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High School Program Coordinator - Philadelphia Office

at College Possible National

Posted: 6/29/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 1090891
Keywords: office

Job Description

  • 23-May-2019 (CST)
  • Program Coordinator-High School - Philadelphia, PA
  • Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Full Time

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 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 $22 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 25,000 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

We are seeking a dynamic, high-energy, idealistic leader to join our successful, growing organization as part of our program leadership team.  The Program Coordinator helps coordinate College Possible's programs by supervising, training and supporting 6-8 Service Corps Members.

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 special 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 partners by coordinating with key college personnel and maintaining open communication with key contacts.  Meet with college staff (Admissions, Financial Aid, etc.) throughout the year to ensure program quality and successful communication with AmeriCorps members. Work in collaboration with other Program Leadership team members to support Corps Member participation on shared projects.

Project Management: Oversee Corps Member involvement in and collaborate with Leadership Team peers on project design of: Student Recruitment, Summer Transition Campaign, Summer Bridge, and other key initiatives. 

Evaluate, Track and Report on Progress: Assist the Program Leadership in the weekly tracking, evaluation and reporting of student progress in key program areas, including College Relationships, Financial Aid, and the Summer Transition Campaign.  

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:

  • A minimum of two years of full-time work experience required;
  • Previous supervisory experience required;
  • Project management experience required;
  • Teaching and/or college admissions experience strongly preferred;
  • Familiarity with college admissions process, standardized tests, college application process, and the financial aid process
  • Experience with AmeriCorps, VISTA, or other service programs preferred;
  • Knowledge of Philadelphia public educational landscape strongly preferred

Computer/Software Skills:

  • Strong computer skills, including demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Salesforce experience strongly preferred

Other Skills, Abilities and Requirements:

  • Ability to work well with people from diverse backgrounds in a team environment;
  • Eagerness to help low-income students achieve success;
  • Ability to build/foster positive relationships with key stakeholders
  • 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 partner high schools;
  • Desire to work in a growing nonprofit organization, ability to adapt, creativity, and commitment to excellence highly valued;
  • Reliable transportation required.


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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