Program Director

College Possible Omaha , NE 68102

Posted 2 months ago

Program Director

College Possible Omaha

About College Possible

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 $25 million, more than 140 full-time employees and more than 270 AmeriCorps and VISTA service members. During the 2020-21 school year, we will reach an estimated 20,000 students in 49 states, at more than 90 partner high schools and at nearly 600 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: Diversity and Inclusion Plan.

Headquartered in Saint Paul, MN, College Possible also operates in Philadelphia, PA; Chicago, IL; Milwaukee, WI; Omaha, NE; Portland, OR; Seattle, WA, Austin TX; and has Catalyze partnerships in MN, IA, MD, TN, NY, CA, and OH.

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Your Role as Program Director

The Program Director is a senior-level position directly responsible for all programmatic activities in the Omaha site. The Program Director will directly supervise the High School Program Manager, College Program Manager, and Recruitment/Operations Specialist. The Program Director will oversee the development, administration and evaluation of College Possible's program in Omaha. The Program Director will work closely with the Executive Director on setting and managing strategic programmatic goals.

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 for new site interest. As a member of the senior management team, provides broad organizational leadership with an emphasis on cultivating and enhancing a strong organizational culture.

Evaluate, Track and Repot on Progress: Responsible for tracking, evaluating and reporting on programmatic progress on a day-to-day basis, as well as developing program improvements. Using key metrics and indicators, evaluates and analyzes 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 Coordinators to manage the day-to-day activities of the program staff (high school and college teams). Responsibilities include overseeing all program staff and 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.

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.

What You Bring


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

Related Work Experience:

  • At least five years of related successful experience demonstrating progressively increasing levels of responsibility;

  • Experience in classroom instruction and curriculum design, preferred, with a familiarity with college admission and college access issues.

Computer/Software Skills:

  • Strong computer skills, including demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Office and experience in database management.
Other Skills, Abilities and Requirements:
  • Strong management abilities with significant experience managing people and programs

  • 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.

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

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

Please apply at: Include a resume and cover letter.

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