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College Program Manager

College Possible Leadership Team
Saint Paul, MN
  • Posted: April 22, 2022
  • Full-Time

College Program Manager, Training
College Possible Minnesota

About College Possible
As one of the largest and most successful college access and success programs in the country, since 2000 College Possible has helped put more than 59,000 students from disinvested communities on the path to economic mobility via completion of a college degree. Its proven near-peer coaching model, delivered by recent college graduates serving as AmeriCorps members, provides high-touch interventions proven to help students navigate and overcome the most common barriers to college access, retention and degree completion. Nationwide, College Possible students are three times more likely to earn a bachelor's degree within six years than their peers from similar backgrounds.

College Possible is a growing nonprofit coaching students from low-income backgrounds to and through college to break the cycle of poverty and empower the next generation of leaders. Our model has earned national recognition: the inaugural Evergreen National Education Award recognized our leadership in increasing access to and success in college for students from low-income backgrounds. It also earns topof-field results: a 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 $33 million, more than 128 full-time employees and more than 321 AmeriCorps and VISTA service members. During the 2021-22 school year, we will reach an estimated 21,245 students in all 50 states, with the support of 169 partner highschools and 107 partner colleges.

College Possible is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and seeks to build a diverse workforce to create impact 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. To learn more read our Diversity and Inclusion Plan.

Headquartered in Saint Paul, MN, College Possible operates: regional sites in Chicago, IL; Milwaukee, WI; Omaha, NE; Philadelphia, PA; Portland, OR; and Seattle, WA; College Forward in Austin, TX; and has Catalyze partnerships in California, Iowa, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, and Tennessee. Learn more at

Your Role as College Program Manager - Training
We are seeking a dynamic, high-energy leader to join our successful, growing organization as a part of our program leadership team. The Program Manager will supervise Program Coordinators and collaborate with other program leadership to provide overall management for tech-connected and campus-based college success programming and to the college program team.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Ensure Program Quality & Provide Organizational Management: Oversee the implementation of high-quality College Possible curriculum and program to ensure that the college success program is operating with fidelity to the College Possible model and moving toward ambitious outcomes. In that aim, the Program Manager will ensure high quality training and development for AmeriCorps members and Program Coordinators. Use data to inform decision making and performance goals.
Partner Management: Maintain successful relationships with college and universities through regular communication with key contacts. Engage with partners to assess program quality, results, and overall institutional satisfaction and student success. Attend campus-based events where appropriate.
Supervise, Train and Support Program Staff and AmeriCorps Members: Supervise 3-4 Program Coordinators. In collaboration with college team leadership, oversee team training and development, including such activities as managing the training and curriculum calendars for AmeriCorps members and college Program Coordinators. Provide effective feedback and coaching to Program Coordinators on their critical skills in meeting and training facilitation, results management, and effective supervision of early-career professionals. Oversee projects managed by Program Coordinators. Work with site and national program teams to ensure all AmeriCorps program requirements are followed. Help develop and ensure that supervisors and program
components live out organizational core values.
Evaluate, Track and Report on Progress: Work with the Executive Director, Director of College Success, and National program team in the tracking, evaluation and reporting of College Possible programmatic progress on a day-to-day basis. Collect and analyze data that demonstrates student and program outcomes and use that information for program management and reporting to stakeholders. Use data to inform decision-making and performance goals.
Recruit Program Participants and Staff: As assigned, provide leadership to engage organizational resources to recruit and select students and staff. Work with the National and Minnesota team in a joint effort to advertise, recruit, and select AmeriCorps members for the upcoming year. Lead the team in identifying and selecting students to participate in the program for the coming year.

What You Bring
Bachelor's degree required.

Related Work Experience:
At least three years related work experience demonstrating increasing level of responsibility.
Supervisory experience required.
Experience with AmeriCorps, VISTA, or other service programs preferred.
Familiarity with college success strategies including tools & resources to address financial need.
Experience with Salesforce preferred.

Other Skills, Abilities and Requirements:
Significant commitment to the mission of helping students gain admission into college and persist to degree completion.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion work.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills across diverse audiences.
Strong attention to detail with the ability to prioritize multiple projects and deadlines.
Demonstrated ability to use collect and analyze data.
Ability to recruit, select, and train qualified individuals.
Proven record of facilitation and collaboration with organizations and the community.
Project management experience preferred.
Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends.

Computer skills:
Strong computer skills, including demonstrated proficiency in MS Office Products.

Physical Requirements
Ability to lift up to 15 pounds when needed
Office environment with limited travel
Ability to stand and/or sit for a minimum of 7 hours a day

What We Offer
In addition to joining a committed, diverse, values-based organization, we offer:

A starting salary of $53,360.
An opportunity for you to have a tremendous impact both internally and in the broader country
a competitive salary commensurate with experience
excellent benefits including complete health, dental, life, short-term and long-term insurance
401(k) retirement plan
Encouraged sustainability through a generous paid time off program
Personalized professional development and growth opportunities

To Join Our Growing College Possible Team
Please apply at: Include a resume and cover letter

College Possible Leadership Team


Saint Paul, MN
55130 USA



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