College Possible Leadership Team
  • 04-Oct-2018 to 04-Jan-2019 (CST)
  • Program Director - Portland Office
  • Portland, OR, 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 110 full-time employees and more than 270 AmeriCorps and VISTA service members. During the 2018-19 school year, we will reach an estimated 30,000 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 Philadelphia, PA; Chicago, IL; Milwaukee, WI; Omaha, NE; and Portland, OR; and has Catalyze partnerships in Minnesota, Iowa and Ohio. 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 program director is a senior-level position directly responsible for all programmatic activities in the Portland site. The program director will oversee the development, administration and evaluation of all College Possible's programs in Portland. The program director will directly supervise the high school program manager, statewide initiative and college program coordinators. The program director will work closely with the executive director on setting and managing strategic programmatic goals. The program director with be involved in community engagement and will represent College Possible in the community at specific times.  The program director will also contribute to the fundraising efforts of the Portland site.

Essential Job Functions

Ensure Program Quality & Provide Organizational Management:

Overall responsibility for ensuring the delivery of high quality programming to students, including maintaining and enhancing relationships with school districts, colleges, and community partners. Develops systems for program delivery at current sites and leads on program expansion across the state. As a member of the senior management team, provides broad organizational leadership with an emphasis on cultivating and enhancing a strong organizational culture in a culturally responsive way.

Evaluate, Track and Report on Progress:

Responsible for tracking, evaluating and reporting on programmatic progress on a day-to-day basis, as well as developing program improvements.  Works closely with the national program and data teams to use key metrics and indicators, and to evaluate and analyze programmatic data to identify trends and progress. Uses appropriate benchmarks and internal and external comparatives to measure program success. Recommends and leads implementation of corrective action as needed to achieve desired program outcomes. Leads on all site program evaluation and oversees College Possible's AmeriCorps member compliance.

Supervise, Train and Support Program Staff: Works closely with the program manager and program coordinators to manage the day-to-day activities of the program staff (high school and college teams). Responsibilities include overseeing all program staff and AmeriCorps service member hiring, supervising, training and support. Coaches and develops program team. Ensures staff and service member alignment with organizational goals and objectives. Oversees annual program training and works closely with executive director on site-wide orientation efforts.

External Partnerships and Community Engagement:

The program director with build and maintain partnerships with external stakeholder groups including: Colleges and Universities in Oregon, Oregon Volunteers, the Portland Children's Levy, OSAC and other groups and associations that work in college access and success. Additionally they will represent College Possible in the community and assist with fundraising efforts when appropriate.

Manage Program Budget for the Site:

Develops and implements program budget for each fiscal year. Evaluates and approves program-related expenditures. Analyzes budget performance on a monthly basis.

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 required;
  • Master's preferred.

Related Work Experience:

  • At least 5 years of related successful experience demonstrating progressively increasing levels of responsibility;
  • Experience in leading and managing cross functional teams;
  • Experience in classroom instruction and curriculum design, preferred, with a familiarity with college admission and college access issues preferred;
  • Experience in strategic planning and program expansion.

Other Skills, Abilities and Requirements:

  • Strong management abilities with significant experience managing people and programs;
  • Must have a desire to engage in diversity, inclusion and/or equity work;
  • 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;
  • Vision and demonstrated ability to develop, promote and deliver positive results;
  • Proven ability to work with diverse populations;
  • 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;
  • Proven record of facilitating collaboration and cooperation with organizations and the community;
  • Strong attention to detail and the ability to effectively multi-task;
  • Willingness to work some 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).

To Apply

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