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College Possible Chicago-Program Coordinator

March 15, 2019 8:00 AM | Anonymous member

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 130 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. 

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 are joining forces with colleges to achieve a transformational impact: by 2021, we will partner with 400 colleges to reach 50,000 students. 

The Chicago office is comprised of a 33-person program team that currently serves 478 high school students attending 6 CPS partner high schools and 350 students attending nearly 50 local and national partner colleges. By 2021, we will serve 2,000 students.

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.

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Basic Description

We are seeking a leader to join our successful, growing organization as part of our program leadership team.  The program coordinator helps implement College Possible's programs by supervising, training and supporting 6-8 Service Corps Members, representing the organization at partner high schools and colleges, and building partnerships and cultivating resources to support the mission.

Essential Job Functions

Supervise, Train and Support Service Corps Members: Duties include providing daily support, guidance, and oversight to Service Corps Members to ensure excellence in service and programming. Troubleshooting issues as they arise, evaluating performance, gathering feedback, and working in partnership with other staff to ensure the highest quality of service to students and families, partners, and Service Corps Members.  Additionally, the incumbent will coordinate, prepare for, and lead high-quality trainings and weekly meetings for Service Corps Members and support Corps Member morale and productivity.  Moreover, the Program Coordinator will draw contextual connections for Corps Members with their diverse projects, helping them see their connection to our broader program mission.

Ensure Program Quality and Curriculum Fidelity: Oversee the implementation of projects, student support, and curriculum by Corps Members to ensure fidelity to our program model. Support Service Corps Members in growing as mentors, lesson planners and instructors. Ensure that needed resources are in place to support execution of the program. 

Develop and Maintain Partner Relationships: Work to build and maintain successful relationships with partner high schools and colleges.  Deliver updates on student progress and ensure College Possible aligns with the needs of the institutions.  Represent College Possible at key meetings and become a conduit for sharing information and best practices between College Possible and the institution.

Project Management: Oversee key initiatives and support Corps Member involvement in activities such as student recruitment, SAT prep, college transition work, financial aid renewal and college persistence activities.  

Evaluate, Track and Report on Progress: Assist the program leadership in the weekly tracking of key student success indicators as well as broad annual outcomes related to SAT increases, financial aid registration, college admission, enrollment and persistence.

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. 

Related Work Experience:

  • Three years of full-time work experience required;
  • Teaching and/or college admissions experience preferred;
  • Supervisory experience strongly preferred;
  • Experience with AmeriCorps, VISTA, or other service programs preferred;
  • Experience with utilizing data to inform decision-making and evaluate programming;
  • Familiarity with college admissions process, including standardized tests, application process and financial aid as well as project management strongly preferred.

Computer/Software Skills:

  • Strong computer skills, including demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office products.

Other Skills, Abilities and Requirements:

  • Ability to work well with diverse types of people in a team environment;
  • Eagerness to help low-income young people achieve success;
  • Commitment to helping develop and support AmeriCorps members;
  • Excellent communication, organization, and time management skills;
  • Ability to multitask, meet deadlines, and handle potentially stressful situations calmly and appropriately;
  • Flexibility to work in multiple locations.  Time is split between the College Possible office and affiliated schools;
  • Desire to work in a growing nonprofit organization, ability to adapt, creativity, and commitment to excellence highly valued;
  • Access to reliable transportation required (mileage reimbursement provided).


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

Please apply at:  Include a resume and cover letter.

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