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Program Coordinator/Associate for Trustee & Government Affairs

Founded in 1995, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni’s (ACTA) mission is to advance academic excellence, academic freedom, and accountability at America’s colleges and universities. We are the only organization that works comprehensively on higher education reform with alumni, donors, trustees, and policymakers across the United States. ACTA works “inside the walls” of colleges and universities to create real reform across the country. Our network, which includes over 23,000 university trustees representing more than 1,100 schools, provides us with unique access to the changemakers on campus.

The Program Coordinator/Associate for Trustee & Government Affairs advances ACTA’s core values of academic excellence, academic freedom, and accountability by assisting the Vice President of Trustee & Government Affairs in maintaining ACTA’s national network of trustees and elected officials and improving ACTA’s communications with those audiences.

Specifically, the Program Coordinator/Associate performs the following tasks:

  • Assisting the Vice President of Trustee & Government Affairs with communications and outreach to trustees, governors, policymakers, and related constituent groups, including responding to research questions and coordinating with other departmental staff on outreach projects.
  • Organizing ACTA’s trustee events and webinar programs, including seeing through selection of participants, event marketing, logistical management, and constituent communications.
  • Ensuring quality control of ACTA’s database of college and university trustees, assisting with database administration on an as-needed basis; overseeing database work of interns and outside contractors.
  • Managing the department’s direct mail and e-mail campaigns, including serving as the department’s primary point of contact with ACTA’s mailhouse vendor, facilitating department mass mailings, and responding to resource requests from constituents.
  • Drafting correspondence and/or policy statements directed to higher education stakeholders including boards of trustees and government bodies.
  • Providing research, logistical, and operational support to departmental initiatives including targeted mailings, trustee publications, events, and ACTA’s board services.

The Program Coordinator/Associate must approach these tasks as an entrepreneurial enterprise, requiring an understanding of and proactive approach to ACTA’s program activities. The Program Coordinator/Associate 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.

Applicants should email a resume and cover letter to Jordan Thomas at with “Application – Program Coordinator/Associate” in the subject line.


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