College Possible Leadership Team
  • 01-Jul-2019 (CST)
  • High School Program Manager - Chicago
  • Chicago, IL, 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 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 130 full-time employees and more than 270 AmeriCorps and VISTA service members. During the 2018-19 school year, we will reach an estimated 30,000 students in all 50 states, at more than 90 partner high schools and at more than 350 colleges. 

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 are joining forces with colleges to achieve a transformational impact: by 2021, we will partner with 400 colleges to reach 50,000 students.

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.

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Basic Description

We are seeking a leader to join our successful, growing organization as part of our program leadership team. The Program Manager heads all programmatic efforts for the site and will work with the Program Director to help ensure the quality of the College Possible program, providing input and support in overall program management and organizational leadership. This position is based in our Chicago site office but will also work with the centralized national support teams.

Essential Job Functions

Ensure Program Quality & Provide Organizational Management: Oversee the high-quality implementation of College Possible curriculum and program components to ensure that the program is operating with fidelity to the national College Possible model and moving students toward promised outcomes. The Program Manager helps to instill the organization's values and goals throughout the team's work.

Partner Management: Build and support team members in building strong partnerships with school officials and peer programs in the community. Facilitate effective collaboration that opens up valuable resources and opportunities for students and staff or advances a community-wide college- going culture.

Supervise, Train and Support Program Staff and AmeriCorps Members: Manage the day-to-day activities of the access program team in Chicago. Supervise 2-3 Program Coordinators. In collaboration with the Program Director, oversee team training and development, including such activities as managing the training and curriculum calendars for Corps members and High School 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 young professionals. Oversee projects managed by Program Coordinators. Work with site and national program teams to ensure all AmeriCorps program requirements are being followed. Help develop and ensure that supervisors and program components live out organizational values of diversity and inclusion.

Evaluate, Track and Report on Progress: Work with the Executive Director, Program Director, and National program team in the tracking, evaluation and reporting of College Possible programmatic progress on a day-to-day basis. Help collect and analyze data that demonstrates results, and use that information for program management. Collect and summarize data needed for AmeriCorps, donor, and board reporting. 

Project Management: Lead key initiatives and support program staff and AmeriCorps member involvement in activities related to student funding, student attendance and engagement, pilot programming, the annual graduation event (College Decision Day/Launch!), summer transition activities for high school seniors, and family engagement.

Recruit Program Participants and Staff: Provide overall leadership in engaging organizational resources to recruit and select students and staff for the coming program year. Work with the national and Chicago team on a joint effort to advertise, recruit, and select AmeriCorps members for upcoming year.  Lead the team in identifying and selecting new schools and students to participate in the program for the coming year.

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 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 required
  • Master's Degree helpful

Related Work Experience:

  • A minimum of five years of full-time work experience demonstrating increasing levels of responsibility required;
  • A minimum of two years of previous supervisory experience required;

Computer/Software Skills:

  • Strong computer skills, including demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and other Office Suite programs as well as experience in database management.

Other Skills, Abilities and Requirements:

  • Ability to focus clearly on outcomes and communicate about their importance to others;
  • Flexible and adaptable to change;
  • Strong management abilities with demonstrated experience working within a matrixed organization, managing programs and developing systems to measure programmatic results;
  • Strong supervisory skills with experience managing direct reports with proven ability to develop, coach, and lead teams;
  • Established record of work with diverse populations;
  • Ability to recruit, select and train qualified individuals;
  • Proven record of facilitating collaboration and cooperation with organizations and the community;
  • Demonstrated ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment;
  • Vision and demonstrated ability to develop, promote and deliver positive results;
  • Willingness to work some evenings and weekends.
  • Access to reliable transportation required (mileage reimbursement provided).


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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