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Program Manager for Student Engagement

University of Maryland Gemstone Honors Program
College Park, Maryland
The salary range is $61,530 - $76,912, commensurate with experience and qualifications
Posted Date
Jul 26, 2023

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The Program Manager for Student Engagement manages the student development, leadership, and extracurricular components of the Gemstone Program including the following major areas: co-curricular programs and events, and student leadership development and recruiting. Major duties include the following:

  • Supervise the Coordinator for Student Engagement, and all graduate assistants and undergraduate teaching assistants hired to support student engagement activities. Oversee staff training, event budgets, annual planning, event planning, and new initiatives.
  • Manage all aspects of the following Gemstone Program events and hallmark programs: Gems Camp, Gemstone Citation Ceremony and Awards Celebration, Gemstone Ideas Colloquium, Gemstone Do Good Showcase, Family Weekend Tailgate, Thesis Conference, first-year student welcome and community events, Thesis Conference and Citation Ceremony.
  • Leadership Development: provide oversight for all Gemstone Leadership Council positions and committees, Thesis Conference Planning Committee, coursework Steering Committees, CONNECT Steering Committee, and the Gems Camp Planning Committee; coordinate student leader retreats and enrichment opportunities; oversee the planning and implementation of all major GLC events, such as Gems Prom, cohort engagement and events and initiatives.
  • Gemstone Courses Support: Coordinate recruitment, hiring, training, and supervision of Section Leaders for Gemstone courses.
  • Collaborate with campus partners and other stakeholders, including, but not limited to: Resident Life, Honors College, other campus Living-Learning Programs, the Adele H. Stamp Student Union, Do Good Institute partnership, and families. Work with Gemstone Associate Director to coordinate Gemstone Alumni initiatives & external stakeholder outreach; manage Gemstone alumni communication and event coordination; manage Alumni/Gemstone programming initiatives including the Alumni Mentor & Partner Program, regional and local social events.
  • Communications: Oversee the electronic and static displays in the office suite; manage Gemstone social media pages; send out bi-weekly newsletter.

The person in this position also assists as needed with other aspects of the Gemstone Program; must be able to work some night and weekend hours for specific events or meetings; this position reports to the Gemstone Program Associate Director.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree and five years of relevant work experience. Demonstrated success in advising and supervising students. Experience working in a college or university setting. Able to multitask, plan well, and organize a number of different events and activities. As this position involves a large amount of student contact, one must feel comfortable and enjoy working with students and possess a general knowledge of how students develop. The ideal candidate will have strong organizational, administrative, interpersonal, and communication skills, be able to learn quickly, work independently and cooperatively, enjoy creative projects, and be accurate and flexible. Must be able to work some night and weekend hours for specific events or meetings. 



  • A master’s degree is preferred. Experience working in a college or university setting and familiarity with living-learning communities is highly preferred. Demonstrated success in organizing small and large-scale events is preferred. Candidates with a background in student services or resident life are encouraged to apply.


Physical Demands:

May include carrying equipment or boxes for events occasionally. Must be able to work some night and weekend hours for specific events or meetings.

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