Are you passionate about creating partnerships, developing
strategies, telling compelling stories and driving lasting change?
In our newly created Strategic Partner Engagement Manager position,
you will get to do just that.
In this position, you will support strategic media partnerships,
identify and steward key communications efforts, plan and execute
partner convenings and distill and communicate Ascendium’s work to
external audiences. You will also have the opportunity to advance
Ascendium’s visibility and thought leadership in the fields in
which we work.
This position is based in Madison, Wisconsin. Some travel, such
as to conferences, convenings and grantee events, may be
Here are some of the day-to-day tasks for this
- Plan, develop and
execute a comprehensive stakeholder engagement strategy to support
Ascendium’s education philanthropy branding and
- In collaboration with
the vice president of strategic communications, source and manage
Ascendium’s portfolio of strategic media partnerships to help
amplify work in Ascendium’s grantmaking focus areas.
- Develop relationships
and partnerships with national and regional media that support the
successful execution of the stakeholder engagement
- Coordinate themes and
positioning of Ascendium’s grantmaking across focus areas for all
education philanthropy communications (e.g., newsletter, web and
social media) for use by the Strategic Communications
- Provide direction to the
Strategic Communications team in the creation of education
philanthropy’s public relations efforts (e.g., press releases,
webinars, op-eds and publication submissions).
- Identify strategies to
promote Ascendium’s special initiatives.
- Develop and execute a
plan for Ascendium’s presence at conferences and convenings,
identifying strategic sponsorships and presentation
- In collaboration with
education philanthropy leadership, identify opportunities to
convene stakeholders and, as appropriate, plan, coordinate and
participate in convenings.
- Assist in the synthesis
and dissemination of findings highlighting the success of
- Support the ongoing
professional growth and development of team members through
coaching, external opportunities and regular feedback on
performance and individual objectives.
- Coordinate the support
of grantees and stakeholders in the use of Ascendium’s name and
logo where appropriate.
- Other related duties as
Knowledge and Skill
Here are some of the qualifications we are looking
equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in communications, external
affairs, marketing, philanthropy, social sciences, education,
business or a related field.
- Seven or more
progressive years of experience in postsecondary education and/or
- Excellent written and
verbal communication skills.
- Strong project
management skills with a demonstrated ability to execute and follow
through to achieve intended results by honoring commitments,
prioritizing work and managing time and resources well.
- Ability to plan, develop
and execute a comprehensive stakeholder engagement strategy to
support Ascendium’s education philanthropy branding and
- Ability to develop and
maintain strong working relationships with and among a diverse
group of stakeholders.
- Ability to adapt to a
fast-paced, continually evolving work environment.
- Effective interpersonal
skills exemplified by initiative, courtesy, diplomacy, positive
attitude and professionalism.
- Demonstrated commitment
to Ascendium’s mission and to diversity, equity and
Ascendium employees enjoy an outstanding
benefits package designed to provide employees and their
families with a high degree of security. These include, but are not
- 401(k) plan, health
plan, vision plan and dental plan.
- Generous time
- Flexible work
Ascendium provides equal employment opportunity to all
individuals regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, age,
national origin, creed, disability, veteran status or any other
characteristic protected by state or federal law. We are strongly
committed to this policy and believe in the concept and spirit of
If you would like assistance with the application process,
please email Ascendium
Human Resources. We invite all applicants to complete the
Voluntary Affirmative Action questions when submitting application
materials. The questions are found at the end of the online
application process. To learn more about our commitment to Equal
Employment Opportunity, please visit the Ascendium
Ascendium has contractual obligations that require criminal,
employment and education background investigations as a condition
To apply for this position, please visit the Ascendium Career
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