College Possible Leadership Team
  • 21-Jun-2022 to Until Filled (CST)
  • Human Resources
  • USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time
  • Open Until Filled

Specialist, Talent Acquisition

College Possible National Office

About College Possible: As one of the largest and most successful college access and success programs in the country, since 2000 College Possible has helped more than 80,000 students from under-represented communities get into and through college through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. Its pioneering model matches students with a near-peer coach and an evidence-based curriculum designed to help students overcome the most common barriers to getting into college and completing their degree - all at no cost to students or their families. Nationwide, College Possible students are three times more likely to earn a bachelor's degree within six years than their peers from similar backgrounds.

College Possible is a proud AmeriCorps program. AmeriCorps is a federal agency that brings people together to tackle the country's most pressing challenges through national service. Our AmeriCorps members commit to a year of service as a College Possible coach in communities throughout the country. Many coaches represent the identities of the students they serve, and each brings a commitment to social justice and closing the college equity divide.

Our near-peer coaching 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 an annual operating budget of $33 million, more than 200 full-time employees and more than 300 AmeriCorps and VISTA service members. During the 2021-2022 school year, we reached an estimated 24,000 students nationwide. During the 2021-2022 school year, we reached an estimated 24,000 students nationwide.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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, read our Diversity and Inclusion Plan.

Headquartered in Saint Paul, MN, College Possible operates: regional sites in Chicago, IL; Milwaukee, WI; Omaha, NE; Philadelphia, PA; Portland, OR; and Seattle, WA; College Forward in Austin, TX; and Catalyze partnerships in California, Iowa, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, and Tennessee. Learn more at

Equal Opportunity Employer

College Possible is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, or status with regard to public assistance. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals and conduct all possible activities in fully accessible settings.

Your Role as Specialist, Talent Acquisition:

People are the most critical aspect of the organization. As such, our success hinges on our ability to attract and retain the most diverse, high-quality, mission-aligned team possible. As the Specialist, Talent Acquisition, you will support the efforts to ensure that we are able to thrive in this area. In this role, you provide the administration of our Talent Strategy programs, and ultimately play a critical role in helping College Possible grow through diverse, equitable and highly effective practices and policies. You do so through two primary areas:

Talent Acquisition:

  • Support the vision and ongoing implementation of a best-in-class talent program with an eye toward ensuring that College Possible attracts and retains the most diverse, high-qualify, mission-aligned talent force possible.
  • Assist with the establishment and implementation of a comprehensive talent management plan.
  • Support the evaluation of the entire recruiting function/strategies/procedures.
  • Utilize innovative sources in order to diversify all possible talent pools and drive an effective talent framework that accelerates positive impact.
  • Assist in the advancement of a robust external talent network across the national organization.
  • Support the direction and objectives of the Talent team, which in turn supports the organization's growth and quality standards.
  • Support and administrate our staff recruitment process, leveraging key dashboard tracking analytics and impact metrics/reports for staff members.
  • Assist our organization in building best practices, attracting diverse talent, and meeting our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion objectives.
  • Administrate the employment process (on-boarding) for all staff and AmeriCorps members to ensure proper compliance with employment practice and record keeping.
  • Administrate the activation (on-boarding) and deactivation (off-boarding) of AmeriCorps members in our ADP, eGrants and filing systems while ensuring proper compliance with record keeping and program expectations.
  • Properly engage with hiring managers to position our staff recruitment towards the highest level of performance and success.
  • Adequately administrate our talent acquisition systems and third-party vendor partnerships.
  • Other duties as assigned.

What You Bring

Education or Knowledge:

  • You must have a bachelor's degree in related business, communication or HR field.
  • SHRM certification preferred.

Work Related Experience:

  • A minimum of 2 years of relevant and applicable talent acquisition experience.
  • Experience with talent acquisition systems and employment compliance.
  • Experience with recruitment strategies and outreach highly desired.

Computer skills:

  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and other Office Suite programs as well as experience in spreadsheet and database management.
  • Experience driving recruitment through a talent acquisition system.

Other Skills:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills including listening, understanding the perspectives of others, building rapport, and quickly establishing trust and credibility.
  • Highly committed to driving our DEI program and initiatives.
  • High degree of integrity, confidentiality and the ability to handle highly sensitive information responsibly.
  • Strong communication skills (verbal, written, in-person and through social media).
  • Strong facilitations skills.
  • Positive, can-do attitude.
  • Team player and self-driven.
  • Highly analytical and able to drive decision making through data.
  • Systems Savvy.

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 (job grade starting at $53,360).
  • 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 online at

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