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Enrollment Director

Watson Institute

This is a Full-time position in Boulder, CO posted July 19, 2021.

Overview Of Watson Institute

Watson Institute is a place where next generation entrepreneurs and leaders can find their community, discover their calling, and accelerate their careers. We provide the tools, network, mindset, and courage for the next generation to solve the toughest challenges facing the world, launch successful careers, and lead impactful lives.

Watson Institute has locations in Boulder, Colorado, at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, and at Universidad Francisco Marroquín (UFM) in Guatemala City, Guatemala. We are now building partnerships with innovative institutions of higher education in the US and globally.

Watson Institute?s 294 Scholars and Alumni from 69 countries have raised over $100 million, created over 1,000 part or full-time jobs, and impacted over 5 million people around the world through initiatives they help lead. Watson alumni have been selected to Y Combinator, the Echoing Green Fellowship and four have been named to Forbes? 30 under 30 lists. Alums continue their education at Harvard University, New York University, and Princeton University, among others. Read more about Watson Institute’s scaling strategy in this Stanford Social Innovation Review article The Intel Inside Higher Education.

Director of Vertical Programs – Mission Statement

The Director of Vertical Programs leads, organizes and executes org-wide Vertical Programs and partnerships that are developed by Watson Institute?s COO and CEO in order to reach a larger market and therefore effectively grow our impact.

Detailed Position Breakdown

Design & Planning of Vertical Programs (20% of their time)

  • Designing Vertical Programs The Director of Vertical Programs is responsible for the program design of Vertical Programs that are in relation to Watson Institute?s external partnerships. This includes consulting with our VP of Programs and external partners to ensure that the design of the program meets the expectations of our partners and is impactful for participants.
  • Planning Vertical Programs The Director of Vertical Programs leads the planning and the creation of timelines for implementation for all Vertical Programs. These plans and timelines must follow a structured format such as a Gantt Chart or other project management organization tools.
  • Budget Creation for Vertical Programs The Director of Vertical Programs will be responsible for working with the COO and CEO of Watson Institute to create projections and budgets for Vertical Programs.

Recruitment for Vertical Programs (30% of their time)

  • Identify Recruitment Channels Through research and recommendations from our #SuperSearch Team (Admissions Team), the Director identifies strong prospective nominators and new channels in order to recruit students for the Vertical Programs. This individual should expect to reach out to 5 new channels/nominators each week.
  • Social Media Marketing The Director is responsible for creating and leading a Social Media Marketing Strategy with a goal to attract prospective students to attend Vertical Programs. As part of this strategy, they will craft engaging and professionally formatted social media posts that engage key stakeholders including prospective students and partners.
  • Admissions/Onboarding The Director will lead the Admissions process for each of our Vertical Programs including the application review and selection process. The Director will also ensure that students are onboarded and prepared to go through our Vertical Programs. This may include building Gmail Accounts, WhatsApp Groups, and Scholar Profiles.
  • Collateral Development The Director will develop well-formatted collateral material (both digital and printed) such as impact reports, scholar and alumni profiles, 1 pagers and infographics.

Leading Vertical Programs (50% of their time)

  • Facilitation of Vertical Programs The Director will be responsible for facilitating all workshops and additional programmatic elements of our Vertical Programs. This must be done in an interactive, energetic, and project based way.
  • Coordinating Master Course Teacher Facilitation The Director must ensure that Master Course Teachers have an efficient and enjoyable experience participating in Watson Institute?s Vertical Programs. This includes sending questionnaires, coordinating transportation & housing (if in-person), scheduling 1-on-1?s with scholars, building their agendas, capturing photos during the Master Course, and ensuring that they receive a gift.
  • Program Operations The Director must plan and prepare all logistics for the program. This includes vendor outreach, reserving spaces, purchasing supplies, and coordinating team involvement. This also includes managing the Vertical Programs Calendar, including workshop times, events, etc.
  • Impact Gathering for Partners The Director will be responsible for evaluating and gathering the information we need about the impact of the program (including profiles, stories, and impact updates) for the partners and funders of each program.

New responsibilities may develop as the Director of Vertical Programs position evolves.*


Cultural Fit

In order to thrive as the Director of Vertical Programs at Watson Institute, a candidate must

  • Have a perfectionist nature, but not lose momentum because of it.
  • Be undaunted by switching between projects and disciplines on any given day.
  • Be equally able to work alongside a partner or team as you are able to take full ownership of a project from start to finish.
  • Believe that when work is done with excellence, the magic is in the details.
  • Excel in our full court press mentality. The Watson Institute culture is one where we show daily hustle and grit, and support one another?s roles despite it not being in our own arena.
  • Be a part of small, nimble, and insanely efficient teams where our team structure, communication, and drive to achieve increasing levels of efficiency leads to the best possible experience for both the organization and the scholars.
  • Share our belief in the power of banter. While small things like starting team meetings with banter and never taking ourselves too seriously may sound indeed small, it is these very small things that keep us happy and rolling right through the good times and the bad.
  • A natural inclination to work hard and go the extra mile (or 37 miles ? we?ll tell you more about this in-person!) to create meaningful experiences and exceed partner’s expectations.
  • Believe in direct, honest, and frequent communication, always following-up, and following through on commitments related to the role.

Candidate Profile

Top candidates should demonstrate

  • Experience and Ambition 3-5 years of facilitation or project management experience, a rock-solid sense of professional judgment and responsibility, and an exceptional eye for detail. Your ambition is to build and run an exceptional programmatic experience for a highly impactful organization.
  • Expert Facilitation Skills With the ability to inspire and draw out the best in a room during each of the workshops and events being facilitated.
  • Detail Orientated You are meticulous and have excellent organizational skills. You are able to work fast without cluttering your desk or mind. You take pride in completing your work accurately and on schedule. You have a knack for project management and a love for work plans and checklists.
  • Intentional Your working style is about creating order and planning ahead. You think systematically and excel at establishing elegant processes.
  • Results-Driven You bring an eagerness to grow and to roll up your sleeves and contribute. You have a go-getter attitude and a drive to solve all sorts of problems, no matter the size or shape. When something is your responsibility, you find a way to see it through to the end.
  • High Integrity You will be asked to make sensitive and critical judgment calls, and as such, you are known for your integrity and you take that reputation seriously. You always choose to make the right decision versus the easy decision. You know what information is sensitive, and you will protect it accordingly. You are comfortable escalating issues and holding your ground when you think it?s the right thing to do for the organization.
  • Systems-minded Demonstrated experience in building and implementing systems. You are comfortable designing, testing, improving, and smoothly running systems and processes. This could be any system that involved inputs from or served multiple people and required consistent and accurate functioning.
  • Dedication to leading quality programming.
  • Be located in (or near)/ or willing to relocate to Boulder, CO.

The Vitals

  • The Director of Vertical Programs is a full-time position and reports to the COO.
  • Application Deadline July 15, 2021.
  • Anticipated Start Date September 1, 2021 (this date is flexible).


  • Competitive base salary according to experience $60,000.00?$70,000.00.
  • Annual Happiness Fund that increases with time and seniority.
  • Monthly health insurance stipend.
  • Unlimited vacation (3 weeks required vacation time per year).