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Project Manager of New Initiatives and Campus Relations

University of Oregon
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Nov 9, 2021

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Project Manager of New Initiatives and Campus Relations

Job no: 528205
Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Development

Department: University Advancement
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: Starts at $78,000 per year
Compensation Band: OS-OA08-Fiscal Year 2021-2022
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins
September 29, 2021; position open until filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit a cover letter and resume to be considered.

Department Summary
University Advancement (UA) supports the University of Oregon's (UO) mission of providing exceptional teaching, discovery, and service by strategically positioning the university to create awareness, build long-term relationships, and secure resources that increase understanding and 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: the UO Alumni Association; Development; Advancement Operations; Federal Affairs; and State and Community Affairs. We are committed to fostering equity and inclusion in a welcoming, safe, and respectful environment that recognizes the value of all members of our community.

Position Summary
The Project Manager is a strategic partner to the Vice President and Advancement Senior Staff in the development, collaboration, and implementation of new campus and division initiatives. In coordination with the VP, the Project Manager plays a critical role in the success of complex endeavors through defining new projects, identifying campus partners, establishing benchmarks for success, standardizing communication to stakeholders, and aligning existing and new efforts of various programs within advancement. This position builds tools and tracks accountability with regard to internal and external communication, project partner management, and strategic planning. This role is expected to work with senior leaders across campus with a high level of sophistication and confidentiality while advancing logistics and tactical next steps for projects. A primary charge of this role is to facilitate collaboration between advancement and academic leaders so that new and big ideas can be set up structurally for success and in a manner that allows advancement to tell inspiring stories to donors and prospective funders.

As a key facilitator of new initiatives within University Advancement, the Project Manager is expected to inspire a healthy work culture by empowering and partnering well with others and applying an equity lens to all projects and initiatives.

The Project Manager serves as a communications strategist to the Vice President, and will provide communication assistance and special project management to members of the Advancement Senior Staff as well as the Provost's office. This position is responsible for developing an internal and external communications strategy that builds trust across campus around new initiatives, advances the reputation of University of Oregon Advancement programs within the industry, and reinforces the core mission, vision, and values amongst employees. In coordination with Development Communications, UOAA Communications, and University Communications, the Project Manager will develop targeted and constituent-specific communications for the Vice President and other campus leaders to advance new initiatives.

Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of skills and experience.
  • Five years of professional experience working with executive leaders in large, complex public and private organizations.
  • Five years of experience managing projects and/or new programs.

    Professional Competencies
  • Ability to interact, communicate, and work effectively with individuals, recognizing and respecting the many and varied identities of each person.
  • Commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Deep understanding of the structures, decision-making, and culture of higher education and a strong ability to navigate complex institutions.
  • Excellent communication skills, including written, verbal, listening, and interpreting abilities.
  • Ability to develop content that reflects the voice and tone of executives and campus.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills and ability to analyze, summarize, and effectively present data.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage programs and develop strategies to achieve University Advancement goals.
  • Ability to manage the ongoing organizational change of a dynamic unit, including the ability to lead and advise about how to analyze problems, solicit input, and recommend possible solutions.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment managing a variety of projects at once while simultaneously always searching for operational efficiencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply an entrepreneurial, problem-solver mindset.
  • Expertise in financial management and budgeting.
  • Strong project and intake management skills, with the ability to take ideas from conception to execution.
  • Competency with Microsoft, Adobe, Tableau, and other common software programs, and the ability to learn and adapt to new technologies.
  • Independence and creativity in project management and implementation.
  • Knowledge of analytical approaches for measuring ROI and effectiveness of new programs, partnerships, and internal communication outreach.

    Preferred Qualifications
  • Advanced degree
  • Two years of experience in strategic communications
  • Five years of experience in donor relations
  • PMP certification

    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.

    In compliance with federal law, the University of Oregon prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and services. The Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at

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