Senior Director, Site and AmeriCorps Operations

RCG Talent Solutions - Saint Paul, Minnesota - Full time

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 put more than 59,000 students from disinvested communities on the path to economic mobility via completion of a college degree. Its proven near-peer coaching model, delivered by recent college graduates serving as AmeriCorps members, provides high-touch interventions proven to help students navigate and overcome the most common barriers to college access, retention and degree completion. 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 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 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 a budget of $33 million, more than 128 full-time employees and more than 321 AmeriCorps and VISTA service members. During the 2021-22 school year, we will reach an estimated 21,245 students in all 50 states, with the support of 169 partner high schools and 107 partner colleges.

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 has Catalyze partnerships in California, Iowa, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, and Tennessee. Learn more at

Your Roles as Senior Director, Site & AmeriCorps Operations

The Senior Director will serve as a senior leader at College Possible Minnesota and will directly oversee the site's operations and administration, build and enhance the organizational culture, and serve as a key partner in strengthening internal and external relationships. The Director will work closely with the Executive Director and senior leadership team to align site priorities with the org-wide strategic direction, drive and implement training for staff and AmeriCorps members, and represent the organization in the community.

  • Work with Executive Director and Senior Directors to provide leadership for College Possible Minnesota: Provide broad site leadership with an emphasis on cultivating and enhancing a strong organizational culture centered on D, E & I for about 30 staff members and 70 AmeriCorps service members. Facilitate internal and external meetings and events. Along with the Executive Director and Senior Directors, serve as a College Possible representative with external audiences, including community partners, media relations, speaking engagements, site visits and conferences with key stakeholders. Sheppard the design and construction of the annual strategic plan, budget, and special projects.
  • AmeriCorps and Site Operations for College Possible Minnesota: Responsible for the AmeriCorps participant experience, satisfaction, and working closely with College Possible's national office on all AmeriCorps grant compliance functions. Provide critical relationship management with Serve MN by hosting monitoring visits, overseeing file audits, attending Serve MN program meetings, and acting broadly as our main point of contact with Serve MN. Oversee HR and operations functions, including site-level hiring, information technology, facilities management, and inventory and purchasing. Support the development of standard operating procedures in all key areas.
  • Training, Development, and Support for College Possible Minnesota: Provide leadership for service corps member training and development with an emphasis on cultivating and enhancing a strong organizational culture. Work with the Program team to plan and execute our annual Welcome Weeks (3-week onboarding) for service corps members to maximize engagement and morale.
  • Develop and Oversee External Partnerships and Events: Manage College Possible alumni councils for both service corps members and program alumni and provide leadership for the team that manages all student-facing events and oversees community engagement and events. Represent College Possible in external speaking engagements, public forums, and other community events and gatherings in the absence of the Executive Director.
  • Advocacy, policy, and government relations for College Possible Minnesota: Work with the Executive Director and lobbyists to formulate a strategy for government relations. Assist the Executive Director in meeting with lobbyists and monitor legislative process and priorities to ensure that College Possible is well informed and positioned regarding higher education issues and funding opportunities; attend meetings with elected officials to introduce College Possible and make or strengthen our case for support. In the absence of the Executive Director, may be called upon to testify at public hearings as needed to represent College Possible and answer questions from elected officials.
  • Supervision: Recruitment Manager and Administrative Associate.

What You Bring


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

Related Work Experience:

  • A minimum of five years of relevant experience in non-profit management, operations, strategy, and/or project
  • Previous supervisory experience required.
  • Passion for and demonstrated commitment to the College Possible mission and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Previous experience planning and facilitating recruitment efforts, staff trainings, and meetings for large teams.
  • Experience with AmeriCorps or other government grant management preferred.
  • Experience with advocacy and government relations preferred.

Computer/Software Skills:

  • Strong computer skills, including demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft and Google Suite preferred.
  • Egrants experience is a plus.

Other Skills, Abilities and Requirements:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Self-starter with the ability to prioritize multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously.
  • Problem solver, flexible, and ability to adapt quickly to change.
  • Attention to detail, including proofreading and project follow-through.
  • Culture and DEI leader with proven ability to engage, inspire and motivate others.

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

Salary: $74,480 - $93,100 and commensurate with experience. 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.

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Experience Level

Mid Level

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