College Possible AmeriCorps
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Immediate Openings-AmeriCorps College Access and Success Coaches-Portland, OR
at College Possible AmeriCorps
- 29-Oct-2018 (CST)
- Full Time
Serve your community through a year of service with 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 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 $24 million, more than 140 full-time employees and more than 270 AmeriCorps and VISTA service members. During the 2019-20 school year, we will reach an estimated 25,000 students in all 50 states, at more than 100 partner high schools and at more than 400 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, MN, College Possible also operates in Philadelphia, PA; Chicago, IL; Milwaukee, WI; Omaha, NE; Portland, OR; and Seattle, WA; and has Catalyze partnerships in California, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, Ohio and Tennessee. We're joining forces with colleges to achieve a transformational impact: our goal is to serve more than 100,000 students annually and make a significant contribution to closing the degree divide.
So what is AmeriCorps? When you think of AmeriCorps, think of the Peace Corps but in your own backyard. AmeriCorps is a civil society program supported by the U.S. federal government, foundations, corporations and other donors engaging adults in public service work with a goal of "helping others and meeting critical needs in the community." Not only do College Possible AmeriCorps members make a difference in their community, they gain valuable experience for their next job or graduate school endeavor.
We have opportunities available beginning 2019 in our Saint Paul, Minnesota; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Portland, Oregon; Chicago, Illinois; Philadelphia Pennsylvania and Omaha, Nebraska sites.
Available AmeriCorps Opportunities (may vary by site)
High School Coach
Serve as a College Possible coach in a high school. Support juniors by providing ACT/SAT test preparation and work with students on an individual basis providing subject specific assistance. Guide seniors as they complete the college application process including essay writing, applications for admission, scholarships, and the FAFSA. Reports to Program Team.
Serve as a College Possible coach in a pilot program that is utilizing technology to reach high school students across the state. Provide one-on-one coaching for juniors on college options, goal setting, ACT/SAT test prep and much more. Guide seniors as they complete the college application and decision process including essay writing, applications for admission, scholarships and the FAFSA.
Support a group of high-achieving, lower-income high school students across the country as a part of the CollegePoint initiative. Utilize technology to provide personalized information and resources to students surrounding such topics as creating a college list, writing a college essay, and accessing financial aid and scholarships. Develop relationships with students as you coach them through the emotional and social transition of attending a top-performing college. Assist in planning and implementing workshops for high-achieving College Possible students at your site.
Serve as a coach for students as they navigate the milestones and resources essential to graduating from college. Maintain proactive communication and offer services to students in college either from a college campus or College Possible office. Help link students to services already available on campus, plan events for students and connect them to meaningful opportunities.
Community Partnerships Team Member
Support College Possible's programming by building and supporting partnerships to serve students. This may include organizing College Prep Talks, college planning workshops for middle and early high school students; conceiving and organizing two program-wide community service days for College Possible students; organizing practice ACT exams for high school juniors; organizing campus visits to College Possible partner colleges and coordinating support services to College Possible partner colleges. In addition, this role will organize the annual Launch celebration; serve as lead substitute for coaches; and support programming for students transitioning from first to second year of college and supporting summer bridge programming for high school seniors. Research policies, timelines, and resources specific to your site for partners such as high schools, colleges, scholarships, summer programs, etc.
College Possible Catalyze Partnerships VISTA 2019-2020-MN Only
Our Catalyze Partnerships VISTA will work with partnerships managers to expand Catalyze, College Possible's new program model that helps colleges raise retention and graduate rates for students from low-income and first-generation backgrounds. In fulfilling this mission, this VISTA will build College Possible's capacity to market Catalyze through identifying prospective partner institutions, building out Catalyze communications resources, and creating partner onboarding resources.
College Possible Growth Campaign VISTA 2019-2020-MN Only
Our Growth Campaign VISTA will develop strategic funding resources for College Possible to support Catalyze, our new program model that helps colleges raise retention and graduate rates for students from low-income and first-generation backgrounds. In fulfilling this mission, this VISTA will identify and profile new resources and donors (individual, institutional, and government) that could help build Catalyze's capacity to expand to more campuses and serve more students.
College Possible Catalyze Training and E-Learning VISTA-MN Only
Our Catalyze Training and E-Learning VISTA will create and manage digital trainings to expand and improve Catalyze, College Possible's new program model that helps colleges raise retention and graduate rates for students from low-income and first-generation backgrounds. In fulfilling this mission, this VISTA will develop comprehensive e-learning plans to onboard new partner institutions, implement edits to our existing coach training curriculum, and create processes to convert training materials traditionally delivered in-person to formats conducive to distance learning.
College Possible College to Workforce Engagement VISTA 2019-2020-MN Only
Our College to Workforce Engagement VISTA will develop new resources and processes for the College Possible College Success program focused on workforce development, aiding students from low-income and first-generation backgrounds through the college to workforce transition. This VISTA will create new resources to increase students' engagement with career development opportunities (internships, networking events, career fairs, etc.) by researching College Possible students' career interests, creating a catalogue of workforce development resources for students, and exploring potential employer partnerships.
College Possible Site Support and Volunteer Engagement VISTA 2019-2020-MN Only
Our Site Support and Volunteer Engagement VISTA will build College Possible's capacity to utilize volunteers and community resources across our many locations, in turn strengthening communal and financial support systems for our students. In fulfilling this mission, this VISTA will create resources and materials to engage multi-site partners and program participants as volunteers and advocates for our mission of breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty through post-secondary degree attainment.
College Possible Data and Information VISTA 2019-2020-MN Only
Our Data and Information VISTA will create systems and processes to ensure that College Possible teams have access to high-quality program result data, enabling program teams to make better decisions and improve our program effectiveness in breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty through post-secondary degree attainment. In fulfilling this mission, this VISTA will work with multiple stakeholders to develop guide materials and processes for teams to utilize our Salesforce-based student database system effectively.
College Possible Research and Evaluation VISTA 2019-2020-MN Only
Our Research and Evaluation VISTA will create systems for efficient and accurate entry of program participant data, enabling our program teams to make better decisions and improve our program effectiveness in breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty through post-secondary degree attainment. In fulfilling this mission, this VISTA will support internal and external evaluations of our program, create systems for monitoring program effectiveness, and analyze data to drive programmatic improvements and fundraising to ensure students receive the high-quality support they deserve.
College Possible Omaha Volunteer Engagement VISTA-Omaha only
Our Volunteer Engagement VISTA will engage volunteers in our Omaha community to enrich the experiences of and increase community support for students in our programs. In fulfilling this mission, this VISTA will identify areas in our existing programming that would benefit from volunteer support and create resources for future team members planning and implementing volunteer-centered activities and events.
College Possible Navigate Program VISTA-MN Only
Our Navigate Program VISTA will develop new resources and create new process for the College Possible's Navigate program, which supports students from low-income and first-generation backgrounds in rural communities all the way from the application process through their college graduation. In fulfilling this mission, this VISTA will build new resources to expand programming on social media, develop a process for planning campus visits, create a catalogue of resources for Navigate students and integrate Princeton Review's online ACT preparation into Navigate's core program content.
Program and Curriculum VISTA 2019-2020-MN Only
Our Program and Curriculum VISTA improves College Possible's high school and college programming with the goal of increasing college completion for students from low-income and first-generation backgrounds to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. In pursuing this goal, this VISTA will build program capacity by drafting and improving materials to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of programming as well as building out curriculum resources for pilot programs.
College Possible VISTA Leader 2019-2020-MN Only
Our VISTA Leader position is unique in the VISTA cohort, working to improve College Possible's VISTA program experience and providing support to VISTA members as they complete projects to reduce poverty through individual positions. In fulfilling this mission, this VISTA will create and improve resources for VISTA members' professional development, project outcomes and future VISTA member recruitment. Requires completion of a prior term of national service as an AmeriCorps, VISTA or PeaceCorps member.
Benefits include a bi-weekly living allowance, health coverage and an Education Award of up to $6,095 that can be used to repay federal student loans or pay future education expenses. Some student loans may be deferred. 8 to10 month commitment (depending on position) required.
Four year college degree required. Ideal applicants will have demonstrated leadership skills, a high level of achievement in academics, employment and/or other pursuits, and a commitment to the mission of College Possible. Applicants of all academic majors are welcome to apply.
Please visit www.CollegePossible.org/serve to learn more about College Possible and serving with our organization!
College Possible is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, or status with regard to public assistance. Individuals with disabilities encouraged to apply. We provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals and conduct all possible activities in fully accessible settings. Alternative application formats are available upon request by contacting Chad Karlsson at CKarlsson@collegepossible.org.