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Education Opens Doors Mission Wins Over the Audience at “One Up the Pitch”

Posted by on Apr 13, 2018 in Events, News | 0 comments

Last night, months of preparation and planning at Education Opens Doors culminated at One Up the Pitch, a “sharks with hearts” pitch-style competition for nonprofits. Following our earlier participation in the United Way Ground Floor program, we were selected to take the stage alongside four other incredible organizations doing critical work in Dallas: CEO, First 3 Years, Scholarshot and Youth With Faces.

Jayda gave a strong pitch and clearly the audience agreed. As Fox 4 News reports, we won the $25,000 audience prize!

It’s exciting to see the work that these 5 organizations are doing get recognition in the local media. Congrats to Scholarshot for walking away with the Social Innovator of the Year Award! Stay tuned for more updates on the Virtual Roadmap, our innovative solution to scaling to reach more students across Dallas and beyond with critical college knowledge and soft skills.

Now Hiring: Impact Manager

Posted by on Mar 30, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

ABOUT EDUCATION OPENS DOORS:

Education Opens Doors (EOD) is an innovative 501(c)(3) nonprofit that believes all students deserve the opportunity to pursue their limitless potential. They have the right to understand the value of an education and how to access and attain all options available to them after high school. Yet, systems of inequity within education are leaving thousands of underserved youth across the country behind, restricting the path to social mobility and economic security. Without a roadmap to success, countless students’ aspirations are never fully realized, as they lack the information and support necessary to achieve their dreams.

Therefore, our primary focus is to open doors for middle school students from communities of color, low-income communities, and future first generation college students. As a result of our program, students demonstrate increased motivation, pathway, and agency to college and career. We effectively are redefining the status quo around college access by legitimizing and increasing exposure to college knowledge for all middle school students during the academic school day.

To accomplish our goal, we equip students, beginning in middle school, with college knowledge. Education Opens Doors provides schools with a comprehensive college and career program that raises self-expectations, increases confidence, and builds skills in students who lack access to this critical information. By primarily partnering with school districts and other educational institutions, we are able to embed our curriculum directly into classrooms. Our team trains and supports teachers who integrate these vital lessons into their academic curriculum. This, in turn, leads to systems-level change, cultivating a college-going culture in every school we serve.

Education Opens Doors plays an integral role in arming students with the knowledge and skills that are necessary to successfully navigate the complex and costly college-going process, so they are ultimately able to attain a post-secondary degree and secure a meaningful career. Since our inception in 2012, EOD has grown from two to ten team members and empowered over 33,000 students across Texas.

SUMMARY

Education Opens Doors is seeking one (1) Impact Manager to join our highly motivated and collaborative Dallas-based team for the 2018-19 School Year. The responsibilities and qualifications for the Impact Manager position are listed below.

IMPACT MANAGER POSITION SUMMARY

The Impact Manager will join a driven, dynamic, and growing team, who are currently supporting over 100 educators and 9,500 students across Texas with the life-changing Roadmap to Success Program. The Impact Manager is responsible for supervising the effective implementation of the Roadmap to Success Program and collaborating with the team to continuously grow the impact of the program and organization.

Impact Manager Responsibilities

The Roadmap to Success is a comprehensive program that includes lessons, powerpoints and tailored support from our team of Impact Managers. We work with each of our partners to determine the model that works best for their needs and continue to provide support throughout our partnership.

Year-Long, On-Site Teacher Support

  • Cultivate positive relationships with school administrators and program teachers
  • Prepare and deliver program orientation presentation to teachers (“train the trainer”)
  • Manage logistics for the successful program launch and close of assigned program sites
  • Tailor the sequencing of lessons and materials for program sites as needed
  • Conduct ongoing program site visits and track lesson observations for program fidelity
  • Provide meaningful, timely support to teachers throughout the academic year
  • Obtain feedback from teachers, students, administrators, and other stakeholders
  • Drive program goals and results by making data-informed decisions
  • Lead meetings with principals to both nurture existing relationships and prospect future partnerships

Roadmap to Success Program Support

  • Collaborate with Impact Manager Team to continuously evaluate best practices and improve the implementation of the Roadmap to Success Program
  • Support the Data Manager with delivery and collection of student, teacher, administrator, and parent assessments and surveys
  • Collaborate with EOD Team to plan and execute site visits, events, and fundraisers as needed

Impact Manager Qualifications & Mindsets

Required qualifications

  • 2+ full-time years working in a school setting or relevant experience
  • Demonstrated success in influencing and motivating adults
  • Demonstrated success in building and sustaining meaningful community partnerships
  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to manage multiple projects independently
  • Ability to produce quality work under tight deadlines with minimal oversight
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills across a variety of mediums
  • Excellent presentation and facilitation skills
  • Proficiency in the following software: Microsoft Office Suite, Google Drive
  • Availability to work occasional nights and weekends

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience working as an educator or with educators
  • Exemplary ability to think critically and synthesize data to make decisions
  • Experience working with people from underrepresented demographic backgrounds (race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, etc.)
  • Strong understanding and analysis of timely issues affecting education, including the opportunity gap, access to resources, district zoning, and large district politics.
  • Proficiency in the following software: Box, Salesforce

Mindsets

  • Mission Oriented: Committed to social, economic and racial justice
  • Driven: Possesses a diverse skill set and is proactive about learning new skills
  • Collaborative: Willing to propose solutions and ideas to challenges based on expertise, debate their merits, and make final recommendations
  • Adaptable: Excited to work in a fast-moving small team environment, where each staff person assumes multiple responsibilities while striving to achieve shared goals
  • Self-reflective: Open to receiving and giving ongoing feedback
  • Positive: Passionate, sense of humor, open to adventure, fun

Our Core Values

  • Purpose Driven: we amplify our impact by pursuing mission-aligned outcomes in a sustainable manner.
  • Equitable: we aim to disrupt systems of oppression by prioritizing the needs and insight of the people we work with. We include the perspectives of people of color, women, people who identify as LGBTQ+, and immigrant communities in the work that we do.
  • Life-Long Learners: we invest in the learning and leadership opportunities of our team members and partners in order to develop change makers in the communities we support.
  • Empathetic: we practice authentic respect among our team members and partners and are deeply invested in the well-being of the people we impact.
  • Innovative: we pursue transformative solutions by cultivating an entrepreneurial spirit and pursuing improvement in order to create a positive change in the communities we support.

BENEFITS AND SALARY

Salary for the position is competitive and commensurate with prior experience. Interested and qualified applicants should submit a cover letter including salary requirements, a 1-2 page résumé, and a minimum of two references to one of the following:

employment@educationopensdoors.org

In the subject line, please include

Your Name and Job Title.

/

Education Opens Doors, c/o Jayda Batchelder

P.O. Box 601971

Dallas, Texas 75360

Education Opens Doors is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, religion, ancestry, color, race, ethnicity or creed.  LGBTQ individuals and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: May 1st, 2018

Now Hiring: Administrative Assistant

Posted by on Mar 30, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

ABOUT EDUCATION OPENS DOORS:

Education Opens Doors (EOD) is an innovative 501(c)(3) nonprofit that believes all students deserve the opportunity to pursue their limitless potential. They have the right to understand the value of an education and how to access and attain all options available to them after high school. Yet, systems of inequity within education are leaving thousands of underserved youth across the country behind, restricting the path to social mobility and economic security. Without a roadmap to success, countless students’ aspirations are never fully realized, as they lack the information and support necessary to achieve their dreams.

Therefore, our primary focus is to open doors for middle school students from communities of color, low-income communities, and future first generation college students. As a result of our program, students demonstrate increased motivation, pathway, and agency to college and career. We effectively are redefining the status quo around college access by legitimizing and increasing exposure to college knowledge for all middle school students during the academic school day.

To accomplish our goal, we equip students, beginning in middle school, with college knowledge. Education Opens Doors provides schools with a comprehensive college and career program that raises self-expectations, increases confidence, and builds skills in students who lack access to this critical information. By primarily partnering with school districts and other educational institutions, we are able to embed our curriculum directly into classrooms. Our team trains and supports teachers who integrate these vital lessons into their academic curriculum. This, in turn, leads to systems-level change, cultivating a college-going culture in every school we serve.

Education Opens Doors plays an integral role in arming students with the knowledge and skills that are necessary to successfully navigate the complex and costly college-going process, so they are ultimately able to attain a post-secondary degree and secure a meaningful career. Since our inception in 2012, EOD has grown from two to ten team members and empowered over 33,000 students across Texas.

 SUMMARY

Education Opens Doors is seeking one (1) Administrative Assistant to join our highly motivated and collaborative Dallas-based team for the 2018-19 School Year. The responsibilities and qualifications for the Administrative Assistant position are listed below.

 Administrative Assistant Position Summary

We are seeking an Administrative Assistant (AA) to the Executive Director to provide administrative support for the Executive Director of Education Opens Doors. The AA will primarily schedule meetings, manage calendars, and proactively develop systems to increase the organization and efficiency of the Executive Director. The AA will also be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Education Opens Doors office, ensuring that it is a safe, productive, clean, and comfortable work environment for all staff and guests of Education Opens Doors. The ideal candidate for this position is detailed oriented, extremely organized, and displays an exceedingly strong customer service mentality. This position will report directly to and work closely with the Executive Director.

 Primary Responsibilities

Executive Assistant (50%)

  • Providing ongoing administrative support including scheduling meetings and conference calls, maintaining calendars, arranging travel, and processing expenditures for the Executive Director
  • Collecting information and resources required for the Executive Director to conduct meetings effectively
  • Proactively developing systems to increase the organization and efficiency of the Executive Director
  • Drafting and editing correspondence to high level external and internal contacts
  • Other projects, assignments, tasks, and support as assigned by the Executive Director

OFFICE MANAGEMENT (30%)

  • Managing and maintaining the physical space (reception, seating, access & security, maintenance requests, common areas) to enhance brand identity, productivity, and staff satisfaction.
  • Coordinating large-scale events based in the office
  • Serving as main contact for office, the primary driver of people-centered service acting as a liaison to building management, local vendors, mail carriers
  • Maintain office systems, procedures, technology & resources
  • Support the office transition process for new, exiting and transferring staff members, acting as the main contact for office operations and ensuring that they have the appropriate materials (desktop, laptop, telephone, office procedures, etc.) to operate

OFFICE OPERATIONS (20%)

  • Manage the procurement, organization, distribution and inventory of supplies, including technology, general office, and shipping supplies
  • Ensure all office meeting rooms and common spaces are organized, supplied, and clean daily through an office-wide cleaning management plan
  • Manage the office printers and copiers, including supplies and maintenance
  • Manage all shipping from the office
  • Coordinate ongoing repair and maintenance for the office

 Administrative Assistant Qualifications & Mindsets

Required qualifications

  • Associate’s degree and 2+ years of relevant work experience
  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to manage multiple projects independently
  • Ability to produce quality work under tight deadlines with minimal oversight
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills across a variety of mediums
  • Proficiency in the following software: Microsoft Office Suite, Google Drive
  • Availability to work occasional nights and weekends
  • Managing workload effectively and following through on execution
  • Making informed and timely decisions, and using sound judgment to prioritize actions
  • Writing in an effective and compelling manner
  • Identifying and acting upon learnings from both accomplishments and less-successful experiences by reflecting and proactively seeking feedback
  • Ability to lift up to 15 pounds (role occasionally requires moving boxes, etc.)

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience working with people from underrepresented demographic backgrounds (race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, etc.)
  • Strong understanding and analysis of timely issues affecting education, including the opportunity gap, access to resources, district zoning, and large district politics.
  • Proficiency in the following software: Box, Salesforce

 Mindsets

  • Mission Oriented: Committed to social, economic and racial justice
  • Driven: Possesses a diverse skill set and is proactive about learning new skills
  • Collaborative: Willing to propose solutions and ideas to challenges based on expertise, debate their merits, and make final recommendations
  • Adaptable: Excited to work in a fast-moving small team environment, where each staff person assumes multiple responsibilities while striving to achieve shared goals
  • Self-reflective: Open to receiving and giving ongoing feedback
  • Positive: Passionate, sense of humor, open to adventure, fun

Our Core Values

  • Purpose Driven: we amplify our impact by pursuing mission-aligned outcomes in a sustainable manner.
  • Equitable: we aim to disrupt systems of oppression by prioritizing the needs and insight of the people we work with. We include the perspectives of people of color, women, people who identify as LGBTQ+, and immigrant communities in the work that we do.
  • Life-Long Learners: we invest in the learning and leadership opportunities of our team members and partners in order to develop change makers in the communities we support.
  • Empathetic: we practice authentic respect among our team members and partners and are deeply invested in the well-being of the people we impact.
  • Innovative: we pursue transformative solutions by cultivating an entrepreneurial spirit and pursuing improvement in order to create a positive change in the communities we support.

 BENEFITS AND SALARY

Salary for the position is competitive and commensurate with prior experience. Interested and qualified applicants should submit a cover letter including salary requirements, a 1-2 page résumé, and a minimum of two references to one of the following:

employment@educationopensdoors.org

In the subject line, please include

Your Name and Job Title.

/

Education Opens Doors, c/o Jayda Batchelder

P.O. Box 601971

Dallas, Texas 75360

Education Opens Doors is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, religion, ancestry, color, race, ethnicity or creed.  LGBTQ individuals and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: May 1st, 2018

EOD Founding ED Jayda Batchelder honored with Parkland Community First Award

Posted by on Mar 2, 2018 in News | 0 comments

We are pleased to announce that EOD Founding Executive Director Jayda Batchelder has been spotlighted in the Dallas Morning News for receiving the Parkland Community First Award. As a Community First honoree, Jayda will participate in a series of events to better understand the history of Parkland and its impact in the community alongside 11 other community leaders, including Dallas Bowtie Benefit emcee Byron Sanders.

“It’s been our mission for more than 120 years to provide care for anyone in need, making our community a healthier place to live. We are delighted to recognize these 12 impressive leaders who have made an impact on countless others through their work in the community. They are truly making a difference,” said David E. Krause, president and chief executive officer, Parkland Foundation in the press release shared by i Stand for Parkland.

EOD takes ultimate stage to compete for $100k

Posted by on Feb 1, 2018 in Events, News | 0 comments

On April 12, 2018, Education Opens Doors Founding Executive Director Jayda Batchelder will take the ultimate stage at One Up the Pitch!

Jayda will give a fast pitch to a panel of celebrity judges in front of a live audience (that’s you!). The judges will award a $75,000 prize, and you’ll be voting EOD for the $25,000 audience prize.

Grab your friends and get your tickets here (early bird special ends March 22).

One Up the Pitch

April 12, 2018

7-9 pm

The Bomb Factory, Dallas

EOD goes to Dreamforce

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Each year, Salesforce users from across the globe come to San Francisco to participate in their annual conference Dreamforce. This year 170,000+ thought leaders, IT professionals and change agents came to learn, grow and connect.

Salesforce.com is a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) product that works with businesses like Adidas, Amazon Web Services and Farmers Insurance through its cloud computing software.

Their philanthropic side is Salesforce.org which is a result of their 1-1-1 model: 1% of their product donated, 1% of each employee’s time dedicated to volunteer work, and 1% of their financial resources (equity) to a those making a difference.

This year, Impact Manager Celestino explored Dreamforce to learn how we as an organization can better use the tools and resources made available to us through Salesforce.org. Darting across San Francisco’s downtown, Cel attended sessions hosted by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Anti-Defamation League and United Way.

As our Data and Systems Manager he took sessions like, “Become a Data Management Rockstar” and “Show me the Impact.” EOD collects a student survey and assessment from all students before and after our program. In these sessions, Cel learned data cleaning strategies and how to tell our data’s story. Salesforce wasn’t all info sessions; there were hands on trainings, guest talks from Michelle Obama and new product displays, all the things you’d want from the world’s largest technology conference in the best setting!

Celestino Carreon is an Impact Manager, where he supports both local and remote sites. Cel also supports data, operations and special projects. Prior to joining the team at EOD, Cel was a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco.

Teacher Spotlight: Mr. McDuff at Dallas Can Carrollton-Farmers Branch

Posted by on Dec 1, 2017 in Success Stories | 0 comments

We are excited to kick off our 2017-2018 Roadmap to Success teacher spotlights at Dallas Can Carrollton-Farmers Branch! Mr. McDuff was nominated by his Impact Manager, Summerlin Northrup, to be spotlighted.

“This is Mr. McDuff’s first year teaching Roadmap to Success at Carrollton Farmers Branch Texans Can, although he has been an educator for over 20 years. Mr. McDuff’s passion for helping his students succeed, even through difficult situations, is evident in the way that he prioritizes building relationships with them. His energy and excitement for teaching Roadmap to Success is motivating for his students, and he makes the content come alive for them by tailoring the material to make it relevant to their lives. It is impossible to be in Mr. McDuff’s room and not smile because of the difference he is clearly making in his students’ lives.” — Summerlin Northrup

Read on for an interview with Mr. McDuff! (more…)

#OneUpThat offers chance at up to $100k & voting is open!

Posted by on Aug 25, 2017 in News | 0 comments

This October, exciting things are happening at Education Opens Doors! Thanks to the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and the Ground Floor program, we will be participating in a campaign called One Up the Vote. Following Hurricane Harvey, One Up the Vote was postponed 4 weeks, and we are excited to dive in. Voting is now open!

As a recent GroundFloor Fellow, our Director of Operations Andy Lovley participated in a month-long “Bootcamp” to develop our innovation, received high quality mentoring and was awarded significant funding to support our vision of a virtual component to our program. One Up the Vote is an opportunity for us to win up to $100,000 in additional funding from the United Way to pursue that vision– and it’s a competition!

We will be competing against six other organizations, nonprofit and for-profit, from September 27-October 26.

There are four weekly prizes (each worth $12,500) and a grand prize worth $50,000. The winners are solely determined by voting. One Up the Vote is an opportunity for you to help us gain additional funding and increase our impact– with only the quick click of a mouse.

Week 1: September 27-October4

Most Unique Voters
Announced October 5

Week 2: October 5-11

Most Shared Votes
Shared votes are received by voting and then sharing your vote on social media from the One Up website
Announced October 12

Week 3: October 12-18

Most Repeat Voters
Announced October 19

Week 4: October 19-25

Largest percentage increase in votes over week 3
Announced October 26

Voting ends October 26 at midnight, and the grand prize winner (most votes overall) will be announced on October 27. The grand prize winner is awarded $50,000 and a spot to pitch at One Up the Pitch next April. So what are you waiting for? Click the link and bookmark the voting page, because voting begins in less than a week!

Dates have been updated to reflect the delay of the One Up the Vote campaign following Hurricane Harvey.

Mayor’s Summer Intern fellow Angelica shares her experience at EOD

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 in Success Stories | 0 comments

As a rising senior at Skyline High School, I knew the last two years of high school  would be the most important and possibly filled with the most responsibilities. Because I never had a job until now, I didn’t know what it would be like to work in an actual working environment. I had known about the Mayor’s Interns Fellows Program (MIFP) for a long time, but because I was not a Dallas ISD student, I wasn’t able to get the opportunity to participate in the program until I transferred into Skyline High School as a junior. Coming in as a junior with excellent grades, I was given some amazing opportunities. Participating in MIFP is one of those great opportunities. I was extremely excited to start the journey of working for a Dallas organization and see what new experience I might gain.

The process of getting into the program was long and I had to be extremely patient. The application process consisted of essays, multiple choice questions and survey questions. I had to wait months to figure out if I made it into the program and if any companies wanted to hire me based off my application. Eventually after the long wait, I got the announcement that I made it into the program and seven companies wanted to have an interview with me! One of those many companies was Education Opens Doors. Sandra, an Impact Manager at EOD, interviewed me. I had many questions and I was eager to learn what this company had to offer to all students. Soon enough, I heard back from my college advisor that Education Opens Doors had hired me! I was so excited that I would be working with Education Opens Doors Education Opens Doors was an easy choice and I couldn’t wait to meet the people I would work with! On my first day I felt extremely welcomed and met my fellow intern, Victor. Every single staff member was kind and very helpful; we even had the chance to all eat together. People’s attitudes did not change from the first day; they continued to be kind and helpful. I got to learn a lot about every single staff member when I had an informational interview with them.  Everyone, especially my supervisor Sandra, was willing to help and cooperate with me for whatever I needed. Every question I had was answered and my colleagues demonstrated appreciation for my accomplishments.

During my time at EOD, I was able to perform many tasks and establish new skills. One of the projects I worked on was to edit Do-Now slides and questions. I created questions that students would like to be asked at the beginning of each lesson that they worked on. I also worked to create and edit Teacher share out slides and questions, where I brainstormed questions that students could ask their teachers at the end of the lesson. For example, one question that students might ask is “Did you receive a scholarship to go to college?” These questions enable students to learn more about their teacher’s experiences and hear first-hand accounts of the college-going process. When performing these tasks, I was able to share my opinions and thoughts in my work.

Another project that I had was to simply give feedback on the parent workshops, sharing my honest perspective and viewpoint. Additionally, I worked on the photo and book audit, ensuring that all photos that were included in the book currently were purchased stock photos. Lastly, I worked on powerpoint revisions, eliminating animations, making edits to powerpoints, changing vocabulary and aligning all words and pictures together. Working on all of these projects, I was able to self-motivate and prepare my mindset to finish and focus on my work. Because I had various responsibilities, I managed to develop better organizational and communication skills.

I am very thrilled to see what Education Opens Doors has in mind for the future of all of our students! EOD has  an amazing and hard working team who I believe will certainly make the organization rise higher than they already are. I would like to thank everyone for being so cooperative and understanding. I could not have asked for a better to team to work with this summer.

Best,

Angelica Juarez

Angelica Juarez is a Mayor’s Intern Fellow Intern working at Education Opens Doors. She is a class of 2018 senior at Skyline High School. Angelica is always looking for something new to experience. She loves adventures, playing the guitar, being able to sew in her high school’s fashion cluster and being a colorguard performer.

Summer Intern Victor reflects on his experience at EOD

Posted by on Jul 26, 2017 in Success Stories | 0 comments

During high school, I went through many different experiences. As a freshman I was given the opportunity to assist with the Mayor’s Intern Program. So many things got in my way that I wasn’t able to apply to the program my junior year. After that year, Education Opens Doors (EOD) came around and, as ironic as it might sound, this internship actually opened a door for me.

At my high school, Hillcrest High School, I am in a four year program called the Academy of Engineering. This program requires students to have at least one internship in order to be NAF Certified (NAF is an organization that provides different programs for students in high school in order to be future ready). NAF solves some of the biggest challenges facing education and the economy by bringing education, business and community leaders together to transform the high school experience. (more…)

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