D3C3 Strategy Assistant

Michigan College Access Network

Job Description


Job Title: D3C3 Strategy Assistant

Reports to: Director of Higher Education Innovation

Employment Type: Full-Time, Monday-Friday

Location: Lansing, Mich.: In-Person

Application Deadline: Application deadline is January 7, 2023

Salary: $45,000-$50,000

Benefits: Full benefits package includes platinum health, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance. Also includes an education support program, employee development program, 403b retirement plan (with standard 4% employer contribution and up to an additional 3% match), 240 hours of PTO, paid holidays, paid maternity/paternity/adoption leave, employee assistance program (providing resources to support employees with finances, legal issues, mental health and more including free professional consultations), cell phone reimbursement, and a fun, engaging work environment.



Under the supervision of the Director of Higher Education Innovation, the Strategy Assistant will support the Detroit Drives Degrees Community College Collaborative (D3C3) intended to strengthen community college/K-12 partnerships and student success systems in Southeast Michigan through professional development, research, data, innovation, investment, and technical assistance.

The ideal candidate is self-motivated, technically capable, detail-oriented, and has the ability to prioritize multiple tasks in a fast-paced, innovative environment. Having a tolerance for ambiguity, risk-taking, and an adventuresome outlook will help ensure success at MCAN’s work and culture.

Detroit Drives Degrees Community College Collaborative:

The Detroit Drives Degrees Community College Collaborative (D3C3) is a regional initiative that supports the community college system in Southeast Michigan in increasing equitable access to educational opportunities, boosting graduation rates, and bolstering the regional college-to-career pipeline. D3C3 provides community colleges with financial resources and technical assistance to implement collaborative regional strategies to improve educational opportunities and strengthen the talent pipeline. This work is designed to increase postsecondary attainment in Michigan to 60% and reduce the racial equity attainment gap by half by 2030.



The D3C3 Strategy Assistant performs a wide range of duties including but not limited to the following:

  • Provide support to co-cluster facilitators for leadership and management of D3C3 cluster meetings on topics relevant for college access and student success practitioners.
  • Assist in the implementation of D3C3-provided professional development training programs to institutional members, including seeking opportunities for technical assistance that supports cluster facilitation.
  • Co-create meeting agendas and send critical information before and after cluster meetings.
  • Anticipate needs of cluster facilitators with the ability to independently prioritize most urgent needs.
  • Support organization of the core project team, engage in team meetings, take notes, and disseminate follow-up resources and recap emails.
  • Support cluster-level organization including attending cluster stakeholder meetings, taking notes, and sending key communication and follow-up items.
  • Support cluster facilitators in creating presentations, emails, agendas, and other administrative tasks.
  • Prepare written responses to critical partners, including community college leaders, National Institute for Student Success, Detroit Regional Chamber, D3C3 funding partners, , the Sixty by 30 office, technical assistance providers, etc.
  • Solicit feedback from partners and stakeholders regularly to strengthen trust and partnership.
  • Provide supportive materials and data for best practices.
  • Build relationships with current and new D3C3 partners through meaningful collaborations.
  • Support overall administrative tasks related to D3C3.
  • Support D3C3 clusters in centering equity in college access and student support services.
  • Provide staff support in planning and hosting meetings, convenings, trainings, and other special events, including set up and tear down of virtual and in-person events.
  • Professionally and accurately communicate with critical D3C3 constituents such as K12 professionals, higher education staff, partner organizations, and state agencies.
  • Compile and analyze data to improve effectiveness of D3C3 strategies.
  • Utilize technology to drive efficiency of MCAN’s strategies concerning D3C3.
  • Attend meetings and events on behalf of cluster facilitators as requested.
  • Collaborate with MCAN team to strengthen alignment between D3C3 strategies and other MCAN strategies.
  • Perform other duties as needed to advance the mission of the Michigan College Access Network.



An ideal candidate for the D3C3 Strategy Assistant position must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree in a program that would support this work.
  • Have a strong and demonstrated commitment to equity.
  • Have a valid in-state driver’s license for regular local travel and national travel.
  • Be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19.

An ideal candidate for the D3C3 Strategy Assistant position should:

  • Bring 1-3 years of experience in K-12 education, higher education, cross-sector collaboration, program management or other related fields.
  • Possess strong organizational, note-taking, and time management skills.
  • Demonstrate excellent attention to detail.
  • Have capability to manage multiple projects at once in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
  • Possess excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to organize meetings, attentively listen, and synthesize complex discussions into digestible action-items.
  • Be able to establish and maintain relationships with internal and external partners.
  • Have basic computer skills, especially email, spreadsheets, and presentation creation software.





MCAN is an equity-focused organization and values having broad, diverse representation and inclusivity on our team. This is critical to provide perspectives and lived experiences to help guide our work to have the greatest impact. We especially encourage people of color and first-generation college graduates to apply.

Since our founding a decade ago, MCAN has known that college changes everything — and perhaps even more critical to our mission is the belief that college is for everyone.

We do what it takes to provide students in Michigan with a brighter long-term future, through college access and postsecondary certificate and degree attainment: doing the research, talking to agents of change, connecting resources, being a changemaker.

Why? By encouraging Michigan residents to earn postsecondary certificates and degrees, we not only help them earn more and promote their well-being — we also strengthen Michigan's talent pool, retain and attract businesses to the state and stimulate Michigan's economy in the process.

Through college access, we are also able to promote equity in our state. We work to ensure that every student in Michigan has the opportunity to attend college — especially low-income students, first-generation college-going students and students of color.



College is postsecondary education
We use the term college to refer to attainment of education beyond high school, including postsecondary certificates and academic degrees.

College is a necessity
Postsecondary attainment dramatically increases an individual’s economic independence in a knowledge-based economy.

College is for everyone
We work toward changing the systems that perpetuate inequities in postsecondary attainment.

College is a public good
Postsecondary attainment is critical to a just and equitable society, strong economy, thriving democracy, and healthy communities.


For more information, visit micollegeaccess.org.

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