College Possible is currently recruiting to fill AmeriCorps and VISTA positions for Fall 2013. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit making college admission and success possible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. Our after-school services include academic support through ACT/SAT test preparation, college application assistance, financial aid consulting, guidance in the college transition and support toward college degree completion. In 2008, we were named one of Princeton Review's Best Entry Level Jobs in the country, and in 2009 we were recognized by President Obama at an event on Social Innovation!
Over 130 new AmeriCorps and VISTA members will be selected to start in the fall in the Twin Cities, Milwaukee, Omaha and Portland. The Priority Application Deadline is 1/9/2013 at Noon CST and the Regular Application Deadline is 3/8/2013. For more details on the positions and application instructions, along with a short video about what it's like to serve with College Possible, please visit: http://www.collegepossible.org/AmeriCorps.html
I.) Descriptions of the positions we have available:
A.) COACHING: Serve in a direct capacity providing guidance and support to a group of high school or college students. Positions include:
- AmeriCorps 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 High School Program Team.
- AmeriCorps College Coach
Serve as a College Possible coach for high school program graduates as they transition from high school into college. Maintain communication and offer services to alums in college either from a college campus or College Possible offices. Help link students to student services already available on campus, and plan on- and off-campus events for alums. Reports to College Program Team.
B.) COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS & PROGRAM ENRICHMENT: Coordinate with outside organizations to create additional opportunities for students. Positions include:
- Workshop/Volunteer AmeriCorps Member
Partner with College Possible high schools to coordinate college planning workshops for the 9th and 10th grades; help conceive and organize two program-wide community service days for College Possible students. Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to, serving as lead substitute in junior and senior class sessions and helping with annual student recruitment efforts. Reports to Community Partners Team.
- Events AmeriCorps Member
Organize College Possible campus visits; develop relationships with campuses across the country; organize program-wide kick-off event and graduation ceremony, four practice ACT exams, and other outside events. Reports to Community Partners Team.
- Consortium AmeriCorps Member
Lead all efforts for College Possible's College Consortium; establish and maintain excellent communication and relationships with consortium schools; plan and implement campus visits to member colleges; track student application and enrollment progress; provide support to students and coaches throughout the year. Reports to Community Partners Team.
- Idealistic Mentors Program VISTA
Build capacity at College Possible with our new Idealistic Mentors initiative at three of our partner high schools. Position includes curriculum organization and follow-up, event logistics and implementation, and web-platform-based e-mentoring support. Additional projects include helping coordinate and report on Twin Cities High School program projects.
C.) EXTERNAL RELATIONS & ORGANIZATIONAL EXPANSION: Serve in a behind-the-scenes capacity to help secure resources and assist the expansion of the organization. Positions include:
- Communications VISTA
Serve on the external relations team by providing capacity building support in media relations, strategic communications and marketing. Specific projects include: writing for newsletters, website and news releases; graphic design projects; photography of coaches & students for publications; and website maintenance. Reports to External Relations Team.
- Development VISTA
Serve on external relations team by providing capacity building support on fundraising initiatives. Projects include: event planning, writing for grant proposals and letters, maintaining a grants calendar, conducting Internet donor research and soliciting in-kind donations from local businesses. Reports to External Relations Team.
- Program VISTA
Assist in creating systems that centralize and improve student and volunteer recruitment efforts. Support professional evaluators and leadership team in implementing program evaluation. Plan and sustain exploration efforts for new and start-up branches. Draft written materials outlining the organization's approach to communications, technology, office management and other functional areas.
- Human Resources VISTA
Learn about nonprofit management by working with College Possible's national office to build and improve our systems for hiring and training College Possible staff during this period of intense growth. The VISTA will utilize the recommendations of College Possible's Talent Initiative project to build the capacity of the human resources team in a growing organization. Reports to Operations Team.
II.) Required Skills
College degree required. Ideal candidates 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. Candidates of all academic majors are welcome to apply.
Compensation includes a living allowance, health coverage and a $5,550 Education Award that can be used to repay student loans or future education expenses. Student loans may be deferred. 10-month or 12-month commitment, depending on position, beginning in August 2013 is required.
IV.) To apply
Our application is available online at www.CollegePossible.org/apply.html.
Application materials include:
3) Two reference forms
4) College transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
Selected Priority Applicants will have the opportunity to attend an earlier set of interview dates and potentially secure one of our very competitive AmeriCorps/VISTA positions. Priority Applicants will also be considered for both deadline, so those applicants not selected for an early interview will be reviewed again for later interview dates unless notified otherwise.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are AmeriCorps VISTA & AmeriCorps State/National?
AmeriCorps State/National was created in 1993. AmeriCorps State and National (along with VISTA and other programs) reside under the large "AmeriCorps" national service umbrella. Members provide direct program service. VISTA began in the 1960s and stands for Volunteers In Service To America. VISTA members help build capacity in
organizations and assist them in becoming stronger and better at what they do as a community organization. College Possible's VISTAs develop professional skill sets in communications and development that are highly valued in the nonprofit community.
What is the relationship between College Possible and AmeriCorps?
AmeriCorps State, National and VISTA are a part of the same national service organization (AmeriCorps) where individuals serve in community organizations on various issues: education, housing, technology, health industry and others. Because College Possible (formerly Admission Possible) receives federal AmeriCorps funding (through a grant process) to implement the program, the organization is considered an AmeriCorps program. For further clarification, please visit the AmeriCorps website at www.americorps.gov.
What is a living allowance?
The AmeriCorps living allowance is the financial support provided to service members during their year of service. AmeriCorps provides about $12,000 for AmeriCorps VISTA service (approximately 1800 hours over 12 months) and AmeriCorps State and National service (1700 hours over 10-12 months, depending on position).
What is the education award?
A $5,550 education award can be used to repay student loans or for future education expenses. Federal student loans may be deferred during the term of service; a 10-month or 12-month commitment beginning in August 2013 is required, depending on position.
When do I receive the living allowance and when do I receive the education award?
The AmeriCorps State and National living allowance is distributed every 2 weeks and the AmeriCorps VISTA living allowance is distributed 2 times per month. The education award ($5,550) is given to the Member after his or her term of service.
Where will I be placed for service?
AmeriCorps High School Coaches are based in their designated high schools Monday through Thursday and spend Friday at the College Possible office for staff meetings and training.
Workshop/Volunteer AmeriCorps Members are based at the College Possible office but spend significant time during the week in their designated high schools alongside high school staff, College Possible Coaches and students, Monday-Friday.
AmeriCorps College Coaches are based either at the College Possible office or a designated college campus, but spend time on college campuses connecting with College Possible alumni, Monday-Friday.
Events AmeriCorps Members and all AmeriCorps VISTAs are based at the College Possible office, Monday-Friday.
For All Positions: Weekend events occur frequently, and Corps members are required to attend many of them.
Is there health coverage?
Yes, health coverage is offered at no cost to the Members.
Am I able to have an additional (part-time) job? The rules and regulations of AmeriCorps VISTA state that a VISTA member may not hold another job during their term of service. AmeriCorps State/National does allow members to hold another job during their term of service. Outside commitments must not interfere with the obligations of an College Possible term of service.
Please consider applying for an AmeriCorps position with College Possible. If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact GWilson@CollegePossible.org. Thanks!
College Possible Highlights
1. We have 100+ socially-minded, idealistic, talented college graduates from around the country working hard towards a common goal.
2. AmeriCorps members are instrumental in the organization's success and are making a real difference in helping make college admission and success possible for low-income students. To date, 98% of our graduating seniors have been admitted to college.
3. Members who serve with College Possible gain understanding of the inner workings of a successful non-profit organization, and become extremely marketable for future graduate school and job endeavors. Past members have gone on to attend graduate school at Harvard, Berkeley, and Stanford; others have pursued careers in social work, teaching, and law.
4. Every year our AmeriCorps members become connected to an immediate social network of like-minded, idealistic recent graduates. Past members have found some of their closest friends during their year of service. We hope you'll consider applying to serve with College Possible!