College Possible Leadership Team
  • 30-Aug-2018 to 26-Oct-2018 (CST)
  • Sr. Partnerships Manager
  • St Paul, MN, USA
  • Full Time
  • Open Until Filled

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 earns top-of-field results: a 2011 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 nearly $20 million, more than 125 full-time employees and more than 250 AmeriCorps and VISTA service members. During the 2018-2019 school year, we will reach an estimated 23,000 students in all 50 states, at more than 90 partner high schools and at more than 350 colleges. 

College Possible has a growth and scaling strategy Catalyze that holds the potential to reach tens to hundreds of thousands more low-income college students over the next decade. Through its Catalyze initiative, College Possible will build the capacity of colleges and universities to adopt and integrate its proven coaching model into their infrastructure to better support every low-income student on partner campuses. College Possible will train and support its post-secondary partners in hiring and managing near-peer coaches, thus leveraging high-quality existing staff to implement the College Possible model.

College Possible is committed to equity, diversity 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.

Headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, College Possible also operates in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Portland, Oregon; Omaha, Nebraska; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Chicago, Illinois. We're joining forces with colleges to achieve a transformational impact: by 2021, we will partner with 400 colleges to reach 50,000 students. 

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Basic Description

We are seeking a dynamic, high-energy, idealistic leader to join our successful, growing organization as part of our Catalyze leadership team.  The Catalyze Senior Partnerships Manager will lead the partnerships team in building the pipeline of prospective partner institutions and ensuring the satisfaction and success of existing partners in the Catalyze portfolio.

Essential Job Functions

Build Pipeline of Prospective Catalyze Partners: Within assigned geographic markets, manage all aspects of the sales funnel, including prospecting, cultivating, positioning and closing new partnerships. Maintain thorough records of all conversations in Salesforce. Help optimize partnership sales process through the application of new tools, systems and best practices in the field.

Onboard New Catalyze Partners: Once new partners are committed, lead and facilitate robust onboarding plan leading up to program launch at the start of the academic year. This includes a series of in-person meetings on partner campuses with a wide variety of stakeholders to build cross-institutional support, program knowledge, and the skills necessary for successful launch and implementation of the program. Work closely with program and training team members to ensure all partner needs are met and excellent "first impressions" of the partnership.

Manage Relationships With Existing Partners: Act as the primary point of contact for all partners in assigned portfolio through frequent interaction with each institution's Partnership Champion. Ensure that partners have the resources and support necessary from College Possible to implement the coaching program throughout the year, in collaboration with their College Possible Program Advisor. Create mutual alignment regarding expectations for both sides of the partnership and ensure those expectations are being met.  

Inform Program and Training Needs: Representing the voice of our partners, contribute to efforts to optimize or create new program policies, resources, and systems to continuously improve College Possible's support and engagement of partners as well as program outcomes.  

Assist with Marketing Strategy and Execution: Assist with refinement and execution of marketing strategy, including channels, methods and content, in partnership with Senior Director of Catalyze and Communications Team.

Lead and Supervise Team Members: Provide leadership and supervision of partnership team members, including partnership manager(s) and partnerships VISTA.

Other duties as assigned.

Professional Requirements (Skills & Qualifications)

In addition to the requirements below, College Possible staff and service members are expected to demonstrate the Idealistic Leader Traits of Strive to be Delightful, Energize those in your Presence, Keep Your Eyes on the Prize, Challenge Cynicism, Practice Empathy, Learn to be Grateful and Have Fun, as expressed in our organizational value statement and have a significant commitment to the mission of helping low-income students earn admission to college and persist toward degree completion.


  • Bachelor's degree in related field required.

Related Work Experience:

  • At least seven years related work experience (i.e., sales, business development, partnership management) demonstrating increasing levels of responsibility;
  • Experience working in a post-secondary education environment preferred but not required;
  • Experience with AmeriCorps, VISTA, or other service programs helpful;
  • Experience working in a start-up environment helpful;
  • Experience supervising and developing other team members.

Computer/Software Skills:

  • Strong computer skills, including demonstrated proficiency in: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint;
  • Experience with Salesforce or other CRM system preferred.

Other Skills, Abilities and Requirements:

  • Significant commitment to the mission of helping low-income students earn admission to college and persist toward degree completion;
  • Proven record of facilitating collaboration and cooperation with other organizations;
  • Demonstrated ability to influence without authority, preferably in a higher education or similar environment;
  • Strong drive to achieve program vision and goals;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Ability to build trust and rapport quickly;
  • Established record of work with diverse populations;
  • Demonstrated ability to thrive in a fast-paced, start-up environment;
  • Willingness to travel to partner institutions and industry events (estimated 25-30% of time) and work occasional evenings and weekends.


Salary commensurate with experience.  Excellent benefits (complete health, dental, life, short-term and long-term insurance, 401(k) retirement plan and generous paid time off program).

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