Special Projects Manager
Swarthmore College - Swarthmore, PA

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(1.0 FTE, limited term for one year - renewal possible, benefits eligible, salary grade 8)

T he Special Projects Manager to the President's Office reports jointly to the President and Secretary of the College and will be an expert writer, editor, and researcher, capable of juggling n u merous assignments simultaneously. S/he will be comfortable in an academic setting and well versed in higher education, particularly residential liberal arts colleges. S/he will be detailed oriented and support the work of the new President’s Counci l . The President’s Council will meet twice each academic year, and will be composed of dedicated alumni, parents, and friends who provide insight and expertise helpful to advancing strategic college initiatives. This position may involve some travel.

Primary Responsibilities

Drafts speeches, reports, white papers, briefings, gift proposals, opinion pieces, and correspondence on behalf of the President .

Manages special projects in support of the President .

Conducts research on behalf of the President, particularly in areas related to the liberal arts .

Supports the work of the President and works closely with the Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations in the establishment of, staff support, and stewardship of the President’s Council.

Track and write reports on strategic planning implementation effort.

Oversees the production of the President’s Annual Report.

Performs other assignments as directed by the President and the Secretary of the College.

Required Skills and Abilities

Excellent writing and editing skills. Must be able to write in a wide variety of formats and with careful attention to voice to effectively serve diverse audiences.
Excellent research experience and capacity to produce summary documents from lengthy, often complex texts and other original source materials.
Strong attention to detail.
Strong organizational skills.
Expertise in meeting planning and coordination.
Knowledge of best fundraising practices and trends a plus.
Ability to handle multiple tasks, often under deadline.
Ability to work as a team member to build strong working relationships across campus and in the broader community.
Ability to copy edit. Knowledge of College style standards desirable.
Ability to maintain high levels of confidentiality, discretion, and sound judgment in dealing with all constituents, including senior level administrators, parents, alumni, students, faculty, and staff.
Attention to customer service when working with internal and external audiences.

Required Credentials

A Bachelor’s degree is required.

Five years of directly related professional experience required, particularly related to higher education. Knowledge of and experience with Swarthmore College community a strong plus.

Advanced computer literacy and skill required including word processing, Power Point, Excel, and Photoshop. Experience with content management systems (such as Ingeniux), familiarity with HTML, and Banner database application strongly desired.

Application deadline: December 23, 2012

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