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Executive Director for
Get Focused...Stay Focused!
® Center for Research and Support

Are you passionate about bettering the educational system of this country?

Do you believe that ALL students deserve an education that leads to economic self-sufficiency?

Do you want to do something about our "Skills Gap", so we can continue to compete in the global markets?

Get Focused...Stay Focused!® (GFSF), a 501c3 entity incorporated in 2015, seeks qualified and enthusiastic CEO with an entrepreneur's ethos to launch, maintain, evaluate and grow the GFSF programs that have been developed since 2009. (See program description below). Over the past three years over 300 high schools and community colleges from around the country have adopted this program. Because of this rapid growth, the need for support, technical assistance and rigorous evaluation by adopting high schools and colleges has outstripped available resources and a structured support organization is required.

As the first full-time Executive Director, the successful candidate will lead a start-up effort, beginning with securing the funding necessary to launch and then build and maintain a national organization dedicated to student success, post-secondary completion and successful entry into the workforce.

Primary Goals:

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Qualifications and Attributes:



Full-time position:
Regularly Monday through Friday, with some weekend work required.
Travel required: Average of five workdays per month

Start-up compensation is $80,000 per year but annual compensation should increase quickly to at least $180,000 based on operational costs funded


To begin the application process, please complete the online questionnaire, and attach your current resume.

This is a telecommuting position.

*Program Description:

The Get Focused...Stay Focused!® Initiative (GFSF) developed in the Santa Barbara City College Dual Enrollment program is a scalable, cost-efficient program that promotes high school graduation, post-secondary completion and successful entry into the workforce.
It starts with a semester or year-long freshman transition course based on the Freshmen Transition standards of the George Washington University. This standards-based, comprehensive guidance course, helps students become identity achieved and career committed.
The freshman course culminates with the development of an online, skills based, 10-year career and education plan that is updated throughout high school and used by advisors for counseling and instructors for academic coaching. This important data is portable so students can easily share it with their counselors and instructors at their post-secondary institution.
During the 10th, 11th, and 12th grade, using the hybrid GFSF Follow-up Modules, students update their online 10-year career and education plan as they:

Upon completion of the freshman semester course and the three follow-up modules, students have identified and will graduate with:

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Partners or collaborators
Foundation for California Community Colleges
George Washington University’s Freshman Transition Initiative
California Community College Chancellor's Task Force on Student Success
Academic Innovations LLC
UCSB Graduate School of Education California Dropout Research Project
UC Educational Evaluation Center, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education

Eastern Oregon University’s College of Education
California SB1070 Coordinators from select regions
Santa Barbara Foundation
Santa Barbara City College Dual Enrollment Department
Carpinteria and Santa Barbara Unified School Districts
Santa Barbara County Office of Education’s Partners in Education