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Executive Director

College Possible Leadership Team
Saint Paul, MN
Expired: April 08, 2023 Applications are no longer accepted.
  • Full-Time

Executive Director

College Possible - St. Paul, MN

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 more than 80,000 students from under-represented communities get into and through college through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. Its pioneering model matches students with a near-peer coach and an evidence-based curriculum designed to help students overcome the most common barriers to getting into college and completing their degree - all at no cost to students or their families. 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 proud AmeriCorps program. AmeriCorps is a federal agency that brings people together to tackle the country's most pressing challenges through national service. Our AmeriCorps members commit to a year of service as a College Possible coach in communities throughout the country. Many coaches represent the identities of the students they serve, and each brings a commitment to social justice and closing the college equity divide.

Our near-peer coaching 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 top-of-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 an annual operating budget of $33 million, more than 200 full-time employees and more than 300 AmeriCorps and VISTA service members. During the 2021-2022 school year, we reached an estimated 24,000 students nationwide. During the 2021-2022 school year, we reached an estimated 24,000 students nationwide.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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 Catalyze partnerships in California, Iowa, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, and Tennessee. Learn more at

Equal Opportunity Employer

College Possible is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, or status with regard to public assistance. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals and conduct all possible activities in fully accessible settings.

Your Role as Executive Director

As Executive Director of the Minnesota site, you are the general manager for the site overseeing operations including planning, managing, and executing a comprehensive strategy that drives impact within the site. In addition to regional operations and leadership, the Executive Director serves as the external face of College Possible to the local community and the various stakeholders of College Possible. As such, the Executive Director will lead all fundraising activities, community outreach efforts and support the Local Advisory Board.

As a talent leader and champion, you will be responsible for recruiting, developing, and retaining 31 full - time staff members and 40 full-time AmeriCorps volunteers. Moreover, you work to ensure that the proper infrastructure is in place to support the high-performing, results-oriented, mission-aligned team in reaching their goals and contributing to the mission of College Possible. As such, you have highly effective communication and listening skills, set clear and realistic expectations for staff, and possess the ability to inspire and activate individuals across all levels. As a leader, you thrive when it comes to leading with transparency, collaborating, vision-setting, creating accountability, and maximizing the impact of diverse skills, talents and experiences of the team.

As an intentional, strategic, results-oriented, and mission-driven leader, the Executive Director ensures that the organization has the regional strategic priorities and relationships needed to achieve the mission of College Possible.

The Executive Director is integral to the culture, effectiveness, and impact of College Possible.

Overall Site Management

  • Serves as the leader of the site, which includes providing overall management of the organization in all operational areas including human resources, information technology, facilities management, purchasing, budgeting, and finance/accounting, directly
  • supervising the site leadership team, and working collaboratively with national staff members.
    Works in close collaboration with the local Site Advisory Board to develop a strategic plan for the site, and to maintain community relations, determine the programmatic direction, support donor cultivation, and ensure program satisfaction.
  • Instills and develops the organizational culture, one of the key components to our success as an organization.
  • Cultivates, recruits, develops and retains diverse, highly effective talent.
  • Ensures compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, rules, and College Possible policies and

Fundraising and External Relations

  • Responsible for designing, developing and implementing funding strategies to support College Possible's programs in the region.
  • In collaboration with national leadership, develops strategies to build and cultivate new individual donor relationships, enhance current institutional partner relationships (including foundations and corporations), and increase levels of engagement with the organization.
  • Actively works to elevate the regional and national brand by serving as a thought-leader on issues of education and college success at various events, meeting with community partners and stakeholders, and acting as a primary external advocate for the organization.
  • Responsible for grant-writing efforts, in coordination with and with support from the national office where appropriate.
  • Schedules and attends meetings with key foundations and individual contacts with national leadership, local leadership and/or members of the local Site Advisory Board, as appropriate.

Program Development

  • Provides programmatic oversight, ensuring alignment in the development and implementation of the College Possible programs in the local service area.
  • With support from the National program team, maintains and enhances the standard for College Possible, both internally and externally, while ensuring fidelity to our program model and achieving key metrics.
  • Ensures appropriate evaluation of program efforts and maintains a results-focused orientation across every aspect of College Possible's work in the region.

Marketing & Communications

  • In close collaboration with the national communications team and regional external relations team, oversees the marketing and communications efforts in the local community and supports the elevation of College Possible's brand identity in the region.
  • Serves as the region's main spokesperson in the Minnesota community and provides strategic direction for special events and media efforts.

What You Bring

Education, Certification and Licenses:

  • Bachelor's degree (Master's preferred).

Related Work Experience:

  • At least 8-10 years of relevant experience, which includes serving as a successful senior leader and rebuilding organization culture.
  • Evidence of a results orientation in management and a record of achieving desired outcomes.
  • Prior fundraising or development experience is required, with a proven track record of building upon and expanding an organization's donor base.
  • Experience with the Minnesota funder community is strongly preferred.

Computer/Software Skills:

  • Strong computer skills, including demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Office, and experience in database management.

Other Skills, Abilities or Requirements:

  • Outstanding problem solver with an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills that inspire and motivate both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Superior interpersonal and presentation skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Evidence of excellent collaborative and relationship-building abilities.
  • Self-starter with the ability to juggle multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously.
  • Strong experience with change management.
  • Flexible and adaptable to change.
  • Comfort with budgets and financial management.

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

  • As a committed, diverse, values-based organization, we offer:
  • 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.
  • An opportunity to have a tremendous impact both internally and across the country.

To Join Our Growing College Possible Team
Please apply online at, which includes submitting your resume and cover letter.


College Possible Leadership Team

Saint Paul, MN
55104 USA
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