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The College Board Senior Director, Strategy & Analytics in Helena / Helena, Montana

Job Description: Senior Director, Strategy & Analytics

College Board - AP&I, Strategy & Analytics


About the Team

AP® is a rigorous academic program built on the commitment, passion, and hard work of students and of educators from both secondary schools and higher education. With almost 40 courses in a wide variety of subject areas, AP provides high school students with the opportunity to study and learn at the college level. Following a decade of rapid growth and expansion in access, Advanced Placement currently faces a range of pressing strategic questions, such as, "How do we support students in under-resourced environments?" and, "How do we effectively support the more than 150,000 educators teaching AP courses around the country and world?" In response to those questions, AP is undergoing an unprecedented investment that shifts the core model from a single assessment to a full year experience and expands the set of AP courses to better meet the demands of preparing high school students to succeed in college and career.

In this role, you would be joining the Strategy and Analytics team; a versatile, high-performing group of individuals, relied upon to lead the range of high-value strategic projects with a focus on maximizing the reach of the Advanced Placement Program. Our goal is to serve a broader range of high school students on courses and credit opportunities that best accelerate them to and through college.

About the Opportunity

Reporting to the Executive Director of Analytics and Strategic Initiatives in AP, you are charged with developing and delivering evidence-based, actionable, strategic recommendations in service of the Program's top priorities, and with executing the analyses required to arrive at those recommendations. You'll thrive when handling multiple projects, and can adapt, respond quickly, and innovate. You possess an exceptional ability to apply data to guide decisions and to understand the limitations of data. As you will support multiple, simultaneous projects aimed at defining the future of AP and how the program serves millions of students, you ideally possess a deep commitment to students.

In this role, you will:

Design and execute projects to address complex strategic issues at both the Program and product level
Evaluate new product development ideas with respect to mission and economic impact, market trends, and competitive positioning
Pursue a rigorous, fact-based understanding of our multiple market audiences (e.g., secondary and higher education)
Transform raw data into actionable strategic knowledge using superb analytical acumen, critical thinking, and communication skills
Partner with diverse executives and managers in supporting, facilitating, and developing business and product strategies

Represent AP on high-impact, cross-functional, cross-divisional initiatives spanning a variety of topics (e.g., expanding access for underrepresented students)

About You

You have:

7+ years of relevant experience in strategy consulting, corporate strategy, education or product development/management, or similar environment

Experience scoping client needs
A successful track-record in two or more of the following: growth strategy, market analysis and segmentation, financial diligence, competitive response, salesforce optimization, risk analysis, and new product evaluation/launch
Demonstrated ability to apply an analytical, data-driven approach to decision-making
Advanced data analysis skills, extensive experience with financial and non-financial modeling, and exceptional aptitude in data visualization and written presentations
A demonstrated interest in learning and applying new tools to do your work faster and better

Exceptional communication, public presentation, and advocacy skills
Demonstrated ability to collaborate with a wide range of senior constituents
Knowledge of secondary schools' operations and culture, especially through first-hand work
Bachelor's degree is required; MBA or other advanced degree is preferred
If remote, travel 3-5 times a year

You are:

Strongly committed to expanding educational opportunity
A problem solver with excellent judgment who views challenges from multiple perspectives
Clear, compelling, and persuasive in your communications
Highly detail oriented and thorough

Able to see the big picture through the details and to accommodate different points of view
Able to tailor your communication to different audiences and across formats
A self-starter that thrives in fast-paced environments
Highly adaptable to new information, situations, or challenges
Creative and can produce fresh approaches to tough problems

About Our Culture

Our community matters, and we strive to practice and improve our culture daily. Here are some headlines:

We are motivated to positively impact the educational and career trajectories of millions of students a year.

We prioritize building a diverse and inclusive team where every employee can thrive, and every voice is heard.
We welcome staff to join any or all six of our affinity groups: ARISE (Alliance for Asian Retention, Inclusion, Success, and Engagement; DIASPORA (Alliance for Pan-African Success and Achievement); Pride (alliance for LGBTQ+ staff and allies); Resilience (alliance for Native staff and advocates); SALSA (Staff Alliance for Latinx Success and Achievement); and WIN (Women's Impact Network).
We value learning and growth; we offer formal and informal ways to lead through your superpowers, sharpen your strengths, and meet your development goals.
We know that our impact is strongest together. Our College Board Cares program offers all staff up to $1,000 annual match against partner non-profit organizations.

About College Board

College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world's leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success-including the SAT®, the Advanced Placement® Program, and BigFuture®. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators, and schools.

Benefits and Compensation

We offer our employees an outstanding benefits package that includes four weeks of paid time off, an organization-wide week-long winter break, a generous retirement savings plan, tuition reimbursement, paid parental leave for everyone, fertility benefits, remote work from anywhere in the country, medical/dental/vision/pet insurance, generous rewards compensation plan, and ongoing professional development and training. Salary is commensurate with experience and work location.

EEOC statement

College Board is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We're committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, or Veteran status.