College Possible Leadership Team
  • 23-Jan-2020 (CST)
  • High School Program Coordinator - Portland Office
  • Portland, OR, 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 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 140 full-time employees and more than 270 AmeriCorps and VISTA service members. During the 2018-19 school year, we reached an estimated 25,000 students in all 50 states, at more than 90 partner high schools and more than 350 colleges.

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, see our Diversity and Inclusion Plan.

Headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, College Possible also operates in Philadelphia, PA; Chicago, IL; Milwaukee, WI; Omaha, NE; Portland, OR; and Seattle, WA; and has Catalyze partnerships in Minnesota, Iowa, Tennessee, Maryland, New York, California, 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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Position Summary

We are seeking a dynamic leader to join our successful, growing organization as part of our Oregon program leadership team.  The Program Coordinator supervises, trains, and supports 5-8 AmeriCorps Members who directly deliver College Possible programming to high school juniors and seniors. The Program Coordinator also helps to build and maintain relationships within our partner high schools in Multnomah and Washington counties.


Essential Job Functions

Supervise, Train and Support Service Corps Members: Provide 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 professional development of 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.  Ensure 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. Help to design and lead those events as assigned. 


Develop and Maintain External Relationships: Work to build and maintain successful relationships with assigned high schools 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 and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree and at least two years of full-time work experience required; 
  • Supervisory experience strongly preferred;
  • Familiarity with college admissions process, including standardized tests, application process and financial aid strongly preferred;
  • Experience with AmeriCorps, VISTA, or other service programs preferred;
  • Teaching, mentoring, and/or college admissions experience desired.


Computer/Software Skills:

  • Strong computer skills, including demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office products;
  • Proficiency with Salesforce is helpful, but not required.


 Other Skills, Abilities and Requirements:

  • Eagerness to help low-income young people achieve success;
  • Excellent communication, organization, and time management skills;
  • Ability to build trust, provide positive and constructive feedback, and motivate others;
  • Ability to work well with a diverse range of people across multiple teams;
  • Able to use evidence to improve outcomes and to lead a team in achieving goals;
  • 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;
  • Able to adapt to change and to promote readiness for change in others;
  • Able to identify creative solutions and present recommendations that best meet the needs of students and stakeholders;
  • Must have a commitment to engage in diversity, inclusion, and equity work;
  • Must be willing and able to work occasional evenings and weekends;
  • Access to reliable transportation to partner high schools in Multnomah and Washington counties.



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).

College Possible is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, status regarding public assistance, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, military or veteran status, or any other legally prohibited classification as provided by law.


If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at or you may call Human Resources at 651-288-9455.

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