College Possible Leadership Team
  • 07-Oct-2019 (CST)
  • Program Coordinator - Milwaukee, WI
  • Milwaukee, WI, 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, MN, College Possible also operates in Philadelphia, PA; Chicago, IL; Milwaukee, WI; Omaha, NE; Seattle, WA; and Portland, OR; 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

We are seeking a dynamic, high-energy, idealistic leader to join our successful, growing organization as part of our program leadership team.  The Program Coordinator helps coordinate College Possible programs within our partner schools by supervising, training and supporting 6-8 Service Corps Members.

 

Essential Job Functions

Supervise, Train and Support Service Corps Members: Duties include providing daily support, guidance, and oversight to AmeriCorps Members to ensure excellence in service and programming. Troubleshoot issues as they arise, evaluate performance, gather feedback, and work in partnership with other staff to ensure the highest quality of service to students, and AmeriCorps Members.  Coordinate, prepare for, and lead high-quality trainings and weekly meetings for Corps Members.

 

Ensure Program Quality and Curriculum Fidelity: Oversee the implementation of curriculum by coaches to ensure fidelity to our program model. Evaluate curriculum delivery and support AmeriCorps members in growing as coaches and engaging with students. Ensure that needed resources are in place to support execution of the program.  Ensures that AmeriCorps members implement activities outside of everyday interaction with students, such as college visits, ACT exams, college prep talks, college panels, and program-wide events, and will help to coordinate those events as assigned. 

 

Develop and Maintain External Relationships: Work to build and maintain successful relationships with assigned high schools or colleges by coordinating service delivery to sites on an ongoing basis and maintaining communication with key contacts at each school.  Meet with key contacts throughout the year to ensure program quality and successful communication.  Distribute program updates, attend events as needed, and maintain communication as the organization's lead ambassador to assigned schools.

 

Evaluate, Track and Report on Progress: Assist the Program Manager in the weekly tracking, evaluation and reporting of student progress in key program areas.

  

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.

 

Education/Certifications/Licenses:

  • Bachelor's degree and at least two years of full-time work experience required. 

 

Related Work Experience:

  • Teaching and/or college admissions experience desired;
  • Supervisory experience strongly preferred, but not required;
  • Experience with AmeriCorps, VISTA, or other service programs preferred;
  • Familiarity with college admissions process, including standardized tests, application process and financial aid strongly preferred.

 

Computer/Software Skills:

  • Strong computer skills, including demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office products.

 

 Other Skills, Abilities and Requirements:

  • Ability to work well with diverse types of people in a team environment;
  • Eagerness to help low-income young people achieve success;
  • Excellent communication, organization, and time management skills;
  • Ability to multitask, meet deadlines, and handle potentially stressful situations calmly and appropriately;
  • Flexibility to work in multiple locations, as time is split between the College Possible office and affiliated schools;
  • Desire to work in a growing nonprofit organization, ability to adapt, creativity, and commitment to excellence highly valued;
  • Must have a desire to engage in diversity, inclusion and/or equity work;
  • Access to reliable transportation required.

 

Compensation

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: www.CollegePossible.org/careers  Include a resume and cover letter.

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