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College Board Overview

New York, NY
1001 to 5000 employees
1900
Nonprofit Organization
Education
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success & opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of ... Read more

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College Board – Why Work For Us?


Our employees play a critical role in contributing to our mission in an environment that’s collaborative, performance-based, and challenging. From promising college grads to seasoned veterans, the people of the College Board further our cause through fresh ideas, spirited innovation, and hard work.

A national organization, we have offices in New York City; Reston, Virginia; Iowa City, IA; and Washington, D.C., with regional offices throughout the country. Our employees bring diverse backgrounds and points of view to the service of our constituents.

And because we connect with the College Board’s educational mission, we connect with one another.

Applicants with Disabilities

The College Board is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. We will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with qualified disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

College Board is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity. It is the policy of the College Board to recruit, hire, and promote for all positions and to administer all Human Resource matters such as wages, benefits, assignments, promotions, and transfers and all other terms and conditions of employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, ancestry, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic disposition, veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state, and/or local law.

The College Board was founded more than 100 years ago on the idea that merit, not privilege, should determine access to higher education. But today, at our nation’s top 173 most selective colleges and universities, 66 percent of students are from the top socioeconomic status quartile and 6 percent are from the bottom quartile. Too often, deserving students are unable to take advantage of the opportunities they’ve earned because of both visible and invisible barriers that get in their way. That may not be our fault, but it is our problem. That’s why we’re committed today more than ever to the College Board’s original mission: to clear a path for all students to own their future. We believe that if we clear a path for all students, they won’t just walk down it, they’ll run.

We do that by first by preparing students for success in high school and college, through programs including Advanced Placement and the PSAT and SAT, and then propelling them forward with scholarships, support and guidance. Our assessments and tools reach millions of students each year around the world. We work hand in hand with our member institutions – over 6,000 K-12 institutions, colleges and universities – and partners to ensure our work remains directly linked to what students and educators need most.

At the heart of the College Board’s mission is a commitment to equity and opportunity for all. And we continue to build an excellent team of professionals who share these values and excitement about our work.

Diversity and commonality – we believe in what unites us and makes us different.  Our commitment to clearing a path for all students means honoring the experiences and needs of different groups of people from all walks of life. That’s why we strive to build a workplace that welcomes all backgrounds, identities, perspectives and experiences.

As part of our commitment to providing staff with a diverse, inclusive workplace, we currently support three employee-led affinity groups that strengthen our community and ability to achieve College Board’s mission:

  • DIASPORA: A network of our Pan-African staff
  • Staff Alliance for Latino Success and Achievement (SALSA):  A network focused on Latino staff
  • Women’s Impact Network (WIN):  A network to connect, develop and advance women at the College Board

The College Board team is dynamic, dedicated, diverse, and fun. We care about students and we care about each other. Here’s a look at who we are. Also, learn more about our executive leadership team.

WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE 
Together, we’re making a difference for kids and their futures.

"The College Board was founded on the idea that merit, not privilege, should determine access to higher education. We have a remarkable team that shares the belief that if we clear a path for all students, they won’t just walk down it, they’ll run.”
– David Coleman, President and CEO

“If you want to have an impact on the world of
education and work with smart, committed people,
this is the place.”
– Stefanie Sanford, Chief, Global Policy
and External Relations, Washington Office

“It’s the most meaningful job I’ve had.”
– Kiki Black, Senior Copyeditor, New York Office

WE PUT STUDENTS FIRST

Everything we do at the College Board is for students and educators. We’re committed to giving students every opportunity to succeed and supporting the adults who help them thrive.

“Teachers are counting on us, every day, to guard their efforts to set high standards in their classrooms and teach in ways they know will have an impact”
– Trevor Packer, Senior Vice President, New York Office

“No other organization is as well positioned to have a positive impact on student trajectories.”
Jeremy Singer, COO, New York Office

“My college experience was amazing, and by working at the College Board, I feel like I help students get to
have theirs.”
– Amanda Francis, Director, New England Regional Office

WE SUPPORT EACH OTHER

We’re a close-knit community of over 1,400 people who enjoy working together. Our culture of collaboration leads to meaningful results.

“If you enjoy spending your work days with a second family who can simultaneously work hard and laugh, the College Board is right for you.”
– Ginger Garner, Associate Director, Southern Regional Office

Everyone I’ve encountered here firmly believes in the mission, and that makes for a very cohesive and rewarding working community.”
– Bert Brook, Assistant Director, Iowa Office

“I’m lucky that a great team of people work with me, in an attractive office and a desirable location.
Sheila Cuyjet, Senior Director, Reston Office

“The organization is supremely interested in creating real opportunity because of the people who work here.”
– Farhad Asghar, Senior Director, New York Office

WE HAVE BIG IDEAS

Our work is guided by ambitious goals and a long-term strategic plan. We know that to make a difference for students, we need to be bold in our thinking.

“If you want to work with a great team, a visionary leader, and work on innovative projects, then you want to work here.”
– Terri Shaw, Chief Information Officer, Reston Office

“At the College Board we’re able to improve lives by the millions. It’s a rare opportunity.”
Steve Bumbaugh, Senior Vice President, Washington Office





WE LIKE WHERE WE WORK

We know that where you work matters. Our offices are comfortable, convenient to our team, and offer plenty of perks, including free seltzer, snacks, and coffee.

“The best perk of working in the New York Office? The proximity to Sprinkles cupcakes. And being at the heart of a revitalized downtown NYC.”

– Trevor Packer, Senior Vice President, New York Office

“The location keeps our focus on what is most important—helping students own their future. And I love the District Taco in the lobby.”
– Stefanie Sanford, Chief, Global Policy and External Relations, Washington Office

“My favorite parts of the office? Sit-to-stand desks,
incredible views of the Hudson and the Statue of Liberty,
the natural lighting, and the collaboration spaces.”
– Martha Stratis, Chief Accounting Officer, New York Office

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    Pros

    This is the first company I have worked for where you can see the impacts on the community almost instantly. I talk to my kids, nephews, nieces, and other kids all the time and it is so refreshing to see that the work I do is positively impacting these young minds. The recent partnership with Khan Academy to provide free SAT practice and millions that are spent in fee waivers for low socioeconomic status kids confirms my belief that the core values of this company are intact. I see lots of passion in the new leadership both on the business and on the technology side. New cutting edge technologies are being tried and implemented to really take CB into 21st century. Recent hackathon was a great example where company is promoting this culture of engaging everybody and taking them along on this interesting ride. I am very excited about the changes that are being made here.

    Benefits are great too.

    Cons

    In the past, the company has seen some not so great leadership, especially in the technology area. The past two years were completely focused on redesigning the SAT exam and there was lots of stress across the organization because of that. Change is messy and culturally every organization has people that resist change in status quo.

    Sometimes the annual raise is barely an adjustment for inflation more than anything else. Bonuses are there but only if you are top performers.

    Advice to Management

    We have been asked to do lot more with lot less. Given our mission, yes, that seems to be the right thing to do. However, employees are tired of working non-stop on one important initiative after another. If we need 24/7 support then we need to staff accordingly.

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College Board Photos

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College Board Interviews

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
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    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at College Board (Los Angeles, CA) in August 2017.

    Interview

    I applied online and had a phone interview. A month later, they interviewed me in person. Two ladies interviewed me: one was from Atlanta, GA - she wore a bright purple lipstick and it was very distracting every time I looked at her. The second lady looked like she had just rolled out of her bed - quite unprofessional. I was shocked !The way they looked at me, made me very nervous. I felt being stereotyped for wearing my suit and not looking like a slob. I still wonder how they ever ended up working for the College Board, and who was the person that employed them ? Perhaps, I have a lot higher standards, but on the other hand, everyone should look professional at their work place. If nothing else, it shows the respect for the establishment that employs you. I could not take them seriously because they killed every desire in me to work for the College Board; or to answer questions the way I normally would. For a moment, I felt like being interviewed for a job at 7/11, but the guys there wear red shirts and look a bit cleaner and more presentable. Personally, I owe myself a lot more than this. What a shame for any academic establishment!

    Interview Questions

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College Board Awards & Accolades

  • The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 in Education, Fast Company, 2015

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