Strategy Assistant, High School Innovation, Michigan College Access Network

About the Michigan College Access Network:

Since our founding a decade ago, Michigan College Access Network has known that college changes everything—and perhaps even more critical to our mission is the belief that college is for everyone. 

We do what it takes to provide students in Michigan with a brighter long-term future, through college access and postsecondary certificate and degree attainment: doing the research, talking to agents of change, connecting resources, being a changemaker.

Why? By encouraging Michigan residents to earn postsecondary certificates and degrees, we not only help them earn more and promote their well-being—we also strengthen Michigan's talent pool, retain and attract businesses to the state and stimulate Michigan's economy in the process.

Through college access, we are also able to promote equity in our state. We work to ensure that every student in Michigan has the opportunity to attend college—especially low-income students, first-generation college-going students and students of color.

We are proud to put forth a strategic plan that works to ensure that each and every student across Michigan has access to the knowledge, tools, and support to make college a reality.

Vision and Values

College is postsecondary education
We use the term college to refer to attainment of education beyond high school, including postsecondary certificates and academic degrees.

College is a necessity
Postsecondary attainment dramatically increases an individual’s economic independence in a knowledge-based economy.

College is for everyone
We work toward changing the systems that perpetuate inequities in postsecondary attainment.

College is a public good
Postsecondary attainment is critical to a just and equitable society, strong economy, thriving democracy, and healthy communities.

Position Summary

Under the supervision of the Deputy Director who also serves as the director of the High School Innovation Department, the Strategy Assistant will assist in strengthening school systems and college access practitioners through professional development, research, data, innovation, investment and technical assistance.  The ideal candidate is self-motivated, technically-capable, detail-oriented, and has the ability to prioritize multiple tasks in a fast-paced, innovative environment.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The Strategy Assistant performs a wide range of duties including but not limited to the following:

  • Assist in the implementation of MCAN-provided professional development training programs to college access practitioners including but not limited to school counselors, K12 staff, and nonprofit professionals.
  • Lead the recruitment, coordination, communication, and expansion of the College Bound Michigan school-based campaign designed to help schools support students through the college- going process.
  • Manage the College Bound Michigan Resource site designed to support host sites' work with College Bound Michigan and to provide college-access content for students, counselors, administrators and other college access professionals.
  • Provide leadership and management of a professional development webinar series on topics relevant for college access practitioners.
  • Provide support to the Career and College Champion Professional Learning Community in partnership with the High School Innovation Strategy Manager.
  • Provide administrative support to the High School Innovation strategy in processing counselor professional development hours, high school grantmaking, and the MCAN conference.
  • Support the organization in reaching its equity and inclusion goals.  Assist in the audit of existing programs and design of new programs to ensure they are designed to close gaps, specifically among low-income students, first-generation college- going students, and students of color.
  • Serve on MCAN’s grant review team. Independently read and score various grant applications and participate in team meetings to review and determine the status of grant proposals.
  • Provide staff support in planning and hosting meetings, convenings, trainings, and other special events.
  • Professionally and accurately communicate with critical MCAN constituents such as K12 professionals, higher education staff, LCAN coordinators, partner organizations, and state agencies.
  • Compile and analyze data to improve effectiveness of MCAN’s strategies.
  • Utilize technology to drive efficiency of MCAN’s strategies.
  • Attend meetings and events on behalf of MCAN as requested.
  • Perform other duties as needed to advance the mission of the Michigan College Access Network.

Education, Job Knowledge and Experience Requirements

The ideal candidate should:

  • Have experience considering the impacts of college access and success on multiple communities, including communities of color and those with low socioeconomic status.
  • Have experience incorporating the perspectives of multiple communities, including communities of color, in the consideration of impacts and outcomes of a decision-making process.
  • Prioritize work, multi-task, work independently with minimal supervision, and accurately perform duties in a fast-paced environment.
  • Have ability to solve problems, pay attention to detail, and follow through on tasks assigned through completion.
  • Work efficiently and adhere to established deadlines.
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Have a passion for working in the nonprofit and education sector – especially for postsecondary attainment.
  • Have strong written communication skills that demonstrate professional composition, proper grammar, clarity, and reflect the tone of the Michigan College Access Network.
  • Show professionalism in all they do through confidence, competence and communication.
  • Have extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office Products and Gmail as well as knowledge of basic office and communication equipment and software.

The ideal candidate must:

  • Have a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
  • Have a strong and demonstrated commitment to equity.
  • Have familiarity and comfort with technology, specifically Microsoft Excel
  • Have a valid in-state driver license for local travel.

Priority will be given to candidates with:

  • A Master’s degree in a relevant field.
  • Experience working in a school or closely with schools/school districts.
Salary & Benefits: 

$40,000 - $45,000

This position is full-time and is eligible for MCAN’s full benefits package including generous health, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance, retirement benefits, significant paid time off, paid holidays, and a fun work environment.

How To Apply: 

To apply, please submit résumé, cover letter and a list of 3 professional references to

We encourage you to apply by December 5, 2020.

Hiring Organization: 
Michigan College Access Network
Strategy Assistant, High School Innovation
City and State: 
Lansing MI
Hiring Deadline: 

MCAN believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. MCAN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages people from all backgrounds to apply.

For questions related to this position, please email Vicky Wright, Director of Operations, at [email protected].