College Possible Leadership Team
  • 07-Feb-2020 (CST)
  • Program Advisor for Catalyze - National Office
  • St Paul, MN, USA
  • Full Time
  • Open Until Filled

Comprehensive benefits package to include medical/dental/life insurance, PTO, paid holidays, 401k w/company match, flexible spending accounts, STD/LTD, etc.

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 has a growth and scaling strategy called Catalyze that holds the potential to reach tens of thousands more low-income college students over the next decade and close degree attainment gaps. Through its Catalyze initiative, College Possible builds the capacity of colleges/universities to adopt and integrate its proven coaching model into their infrastructure to better support students from low-income backgrounds and boost retention rates. College Possible trains and supports its post-secondary partners in hiring and managing near-peer AmeriCorps coaches who utilize a research-based curriculum to support students and help them navigate the common obstacles to graduation.

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. 

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Position Summary

We are seeking a dynamic, high-energy, idealistic leader to join our successful, growing organization as part of our Catalyze leadership team within our National Office in St. Paul, MN.  The Catalyze Program Advisor will support a portfolio of partner colleges and universities across the country in successfully delivering the College Possible Catalyze program on their campuses. The Catalyze Program Advisor will be the ongoing primary direct support to the program lead at each of the institutions in their portfolio and will work in collaboration with other College Possible staff to do so effectively.


Onboard New Catalyze Partners: Participate in onboarding visits to new partner institutions around the country to prepare them to begin delivery of the Catalyze program on their campuses. Coordinate, prepare for, and deliver training for program leads to orient them to the responsibilities and tools needed to perform their roles effectively.

Onboard and Train Coaches: In partnership with fellow team members, coordinate, prepare for, and deliver instructor-led training (both remotely and in-person) for coaches as part of their orientation to their roles and on an ongoing basis throughout each program year. Provide initial screening of coach candidates. Contribute to the development of self-paced online learning courses for coaches as well as guidelines and resources for institution-led trainings delivered by campus staff.

Ensure Program Quality and Fidelity: Provide guidance and support necessary for program leads to implement the Catalyze program on their campuses. Facilitate recurring one-on-one check-in conversations with program leads, via technology and in-person, and ensure that they have the resources and structure they need to be successful. Address upcoming priorities, help troubleshoot challenges, and glean best practices for broader application.

Lead and Contribute to Program Design Projects: Provide project leadership and support for program design initiatives that build the capacity of partner institutions to run the coaching program themselves.  Utilize data, including student outcomes and feedback from partners, coaches and students, to inform new ideas and interventions. Program design projects include, but are not limited to, the development or refinement of program model initiatives, policies, procedures and resources.

Other duties as assigned or required.




  • Bachelor's degree required

Related Work Experience:

  • A minimum of two years related work experience;
  • Previous supervisory experience preferred;
  • Experience working in a post-secondary education environment preferred;
  • Experience with AmeriCorps, VISTA, or other service programs helpful.

Computer/Software Skills:

  • Strong computer skills, including demonstrated proficiency in: Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Experience working in Salesforce or a similar CRM preferred.

Other Skills, Abilities and Requirements:

  • Significant commitment to the mission of helping low-income students earn admission to college and persist toward degree completion;
  • Flexible and adaptable to change;
  • High energy with the proven ability to engage, inspire and motivate others;
  • Demonstrated ability to influence without authority, preferably in a higher education environment;
  • Established record of work with diverse populations;
  • Energized to work as part of a team;
  • Proven record of facilitating collaboration and cooperation with other organizations;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Demonstrated ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment;
  • Willingness to travel, in-state and out-of-state, to partner institutions (estimated 10-15% of time) and work some evenings and weekends;
  • Must have a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and/or equity in the workplace.
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