Managing Director, Dallas County Promise

Dallas, Texas, United States | Dallas County Promise | Full-time

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The Commit Partnership (the “Partnership”), under its Dallas County Promise initiative, seeks a passionate, strategic leader of the region’s foremost collaborative effort focused on substantially improving economic mobility for the North Texas region. This key position, reporting directly to the President of Commit and serving as a fellow Managing Director on the Partnership’s executive team, will help drive organizational efforts focused on substantially increasing the numbers of underrepresented students that are ready for, enrolling in, persisting through, and completing postsecondary credentials aligned to the current workforce needs of one of the fastest-growing regions in the United States. Given the Promise’s role in also helping launch similar efforts in other major metropolitan areas throughout Texas (a state that educates 10% of the U.S.), this unique individual will be a regional, state, and national leader on the front lines of improving economic mobility.

The Managing Director of the Dallas County Promise: The managing director will lead a talented ~15 member team while developing and guiding key senior stakeholder relationships across the North Texas talent pipeline. The team’s focus is college and career readiness, persistence, completion, and workforce alignment for pathways developed in both high school, community college or community-based post-secondary training programs, and universities aligned to high demand job opportunities (with a particular focus on the middle-skill job gap). The role will continuously identify and seek to help close opportunity gaps within the region’s robust talent pipeline while developing evidence-based solutions, shining the light on best practices, and looking to develop scalable strategies that more intentionally equitably link students to the workforce and living wage attainment.

Currently comprised of 22,000+ students annually (larger than the senior count of 17 different U.S. states) the Promise effort is working toward a day where every senior is:

• thoughtfully selecting a career pathway;

• having meaningful pathway-aligned work-based learning experiences;

• being partnered with a career mentor aligned to that pathway;

• progressing through a coherent program of study beginning in high school to include community colleges, other post-secondary training programs, and universities and

• being placed in a living wage job guided by a career advisor.

Strategy: The managing director leads the development and implementation of the postsecondary strategy. The postsecondary strategy aligns to the Commit Partnership’s True North goal of seeing 50% of Dallas County residents age 25-34 earning a living wage (currently estimated at $50,000+) with no gaps by race by 2040, which includes:

• Regional Alignment Lead the regional strategy, governance, communications, Promise coalition framework, contracts, agreements, and communication plan;

• Student Specific Data Analysis Activate insights from student-level data at the aggregate, sub-group and individual level so that every high school student can be tracked all the way through career. Collaborate with senior system leaders to ensure disparate systems (K-12 schools districts, higher education institutions and 2 employers) have access to data to drive improvements and to hold the college to career ecosystem accountable;

• Policy and Advocacy Work with the Commit Policy team to drive a strong state policy agenda to support the work, which will likely include collaboratively working with similar efforts in other major metropolitan areas of Texas;

• Funding Supporting Commit’s strategic relationship team to ensure sustainable funding to meet the business needs of the Partnership’s postsecondary strategy. Role: The Managing Director is responsible for the vision, strategy, execution, and results of the postsecondary agenda for the Commit Partnership, including the Dallas County Promise Program.

• Cross-Agency Team: Effectively manage the people and results of the Dallas County Promise, including team members and senior leaders employed by organizations other than the Commit Partnership.

• Partnerships: Develop the required partnerships at senior levels with school districts, colleges, universities, workforce, community, organizations, and vendors to fulfill the mission.

• Communication: Establish an effective and sustainable communication plan with all stakeholders to create interdependency and accountability across the postsecondary spectrum of the school to work pipeline. Typical Job Functions:

• Inspire, engage and empower a high performing, mission-driven team

• Maintain and grow strong, trusting relationships at senior levels of partner organizations: School Districts, Community Colleges, Universities, Employers, NonProfit and Community organizations

• Capture and analyze robust data and provide key insights to partners in postsecondary execution with a goal of collaborative and robust continuous improvement that helps partners reach key, mutually-established regional goals

• Develop the narrative for outcomes from a combination of research, evidence-based practice, and community voice

• Produce equitable outcomes in partnership with communities that are valued and inspire commitment and action

• Collaborate in securing funding of the Promise backbone organization including both private and public funding streams

• Expand and support the Promise strategy across Texas to both learn from others and collectively develop broad state support for legislation that improves postsecondary outcomes, including advocacy for potential public funding to further the work


This position offers a competitive compensation and benefits package. Please direct any questions to Please reference “Dallas County Promise: Managing Director” in the subject line. For more information, please visit: and

The Commit Partnership is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to hire individuals with backgrounds similar to that of the stakeholders they serve. As an organization that embraces equity and inclusion, all employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws.

The Commit Partnership does not sponsor visas of any kind.


About the Commit Partnership: The Commit Partnership is focused on the powerful idea that every child in North Texas should receive an excellent and equitable K-12 education, preparing them to flourish at the collegiate level and beyond. To reach this vision, the Partnership serves as a community navigator and connector, analyzing robust data to elevate strategic initiatives, improve 3 practices and policies, and ultimately growing community capacity, capabilities and resources to serve students more effectively.

Founded in 2012, the Partnership is the nation’s largest educational collective impact organization: a coalition of over 200 partners (public and private schools, colleges, foundations, businesses, and nonprofits), all working collaboratively to solve our region’s biggest systemic educational challenges. Our flagship effort, “Early Matters Dallas”, focuses on improving early childhood outcomes, while our second initiative, “Best-in-Class”, aims (in partnership with the Communities Foundation of Texas) to increase the number of effective and diverse campus educators serving North Texas students. Our third initiative, “Dallas County Promise”, seeks to align our local higher ed institutions to maximize the number of students who can access and complete a quality post-secondary education. Backbone costs are funded via a mix of regional and national corporate and philanthropic investments, with major investors including the Gates Foundation, the Ballmer Group, JP Morgan Chase, and the AT&T Foundation.

Each effort is supported by a dedicated advisory board responsible for fundraising, advocacy, and monitoring community progress and is guided by community strategic plans developed by global management consulting firms Boston Consulting Group, Bain & Co. and McKinsey & Co. Day-to-day work of the Partnership is supported by more than 60 full-time staff who combine robust data, deep educational experience, and strategic thinking to collectively support Partnership efforts while advocating for regional students at the state and local level and convening community conversations around the latest research and best practices. The net result is a shared roadmap for the future that civic leaders and local stakeholders own and hold themselves mutually accountable for its execution.

About the Dallas County Promise: Launched in 2017, the Dallas County Promise is a growing, transformational collaboration between regional school districts, higher ed institutions, workforce, and communities to increase college completion rates aligned to the needs of the North Texas’ workforce for the County’s 28,000 high school seniors graduating annually. Dallas County is committed to developing a world-class talent pipeline that creates equity in outcomes for students, families, and communities. At its core, the “Promise” is (i) a last dollar scholarship from the Dallas County Community College District Foundation, combined in partnership with matching university scholarships for students seeking a four-year degree, that supports career pathways aligned to high demand jobs; and (ii) a backbone organization supporting the Promise’s enrollment and degree completion efforts through data, convening power, alignment of funding and continuous improvement processes.

Partnership Core Values

Students First: We are guided by multiple stakeholders, but ultimately our decisions rest 4 upon one question: What is in the best interest of students?

Systemic Impact: We maintain patience and persistence while relentlessly insisting upon efficient and highly-effective approaches to sustainably change systems to more effectively serve their communities.

Equity and Inclusion: We work with others to transform systems in ways that ensure every student has access to the resources they need. We help set the table for an expansive conversation, welcoming and valuing every voice at the table, while actively and explicitly working to create outcomes that narrow opportunity gaps and shift power towards communities and individuals most impacted.

Humility: We embrace the fact that our success depends on our ability to work cohesively with each other and our community. We learn and grow best together.

Joy: We bring a constant sense of optimism and fun to this difficult work.

Integrity: We will act honestly and ethically in all internal and external decisions, in the ways we present data, and in how we communicate with partners; this unwavering commitment allows us to best serve students, families, and the community.