College Possible Leadership Team
  • 23-Dec-2020 to Until Filled (CST)
  • Communications- NAT
  • USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time
  • Open Until Filled

Director, Communications + Engagement

College Possible National Office St. Paul, MN



EMPLOYMENT Full-Time Exempt






(preferably in St. Paul, MN or at one of our sites)



Office of the President


About College Possible

At College Possible, we have a bold vision and goal: working to close the college degree divide and opportunity gap in the United States. 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 $28 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, MN, 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.

To learn more, visit


Your Role as Director, Communications + Engagement

This role sits in the Office of the President and is responsible for organization-wide communications and thought leadership initiatives. The Director, Communications + Engagement serves as a strategic advisor and project manager, as well as a liaison between the President and others, including senior leaders across the organization and key external stakeholders.


This position works to increase organizational effectiveness; strengthen cross-functional collaboration; and drive organization-wide communications, planning and outcomes. In this role, you'll work to maintain a bird's-eye view across teams and departments, helping connect the dots across national and regional efforts. This is an exciting leadership opportunity for an experienced communications leader who is passionate about collaborating with a diverse network of stakeholders, effective in supporting change management efforts, and proficient at building equitable organizational practices/systems. 


As a valued partner supporting engagement of both internal and external stakeholders, you will act as an important steward of the organization's brand. This includes partnering with our public relations agency to develop a multi-year awareness and visibility strategy for the organization, as well as overseeing communication activities such as speechwriting, interview prep, executive visibility and events, and social media.


Acting on behalf of the President, you will serve as the point of contact with valued partners, managing critical relationships with mission-aligned nonprofits, philanthropic donors, and policymakers, in addition to journalists and other communications-oriented audiences. You will also work closely with the Growth + Sustainability and External Relations teams and support seven regional leaders on their annual site-specific marketing, advertising and fundraising campaigns.


Strategic Planning and Execution

  • Collaborate with the senior leadership team to support key priorities and strategies, and ensure alignment between organizational vision, strategies, processes, progress monitoring, and communications.
  • Serve as a strategic partner to the President, acting as an informed, insightful, and confidential sounding board to test ideas, debate issues, and provide critical feedback.
  • Support efforts to develop key performance indicators, and communicate progress against strategic goals to ensure leaders and stakeholders have the necessary data to make decisions and adjust course when necessary.
  • Ensure timely and effective completion of projects and initiatives for the Office of the President.
  • In partnership with the SVP of Growth and Sustainability, support seven regional leaders with annual site-specific marketing, advertising and fundraising campaigns.


Communications and Branding

  • Supervise the National Marketing and Communications team, and set College Possible's national communications strategy.
  • Manage public relations agency relationship focused on expanding the organization's national media contacts; identify and pursue national media opportunities.
  • Lead internal communications across College Possible, including executive communications from the President, intranet strategy and oversight, and crisis management.
  • In partnership with the External Relations team, identify strategic opportunities and tactics for raising the organization's profile nationally among target audiences.
  • Provide tools and develop strategies to help sites build awareness of College Possible in local communities.
  • Develop internal and external communication materials (talking points, presentations, information materials) for the Office of the President.
  • Act as the liaison between the Office of the President and key stakeholders.


Special Projects

  • Coordinates cross-functional, organization-wide projects or initiatives as assigned by the President.
  • Works on special projects and other duties as assigned by the President.


What You Bring



  • Bachelor's degree required (degree in a related field or Master's degree are a plus)
  • 8-10 years related career experience, including minimum 3 years' experience in a supervisory or managerial role
  • Proven experience in project management and/or consulting, with a track record of leading multifaceted strategic projects to completion


Technical Skills:

  • Experienced in database management; proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (experience with web interface design software, Adobe Creative Suite, and/or Convio strongly preferred)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills (strong PowerPoint skills a plus)


Other Skills/Attributes:

  • Ability to work independently and to carry out assignments to completion within parameters of instructions given, prescribed routines, and standard accepted practices.
  • Ability to manage multiple project deadlines simultaneously, while maintaining a professional and positive attitude.
  • Exemplary organizational skills; detail-oriented and skilled at multi-tasking.
  • Desire to work in a growing nonprofit organization; strong commitment to public service and social justice.
  • Ability to adapt, be flexible, and think creatively.
  • Availability to work occasional evenings and weekends.


Physical Requirements

Candidates must be able to:

  • Safely and successfully perform essential job functions consistent with ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state and local standards.
  • Maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state and local standards.
  • Lift and carry up to 15 lbs.
  • Talk, listen, and speak clearly on the telephone.


What We Offer


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

  • 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
  • An opportunity to have an impact both internally and across the US


To Join Our Growing College Possible Team

Please apply at: Include a resume and cover letter.

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