College Possible Leadership Team
  • 04-Mar-2020 (CST)
  • Minnesota Site
  • 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 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 $25 million, more than 140 full-time employees and more than 270 AmeriCorps and VISTA service members. During the 2018-19 school year, we will reach an estimated 25,000 students in all 50 states, at more than 90 partner high schools and at 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, 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 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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Basic Description

The Senior Director of Program Operations will set the strategy for the overall programming of our MN site and define a vision for success that's data-informed and can be clearly measured, and spans the length of our student support from high school junior to college graduate. The Senior Director of Program Operations will empower, manage, lead and support both our college access and success teams. The Senior Director of Program Operations will work in close collaboration with the Executive Director on matters related to programming and budget for the MN site and will serve as a member of the Senior Leadership team for MN.


Essential Job Functions


Lead on overall strategy of College Possible MN Programming: Work in tandem with the Executive Director and national program leadership to define a clear vision of student success for the MN site and constantly find ways to improve effectiveness and efficiency across the MN program from recruiting students in their sophomore year of high school to start programming as juniors in high school through their college graduation. Build a strong culture of success and identify opportunities to bolster cross-program effectiveness, collaboration, and clarity. Ensure that the appropriate systems are in place to effectively track progress towards long-term goals and that our team is well trained in the utilization and understanding of these systems. Work closely with Program Directors who, as experts in their fields of access and success both in terms of the local landscape externally and internal systems and structures, will help you to form an overall, long-term strategy encompassing both aspects of our program.


Provide Leadership and Insight on Site Priorities: As a member of the MN Senior Leadership team, work closely with Executive Director on the budgeting process. Develop creative solutions to implement program vision with available resources. Work closely with Development Director to inform on vision for programming and then seek out, submit and secure funding opportunities to enable the work needed to achieve program success.


Collaborate with National Research and Evaluation Team to identify opportunities to conduct research or use our existing data to better understand the long-term trajectories of our MN students from their junior year of high school to their college graduation and beyond. Work closely with the national research and evaluation team to use this information to make informed choices about what the MN site can be doing at every step of a student's journey with us to increase persistence and graduation rates for our MN students. Think holistically about how this information can help drive choices our team makes that cross the access and success landscapes. Work closely with the Directors of Access and Success to align data informed decisions with their visions for how College Possible can be on the cutting edge in the access and success landscape in the MN market.


Manage College Possible's Connects Partnerships: Work with our college partners who engage with us through our Connects model. Engage in regular meetings with partners, share pertinent and compelling data, negotiate memorandums of understanding and secure all budgeted Connects revenue.


Represent College Possible in Minnesota: Collaborate with external partners to advance College Possible's community relationships and advance the organization's work throughout the state. Serve as college access and success subject matter expert with funders and other community partners. Stay informed of the current access and success landscape and be prepared to take interview requests from media partners as needed.


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, master's degree preferred, with at least seven years of related successful experience demonstrating progressively increasing levels of responsibility.


Related Work Experience:

  • At least 7 years or more of professional experience
  • Experience with program development in either K-12 education or higher education organization required
  • Strong management abilities with significant experience managing people and programs
  • Vision and demonstrated ability to develop, promote and deliver positive results
  • Proven ability to work with diverse populations
  • Proven record of facilitating collaboration and cooperation with organizations and the community


Computer/Software Skills:

  • Strong computer skills, including demonstrated proficiency in Word, Excel and experience working with a fundraising database;
  • Raiser's Edge experience strongly preferred.


Other Skills, Abilities and Requirements:

  • High energy with the proven ability to engage, inspire and motivate others;
  • Passion for and demonstrated commitment to the College Possible mission and public service
  • Ability to recruit, select and train qualified individuals;
  • Entrepreneurial skills and spirit, with demonstrated ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment;
  • Ability to focus clearly on outcomes;
  • Strong attention to detail and the ability to effectively multi-task;
  • Willingness to work some 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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