Lead Success Coach

Portmont College at Mount St. Mary’s, a new nonprofit college funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation and other leading philanthropic organizations, is looking for passionate, experienced candidates for the entrepreneurial position of Lead Success Coach.

About Portmont College at Mount St. Mary’s

Portmont College at Mount St. Mary’s offers high-quality, transfer-level associate’s degrees to students who have “the will, but not the way” to college success. Portmont provides access to quality personalized learning solutions and comprehensive wrap-around support services to ensure high persistence and graduation levels. Portmont is a part of Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles, which is ranked among the top 20 regional universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report. Mount St. Mary’s College is a regionally accredited institution.

About the position

The role of Lead Success Coach is essential to our mission, “college success for students with the will, but not the way.” To achieve this, we aim to provide the best student support in the U.S. Portmont was explicitly designed to integrate best practices in college persistence from around the country in a single, comprehensive model. Our design is inspired and informed by leading innovators in higher education, including InsideTrack, iMentor, YearUp, YouthBuild, and The Posse Foundation, and we strive to create a holistic solution greater than the sum of its parts.

The Lead Success Coach will play a central role in designing, delivering, and continuously improving this solution. We’re looking for a passionate, dedicated, creative, innovative, and open-minded person for this exciting position. Be a part of student success that will change higher education!

Key functions and associated responsibilities

  • Entrepreneur: Take an entrepreneurial, “rapid prototyping” approach to Portmont’s student support model: Work with Provost and Dean of Instruction to continuously improve roles, processes, curriculum, and pedagogy
  • Counselor: Advise a portfolio of students on academic, career, and personal matters through regular one-on-one interaction utilizing phone, email, and other multimedia, online communication tools
  • Faculty: Teach several sections of Portmont 101, a one-credit online course focused on college success, the Portmont Core Capabilities and cohort cohesion
  • Coordinator: Facilitate mentorships between students and their local mentors, including initial and ongoing mentor support/training
  • Case manager: Monitor student analytics and design, plan and execute targeted interventions to help students overcome barriers to success
  • Master coach: Train and support new Success Coaches as they are hired

Operational objectives:

  • Help your portfolio of students maximize:
    • Program persistence
    • Degree progress
    • Academic performance
    • Core capabilities development
  • Achieve cohort cohesion by end of Semester 1 (made up of two eight-week sessions)
  • Establish student-mentor relationships by end of Semester 1
  • Successfully onboard new Success Coaches (with Provost/Dean of Instruction support)

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience in teaching, coaching, and/or advising

Desired Qualifications

  • Degree in counseling or social work discipline: Master’s or higher degree preferred
  • Experience teaching and/or coaching at a high school or college level
  • Experience providing academic counseling in a high school or college setting

Desired Qualities

  • Demonstrated commitment to Portmont’s mission
  • Ability to connect big picture strategy and daily tactical execution
  • Comfort working toward ambitious goals in fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
  • Enjoys supporting and nurturing the unique developmental needs and academic aspirations of each student
  • Enjoys helping students overcome academic and life challenges

Employment Situation

  • Full-time position
  • Competitive compensation, commensurate to experience
  • 110 16th Street, Denver, Colorado, 80202


Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Vernon Smith atvernon@mycollegefn.org.

Denver,, Colorado
Portmont College at Mount St. Mary's
Vernon Smith

110 16th Street, Suite 950, Denver, CO, 80202, US