College Possible Leadership Team
  • 07-Dec-2020 to Until Filled (CST)
  • Program Coordinator - Chicago
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time
  • Open Until Filled

High School Program Coordinator

 College Possible Chicago



EMPLOYMENT Full-Time Exempt





Chicago, IL



Program Director


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 2019-20 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, and 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. 


The Chicago office is comprised of a 33-person program team that currently serves 613 high school students attending 6 CPS partner high schools and 571 students attending nearly 50 local and national partner colleges. By 2021, we will serve approximately 1,500 students.


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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 Service Corps 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, school sites, and Service Corps Members.  Coordinate, prepare for, and lead high-quality trainings and weekly meetings for Service Corps Members.


Ensure Program Quality and Curriculum Fidelity: Oversee the implementation of curriculum by high school coaches to ensure fidelity to our program model. Evaluate lesson plan delivery and support Service Corps members in growing as lesson planners and instructors. Ensure that needed resources are in place to support execution of the program.  Ensure that Service Corps members implement activities outside of regular classroom sessions, such as individual student meetings, college visits, ACT exams, summer enrichment opportunities, and program-wide events.  Help to coordinate those events as assigned. 


Develop and Maintain High School Relationships: Work to build and maintain successful relationships with assigned high schools by coordinating service delivery and maintaining communication with key contacts at each school.  Meet with school administrators, counselors, and key contacts throughout the year to ensure program quality and successful partnership.  Distribute quarterly program updates, attend school outreach events as needed, and maintain communication as the organization's lead ambassador to assigned high 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, including ACT scores, summer enrichment applications, campus visits, college applications, admittance to college, and financial aid. 


Recruit Program Participants and Staff: Work with Program Team to recruit and select students and Service Corps Members for the coming program year.  The Program Coordinator will participate in the student selection process, and will help coordinate student and Service Corps Member communication once the selections have been made.


Other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor's degree and at least one year 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.  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;
  • Access to reliable transportation required.

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 Apply Please apply at:  Include a resume and cover letter.




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