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Program Manager, Portland Alumni Engagement

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Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Portland, OR
Categories: Administrative/Professional, Development

Department: University Advancement
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $40,000 - $50,000 per year
Compensation Band: OS-OA04-Fiscal Year 2018-2019
FTE: 1.0

Please note this position will be based in Portland, OR. 

Application Review Begins
January 29, 2019; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit the following with your online application:

• A cover letter in which you clearly describe how your knowledge, skills, and abilities prepare you for the requirements outlined in the job announcement. In your cover letter please provide an example of a way you have engaged a constituent of your organization that resulted in a positive outcome.

• A resume of your educational and professional work experience.

Department Summary
University Advancement is responsible for strategically positioning the UO with its various constituents and securing resources to further its aims. The division consists of approximately 200 employees primarily working out of Eugene, with offices in Portland and Bend. Departments within University Advancement include UO Alumni Association, Development, Principal and International Gifts, Advancement Operations, Federal Affairs, and State and Community Affairs.

University Development is a comprehensive fundraising department with an overall mission to sustain and enhance excellence at the University of Oregon by securing and stewarding philanthropic gifts and raising funds from private sources to fund priorities outlined by the University’s faculty and administrative leadership. The department has employees working out of the central office (Ford Alumni Center), Portland White Stag building, and offices within the schools and colleges.

Position Summary
In order to establish and cultivate lifelong relationships among UO Alumni, parents, friends, etc., the Program Manager, Alumni Engagement will serve as a representative for the organization’s multi-faceted University Advancement mission.

Reporting to the Director of Regional Engagement in Portland, the Program Manager will work in consultation and collaboration with both the Director and with colleagues in the UO Alumni Association to advance the regional engagement strategy for alumni through supporting the Portland volunteer chapter, planning events, engaging new audiences, and connecting campus partners with community stakeholders.

This position requires access to transportation for frequent travel to meetings and events. This position must be able to work occasional nights and/or weekends to fulfill special projects and events.

Minimum Requirements
• Bachelor’s degree in relevant field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• One year of full-time (or equivalent) experience in program management (including budgeting) within a higher education or non-profit setting.
• Three years’ experience in progressive management roles with the same nonprofit organization, or one year of experience managing volunteer programs from a staff standpoint.

Professional Competencies
• Experience planning, executing, and ‘working through’ events with a strategic purpose.
• Ability to make a verbal and written case for becoming involved in the life of the University.
• Demonstrated ability to build and execute programs and engage volunteers to achieve operating goals; experience with associated financial management and budgeting.
• Ability to communicate and work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
• Ability to maintain a high level of professionalism, discretion, and confidentiality.
• Experience with project management and organization.
• Demonstrated ability to plan and design events.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with faculty, staff, and others as appropriate.
• Proven proficiency with Excel, Word, and Outlook (or similar scheduling/calendar program), and familiarity with Microsoft Office and routine software applications.
• Excellent attention to detail and follow-through.
• Commitment to and experience with promoting and enhancing diversity and equity.
• Ability to adapt as new situations arise.

Preferred Qualifications
• Familiarity with alumni relations and advancement in a higher education setting.
• Experience managing a group of volunteers in a nonprofit setting.
• Experience working in higher education.
• Experience working remotely, or in a setting with limited direct supervision.
• Familiarity with the University of Oregon and UOAA.

FLSA Exempt: Yes

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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