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Senior Program Officer
Ascendium Education Group (Ascendium) is seeking a Senior Program Officer with deep expertise in postsecondary education and a passion for ensuring postsecondary success for learners from low-income backgrounds to join our growing grantmaking team.

Ascendium has helped millions of learners pursue postsecondary education since 1967, when it was formed to help fulfill the promise of the landmark Higher Education Act of 1965. Over the years, Ascendium has grown to become the nation’s largest federal student loan guarantor, providing information, tools and counseling to help millions of borrowers nationwide avoid default and keep the door to re-enrollment open. We guarantee federal student loans, conceive and develop innovative products and services that support student success and loan repayment, and invest in studying and improving postsecondary education practices through our philanthropy.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, net proceeds from Ascendium’s guaranty and other operations are used to fund Ascendium’s philanthropy. The philanthropy team is comprised of program, grants management, and learning and impact staff who all have a shared commitment to advancing our mission. As a national funder, our mission is to elevate opportunities for learners from low-income backgrounds so they can achieve postsecondary educational and career success.

Our grantmaking focuses on transforming systems of postsecondary education and workforce so they can support low-income populations, especially those in historically underrepresented groups: first-generation students, incarcerated adults, rural community members, students of color and veterans. The philanthropy team currently makes grants in four focus areas: Remove Structural Barriers to Success, Streamline Key Learner Transitions, Expand Postsecondary Education in Prison, and Support Rural Postsecondary Education and Workforce Training. Across our four focus areas, our funding supports innovative ideas, the creation of an evidence base, and the expansion and replication of effective practices.

Ascendium Education Group employees enjoy an outstanding benefit package designed to provide employees and their families with a high degree of security.

A fully completed application, including a resume/CV and cover letter, must be submitted to be considered for this position.

Ascendium staff are temporarily working remotely from their homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the construction of new headquarters in Madison, WI, opening in January 2022. This role will be based in Madison.

Ascendium provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, creed, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. We are strongly committed to this policy and believe in the concept and spirit of the law.

If you would like assistance with the application process, please contact us at hr@ascendiumeducation.org. We invite all applicants to complete the Voluntary Affirmative Action questions when submitting application materials. The questions are found at the end of the online application process. To learn more about our commitment to Equal Employment Opportunity, please visit ascendiumeducation.org/careers.

Ascendium has contractual obligations that require criminal, employment and education background investigations as a condition of employment.

To apply for this position, visit: https://recruiting2.ultipro.com/GRE1001GLELS/JobBoard/8c2a9195-a744-4d37-85dd-2765d36dda1f/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=220051d7-e36c-473b-a31f-49fbfe7e9e75
Position: Senior Program Officer
Organization: Ascendium Education Group
Location: Madison,  WI 
United States
Posting Start Date: 8/31/2021
Date Posted: 8/31/2021
  • 5+ years of philanthropy or non-profit experience, including knowledge of the structural and systemic barriers that impact learners from low-income backgrounds and the role of philanthropy in supporting scaled, systemic change
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including proven experience working collaboratively with partners to achieve impact
  • Excellent organizational, problem solving and coordination skills, with demonstrated ability to manage a diverse and demanding workload
Status: This listing expires on: 10/30/2021
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Organization Information
Ascendium Education Group
2501 International Ln

Madison,  WI 53704
United States
(608) 215-8382
Keith Witham

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