The Division of University Relations seeks a Program Manager of
External Relations and Stewardship for the Philip Merrill College
of Journalism. The Program Manager will be responsible for
providing outreach, engagement and stewardship opportunities for
the college, as well as develop and maintain strong relationships
with donors. They will achieve this through school events,
email communications, and fundraising appeals. This
individual will manage stewardship programs and general
correspondence, maintain College of Journalism data in the Advance
database, and manage and execute special events that will help
support fundraising activities.
The Program Manager of External Relations will collaborate in the
implementation of a comprehensive alumni engagement program that
includes events, programs, email communications and volunteer
management. The Program Manager will also work with the
college’s careers/internships office to engage alumni in networking
and mentoring opportunities with students. Further, the
Program Manager will work to implement a comprehensive donor
relations and stewardship program that strategically engages
prospects, donors and key stakeholders for the purpose of
fundraising. They will prepare stewardship communications for
donors, including acknowledgement letters, emails and videos using
ThankView. They will also ensure consistent stewardship and
donor relations practices, including making sure that scholarship
funds are awarded and recipients are chosen annually.
The Program Manager of External Relations will also manage a small
portfolio of prospects and donors (25-35) and engage in
identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding these
donors. They, in conjunction with the Assistant Dean, will
help to implement and coordinate activities designed to increase
alumni involvement and engagement with the college and help provide
support for the Journalism Alumni Network board.
Education (include licenses, certifications,
Bachelor’s degree required.
At least three years of relevant
experience in non-profit, higher education or related field,
including fundraising, alumni affairs, communications, event
planning and/or public relations.
Candidates should also have experience with email and contact
management systems, such as Emma, Advance or Blackbaud.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills.
- Excellent organizational and project management skills to
manage multiple deadlines, projects, contacts and details.
- High degree of attention to detail.
- Strong writing, editing and research skills.
- Collaborative mindset and ability to interact effectively with
both external and internal audiences.
- Ability to prioritize tasks, think proactively, and work
independently, using good judgment and experience to make
- Demonstrate strategic thinking to build cohesive and
integrative programs and communications.
- Strong computer skills including expertise in Microsoft Office
(Word, Excel and PowerPoint), Google Suite and virtual platforms
such as Zoom.