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

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 year. As only the second full-time FAR staff member, the program manager will have the opportunity to be involved in this effort at every level, from helping to formulate brand-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. The highest degree of personal responsibility, accountability, and honesty is expected.

Responsibilities include:

  • Helping to plan a June 2017 conference for college faculty members and other events.
  • Drafting content for the FAR newsletter and other publications.
  • Researching current and prospective college donors, as well as wealth advisers and others who guide philanthropic decisions of high-net-worth individuals.
  • Researching collegiate programs and faculty that are potential recipients of grants.
  • Taking primary responsibility for the prompt and accurate recording and acknowledgment of correspondence with FAR clients and donations to FAR.
  • Building out the FAR Salesforce database (training provided for those without previous Salesforce experience).

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; clear and grammatical writing; and proficiency with MS Word and Excel. 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.

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

Program Officer, Trustee Affairs

The Program Officer for Trustee Affairs advances ACTA’s core values of academic excellence, academic freedom, and accountability by assisting the Vice President of Trustee & Legislative Affairs in maintaining ACTA’s national network of trustees and improving ACTA’s communications with those trustees.

Specifically, the Program Officer performs the following tasks:

  • Assisting the Vice President of Trustee & Legislative Affairs with communications and outreach to trustees, governors, policymakers, and related constituent groups, including responding to resource requests and research questions.
  • Cultivating ACTA’s existing relationships with trustees, elected officials, and other higher education stakeholders; at times serving as primary point of contact for ACTA’s constituents.
  • Ensuring quality control of ACTA’s database of college and university trustees; overseeing database work of trustee affairs program associate, interns, and outside contractors.
  • Writing and research related to issues regarding trustees and higher education policy.
  • Providing editing and research support for trustee publications, as well as assisting in the coordination of resources for publications.
  • Assisting the Vice President of Trustee & Legislative Affairs with the organization and production of trustee events.
  • Contributing to other writing and research projects as appropriate.

The Program Officer must approach these tasks as an entrepreneurial enterprise, requiring an understanding of and proactive approach to ACTA’s program activities. The Program Officer is expected to be personable, dynamic, well organized, highly motivated, and principled, and to act with the highest degree of personal responsibility, accountability, and honesty.

To apply, please email a resume and references to Nick Barden at info@goacta.org.

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