College Possible Leadership Team
  • 24-Aug-2022 to Until Filled (CST)
  • Senior Director of Program Operations
  • St Paul, MN, USA
  • Full Time
  • Open Until Filled

Senior Director of Program Operations

College Possible - St. Paul, Minnesota


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 CollegePossible.org.


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 Senior Director of Program Operations


The Senior Director of Program Operations will set the strategy for the overall programming of our MN site and define a vision for success that's data-informed and can be clearly measured and spans the length of our student support from high school junior to college graduate. The Senior Director of Program Operations will empower, manage, lead and support both our college access and success teams. The Senior Director of Program Operations will work in close collaboration with the Executive Director on matters related to programming and budget for the MN site and will serve as a member of the Senior Leadership team for MN.

  • Lead on overall strategy of College Possible MN Programming: Work in tandem with the Executive Director and national program leadership to define a clear vision of student success for the MN site and constantly find ways to improve effectiveness and efficiency across the MN program from recruiting students in their sophomore year of high school to start programming as juniors in high school through their college graduation. Build a strong culture of success and identify opportunities to bolster cross-program effectiveness, collaboration, and clarity. Ensure that the appropriate systems are in place to effectively track progress towards long-term goals and that our team is well trained in the utilization and understanding of these systems. Work closely with Program Directors who, as experts in their fields of access and success both in terms of the local landscape externally and internal systems and structures, will help you to form an overall, long-term strategy encompassing both aspects of our program.

  • Provide Leadership and Insight on Site Priorities: As a member of the MN Senior Leadership team, work closely with Executive Director on the budgeting process. Develop creative solutions to implement program vision with available resources. Work closely with development team to inform on vision for programming and then seek out, submit and secure funding opportunities to enable the work needed to achieve program success.
  • Collaborate with National Research, Data & Innovation Team: to identify opportunities to conduct research or use our existing data to better understand the long-term trajectories of our MN students from their junior year of high school to their college graduation and beyond. Work closely with the national research and evaluation team to use this information to make informed choices about what the MN site can be doing at every step of a student's journey with us to increase persistence and graduation rates for our MN students. Think holistically about how this information can help drive choices our team makes that cross the access and success landscapes. Work closely with Program team Directors and Senior Managers to align data informed decisions with their visions for how College Possible can be on the cutting edge in the access and success landscape in the MN market.
  • Manage College Possible's Connects Partnerships: Work with our college partners who engage with us through our Connects model. Engage in regular meetings with partners, share pertinent and compelling data, negotiate memoranda of understanding and secure all budgeted Connects revenue.
  • Represent College Possible in Minnesota: Collaborate with external partners to advance College Possible's community relationships and advance the organization's work throughout the state. Serve as college access and success subject matter expert with funders and other community partners. Stay informed of the current access and success landscape and be prepared to take interview requests from media partners as needed.
  • Act as a community of practice leader, helping to push College Possible's national program strategy forward and develop organization-wide KPIs: Alongside the National Program Team, plan and facilitate bi-weekly Program Director calls, the annual Program Summit, and semi-annual national program team step-backs. Ensure that convenings are purposeful for attendees and synthesize key learnings and takeaways from convenings with the community.
  • Other duties as assigned.

What You Bring

Education/Certifications/Licenses:

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

Related Work Experience:

  • At least seven years of related successful experience with progressively increasing levels of responsibility.
  • Experience with program development in either K-12 education or higher education organization required
  • Strong management abilities with significant experience managing people and programs

Related Work Experience:

  • At least seven years of related successful experience with progressively increasing levels of responsibility.
  • Experience with program development in either K-12 education or higher education organization required
  • Strong management abilities with significant experience managing people and programs

Other Skills, Abilities and Requirements:

  • Vision and demonstrated ability to develop, promote and deliver positive results
  • Proven ability to work with diverse populations
  • Proven record of facilitating collaboration and cooperation with organizations and the community
  • High energy with the proven ability to engage, inspire and motivate others;
  • Passion for and demonstrated commitment to the College Possible mission and public service
  • Ability to recruit, select and train qualified individuals;
  • Entrepreneurial skills and spirit, with demonstrated ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment;
  • Ability to focus clearly on outcomes;
  • Strong attention to detail and the ability to effectively multi-task;
  • Willingness to work some evenings and weekends.

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: www.CollegePossible.org/careers
Include a resume, cover letter and a list of three professional references.

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