College Possible is a growing nonprofit coaching low-income students to and through college to break the cycle of poverty and empower the next generation of leaders. Our model earns top-of-field results: a 2011 Harvard study found that the program more than doubles a student’s chance of enrolling in a four-year college, and our students are four times more likely to become college graduates than their low-income peers. College Possible has a budget of nearly $20 million, more than 100 full-time employees and more than 250 AmeriCorps and VISTA service members. During the 2016-2017 school year, we are serving 30,000 students in all 50 states, at more than 90 partner high schools and at more than 350 colleges.
College Possible is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion, and seeks to build a diverse workforce to promote effective work in partnership with the communities we serve. We welcome a diverse pool of qualified applicants. For each of its positions, College Possible is mindful about what best serves our students, and seeks to hire staff with relevant experience, skills and aptitude, and a commitment to the power of education.
Headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, College Possible also operates in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Portland, Oregon; Omaha, Nebraska; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Chicago, Illinois. We’re joining forces with colleges to achieve a transformational impact: by 2021, we will partner with 400 colleges to serve 50,000 students.
To learn more, visit CollegePossible.org.
We are seeking a dynamic, high-energy, idealistic leader to join our successful, growing organization as part of our program leadership team. The Program Coordinator helps coordinate College Possible’s programs within our partner schools by supervising, training and supporting 6-8 Service Corps Members.
Essential Job Functions
Supervise, Train and Support Service Corps Members: Duties include providing daily support, guidance, and oversight to Service Corps Members to ensure excellence in service and programming. Troubleshooting issues as they arise, evaluating performance, gathering feedback, and working in partnership with other staff to ensure the highest quality of service to students, school sites, and Service Corps Members. Additionally, the incumbent will coordinate, prepare for, and lead high-quality trainings and weekly meetings for Service Corps Members and support Corps Member morale and productivity. Moreover, the Program Coordinator will draw contextual connections for Corps Members with their diverse projects, helping them see their connection to our broader program mission.
Ensure Program Quality and Curriculum Fidelity: Oversee the implementation of projects, student support, and curriculum by Corps Members to ensure fidelity to our program model. Support Service Corps Members in growing as mentors, lesson planners and instructors. Ensure that needed resources are in place to support execution of the program.
Develop and Maintain High School and Other Partner Relationships: Work to build and maintain successful relationships with high schools by coordinating service delivery to sites on an ongoing basis and maintaining communication with key contacts at each school. Meet with school administrators, counselors, and key contacts throughout the year to ensure program quality and successful communication. Actively communicate with other Corps Member supervisors and program leadership to support Corps Member collaboration on shared projects.
Project Management: Oversee Corps Member involvement in and collaborate with Leadership Team peers on project design of: Student Recruitment, Summer Transition Campaign, Summer Bridge, and other key initiatives.
Evaluate, Track and Report on Progress: Assist the Program Manager in the weekly tracking, evaluation and reporting of student progress in key program areas, including student recruitment, Summer Bridge, and the Summer Transition Campaign.
Recruit Program Participants and Staff: Work with Program Team to recruit and select students and Service Corps Members for the coming program year. The Program Coordinator will participate in the student selection process, and will help coordinate student and Service Corps Member communication once the selections have been made.
Other duties as assigned.
Professional Requirements (Skills & Qualifications)
In addition to the requirements below, College Possible staff and service members are expected to demonstrate the Idealistic Leader traits of Strive to be Delightful, Energize those in your Presence, Keep Your Eyes on the Prize, Challenge Cynicism, Moccasin the Lives of Others, Learn to be Grateful and Have Fun, as expressed in our organizational value statement and have a significant commitment to the mission of helping low-income students earn admission to college and persist toward degree completion.
- Bachelor's degree and at least one year of full-time work experience required.
Related Work Experience:
- Teaching and/or college admissions experience desired. Supervisory experience strongly preferred, but not required;
- Experience with AmeriCorps, VISTA, or other service programs preferred;
- Familiarity with college admissions process, including standardized tests, application process and financial aid as well as project management strongly preferred.
- Strong computer skills, including demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office products.
Other Skills, Abilities and Requirements:
- Ability to work well with diverse types of people in a team environment;
- Eagerness to help low-income young people achieve success;
- Excellent communication, organization, and time management skills;
- Ability to multitask, meet deadlines, and handle potentially stressful situations calmly and appropriately;
- Flexibility to work in multiple locations. Time is split between the College Possible office and affiliated schools;
- Desire to work in a growing nonprofit organization, ability to adapt, creativity, and commitment to excellence highly valued;
- Access to reliable transportation required.
Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits (complete health, dental, life, short-term and long-term insurance, 401(k) retirement plan and generous paid time off program).
Please complete the online application and include a resume, cover letter and a list of three professional references.