College Possible Leadership Team
  • 13-Jun-2019 (CST)
  • Administrative
  • St Paul, MN, USA
  • Full Time
  • Open Until Filled

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 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 $22 million, more than 130 full-time employees and more than 270 AmeriCorps and VISTA service members. During the 2018-19 school year, we will reach an estimated 25,000 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 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.

Headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, College Possible also operates in Philadelphia, PA; Chicago, IL; Milwaukee, WI; Omaha, NE; and Portland, OR; and has Catalyze partnerships in Minnesota, Iowa and Ohio. We're joining forces with colleges to achieve a transformational impact: by 2021, we will partner with 400 colleges to reach 50,000 students. 

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Basic Description

The Partnerships Coordinator is a new position designed to plan and execute student-facing events, increase student participation and engagement, and build and strengthen community partnerships. The Partnerships Coordinator will lead on a variety of high school and college student focused events. This role will manage events from start to finish which includes direct student outreach, material creation, and staff training.  Note:  The title for this position has been changed to "Student Events Coordinator."  

Essential Job Functions

Event Implementation: Plan and coordinate events for students such as College Possible's year-end celebrations, campus visits, service days, and other events. Align all events and project work to our mission of college graduation for low-income students. Ensure events are well executed and attended as well as engaging and impactful for students. Secure in-kind donations as needed to offset the costs of the events, coordinate student RSVP and pre-event engagement activities, work with College Possible AmeriCorps members to promote events and boost attendance, engage College Possible Leadership Team members in event activities, Coordinate day-of event activities and preparation, coordinate any needed event follow-up.

Develop and Maintain Partner Relationships: Build and maintain successful event focused partnerships with colleges, nonprofit peer organizations, vendors, and other stakeholders. Facilitate professional communication with partners to secure needed non-monetary resources for events and build College Possible's brand. Maintain strong working relationships with partners to build trust over time and secure best possible prices on needed event materials, space and other resources.

Training and Engagement: Create and deliver both large and small-scale trainings for College Possible Leadership Team and AmeriCorps members. Work with all functional teams to set date, time and duration of training sessions so they fit appropriately into programmatic training schedules. Ensure trainings are effective and engaging. Create plan for continued engagement and follow up with team regularly to ensure all assigned tasks are completed satisfactorily and on time.

Recruit Program Participants and Staff:  Work with program and external relations teams to recruit and select students and Service Corps Members for the coming program year. This may include, but is not limited to working on preparing materials, engaging student in direct service on high school campuses, attending career fairs, tabling or participating in panels, interviews and other recruitment activities.

Special Projects and 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, Practice Empathy, Learn to be Grateful and Have Fun as expressed in our organizational value statement. Applicants should also have a significant commitment to the mission of helping low-income students earn admission to college and persist toward degree completion.


  • Bachelor's degree required.

Related Work Experience:

  • At least two full years full-time work experience required;
  • Demonstrated success and experience in event planning, events ranging in size from 30 attendees to over 1,000 attendees required;
  • Demonstrated success and experience in project management and/or partnership cultivation required;
  • Experience with AmeriCorps, VISTA, or other service programs preferable, not required.

Computer/Software Skills:

  • Strong computer skills, including demonstrated proficiency in: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and other Office Suite programs.
  • Experience with Salesforce preferable, not required


Other Skills, Abilities and Requirements:

  • Ability to work well with diverse types of people in a team environment;
  • Sound time management skills, ability to manage multiple projects independently, meet deadlines, and handle complex and stressful situations in a calm and appropriate manner;
  • Polished communication skills, both written and verbal, for building relationships and credibility with external partners;
  • Detail focused in event planning and event management;
  • Strong public speaking skills;
  • Demonstrated evidence of creativity and resourcefulness;
  • Must be willing and able to work some evenings and weekends.


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).

To Apply Please apply at:  Include a resume and cover letter.

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