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Director, Working Learners, ACT Foundation

Job Description

ACT is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides a broad array of assessment, research, information, and program management solutions in the areas of education and workforce development. Each year, ACT serves millions of people in high schools, colleges, professional associations, businesses, and government agencies—nationally and internationally.

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The Director, Working Learners at ACT Foundation will envision, develop and lead the strategy, interventions and investment strategy to dramatically increase the economic and learning trajectories of working learners, especially low-income working learners.


ACT Foundation reaches across organizational boundaries, sectors, and the nation, to fund and develop strategic approaches to support working learners in their individual journeys toward successful careers and lives. Based in Austin, Texas, ACT Foundation is a private, independent organization, endowed by ACT, a nonprofit public trust committed to helping people achieve educational and workplace success. The Foundation connects fifty years of data and insights to catalyze and build a National Learning Economy that will nurture the success of working learners while fueling a stronger economy. Learn more at

Typical work-related activities include:

  • Serve as the accountable leader responsible for envisioning, creatively developing and directing a transformational strategy for programs with direct input from and impact on working learners.
  • Ensure alignment of the working learner strategy with overall ACT Foundation strategy and the Foundation's other three program areas.
  • Creatively envision and develop the scope, budget, timeline, impact and metrics for programs and investments designed to cultivate input from and provide benefit to working learners.
  • Identify, develop and partner with appropriate external individuals, contractors, consultants and organizations, including ACT, to enhance the impact for low-income working learners.
  • Expertly represent and, when needed, organize on- and off-site meetings, convenings, conferences and related events to create greater momentum, support and impact for low-income working learners.
  • Keep up-to-date with industry, competition and innovation trends that affect the Foundation’s social impact, particularly with respect to working learners and the integration of working, learning and life satisfaction.
  • Manage resources including budget, investments and timeline to interim milestones and impact.
  • Collaborate with communications team to develop and execute communications strategy and tactics in support of low-income working learners.
  • Collaborate with social impact team to develop, define, measure and collect appropriate metrics that feed into the overall impact framework.
  • Collaborate with research team to build the right evidence that informs low-income working learner.
  • Contribute to the development of ACT Foundation vision, strategy and budget to keep the beneficiary of our work - low-income working learners - front and center in all dealings.
  • Ensure that the working learner is fairly represented amongst all programs and investments and is at the center of all ACT Foundation decision-making.
  • Maintain clear, concise and regular communication and coordination with other directors to ensure alignment for impact.
  • Supervise and mentor team members and external partners.
  • Contribute to planning and participation of team and overall Foundation events.
  • Explicitly define and executive investment strategy to support low-income working learners.
  • Keep ACT Foundation leadership team informed and updated on a regular basis.

Job Requirements

Bachelor’s degree; a minimum of five years of experience developing and leading strategies which benefit working learners; an extensive understanding of youth-oriented working and learning programs; grant making (NOT grant writing) experience, preferably related to Social Investing; ability to travel approximately 30%-50% of the time; and a passion for working with low-income young working learners to help them gain knowledge, skills, abilities, behaviors and experiences to benefit their careers and lives are required. In addition, applicants must possess the following demonstrated abilities: developing creative and practical solutions to complicated issues; setting specific goals and priorities; adapting quickly to change; project-managing a large portfolio of diverse activities; managing time and prioritizing effectively; and, reading and interpreting written material, including the recognition of technical terms and jargon. Applicants must also possess: strategic planning and negotiation skills; excellent verbal, written, interpersonal, presentation and public speaking skills; and, strong analytical skills. Master’s degree and Project Management Professional (PMP) certification are preferred.



Starting salary commensurate with qualifications. Excellent benefits and work environment.



This position is located in Austin, TX. Remote/Telecommute employment is not an option. Relocation assistance is not provided for this position.

Completion of the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate is recommended. Find a testing site near you to register for the WorkKeys assessments. Finalists for this position will be subject to a pre-employment criminal background check as a condition of employment.

ACT is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. ACT values diversity in people and ideas and participates in E-verify.  ACT's online position announcements are intended only to provide general descriptions of employment opportunities; none of the information provided for any position should be interpreted as a commitment by ACT to specific terms and conditions for employment.

Job Snapshot

Post Date 9/18/2014
Location Austin, TX
Employment Type Full-Time
Job Type Management
Education High School
Experience At least 5 year(s)
Manages Others Not Specified
Industry Other Great Industries
Required Travel Not Specified
Job ID 11063
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