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 Officer, Development

The Program Officer for Development provides support for all facets of ACTA’s development effort, effectively applying fundraising theories, techniques, and best practices to achieve annual giving campaign goals. The Program Officer must have strong communications skills with a focus on writing (especially grant proposals, reports to donors, and fundraising letters) and must understand and support ACTA’s mission to improve higher education by working with multiple constituencies. The Program Officer reports to the Vice President of Development & Strategic Partnerships and provides development support and counsel to the President and Senior Vice President as needed.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage multiple written communications projects—grant proposals, reports to donors, reports to board of directors, Letters of Inquiry, donor email blasts.
  • Manage donor cultivation tools 
  • Assist the Vice President in sustaining current donor base, as well as identifying and cultivating potential new donors.
  • Manage the sponsorship program for ACTA’s annual event, the ATHENA Roundtable and Merrill Award Gala.
  • Monitor timelines for various fundraising activities to ensure that the department’s strategic plan and critical fundraising processes are executed effectively and in a timely manner.

Qualifications

The Program Officer should approach these tasks as an entrepreneurial enterprise, requiring an understanding of and proactive approach to ACTA’s program activities. He or she must be personable, innovative, independent, and highly-motivated, as well as exhibit the highest degree of personal responsibility, accountability, and honesty. He or she must be committed to ACTA’s mission as a leader in higher education reform.

A bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required, preferably in English, communications, or a related field, as well as 2-3 years of experience in annual giving campaigns. Candidates should possess exemplary writing, editing, and verbal communication skills, and should be proficient with Salesforce.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Nick Bratvold at info@goacta.org.

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