Research and Program Coordinator
Office of Institutional
Exempt, Regular, Full-Time, Pay Grade
Location: Hybrid in MD or Remote
Under general supervision and working alongside
fundraisers, academic, and programmatic leadership, provides
research services for the Government Affairs and Strategic
Partnership (GSP) units, complex data entry, program, and project
management to support across business units and programs with
pertinent donor, alumni, and student records. Responsible for
identifying public and private funding opportunities based on
strategic need and assessing appropriate fit of highly technical
funding programs. Acts as project manager for IA strategic
events and programs; responsible for management of all intake
efforts, scheduling and coordinating stakeholder meetings and
communications, task management, and routine follow-up for all
project tracking in the Microsoft Planner and other system tools.
Acts as a power user to support the maintenance of a CRM and grants
management tracking; Work requires comprehensive knowledge of the
organization or program where assigned, skill in working with
issues related to policy, procedures, and confidential matters, and
involves considerable participation in the work of the supervisor.
Incumbents exercise discretion and judgment with considerable
consequence of error.
Essential Skills Required:
Identify and select sources of funding that align with
UMGC and USM projects and opportunities. will contribute to the
strategy and drive implementation to renew and steward our current
foundation funders and build our foundation prospect pipeline to
identify and secure new sources of revenue in support of our
mission and strategic priorities.
Continuously and proactively articulate findings from
research, staying abreast of major international and business news,
utilizing social media and other resources to enhance prospect
strategies and stewardship.
Collaborate with University leadership and grants
consultants to refine project scopes. Contribute to proposal
narratives in the form of best practices research, literature
reviews, and needs assessments.
Assisting the IA Development team in efforts to
provide biographical, financial, and informational research on
individual, corporate and foundation prospects.
Initiates and facilitates the Advancement Services
intake meeting process utilizing project management systems and
tools to organize tasks, tracks progress as well as schedule follow
up meetings when needed. Ensures communication is maintained
Initiates and facilitates onboarding and trainings for
all tools and systems for new IA staff and periodic refresher
trainings for current IA staff. Works with tool and systems owners
within IA and stakeholders across the university, as well as the IA
IT liaison to ensure staff are trained in a timely and effective
fashion. Design a tracking system for trainings, training
documentation, and participants.
REQUIRED EDUCATION AND
Candidates must provide leadership and have effective
critical thinking skills. It is essential that the individual in
this role have strong skills in initiative, collaboration,
decision making, communication, and project management.
Experience writing and researching for an academic
Ability both to accept and to provide constructive
Strong communication, fact-checking, writing, and
editing skills in the English language
Strong interest in prospect research, fundraising
strategy, grant writing, and the organizations we serve
Excellent organizational skills and attention to
Ability to work quickly and independently with minimal
guidance or oversight
Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced
Demonstrable problem-solving skills and work ethic
Proven academic achievement
PREFERRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor’s degree from an institution of higher
learning plus a minimum of two (2) years of progressively
responsible experience in a higher education, fundraising or grant
Excellent verbal and written communication skills,
time management skills, attention to detail, and the ability to
work in a fast-paced environment.
Grants and non-profit management experience is highly
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, Project
Salesforce and Tableau also highly preferred.