Program and Communications Associate
Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.
Office/Department: The Do Good Institute serves as the catalyst to transform the University of Maryland into the nation’s first Do Good Campus, where students are inspired to take action and spur innovations and solutions that tackle today’s social issues. The Institute, housed in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, provides education, opportunities, and resources to develop the next generation of nonprofit leaders, social innovators, and civic-minded students.
Position Summary/Purpose of Position:
Position Description: As part of our Do Good Institute team, the Program and Communications Coordinator will coordinate a suite of services, programs, and outreach to engage students in the skill building, experiences, and resources that result in a lifelong commitment to social impact. This position works closely with the Do Good Campus team and with the Manager of Communications to deliver campus-wide outreach and engagement efforts and activities in tandem with year-long student project and venture support programs such as the Do Good Challenge, the Do Good Accelerator, and more. The Program Coordinator will lead development and execution of a new Do Good Ambassadors program to engage passionate, inspired, and innovative Terps more deeply in UMD’s Do Good Campus. Undergraduate and graduate students from all colleges and schools would have the unique opportunity to work closely with the Do Good Institute, expand knowledge and participation in Do Good Campus activities, projects, courses and events, develop leadership, business, and nonprofit skill sets, and engage with other social impact leaders on campus.
The Program and Communications Coordinator would also coordinate our campus and community engagement initiatives such as Maryland Day, Orientation and Graduation, alumni engagement, and design and implementation of student professional development programming and a new contact management database.
The Program and Communications Coordinator should be entrepreneurial in his/her work; will join a growing, talented team; and will collaborate with a variety of internal and external constituencies in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
This position does not have direct staff reports but may have the opportunity to schedule, train, and supervise temporary student workers or interns. This position requires occasional evening and weekend work. This position reports to the Manager of Communications.
• Bachelor’s degree or combination of education and/or experience may be substituted for the degree.
• One to two years of relevant professional work experience preferably in higher education, nonprofits, or social sector
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
• Excellent organizational and project management skills to manage multiple deadlines and details
• Strong relationship building and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with all levels of stakeholders, staff, faculty, and particularly students and alumni
• Strong public speaking and presentation skills
• Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills, as well as strong verbal and written communication skills
• Ability to work independently, as well as cooperatively and strategically in a team environment
• Demonstrated ability to independently set priorities effectively when faced with multiple and competing demands
• Must possess sound judgment, tact, and diplomacy in working with a variety of personalities and constituencies internally, across UMD, and externally
• Experience with project management software and systems (such as Microsoft Project, Airtable, Asana, or others)
• Experience planning and executing events with major and diverse stakeholders (such as donors, executives, university leadership)
• Experience with email and contact management systems (such as MailChimp, Sales Force, Little Green Light, or others)
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
• Demonstrated commitment to expanding multicultural knowledge, awareness, and skills as evidenced through: demonstrating self-awareness; understanding and valuing others; demonstrating knowledge of social inequalities; interacting effectively with a diversity of people; fostering equity and inclusion.
• Emerging or established knowledge and interest in theories and best practices related to philanthropy, nonprofit leadership, student leadership, service-learning, civic engagement, social impact, or social innovation.
• Demonstrated strategic thinking to build cohesive and integrative programs and communications.