College Possible Leadership Team
  • 30-Aug-2018 to 26-Oct-2018 (CST)
  • National Director of Programs - National Office
  • 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 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

The National Director of Programs is responsible for overseeing our site-based college access and success programming across the country. The position is responsible for program development and enhancement, adherence to programmatic standards, oversight of program delivery in all sites, and regular and ongoing evaluation of program efficacy in a highly results-driven environment. The National Director of Programs supervises 4 national program staff members, and provides general oversight of site-based program staff in a heavily matrixed environment.

Essential Job Functions

Provide and manage program content and standards: Lead all organizational efforts to design and augment mandated core curriculum for the flagship program. Develop curriculum and instructional standards for the organization and oversee implementation and adherence in all sites. Maintain replication of evidence-based practices, while identifying and supporting opportunities for innovation. Use strong analysis skills to focus team on continuous program improvement.

Use data and evaluation results to guide program decisions: Work closely with the Director of Data Analytics and Evaluation to develop an annual learning agenda. Use program learnings to identify needed improvements. Develop predictive tools that can guide the work of coaches and site teams to maximize coach efficiency and effectiveness in providing student supports. Lead team to successful replication of proven strategies and to use evaluation findings in messaging and management of staff.

Provide training and support for all program staff, especially new leaders: Assist site staff in developing orientation and training plans for new program staff. Provide ongoing support for program teams in sites and serve as a primary resource and internal consultant on all program-related issues and concerns. Work in close contact with the Vice President of Site Operations to implement all foundational elements of the program and ensure successful results for students. Lead onboarding and ongoing training for site program leads as well as new senior leadership team members.

Lead organization's performance management practices: Serve as the lead staff member for program performance and quality assurance. Lead in design, implementation and utilization of performance metrics and benchmarking (both internal and external) for the program in coordination with the Director of Data Analytics and Evaluation. Work with national and site staff to develop and utilize tools for performance management. Regularly and routinely monitor program quality to ensure that the students are receiving high quality programming.

Expand college partnerships: Lead organizational thinking about how we can work closely with colleges to ensure the success of our college students. Champion the expansion of partnerships for each site and the entire organization. Oversee the College Possible Connects partnership structure and lead the development of tools, resources, and reports that can be used by site teams to develop and execute successful partnerships.

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 to have a significant commitment to the mission of helping low-income students get into and through college to earn a degree.


  • Bachelor's degree in related field;
  • Master's degree preferred.

Related Work Experience:

  • A minimum of seven years related experience showing progressively increasing levels of responsibility;
  • A minimum of three years of experience in a senior position managing staff;
  • Strong analysis skills, including comfort with quantitative and qualitative data;
  • Previous experience in higher education strongly preferred;
  • Experience working in a national organization preferred.

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:

  • Passion for the College Possible mission and a desire to serve in a culture committed to idealism and service;
  • Must have a desire to engage in diversity, inclusion and/or equity work;
  • Demonstrated management skills focused on achieving results and developing staff, especially during period of rapid growth;
  • Superior collaboration skills, including ability to work effectively with multiple stakeholders including site program staff and executive directors, external consultants, and professional advisors;
  • Strong analytical, evaluative and negotiating skills with the ability to effectively interpret and use data to support decision making;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, and effective presentation skills;
  • Self-starter with the ability to juggle multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously;
  • Innovative, creative problem solver;
  • Flexible and adaptable to change and comfortable with ambiguity;
  • Strategic thinker who can drive implementation of the vision/plan to achieve results;
  • Willingness to 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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