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Program Manager – Stewardship and Events

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Nov 29, 2023

Job Summary

The University of Colorado Boulder Advancement team encourages applications for a Program Manager, Stewardship and Events. This role is an essential member of the Industry and Foundation Relations (IFR) team and is responsible for planning and executing impactful donor engagement, specifically through events and stewardship efforts. The primary responsibility of this position focuses on the effective management of a donor relations program, events, and custom stewardship touches including designing, planning, coordinating, and logistics of these programs and events. This position will contribute to the planning, project management, and implementation of IFR events, including site visit support and complex meeting logistics. Events consist of key signature events that occur on an annual basis along with ongoing unique events to accomplish strategic objectives.

This role will also provide stewardship support on essential pieces such as acknowledgments, impact reports, engagement pieces, proposals, and unit/theme/research-specific materials as necessary. This position provides support for the team to ensure their outreach and stewardship activities are well-supported. Duties and tasks reflect variety and complexity and require either the direct or indirect supervision of assigned programs and projects. This position will report to the Assistant Director, Operations, Industry and Foundation Relations.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

CU Boulder Advancement is committed to a culture of joy, motivated by collaboration, passionate about excellence and driven by impact. These four values define our culture and drive our engagement and fundraising success.

At CU Boulder Advancement, we allocate time and resources to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Our efforts contribute directly to our division’s core values and to advancing CU Boulder’s mission through impactful fundraising and engagement results. As a team and as individuals, we commit to learning about and challenging systems, policies, and practices that enable oppressive ideologies to recur in our community. (Oppressive ideologies include racism, sexism, ableism, heterosexism, and other “isms” that cause harm. This list is not exhaustive and may evolve in our pursuit of collective liberation.) Embracing our responsibility to lead and model helps promote the culture we desire while supporting our internal and external constituents. Accountability for our commitment to DEI is established through specific individual and team goals that evaluate our progress and growth.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Programmatic Oversight/Task Execution/Tactical Work
  • Under the guidance of the Assistant Director, Operations develop and execute an annual plan for Industry & Foundation Relations (IFR) events with a focus on outreach, stewardship, and relationship-building efforts with industry and foundation partners, working towards exercising autonomy in this area.
  • Create, implement, and refine an event planning guide establishing the necessary steps for planning an event from start to finish including defining event goals and focus, finding and securing a venue, inviting key constituents, developing the marking and promotional plan, finalizing event details, executing the event, and completing post-event evaluation and follow-up.
  • In collaboration with the Assistant Director, lead the design, planning, and execution of annual stewardship programs. Including but not limited to, acknowledgments, impact reports, various creative pieces for the benefit of our internal and external partners, and other stewardship-related projects.
  • Generate and recommend event topics, content, speakers, and story ideas for print and electronic communications for IFR.
Other Duties as Assigned
  • Undertake other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Assistant Director, including, but not limited to, serving as IFR’s designated parking liaison, and providing collaborative support to other team members related to donor relations, etc.
What You Should Know

This position has the ability to work a hybrid schedule with some days on campus and some days remote.

This position may require local, regional, and out-of-state travel to engage with university constituents.

This position will occasionally be required to work evenings/weekends.

What We Can Offer

The salary range is $58,000 - $65,000 annually.

Relocation assistance is available within department guidelines.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

Be Statements

Be excited. Be unique. Be Boulder.

What We Require
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 1+ years of professional, job-related experience.
What You Will Need
  • Ability to make decisions and to address and resolve issues independently.
  • Ability to handle confidential information in an appropriate manner.
  • Ability to apply strong teamwork skills to daily management of tasks.
  • Sensitivity to and appreciation of cultural, political, and geographical differences, with ability to work well with faculty, staff, alumni, and students from around the world.
  • Strong communication skills including the ability to participate in public events and represent Advancement and the university in a professional manner.
  • Ability to analyze information/situations and solve problems.
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple projects/tasks simultaneously; ability to work independently and collaboratively and adapt to changing priorities.
  • Strong attention to detail and to visual appeal of presentation materials.
  • Growth mindset, resilience, and perseverance.
  • Ability to embrace the shared values of the Office of Advancement.
  • Ability to lift moderate weight related to the set up and take down of events.
  • Ability to embrace a self-starter/self-learning attitude.

Software Used: Microsoft Office products, database management and data manipulation, Salesforce, Zoom, Teams, Academic Impressions, Asana, LinkedIn, Marketing Cloud, Marketplace, Google Docs/sheets, Cvent (or other RSVP system), Graduway, Qualtrics, Workfront, Canva, LinkedIn, DocuSign.

What We Would Like You to Have
  • Experience in a higher education or non-profit environment.
  • Experience in tactical execution of events Experience working in events and event management.
  • Background or experience in donor relations and/or stewardship.
Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. A current resume.
  2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.

We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by December 17, 2023 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs .

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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