ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

Program Manager, Fund for Academic Renewal (FAR)

The Fund for Academic Renewal (FAR), a program of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), seeks a program manager. FAR furthers ACTA’s mission by assisting higher education donors in making gifts that foster academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at U.S. colleges and universities.

FAR is significantly expanding its programming over the next two years. As one of only two full-time FAR staff members, the program manager will have the opportunity to be involved in this effort at every level, from helping to expand new FAR programs for college donors to the nitty-gritty of event planning and execution. An appreciation for the importance of philanthropy in American civil society and an interest in higher education reform are essential for success in this position.

The program manager is expected to be personable, dynamic, well organized, highly motivated, detail oriented, and principled. As the FAR executive director travels frequently, the program manager must be able to work independently and to manage an extensive portfolio of programs and initiatives.. The highest degree of personal responsibility, accountability, and honesty is expected. The program manager reports directly to FAR’s executive director and, ultimately, to ACTA’s president.

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Seek creative ways to expand FAR’s higher ed donor base and faculty network.
  • Research current and prospective college donors, as well as wealth advisers and others who guide philanthropic decisions of high-net-worth individuals.
  • Assist the executive director in matching donors with meritorious programs that advance donor intent.
  • Manage the application and award process of FAR’s Special Purpose Funds grants.
  • Oversee reporting requirements for grants.
  • Research and recommend donor agreement content to FAR executive director.
  • Spearhead and oversee the production of publications to advance FAR’s mission.
  • Organize annual conference for faculty and ACTA’s Oases of Excellence.
  • Draft and assemble content for the FAR newsletter, as well as the FAR blog, FAR LinkedIn page, and other social media platforms.
  • Support the FAR executive director in preparations for and follow up to meetings with FAR clients.
  • Record and acknowledge all FAR correspondence and donations; oversee and maintain FAR Salesforce database.
  • Provide day-to-day general support for department, including managing time-sensitive projects.

Education and Experience Required: Candidates must possess a four-year undergraduate degree and 2–4 years of work experience; a passion for higher education reform and the role of philanthropy in civil society; strong attention to detail; excellent writing skills; personable and able to interact with a diverse constituent base; and proficiency with MS Office Suite. Experience using Salesforce or other constituent databases is preferred but not required. Compensation will be based on experience. ACTA provides an excellent benefits package, including generous paid time off, medical insurance, and a commuter benefit.

To Apply: Email cover letter, resume, references, and a writing sample of approximately 500 words to Nick Barden at info@goacta.org

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