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Conexion Americas

Associate Director of Educational Success

Nashville, TN

Position Description / Responsibilities

Conexión Américas seeks qualified candidates for the position of Associate Director of Educational Success. This full-time staff position will be responsible for the overall program management of Conexión Américas’ College Access & Success programs as well as direct community appointments related to college access. This position will manage five to six (5-6) full-time staff members. The Associate Director of Educational Success will report directly to Conexión Américas’ Director of Programs.

The successful candidate will lead an integrated approach to supporting programming related to the College Access & Success initiatives at Conexión Américas that seek to support Latinx, immigrant, and first-generation college students. These initiatives include the Escalera College Access program, the College Success program, and GEARUP. The goals of this role are to innovate and lead around issues related to college access & educational success, program improvements and/or expansions, to grow and develop team members, and nurture and foster positive collaborations and partnerships.

The successful candidate is someone who is self-motivated, highly organized, adaptable, solutions-oriented, and skilled in working with multiple diverse stakeholders. They must have strong analytical and problem-solving skills, the ability to manage, nurture, and motivate a team, and experience creating and implementing strategies to achieve a vision. The role must also be comfortable providing one-on-one advising on the college application process.

Native/Advanced level bilingualism in Spanish is highly preferred (part of the interview will be conducted in Spanish).

About Conexión Américas:
Conexión Américas is a statewide Latino nonprofit organization based in Nashville, Tennessee. Our mission is to build a welcoming community and create opportunities where Latino families can belong, contribute and succeed. Our organization was founded in 2002 to address some of the most pressing challenges created by recent demographic changes in Middle Tennessee as Latino families come to this region searching for a better quality of life.

Only candidates who can demonstrate total commitment to the mission and values of Conexión Américas should apply. Please read about our mission and values on our website at

The successful candidate:

  • Has experience in college access and advising, is familiar with the TN college access landscape
  • Is knowledgeable about how to serve first-generation, Latinx and immigrant, DACA/Undocumented students interested in pursuing higher education
  • Has experience in supervision, program management, or program evaluation
  • Is self-motivated; comfortable working independently in a fast-paced environment
  • Has strong analytical and problem-solving skills, seeks solutions and improvements
  • Has a solid understanding of data and how to use data to drive overall decision-making
  • Excels in working with, supporting, and developing team members
  • Is comfortable building trust and rapport with community members, regardless of background
  • Has the ability to learn quickly and apply knowledge
  • Is bilingual and bicultural


Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the implementation of college access & success programs, representing 5-6 staff
  • Provide support and direct supervision to program team through weekly check-ins, staff evaluations, and semesterly debriefs
  • Support the development, promotion, and coordination of college access & success programs and workshops
  • Monitor operational activities and effectiveness of results and prepare reports as appropriate
  • Accountable for overall program results and quality
  • Accountable for timeliness and integrity of data management and analysis in relevant systems
  • Manage external relationships (such as partners, volunteers, supporters)
  • Monitor overall program budget
  • Prepare program grant reports and invoices
  • Coordinate and/or participate in efforts to build relationships with local colleges, universities, and partner organizations to establish and develop a network of allies and thought-partners
  • Participate, as assigned, as a member of community groups and organizations to promote college access and success knowledge related to serving first-generation college students, Latinx students, and DACA/undocumented students
  • Serve 50-60 community members (high school youth, recent grads, or adults interested in pursuing education) through one-on-one community appointments
    relating to the college application process, scholarships, or FAFSA completion
  • Support delivery of Educational Success programs and workshops lead in-house or at school sites, on an as needed basis
  • Refer participants to in-house or external resources, as needed


Position Requirements

Position Requirements Qualifications (Education and Experience):

  • Bachelor’s degree required; at least two years of experience in college access program; required
  • Knowledge and understanding of the best practices for college access & success ; required
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish; highly preferred
  • Experience in program management, staff supervision or development, highly preferred
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community
  • Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Data management skills
  • Ability to develop and present educational programs and/or workshops in English and Spanish
  • Ability to oversee program development, promotion, participant enrollment and retention

Application Instructions

To Apply:
Please submit cover letter, resume, and references to Maria Paula Zapata, Director of Programs, via email to No phone calls or in-person inquiries, please.