College Possible Leadership Team
  • 19-Mar-2020 to 31-Mar-2020 (CST)
  • National Director of Programs - National Office
  • St Paul, MN, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

About College Possible

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 2020-21 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 MN, IA, MD, TN, NY, CA, OH. We're joining forces with colleges to achieve a transformational impact: by 2021, we will partner with 400 colleges to reach 50,000 students.  

To learn more, visit CollegePossible.org.

Your Role as National Director of Programs

The National Director of Programs oversees the effort to codify, integrate, align and refine current programs and is responsible for overseeing our in-person and tech-connected college access and success programming across national sites. Additionally, the National Director of Programs leads our flagship and navigate program models as well as provides general oversight of College Possible's participation in CollegePoint, a coalition of nonprofit organizations funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies with the goal of increasing the number of high-achieving, low- and moderate-income students enrolling in top-performing colleges. 

In this role, you demonstrate a strong ability to understand and influence College Possible's current work and design and implement new strategic goals in order to guide the team towards successful execution and improve our post-secondary success strategy. The National Director of Programs is responsible for ensuring the continued excellence of College Possible's nation-leading programmatic performance and will work in concert with the Regional Leadership Team, the Vice President of Strategic Development, and the Vice President of Site Operations to inform regional program operations and influence site-based Program Directors.   This includes supporting the process for redefining the National team's role in relation to College Possible regions and ensuring regional implementation fidelity. As such, you leverage your experience as a seasoned leader and manager to work cross-functionally and build relationships with all levels of the organization. 

As the National Director of Programs, you will help us develop an organizational point of view on weaving career and technical education research into match and fit principles.  Working alongside the program and data analytics teams, you will inform the development of key performance indicators (KPIs) to shape our organizational stance on college and career pathways, so students feel supported and equipped to pursue their passion and purpose with a solid plan. 

The National Director of Programs is integral to the culture, effectiveness, and impact of College Possible:

Program Development and Project Management

 

  • Employs a growth-mindset, solutions-driven, and results-oriented approach to improving college access and post-secondary outcomes for first-generation college-goer and students from low-income backgrounds.
  • Leads all high school and college programming efforts for Flagship, Navigate and CollegePoint programs ensuring that goals are met on time and within budget.
  • In partnership with the Senior Vice President of Strategy & Partnerships, leverages historical data in order to codify current efforts and develop a framework, inclusive of KPIs, for college access and success.
  • Works alongside senior leaders to explore an organizational point of view on post-secondary success that's inclusive of community college students and workforce development/credentialing. 
  • Manages national-level programmatic relationships and serves as a main point of contact within programmatic arenas. 
  • Convenes cross-team working groups and manages community of practice leaders in an effort to leverage national stakeholders in program design in order to further advance organizational outcomes.
  • Innovates and designs rigorous pilots of new initiatives that advance our collective work and are responsive to the needs of our sites. 

 

 

Organizational Leadership and Collaboration

 

  • Supervises the national program team staff and has a dotted line reporting relationship to regional program leadership teams.

 

  • Supports with the development and/or refinement of program content curation and implementation standards.

 

  • Advises and supports the Curriculum & Instruction team's efforts to redesign and augment core curriculum. 
  • Collaborates with the Director of Curriculum & Instruction and site Program Directors to maintain curriculum and instructional standards for the organization as well as identify opportunities for curriculum and instruction innovation, helping to influence successful implementation and adherence in all sites. 

 

Evaluation and Innovation

 

  • In conjunction with the Director of Data Analytics and Evaluation, uses evidence as program learnings to identify bright spots and areas of opportunity. 
  • Advises on the development of key performance indicators (KPIs) and benchmarks that guide the work of coaches and site teams to maximize coach efficiency and effectiveness in improving student outcomes. 
  • Leads the team to successful replication of proven strategies, using evaluation findings in messaging and management of staff. 
  • Regularly and routinely monitors program quality to ensure that the students are receiving high-quality programming.

 

Program and National Partnership Support

 

  • Advises on the training and ongoing development for Flagship, Navigate and CollegePoint program staff and new leaders. 
  • Assists the Talent Team and site staff in developing orientation and training plans for new program staff. 
  • Provides ongoing support for program teams in sites and serves as a primary resource and internal consultant on all program-related issues and concerns. 
  • Works in close contact with the Vice President of Strategic Development and Vice President of Site Operations to implement all foundational elements of the program and ensures successful results for students. 
  • Leads onboarding and ongoing training for site program leads as well as new senior leadership team members.
  • In concert with the Senior Vice President of Strategy & Partnerships, helps to manage and expand national partnerships by advising on and supporting the development of an organizational strategic point of view on partnerships with high schools, post-secondary institutions and third-party organizations. 

 

What You Bring

As National Director, Programs, you must have a bachelor's degree (master's preferred) in a related field and bring at least 10 years of relevant experience, ideally in higher education or with a national college access and post-secondary success organization that includes prior experience managing a team. Additionally, you possess a deep understanding of program development and implementation in the college access and post-secondary success space.  You are strategic, collaborative in nature, and have a penchant for innovation and making data-informed decisions as well as an achievement-orientation to get things done. You are attentive to detail and have a consistent focus towards continuous improvement through rapid cycle testing. In addition to your experience in both program design and implementation, you are a master connector and relationship-builder. These elements come alive through your ability to deepen College Possible's impact through programming and partnerships.

What We Offer

In addition to joining a committed, diverse, values-based organization, we offer:

  • An opportunity for you to have a tremendous impact both internally and in the broader country
  • A competitive salary commensurate with experience
  • Excellent benefits including complete health, dental, life, short-term and long-term insurance
  • 401(k) retirement plan
  • Encouraged sustainability through a generous paid time off program
  • Personalized professional development and growth opportunities

To Join Our Growing College Possible Team

Submit your resume and cover letter by March 31, 2020.  If you have any questions, please contact Chante' Chambers at cchambers@collegepossible.org.

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