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The Alfond Scholarship Foundation Seeks Program Manager

Monday, November 18, 2019

About the Employer

The Alfond Scholarship Foundation (ASF) is a Maine non-profit that invests $500 at birth for the future education of every baby born a Maine resident.  To date, more than $50 million has been invested for over 100,000 Maine children.

Harold Alfond was a Maine businessman and philanthropist who wanted every Maine baby to have the opportunity that higher education brings. Mr. Alfond believed that all children deserve the opportunity to achieve higher education and recognized that one of the biggest barriers to attending college is cost. So, he created the $500 Alfond Grant as a great start to help families prepare for higher education from the very start of a child’s life. He believed that the Grant could transform individual families and Maine’s future prosperity by helping all Maine children aspire to higher education. My Alfond Grant is his legacy gift to help make that future prosperity a reality.  Learn more at www.myalfondgrant.org.

Responsibilities

The Program Manager of the Alfond Scholarship Foundation is responsible for helping to ensure that the goals of the organization are achieved through effective and innovative programming efforts.  The Program Manager works closely with the CEO and represents the organization to partners and to families.

Programs

  • The Program Manager works with the CEO to devise and implement the strategies and tactics that will achieve ASF’s goals, including those identified in any Strategic Plan.
  • As part of this work, the Program Manager works with the CEO to review data about program outcomes, and to develop responses to such data by helping to determine innovations and iterations that will yield even stronger results.
  • The Program Manager is the principal contact for the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME), which helps administer the Alfond Grants, and for Ethos, the marketing firm that ASF shares with FAME.  This includes regular, ongoing coordination with FAME and Ethos regarding messaging, development and dissemination of collateral materials, etc.
  • The Program Manager supports the CEO in the identification, cultivation and stewardship of partners, with core responsibility for managing relationships, partner communications and partner activities once established.
  • The Program Manager is responsible for management of any independent contractors (e.g. Outreach Coordinators) and any volunteers, including coordination of their efforts and collecting and tracking information on such efforts and their outcomes.

 

Communications

  • The Program Manager has principal responsibility for working with ASF’s marketing firm to implement strategic communications priorities and direction, including the development of content as well as strategies for implementation of messaging through:
  1. The program website (www.myalfondgrant.org)
  2. Social media (eg Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
  3. E-newsletter
  • The Program Manager helps to identify opportunities to enhance/improve communications and the strategies as well as resources that will achieve improved outcomes.
  • The Program Manager frequently represents ASF and its programs in a variety of settings (meetings, presentations, conferences) and is a knowledgeable, approachable and professional representative of the organization and its programs.
  • The Program Manager supports communication with the Board by providing regular updates and reports to the CEO.

 

Additional Responsibilities

  • Work as part of a team to coordinate efforts in ways that can maximize success across the Foundation’s different priority areas.
  • Identify key programmatic opportunities across the State that would support the Foundation’s work.
  • Prepare written reports and program analysis.
  • Represent the Foundation’s mission and values to public audiences and to families.

 

Position Expectations & Requirements

Qualifications and Experience

The ideal Program Manager candidate will be someone who has demonstrated success in developing and implementing programs, and in managing both the internal and external relationships that enhance the program’s ability to reach its full potential.  Experience with and an understanding of child and youth development, youth and family aspirations, strategies to support asset-building and financial literacy, and the education landscape within Maine and beyond its borders are helpful in fulfilling the responsibilities of the position. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated an ability to work successfully with diverse audiences and constituencies. The Program Manager will be a skilled collaborator who can work with numerous partners across the state, and also engage with and learn from peers regionally and nationally. The Program Manager must be someone who understands how to use research and data to lead to program improvement.  

The ideal candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to the success of the Foundation’s mission and goals and is able to work successfully with a wide range of families and partners. They will be willing to work as part of a team to support all of the Foundation’s goals, and be prepared to take on unanticipated responsibilities as opportunities and needs arise. They will also show a commitment to the values and principles of the Foundation and be able to demonstrate that commitment in their work.

Required Qualifications

•    Bachelor’s Degree or higher and minimum 8-10 years of work experience in the field;
•    Demonstrated project management and leadership skills;
•    Demonstrated ability to manage programs, partnerships and relationships that support the Foundation’s goals, and to supervise others who may conduct outreach on the Foundation’s behalf;
•    Strong knowledge of local and national best practices related to child and youth development, family aspirations and asset-building;
•    Superior writing and oral communication skills;
•    Superior organizational skills – attention to detail and ability to prioritize in a fast-paced multi-tasking environment – as well as time-management and problem-solving skills;
•    Willingness and ability to work with the flexibility that a small organization requires;
•    Good judgment, instincts and excellent interpersonal skills;
•    Ability to think strategically and critically;
•    A positive, results-oriented attitude to achieve program goals;
•    A natural curiosity and desire to learn new things;
•    A motivated self-starter who has demonstrated the ability to work independently and also as an effective team member;
•    Knowledge of office practices, processes and computer software programs including Word, Outlook, Excel, and Powerpoint;
•    Ability to produce timely and accurate reports;
•    Ability to travel throughout the state and occasionally nationally; and
•    Ability to produce high-quality work under tight deadlines.

Compensation

Starting salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. A strong benefit package will be provided as well.

How To Apply

Please send cover letter and resume to: info@myalfondgrant.org
Application review will begin on December 2, and the position will remain open until filled.

The Alfond Scholarship Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

 

 

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