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Breakthrough Seeks Strategic Planning Consultant

Since our founding in Austin in 2001, Breakthrough Central Texas has innovated to increase postsecondary completion rates for low-income students in the Central Texas region. In the last 16 years, Breakthrough has undergone four expansions. Currently, the program is enrolling 280 new students annually and is on track to serve nearly 3,000 students in Central Texas by 2025. Breakthrough has produced more than 100 college graduates, and this number will triple in the next five years. Our program achieves results, with participants graduating from college at nearly seven times the rate of peers from low-income communities.

Breakthrough finds itself at an organizational inflection point. In 2018 the Board of Trustees substantiated a new Strategy Committee chaired by Trustee Kevin Ilcisin, VP of Strategy and Corporate Development at National Instruments. The committee has completed an initial body of work, identifying strategies to build out the organization’s core, 12-year model in our partner school districts to bring the organization to a significantly larger scale, serving more than 3,000 students regionally. Now, the Strategy Committee and Board are committed to increasing our impact even further, setting a north-star target for the organization to double the number of firstgeneration college graduates in Central Texas each year. We have a call to action to innovate, to pivot from an organization focused solely on direct service to an organization that solves a fundamental and persistent community need by working strategically and collaboratively with networks within our region to build stronger systems of support for vulnerable students. Breakthrough Central Texas seeks a strategic planning consultant to support our efforts to create new organizational strategies to greatly increase our impact on the graduation rates of first-generation college aspirants from low-income communities in our region.