College Possible Leadership Team
  • 15-Jul-2021 to Until Filled (CST)
  • Development -National Office
  • St Paul, MN, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Manager, AmeriCorps and Federal Grants

College Possible National Office in St. Paul, MN (Virtually Remote)


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 20,000 students in 49 states, at more than 90 partner high schools and at nearly 600 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; Seattle, WA , Austin TX; and has Catalyze partnerships in MN, IA, MD, TN, NY, CA, and OH.

To learn more, visit CollegePossible.org.

Your Role as the Manager, AmeriCorps and Federal Grants


The Manager, AmeriCorps and Federal Grants leads College Possible's AmeriCorps grants strategy, from managing all steps of the grant writing and management process to thinking strategically about identifying new Federal grant opportunities and maximizing these for the benefit of the organization. AmeriCorps and VISTA members are at the heart of College Possible's success as an organization. You engage thoughtfully with our AmeriCorps and student alumni, keeping them an active part of the College Possible community as an essential voice in the strategic direction of our organization. You are an excellent writer, a meticulous project manager, and a servant leader, working closely with stakeholders across the organization and in the community.

The Manager, AmeriCorps and Federal Grants plays an integral role in the organization's success through:

AmeriCorps Grant Management

  • On an annual basis, writes AmeriCorps grants, securing over $6M+ in funding to support the AmeriCorps members who deliver College Possible programming.
  • Manages AmeriCorps grants from application to close out, including all required agreements, progress reports, and other required documentation.
  • Serves as primary point of contact for AmeriCorps National and State Commission program officers, including attending trainings and meetings on behalf of College Possible in states without a flagship program presence.

Federal Government Grant Management

  • Conduct prospect research to identify funding opportunities to support national, strategic growth (earned revenue), and other organizational priorities.
  • Develop, write and submit grant proposals and reports to government agencies which support the national office, strategic growth (earned revenue) initiatives, and other organizational priorities.
  • Manages Federal grants from application to close out, including all required agreements, progress reports, and other required documentation

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Partners with the Marketing & Communications and site based Development and External Relations teams to develop strategy to disseminate news, updates, and progress related to AmeriCorps programming.

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to talk, listen and speak clearly on telephone
  • Ability to travel up to 10% of the time
  • Must be able to access and engage with online databases, including Salesforce, and state and federal grant management databases
  • 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 You Bring

As the Manager, AmeriCorps and Federal Grants, you bring 3-5 years of relevant experience. You have experience writing and managing federal grants, with a strong preference for experience with AmeriCorps grants or programming. You have exceptional project management and organizational skills, and you are skilled at engaging with stakeholders in a wide variety of roles. You have experience with various grant management systems, preferably including Salesforce, OnCorps, and/or Raiser's Edge. You possess a high work ethic, integrity, excellent communication skills, and an ability to build working relationships across a national, multi-site organization. Your combination of effective grant writing and meticulous project management skills build a critical foundation for successful revenue attainment.Bachelor's degree.


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: www.CollegePossible.org/careers Include a resume and cover letter.

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