College Possible AmeriCorps
  • 04-Oct-2022 to Until Filled (CST)
  • AmeriCorps
  • per year Living allowance/stipend
  • Other
  • Full Time

Education award, health coverage, loan deferment


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 more than 80,000 students from under-represented communities get into and through college through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. Its pioneering model matches students with a near-peer coach and an evidence-based curriculum designed to help students overcome the most common barriers to getting into college and completing their degree - all at no cost to students or their families. 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 proud AmeriCorps program. AmeriCorps is a federal agency that brings people together to tackle the country's most pressing challenges through national service. Our AmeriCorps members commit to a year of service as a College Possible coach in communities throughout the country. Many coaches represent the identities of the students they serve, and each brings a commitment to social justice and closing the college equity divide.

Our near-peer coaching 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 an annual operating budget of $33 million, more than 150 full-time employees and more than 175 AmeriCorps and VISTA service members. During the 2021-2022 school year, we reached an estimated 24,000 students nationwide. During the 2021-2022 school year, we reached an estimated 24,000 students nationwide.

WHAT YOU'LL DO

As a College Possible AmeriCorps Member, your service will help empower equitable college opportunity for eligible program students in your service location.

YOUR ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

As a valued member of the College Possible community, your AmeriCorps service will focus on one of the roles listed below. To support your success, all AmeriCorps members participate in three weeks of training at the beginning of their service year. Additionally, AmeriCorps members will work with College Possible program, school, and institutional partner staff every step of the way.

Choose from the following AmeriCorps service roles:

College Access and College Success Coach service positions focus on coaching and supporting high school juniors, high school seniors, or current college students who are seeking to earn a college degree. You will be matched as either a high school coach who supports students in understanding, applying, and attending the college of their dreams or a college coach who assists with supporting students in persisting through and graduating from college. High school coaches will serve primarily inside a partner high school, coaching a caseload of high school juniors and/or seniors as they explore college opportunities and complete the college application process.

College coaches will serve either tech-connected in a College Possible office, or on a specific college campus. Tech-connected college coaches meet by phone, online messaging, and virtual personal meetings to support students in successfully matriculating through college; assisting in tasks like choosing the correct classes, reapplying for the financial aid and scholarships, college success skill-building, and addressing specific student needs as they arise.

College Access Coach (High School Coach)

    • Teach college preparatory classes for 40 or more underserved high school students at local high school campus(es)
    • Ensure that students consistently receive the highest quality of services, that school partner needs are met, and that each student makes satisfactory progress toward program goals
    • Provide one-on-one coaching to students to develop their college plan
    • Gain and maintain knowledge of all students' interests, needs, and backgrounds
    • Perform follow-up parent/student phone calls
    • Collect, organize, and maintain student and program documents
    • Update the database and spreadsheet files on a weekly basis; maintain student records and statistics
    • Provide mid-year and end of year-end progress reports for all students
    • Grade and provide feedback on classroom assignments, including ACT/SAT diagnostic tests
    • Coordinate with the College Success Team to provide college transition services to graduating high school seniors
    • Submit weekly timesheets, periodic reports (i.e., monthly reports, self-evaluations, and supervisor evaluations), and other service-related documentation as required
    • Attend required programmatic and community service events

College Success Coach (College Coach)

  • Contact assigned collegians once per month by phone, email, online messaging, and possible personal meetings to address specific needs and troubleshoot problems that may arise
  • Provide students with direct high-school-to-college transition coaching and support in areas including, but not limited to: new student orientation, course registration, financial aid/FAFSA issues, college transfers, career development, and other miscellaneous issues. Conduct research, provide referrals, arrange meetings, and accompany students to appointments as necessary
  • Provide extended support and create personalized action plans for students in "red flag" situations, including loss of financial aid, family crises, drop-outs, stop-outs, deferrals, MIA students, and students enrolled in two-year colleges
  • Network and collaborate with university staff within academic advising, financial aid, and student support offices
  • Utilize national college enrollment databases and request school transcripts to confirm college enrollment, track, document, and report collegian progress toward college graduation
  • Organize and maintain up-to-date student information on student progress including milestones and deliverables in databases and physical files; monitor success program statistics; produce reports as needed
  • Submit weekly timesheets, periodic reports (i.e., monthly reports, self-evaluations, and supervisor evaluations), and other service-related documentation as required
  • Attend required programmatic and community service events

Community Partnerships Team Member (CPTM)

  • Build and support community partnerships to serve the students served
  • Organize events like College Prep Talks and college planning workshops for high school students
  • Conceive and organize program-wide community service days for College Possible students
  • Organize practice ACT or SAT exams for high school juniors
  • Organize visits to College Possible partner college campuses
  • Coordinate support services to College Possible partner colleges
  • Organize the annual Launch Celebration and other regional events
  • Serve as lead substitute for coaches
  • Support summer bridge programming for high school seniors
  • Support programming for students transitioning from first-to-second year of college

OTHER INITIATIVES

  • Participate in all in-person and online trainings, orientations, and staff meetings
  • Participate in organization-wide events
  • Weekly check-in with supervisory staff
  • Maintain a professional and courteous office atmosphere
  • Successfully complete the required 1,700 service hours

Note: As appropriate to the activity and at the direction of the school district, college partner, and/or College Possible, your service, training and development may be delivered in-person or through a virtual platform such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom or Google Classrooms.

COLLEGE POSSIBLE BENEFITS

  • Medical, Vision, Dental Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Bi-weekly living stipend ($21,000 for entire service term)
  • Workers' compensation
  • Benefits specific to College Possible location
  • College Possible Alumni Network
  • College Possible / AmeriCorps apparel and gear
  • Professional skill and career development opportunities that transitions into any industry after you leave College Possible

AMERICORPS AND OTHER FEDERALLY-ISSUED BENEFITS

  • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award ($6,895.00 and can be used to repay federal loans or pay for future education expenses)
  • Childcare benefits paid by AmeriCorps
  • Loan forbearance and interest accrual payments for qualified student loans
  • Time accrual toward the U.S. Department of Education's Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Income-based Loan Repayment Plan (IBR)

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

College Possible AmeriCorps Coaches are as diverse as the communities we serve. We're looking for you if you want to develop and grow, and if you're eager to give back by making a real difference.

Applicants must have obtained a Bachelor's degree by the time of service. Ideal applicants possess a sincere interest in empowering youth and a passion for equitable access to higher education. Applicants should possess strong interpersonal, organizational, and research skills to assist College Possible with providing college access and success services to students. Applicants of all academic majors are welcome to apply. Once hired, individuals will receive extensive training and ongoing support from full-time College Possible program staff.

Please visit www.CollegePossible.org/Serve to learn more about College Possible AmeriCorps service.


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 are 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 HR@collegepossible.org.


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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 Catalyze partnerships in California, Iowa, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, and Tennessee. Learn more at CollegePossible.org/Serve.

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