College Possible - Executive Director (WA)

Seattle, WA | Full-time | COVID-19 remote


Comprehensive Position Profile

College Possible is among the largest nonprofit college access and success organizations in the U.S. College Possible provides a results-driven program that helps low income students from diverse backgrounds get into college, and persist through graduation. The College Possible model has earned national recognition: the inaugural Evergreen National Education Award recognized the organization’s 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 College Possible students are four times more likely to become college graduates than their low-income peers. College Possible has a budget of $28 million, more than 140 full-time employees and more than 270 AmeriCorps and VISTA service members. During the 2020-21 school year, College Possible will reach an estimated 20,000 students in 49 states, at more than 90 partner high schools and at nearly 600 colleges.

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The College Possible Washington site was formed through a 2019 merger between College Access Now (CAN) and College Possible. CAN had operated a model based on the College Possible program since 2005, and wanted to serve more students effectively and efficiently by leveraging a national infrastructure. Today the Washington site serves more than 600 high school students in Seattle and South King County, and 700 college students nationally.

College Possible seeks a dynamic, passionate, and proven Executive Director (ED) to lead the regional operations in Washington and to serve as the external face of College Possible to the local community and the various stakeholders of College Possible.

As ED of the Washington site, you will be the general manager and oversee operations including planning, managing, and executing a comprehensive strategy will enable the team to expand the program. Externally, the ED will be responsible for leading successful fundraising efforts, community outreach and engagement, and for supporting the Local Advisory Board.
As a talent leader and champion, you will recruit, develop, and retain a workforce of approximately 40 people.


As a committed, diverse, values-based organization, we offer:
• A competitive salary range of $120,000 - $150,000
• Excellent benefits including complete health, dental, life, short-term and longterm disability insurance
• 401(k) retirement plan
• Encouraged sustainability through a generous paid time off program
• Personalized professional development and growth opportunities
• An opportunity to have a tremendous impact both internally and across the country


This role will remain open until filled. Candidate materials are reviewed on an on-going basis, and initial interviews will begin by mid-August.
To be considered, please submit a resume and cover letter (in a single Word or PDF document) addressed to the Search Committee.

The priority deadline to submit candidate materials is September 10th.
You may direct questions or make referrals to Mikkell Jackson Roeland or Ed Rogan at the Valtas Group. Mikkell can be reached at and Ed can be reached


College Possible is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and seeks to build a diverse workforce to create impact in partnership with the communities
served. We welcome a diverse pool of qualified applicants. For each of its positions, College Possible is mindful about what best serves students, and seeks to hire staff with relevant experience, skills and aptitude, and a commitment to the power of education. To learn more about our commitment see our Diversity and Inclusion Plan. This position is subject to reference checks and the completion of a background check.