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IDA Program Manager

College Dreams is a nonprofit organization in Southern Oregon dedicated to increasing access to opportunities, removing barriers and preparing low-income, first generation and underrepresented youth to thrive in school, college and careers. As a direct grantee of the Oregon IDA Initiative (, the College Dreams Individual Development Account (IDA) Program provides the opportunity for youth to save towards their education, earn matching funds, and successfully attain post-secondary education or training.

The IDA Program Manager is responsible for the management and oversight of the IDA Program and its related program outcomes. The IDA Program Manager supervises the daily activities performed by IDA program staff as well as provides direct services to savers in the IDA program. The IDA Program Manager provides vision and leadership in building students’ assets through the services provided by College Dreams. This position involves the thoughtful consideration of how to distribute large grant awards, monitor progress, and keep staff well-trained to assist the youth we serve. In addition, the IDA Program Manager stays abreast of state and federal statutes regulating program guidelines.

As part of the College Dreams management team, the IDA Program Manager plays a key role in grant writing, staff evaluation, strategic planning, reporting to the board, and providing leadership in the organization as a whole.


Program administration (40%)

Deliver effective strategies, innovations, and program development for education IDAs
Write the annual program grant, budget and work plan
Ensure completion and submission of all quarterly reporting requirements including work plan narrative, financial reports, and data certification
Perform annual program and fiscal review
Develop and implement program policies and procedures, forms, and resources
Work with team members to improve operational systems as informed by their work and program participants
Monitor IDA budget, income and expenditures to guarantee the availability of funds
Ensure high-quality program delivery in accordance with State and Federal Regulations.

Student case management services (10%)

Perform outreach, enrollment, and monthly case management to support savings progress, and completion of requirements to access matching funds
Assist participants making withdrawals
Organize and deliver workshops and trainings

Human resources (10%)

Hire, supervise, support and evaluate staff
Provide staff development opportunities to improve the quality of program services and program effectiveness

External relationships (20%)

Develop and maintain relationships with funders, Oregon IDA Initiative members, community colleges, universities, and community-based organizations
Support financial institutions to maximize efficiency in account management including account opening, disbursals, and statement reporting
Support advocacy efforts at the state level to ensure program sustainability

Organizational leadership (20%)

Work collaboratively with all College Dreams staff
Write grants, develop contracts, and coordinate fundraising to enhance services to participants and sustain the organization
Interface with board members

Minimum Qualifications and Experience

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent experience, Master’s degree is preferred
  • A combination of at least six years’ experience and/or education in nonprofit program development/management, training, education or other relevant work experience directly related to helping people pursue higher education or job training. Experience working with high school or college students is preferred.
  • Experience working in racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities.  Bilingual and/or bicultural skills and experience are a plus
  • Ability to be diplomatic and patient, with good communication skills both written and spoken
  • Attention to detail and ability to manage multiple on-going projects
  • Demonstrated ability to use word processing and database programs
  • Flexibility in work schedule, including ability and willingness to work evenings and occasional weekends


Terms of Employment & Compensation: Starting salary is $52,000-$57,500. We offer a generous benefits package that includes: health, dental, vision, and, paid vacation and sick time, and participation in a 403(b) retirement plan. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position.

How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter describing your interest and talents for this position and include a detailed resume that speaks to the responsibilities and qualifications listed above. Please submit your materials in by email to College Dreams will review applications on a rolling basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply early. The recruitment closes on Monday, April 16 at 5:00 p.m. or as soon as it is filled. College Dreams is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to hiring staff that represent the communities we serve. Racial, ethnic, and religious minorities, LGBTQIA+ people, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Please visit our website to learn more about College Dreams and our programs and services.