students and their families as well as schools and local leaders each play a critical role in educating the next generation and strengthening the economic vitality and social health of our communities. The students we serve are 100% from low income communities; 89% Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian Pacific Islander, and People of Color; and 85% first generation students.  


  • Directly supervise and support all Marin & Contra Costa program managers, ensuring high quality staff support and professional development for their teams including weekly 1:1s, monthly managers meetings and monthly all team meetings, and coordinating and/or directly supporting teams in a managers absence. 
  • Frequent with other directors to ensure consistency of programming and procedures across all regions and programs which is essential to ensuring that all of our high school students receive the highest quality of service
  • Lead team in implementing and evaluating high quality data informed programming for students through regular collaboration with Director of Evaluation & Learning
  • Ensure program & scholarship process alignment across all regions and schools
  • Represent 10,000 Degrees at school and community meetings and other related events
  • Facilitate quarterly or annual meetings and navigate relationships with key partners within all regions 
  • Help inform short- and long-term strategic goal-setting for programming
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to align regional strategies and opportunities with broader organizational goals and related initiatives
  • Help to identify themes, challenges and opportunities facing our students to inform 10,000 Degrees advocacy and policy work
  • Collaborate with other Directors of College Access and the Virtual Content Manager to create content, schedule and deliver in person and virtual programming for high school students
  • Create and maintain annual budgets for Marin & Contra Costa programs
  • Oversee and maintain HR administration for program managers and fellows
  • Other duties as assigned.


The successful candidate will be a strong leader who is committed to supporting equitable educational opportunities for all students.  A goal-oriented focus is essential, with in-depth knowledge of the college landscape and student advising and support needs, as well as the needs of recent college graduates.  Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and impeccable judgment are required.  In addition, the ability to work cohesively and collaboratively with other team members will be critical. 

Specific qualifications include:

  • BA/BS required
  • 3+ years of related experience required (college access and success, higher education)
  • 3+ years management experience
  • Excellent internal and external communication and collaboration skills
  • Experience with Salesforce strongly preferred
  • An unrelenting commitment to social justice
  • Proven ability to work with diverse populations
  • Excellent presentation skills including oral and written communication
  • Ability to think strategically with an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Self-starter who can multitask in a fluid work environment


This position will be a hybrid role (combination of virtual and in-person) based in our San Rafael office. You will be expected to have a significant in-person presence at school locations and will need to commute to other Bay Area regions for meetings and events.

How You’ll Help Us Achieve Our Mission

One of 10,000 Degrees strategic goals is to significantly grow and sustain our programs.  As a member of the Program Team you will provide direct support to students in the Marin ECCA program.

Our Culture and Investment in You

We want you to feel proud being a part of the 10,000 Degrees team, because of the work that you do and the community we strive to be. 

At 10,000 Degrees we are creating a more equitable, inclusive, anti-racist organization and a community where everyone belongs. We provide a comprehensive and generous benefits package, work schedule flexibility and a culture of care to promote job satisfaction, professional growth, and wellbeing.   We are a collaborative, team-oriented and transparent organization that listens to our employees.  10,000 Degrees also supports you on your career journey by providing ongoing professional development opportunities, and giving you a clear path toward leadership pathways and advancement.

Compensation Package

  • This is a full-time, exempt position
  • Salary Range: $87 -$92k
  • Excellent health, dental, and vision benefits
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Dependent Care Account
  • Commuter Benefits
  • Company-sponsored Life Insurance
  • 401(k) with employer contribution
  • Employee Assistance Program through Concern Health
  • 15 days paid vacation and generous paid sick leave
  • 11 Holidays, in addition 10,000 Degrees is closed between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day.
  • Professional development, including conferences, seminars, webinars, and trainings


For immediate consideration please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@10000degrees.org.

Note: all applicants are required to submit a clear TB test and fingerprints as part of the background check, and Employment with 10,000 Degrees requires full vaccination and proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 before starting work. Exemptions to the mandatory vaccination policy may be available for a medical condition, disability, or sincerely held religious belief and must be approved before starting work.