The Rutgers University Foundation (RUF) and the Rutgers University Alumni Association (RUAA) seek an experienced project manager and communications professional to serve as Director of Project Management. As a leader in the Department of Foundation and Alumni communications, the Director will play an essential role in planning for a future multi-billion-dollar campaign, joining the organization during a period of strong emphasis on strategic communications planning and creation.
The Director will be responsible for project planning, budgeting, routing, tracking, and reporting, assuring projects’ smooth progression from inception through delivery, proactively engaging with partners throughout the foundation, maintaining foundation-wide communications calendars, and strategizing collaboratively with department and foundation leadership. S/he will have the opportunity to develop, in collaboration with leadership, a reporting regimen that will help drive department planning and resource allocation. The Director helps undertake and manage project budgets and vendor relations, and s/he oversees an assistant director, student worker, and interns.
RUF is an independent 501(c)3 advancement operation with the mission of fostering alumni engagement and garnering philanthropic support from Rutgers University alumni, friends, and organizations. The university has more than 500,000 alumni worldwide. In addition, the RUAA is a collaborative part of the foundation and works closely with all areas of Rutgers’ advancement operation. The Director of Project Management will collaborate in developing strategies and content that aligns with the foundation’s strategic communications objectives. The scope of his/her work will include advancement-related communications projects across all foundation departments.
The candidate must have strong experience managing projects and workflow in an agency, corporate, or higher-education communications setting. Familiarity with higher-education campaign communications is highly desirable, as is fluency in integrated marketing campaigns that incorporate a variety of media. S/he must have a proven ability to plot and work on multiple, overlapping timelines and to maintain flexibility in a fast-paced work environment. S/he must have a collaborative mindset in order to partner with internal colleagues both within the foundation and the university at large, an accessible and collegial leadership style, and the creativity and energy to explain complex processes to a variety of constituencies.
The Director must have a bachelor’s degree and at least 7 years’ experience in a communications operation—ideally with a background in advancement/fundraising/alumni communications and demonstrated success in collaborating with numerous partners to achieve high quality work.
Rutgers University Foundation
Created in 1973, the Rutgers University Foundation (RUF) advances Rutgers' pursuit of excellence in education, research, and public service. The RUF provides the bridge between donors and the schools and programs, faculty, and students that make up Rutgers University. The RUF helps to match caring people with satisfying and meaningful opportunities to make gifts that have an impact on Rutgers.
RUF has 224 full-time employees (63 frontline fundraisers) and is in an enviable moment of growth and expansion. The foundation’s primary functions are development and alumni relations, which collaborate with Department of Foundation and Alumni Communications on all associated marketing, communications, public relations, and strategic communications services. RUF employees enjoy a collaborative relationship with the university, sharing many resources and benefits, yet still maintaining its status as an independent 501(c) 3 non-profit. The foundation’s main offices are located in New Brunswick, where this director will be located, along with his/her associated staff and departments. The RUF also has advancement offices in Rutgers-Newark and Rutgers-Camden, and a fast-growing advancement team dedicated to Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.
More information about the foundation can be found on: www.support.rutgers.edu
Rutgers University Alumni Association
Formed in 2008, the Rutgers University Alumni Association (RUAA) serves all alumni of Rutgers University. RUAA staff work in partnership with a board and network of alumni leaders to advance the best interests and well-being of Rutgers University by engaging all alumni in the life of the institution. The RUAA serves more than 500,000 living alumni of Rutgers University. Membership in the RUAA is free and automatically granted to all graduates of Rutgers University, or any of its predecessor schools, upon graduation.
More information on the RUAA can be found at ralumni.com
Department of Foundation and Alumni Communications
The Department of Foundation and Alumni Communications manages communications with Rutgers alumni, donors, and prospective donors. Its four divisions—marketing, visual identity, editorial, and project management—plan, create, and execute integrated communications in a variety of media for work areas across the Rutgers University Foundation and Rutgers University Alumni Association.
ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT, FOUNDATION AND ALUMNI COMMUNICATION
Todd Lineburger has more than 20 years’ experience in marketing and communications, fundraising, public relations, and higher education administration. At Rutgers University Foundation, he oversees all foundation and alumni association communications, directing the foundation’s team of content-creators, project managers, digital marketers, and strategists, and managing strategic communications efforts. Prior to joining Rutgers University Foundation, he served as director of advancement communications at Franklin & Marshall College and, before that, as director of development communications at Widener University School of Law.
DIRECTOR, PROJECT MANAGEMENT
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Qualities of the Ideal Candidate
The Director of Project Management will have the following personal characteristics and professional qualifications: