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College Board Overview

New York, NY
1001 to 5000 employees
1900
Nonprofit Organization
Education Training Services
$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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  • The College Board recognizes that welcoming a child into a family is a special time. It’s also stressful, and we want to help support our employees and their families in a more flexible way.

    That’s why we’re excited to announce an enhancement to our paid parental leave benefit. New parents – mothers, fathers, adoptive, foster, and those currently on parental leave – will now be able to take 8 weeks of paid leave, up from 4 weeks, as of June 1.

    This increase from 4 to 8 weeks is in response to staff feedback. We were moved by the stories we heard from employee parents about transitioning back to work, anxiety about childcare, difficulty juggling multiple work-life priorities, and more. Our HR team listened, and with the support our senior leadership, enhanced the policy.

    We are excited to support our new parents in this way and hope it will help smooth their transition.

  • On March 26, 2019, nearly 1,800 College Board staff descended upon Baltimore for our third biannual all-employee meeting, Pencils Down. This hugely popular internal event brings together staff for two days of connecting with one another and our mission. We heard stories of perseverance and determination from students and staff, learned the deep impact of our work, enjoyed performances by local Baltimore talent, took AP classes, and had down time at a Maryland Science Center fete. Service was a recurrent theme at the event, as we kicked things off with a volunteer project that involved 340 staff working with 320 Baltimore high school juniors on building college lists and more. We emphasized the importance of giving back by erecting this giant pencil sculpture made up of 1,500 school supplies that was featured on site. These supplies, along with over 400 books, were donated to a local Baltimore charity immediately following Pencils Down.

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College Board – Why Work For Us?


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. 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 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, 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, President, 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, Senior 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

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

Generosity in the services of students, colleagues and partners is at our core. We care deeply about the students we serve and the communities where they live. That’s why we encourage and support many initiatives focused on service. Across our offices, our colleagues, with College Board’s full support, commit their time and energy to making an impact in the world – beyond the office walls.

Here’s a look into some of what we do:

College Board Cares

We offer employees a charitable match program which allows them to extend their giving and impact to remarkable nonprofits and emergency relief work. All employees are eligible for a $1,000 annual match benefit to our partner non-profits, which support a wide range of causes, from the environment, to juvenile justice reform to preparing first generation for success in college and careers. We’re proud to partner with organizations including the Malala Fund, GiveWell,Tragedy Assistance Program of Survivors and Year Up. College Board Cares gives our team an opportunity to support meaningful work happening around the world. College Board Cares launched in September 2017 to provide relief to the hurricanes and floods that devastated parts of our country. To date, our staff and the College Board have raised over $255,000 through the College Board Cares initiative to support work in communities in need.

Volunteering with Students

Because students are the center of our work, we encourage our team members to spend time in schools, communities, and with the educators, counselors, and leaders from the districts we serve. Here are a few ways that our colleagues have volunteered to help students directly: 

  • Teaching students how to code in a Brooklyn school as part of the Week of Code
  • Reading books to students in a northern Virginia classroom
  • Helping at career fairs at the College Board’s diversity conferences
  • Inviting students to our Washington office for Career Awareness Day 

Service Day

Because we also know that our greatest impact happens when we come together as a team, we invite our full staff to participate in a service project in conjunction with our bi-annual retreat, Pencils Down. At our first Service Day, hundreds of dedicated College Board colleagues volunteered their time to serve juniors across Baltimore City Public Schools. Our team counseled students around the college application process, accessing free SAT practice tools on Khan Academy and earning money to pay for college through the College Board Opportunity Scholarships. One volunteer said:    “I'm glad to have had the opportunity to help students understand that College Board cares about their success and is making their college application journey streamlined in a way that motivates them to take charge. As a new hire, I was impressed with the College Board for giving us the opportunity to learn and help these students.” We are proud to dedicate our resources to supporting students and to be an organization where our generous colleagues dedicate their own time as well.

Holiday Drives

While College Board employees volunteer throughout the year, their efforts truly come to life during the winter holidays, when we hold coat, food, and toy drives. For a number of years a few of our offices have “adopted” families, collecting items over a period of time to address these families’ particular needs.

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
  • PRIDE: An affinity group for the College Board LGBTQ+ and allies community

At the College Board, we come to work every day because we’re committed to the success of the students in our care. We work with passion, diligence, and commitment—we know students’ futures are at stake. We encourage our employees to bring their very best selves to work each day, and in turn we offer meaningful work, supportive colleagues, and career development. If you’re looking for a job that matters, a team that cares about you, and a place to grow and thrive, consider the College Board.

We pride ourselves in maintaining a community that inspires excellence—and care deeply about providing our team opportunities to be excellent themselves. Our goals are clear, and we hold each other accountable for reaching them. Data is the backbone of our work, and we rely on it to know if we’re moving the needle. When you work for the College Board, you know exactly how your work factors into the success of the organization. And that’s satisfying. 

Reaching our goals is one measure of success—but we’re equally committed to how we’re reaching them. That’s why we created competencies that guide how we work together. They’re simple and dynamic, achievable yet aspirational. We need our employees to be generous in service to students, colleagues, and partners; have a command of evidence and technology; get things done with a premium on quality and efficiency; and be great bosses. We believe these competencies inspire our people to do their best work and are essential to ensuring we’re clearing a path for the students in our care.

We also know that where you work matters. Our headquarters in New York is a bright, modern, open office with shared work spaces, sit-to-stand desks, and comfortable chairs. Each team member has access to the technologies and resources they need to do their jobs—we know you need the right tools to get things done. (Speaking of essential tools, we also have endless coffee and seltzer on tap.) Our other offices are similarly designed to foster collaboration, to be comfortable and welcoming. We come together often for town hall meetings, celebrations, stand-up meetings, and lunch & learns.

We’re serious about our work but enjoy what we do. We have teams who run together, play softball together, and host guacamole making contests on Cinco de Mayo. We offer generous vacation because we appreciate the importance of a vibrant life outside of work. Our offices are closed between Christmas and New Year’s Day, so our teams can spend time with family and friends.

Our work impacts the lives of millions of students worldwide. Come join us along this path.

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    Thrilled to be part of an organization that understands how important it is for new parents to bond with their child. The College Board tries its best to look out for their employees.

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    Would like to have a better vision plan.

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College Board photo of: Staff and their children share their own experiences with the college admissions process, March 2019
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    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at College Board (Reston, VA).

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    HR dept was very helpful and responsive. They worked with the staffing agency to move the process along quickly. I would recommend any resource to work at the College Board.

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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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