College Possible Leadership Team
  • 20-Aug-2019 (CST)
  • National Lead for Connects Partnerships
  • 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 $24 million, more than 140 full-time employees and more than 270 AmeriCorps and VISTA service members. During the 2019-20 school year, we will reach an estimated 25,000 students in all 50 states, at more than 100 partner high schools and at more than 400 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; Seattle, Washington and has Catalyze partnerships in California, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, Ohio and Tennessee. We're joining forces with colleges to achieve a transformational impact: our goal is to serve more than 100,000 students annually and make a significant contribution to closing the degree divide. 


Basic Description

The Senior Partnerships Manager, Flagship, plays an instrumental role in the advancement of a key organizational priority: build strategic partnerships focused on improving retention and graduation rates. In this role, the individual will be a strategic analytic thought partner, relationship builder and leader who can support the National Director of Programs and site-based program leaders. Toward this end, the National Lead for Connects Partnerships will (1) oversee and manage the Flagship program's existing college partnerships program (Connects) and serve as the primary national office liaison to College Possible sites regarding Connects partnerships, (2) use internal data (i.e., enrollment patterns, graduation rates, costs, etc.) to support the development of site-based college partnership plans; and (3) work collaboratively with our Catalyze program (specifically the Senior Partnerships Manager) to bolster a bi-directional and integrated pipeline of learning and program design.


Strategic Partnership Development (40% of time)

  • In tandem with National Director of Programs, utilize an internal matrix as guide to set site-by-site goals for college enrollment that informs a localized partnership strategy;
  • Utilize an internal matrix as guide to prospect, cultivate, and build pipeline of new national Connects partnerships, particularly those that are high quality and affordable, as well as optimize support from existing partners where enrollment patterns have been historically higher;
  • Upon commitment from new national Connects partners, develop and disseminate comprehensive onboarding plan for program execution at the start of ensuing academic year;
  • Work with the Data, Analytics, Research and Evaluation (DARE) team to create annual enrollment matrices (depicting where our students are enrolled by net cost and graduation rates);
  • Work collaboratively with sites to identify community college partners and subsequently goals (in alignment with our priority to focus community college work on supporting students to complete bachelor's degrees).

Leadership and Management of College Possible Connects (40% of time)

In our Flagship program, Connects is the college partnerships model supporting student recruitment, enrollment, persistence, and degree completion. Connects partners are organized in three distinct ways (Collaborate, Bridge, and Explore), all with differing levels of engagement from partner institutions. The National Lead for Connects Partnerships will:   

  • Review, update, and disseminate the national structure and process for Connects (i.e., program goals, timelines/calendars, partnership program components, Enrollment Reports, MOUs, Impact Reports, etc.) to ensure mutual alignment between organizational priorities pertaining to partnerships and expectations for both sides of the partnership (i.e., sites and campuses);
  • Act as the primary point of support for sites in the management and sustainability of existing Connects partnerships, including the development of site-based college partnership plans;
  • Ensure that Connects partners have the materials, resources, and general support needed to fulfill their partnership commitment for the academic year;
  • Work with the Data, Analytics, Research and Evaluation (DARE) team to build an infrastructure to measure the success and efficacy of College Possible Connects;
  • Lead in preparing and providing partnerships updates or pertinent reporting to National Director of Programs and other audiences (i.e., all-Leadership Team, Senior Leadership Team meetings, etc.) as germane
  • In tandem with National Director of Programs and External Relations Team (ERT), develop and refine resources to share with extant and prospective college partners, including updating webpage, decks, and other pitch/branding materials pertaining to Connects;
  • Oversee the development and ongoing maintenance of the organization's partnership database in Salesforce, including maintaining thorough records of partnerships conversations as well as tracking, reporting and assessing the organization's portfolio of partners to determine value and effectiveness. 

Collaboration with College Possible Catalyze (20% of time)

  • Work collaboratively with the Senior Partnerships Manager for Catalyze to establish a more integrated and bidirectional framework for learning and optimization (between Connects and Catalyze) to increase partnership engagement and advance partnership goals.


Professional Requirements

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. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required (master's degree very helpful)
  • At least seven years of experience in post-secondary education environment strongly preferred (but not required); otherwise, experience in related field (i.e., consulting, partnership development, brand management, marketing, business development, community relations) demonstrating increasing levels of responsibility required;
  • Experience supervising, coaching, and/or developing other team members.
  • Strong computer skills, including demonstrated proficiency in: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook;
  • Experience with Salesforce or other CRM system preferred.
  • Demonstrated understanding of (and sensitivity to) the needs of students who have been historically underrepresented in American higher education (i.e., low-income, first-generation, students of color)
  • Clear and very strong track record of cultivating and sustaining positive working relationships, including the ability to successfully facilitate collaboration and cooperation to achieve goals/benchmarks
  • Experience reviewing, analyzing, and interpreting data to inform strategy/program recommendations
  • Exceptional project management skills and ability to pivot, rapidly iterate, and/or adapt when warranted
  • Ability to take initiative and drive results both independently and as part of a team
  • Experience working in a highly matrixed/national organization
  • Reputation of having high energy, coupled with the capacity to engage, inspire and motivate others
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong interpersonal skills
  • Willingness to travel to sites, partner institutions, and/or relevant convenings, as well as work occasional 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).

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