College Possible Leadership Team
  • 23-Dec-2020 to Until Filled (CST)
  • High School Program Manager - Chicago
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • Full Time
  • Open Until Filled

High School Program Manager - College Possible Chicago, IL



Full-Time, Exempt






Chicago, IL



Program Manager


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. 

To learn more, visit


Your Role as High School Program Manager

The High School Program Manager is instrumental in managing the high school program, from selection of AmeriCorps coaches to program training and most importantly high school program implementation

  • Ensure Program Quality & Provide Organizational Management: Oversee the high-quality implementation of the College Possible curriculum and program components to ensure that the campus-based program is operating with fidelity to the national College Possible model and moving students toward promised outcomes. The Program Manager helps to instill the organization's values throughout the team's work.
  • Partner Management: Build, and support team members in building, strong partnerships with school officials and peer programs in the community. Facilitate effective collaboration that opens up valuable resources and opportunities for students and staff or advances a community-wide college-going culture.
  • Supervise, Train and Support Program Staff and AmeriCorps Members: Manage the day-to-day activities of the campus-based high school program team in Chicago. Supervise 4-5 Program Coordinators. In collaboration with the Program Director, oversee team training and development, including such activities as managing the training and curriculum calendars for Corps members and High School Program Coordinators.  Provide effective feedback and coaching to Program Coordinators on their critical skills in meeting and training facilitation, results management, and effective supervision of young professionals.  Oversee projects managed by Program Coordinators.  Work with site and national program teams to ensure all AmeriCorps program requirements are being followed.  Help develop and ensure that supervisors and program components live out organizational values of diversity and inclusion.
  • Evaluate, Track and Report on Progress: Work with the Executive Director, Program Director, and National program team in the tracking, evaluation and reporting of College Possible programmatic progress on a day-to-day basis. Collect and analyze data that demonstrates student and program outcomes and use that information for program management and reporting to stakeholders.
  • Recruit Program Participants and Staff: As assigned, provide leadership to engage organizational resources to recruit and select students and staff. Work with the National and Chicago team in a joint effort to advertise, recruit, and select AmeriCorps members for upcoming year.  Lead the team in identifying and selecting students to participate in the program for the coming year.
  • Other duties as assigned.


What You Bring


  • Bachelor's degree in related field required.

Related Work Experience:

  • At least five years related work experience demonstrating increasing levels of responsibility.

Computer/Software Skills:

  • Strong computer skills, including demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and other Office Suite programs as well as experience in database management.

Other Skills, Abilities and Requirements:

  • At least 5 years work experience
  • At least 3 years in people management
  • High EQ and ability to connect with diverse group of people
  • Comfort organizing and leading training
  • Must have strong problem solving skills
  • Ability to utilize data to assess program outcomes
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to effectively communicate with internal and external customers
  • Excellent computer proficiency (MS Office Word, Excel and Outlook)
  • Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines, while maintaining a positive attitude and providing exemplary customer service
  • Ability to work independently and to carry out assignments to completion
  • Bachelor's Degree required
  • Master's degree preferred
  • Ability to travel across the city (must have access to a vehicle)

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift up to 15 pounds when needed
  • Office environment with limited travel
  • Ability to stand and/or sit for a minimum of 7 hours a day


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

Please apply at:  Include a resume and cover letter.


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