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COE seeks a dynamic and accomplished Executive Vice President to join its senior leadership team.

Reporting to and working closely with the President, the Executive Vice President will be a key leader within the organization and assume primary responsibility for managing the day-to-day operations of the Council. The ideal candidate has extensive experience in higher education, with significant experience in direct student service and executive leadership. The Executive Vice President will also be proficient in the practices and policies relating to TRIO programs. Accordingly, this individual will possess strength in both practice and theory, demonstrating the ability to effectively guide a team of approximately 30 staff in supporting approximately 1,000 member institutions serving nearly 900,000 students across the United States and several federated territories.

Additional Information

• Collaborating with the President, help set and drive the organizational mission, operations strategy, and institutional culture. • Manage day-to-day operations of the Council and assume supervisory leadership over many units, including Membership and Human Resources, Program and Professional Development, Business and Finance, and Information Technology. • Work closely with other senior leaders to create and implement strategies to ensure achievement of the organization’s short- and long-term objectives, particularly concerning large-scale Council events (e.g., Annual Conference, Policy Seminar), fiscal goals, and TRIO community engagement. • Serve as a liaison to the TRIO community. • Foster a growth-oriented, positive, and encouraging environment while keeping employees and management accountable to company policies, procedures, and guidelines.

The ideal candidate will possess the qualifications below. • Advanced degree. • Experience providing direct student services to low-income first-generation students and students with disabilities. • Experience managing a budget with revenue from multiple funding sources, including governmental and non-governmental entities. • Leadership role(s) within an institution of higher education. • An understanding of higher education policy. • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communication skills. • Strong attention to detail and ability to manage multiple competing deadlines and high-stakes projects. • A strong track record as a relationship builder with a highly collaborative style. • High energy, maturity, and leadership with the ability to exercise strong judgment and discretion. • Sincere commitment to working collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, program participants, and other supporters. • Keen insight, awareness, and sensitivity into matters pertaining to low-income students, students of color, students with disabilities, and other underrepresented student groups. • Ability to travel approximately 20% of the time.

To apply, please send a letter of interest, resume, and list of references with the subject line “Executive Vice President” to [email protected] No phone calls, please. The position will remain open until it is filled.

TRIO Listings

The Council for Opportunity in Education will post your job vacancy announcement on our website for the following fees.

Full payment or a purchase order must accompany the request. No request will be accepted without payment or purchase order. Announcements will be posted to our website within “3” working days after receipt of payment and will remain posted for a period of 30 days. Questions regarding job vacancy announcements? Please contact Vanessa Ramirez via email at [email protected] or phone at (202) 347-7430.

  • Institutional Members$200.00 per announcement
  •  Non-Institutional Members$400.00 per announcement


The Council for Opportunity in Education seeks a Director of Career Opportunities Initiatives

The Career Opportunities Initiative Director will work closely with COE employer partners, TRIO programs, COE’s VP of Advancement, Director of Alumni Relations, and the Senior VP for Programs and Professional Development to build the infrastructure for this initiative. The Career Opportunities Initiative (COI) is designed to increase the career opportunities and success of students completing associate and baccalaureate degrees while supported by college access and success programs, particularly by the Federal TRIO programs.

It provides low-income, first-generation participants with information about careers and career development, targeted, intentional coaching from mentors trained to provide supportive accountability (regular check-ins, monitoring, encouraging, nudging, troubleshooting), and supplemental skill development with extensive opportunities for supervised practice. The initiative is also designed to assist individual TRIO programs in expanding capacity in these areas. Ready to apply? Send a cover letter, resume, and list of references with the subject line “Director, Career Opportunities Initiative” to [email protected] No phone calls please. 


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