College Possible Leadership Team
  • 17-Dec-2020 to 05-Mar-2021 (CST)
  • Program
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Assistant Director, College Success

College Possible Oregon



Full-Time Exempt


March 2021


Portland, Oregon



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 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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My role as Assistant  Director College Sucess

We are seeking a leader to join our successful, growing organization as part of our program leadership team. The Assistant Director College Success will join our regional program team with special focus on college success, persistence and graduation programming. This position will oversee staff, training, curriculum, events, and partnerships associated with the College Program. They will ensure our college students receive high-quality programming, that our partnerships with local higher education institutions are strong, and that the College Program Team is effective, proactive, and collaborative. The Assistant Director College Success will supervise one full time Program Coordinator and 2-3 AmeriCorps members as well as indirectly supervise a total of 8 AmeriCorps College Coaches.  They will collaborate closely with the College Access Program Manager and the Program Director, providing input and support in overall program management and organizational leadership for the site. This position is based in our Oregon site office but will also work with the centralized national support teams.


Essential Job Functions


Site-Based Program Leadership and Delivery (35%): Oversee the high-quality implementation of the College Possible curriculum and program components to ensure that the program is operating with fidelity to the national model. Provide daily support, guidance and supervision to Program Coordinators to ensure excellence in service, troubleshooting issues as they arise, evaluating performance through check-ins and working with staff to ensure the highest quality of service to students, sites and Corps members. Facilitate team collaboration and functioning; plan and lead team meetings. Alongside the national program team, the College Access Program Manager and the Program Director, develop a strategy to strengthen college success programming. Manage or support projects and events related to success programming, such as Summer Bridge, first to second year transition, and Launch!, our end of year student celebration.


AmeriCorps Management (20%): Lead in the development and execution of an AmeriCorps training calendar and plan to ensure excellence in service. Ensure that Corps members receive adequate training and support to successfully meet program goals.  Support preparation for and evaluation of trainings for AmeriCorps members and summarize all information for future reference. Ensure compliance with all AmeriCorps guidelines and inform placement of Corps members. Directly supervise 2-3 AmeriCorps members when necessary. Work collaboratively with national and local team to promote, recruit and select AmeriCorps members for upcoming year.


Data and Results Management (20%): Ensure successful data entry and compliance at the site based on national data priorities. Provide guidance and support to Program Coordinators on how to read/interpret results and manage coaches accordingly. Work with Program Director to oversee the tracking and reporting of outcomes, especially in the college success  space, as they relate to programming goals/benchmarks. Leverage data for program management and training development and, alongside the Program Director, develop and implement performance improvement strategies where necessary. Acquire and summarize data needed for AmeriCorps, donor and/or board reporting. Maintain member files and accurately report member hours ensuring that program consistently adheres to AmeriCorps guidelines. 


Strategic Partnerships and Community Relations (20%): Cultivate and support team members in building and maintaining strong partnerships with higher education institutions and liaise to designated partners/key contacts to assess program quality, results and overall satisfaction. Represent College Possible in the community and foster effective collaboration that opens up valuable resources and opportunities for students and staff or advances a community-wide college-going culture. Attend school-based events where appropriate and foster successful communication as a representative of College Possible Oregon program team dedicated to college success initiatives. In collaboration with the Program Director, manage a portfolio and strategy of higher education partnerships to provide college success resources to students.


National Program Design and Engagement (5%): Lead in advancing (or supporting program staff/AmeriCorps member involvement) in key activities that demonstrate promise to fulfilling our overall program outcomes (i.e., Summer Bridge, Direct-Aid-to-Students/Emergency Funds, Curriculum Advisory, Family Engagement and Enrollment decisions, Financial Aid, Navigate, Salesforce, Summer Transition, etc.). Contribute to the Design Cycle process by working collaboratively with National Program Team to formalize recommendations on program design (i.e., inputs, implementation plan and evaluation plan) especially in the college success and career space.

 Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Master's degree preferred.

 Related Work Experience:

  • Minimum of five years of full-time work experience demonstrating progressively increasing levels of responsibility;
  • Minimum of two years of supervisory experience required.
  • Experience in project management required;
  • Work experience in the college and/or career readiness field preferred;
  • Experience with AmeriCorps, VISTA, or other service programs preferred;
  • Familiarity with higher education institutions, college success strategies and initiatives, preferred.

 Computer/Software Skills:

  • Well-developed computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Office, as well as experience in database management.
  • Familiarity with Salesforce platform preferred.


Other Skills, Abilities and Requirements:

  • Demonstrated ability to work well with diverse types of people in a team environment;
  • Significant commitment to the mission of helping low-income students earn admission to college and persist toward degree completion;
  • Must have a desire to engage in diversity, inclusion and/or equity work;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, attention to detail and strong interpersonal skills;
  • Self-starter with ability to multitask, meet deadlines, and handle potentially stressful situations calmly and appropriately;
  • Attention to detail, including proofreading and project follow-through, as well as holding others accountable to project follow through;
  • Comfort with data collection, analysis, and a strong focus on results;
  • Desire to work in a growing nonprofit organization, ability to adapt, creativity, and commitment to excellence highly valued;
  • Demonstrated ability to thrive in fast-paced environment;
  • 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


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