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 Associate, Fund for Academic Renewal

The Fund for Academic Renewal (FAR), a program of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), seeks a Program Associate. This person will advance FAR’s mission of working with higher education donors to support academic excellence and integrity through philanthropy. The Program Associate must approach these tasks as an entrepreneurial enterprise. An ability to prioritize tasks, respond to requests on short notice, and keep track of multiple projects is essential.

The Program Associate 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. The Program Associate should have a keen interest in higher education reform, since FAR’s activities further ACTA’s goals of promoting academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at U.S. colleges and universities.

FAR will significantly expand its programming in 2017 and the Program Associate will have an opportunity to make important contributions to the success of new programming. The Program Associate reports to the FAR Executive Director.

Responsibilities include:

  • Researching current and prospective college donors, as well as wealth advisers and others who guide philanthropic decisions of high-net-worth individuals.
  • Executing other research assignments and tasks on short notice in a fast-paced setting.
  • Assisting with informational mailings and correspondence.
  • Assisting with preparations for events and meetings.
  • Taking primary responsibility for the prompt and accurate recording and acknowledgment of correspondence with FAR clients.
  • Taking primary responsibility for the prompt and accurate recording, depositing, and acknowledgment of donations to FAR.
  • Interacting with higher education donors and other FAR constituents over the phone and in person.

Candidates must possess a four-year undergraduate degree. Strong attention to detail; clear and grammatical writing; proficiency with MS Word and Excel. Candidates must demonstrate knowledge of FAR’s and ACTA’s mission and enthusiasm for that mission. Experience using Salesforce or other constituent databases preferred but not required.

To apply, email cover letter, resume, references, and a writing sample of approximately 500 words to Nick Barden at nbarden@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 nbarden@goacta.org.

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