Special Projects Manager

Job description

Founded in 1869, Chatham University is a fully coed institution with an enrollment of over 2,200 students and over 60 undergraduate and graduate programs in our areas of excellence:  sustainability; health & lab sciences; business & communication; and the arts & humanities.  Chatham is the alma mater of environmental icon Rachel Carson (Class of '29), and is recognized as a leader in the field of sustainability, having been selected as one of the Top 50 Green Colleges by The Princeton Review; ranked in the top five nationally for sustainability achievements in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS); and mentioned in a 2012 Forbes article as one of the places "contributing to Pittsburgh's transformation into a destination for green living."

Building on these accomplishments, Chatham opened in 2014 the world's first fully sustainable campus in higher education, Eden Hall Campus.  Consistently ranked as a best college by U.S. News & World Report in the Regional Universities North category, Chatham consists of the School of Health Sciences; the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment; the School of Arts, Science and Business; and the School for Continuing & Professional Studies.

To help support the work of the University we have an immediate opening for Special Projects Manager.  The Special Projects Manager reports to the to the Assistant Vice President of Development.

The Special Projects Manager is an organized, collaborative and highly-motivated individual who enjoys working on an array of fundraising projects in a fast-paced environment. The position will play a vital role in engaging alumni and other key constituents and donors with the university to build long-term program success.  Outside of the Advancement office, the Special Projects Manager will build effective relationships with departments including athletics, health sciences, and marketing and communications, to effectively engage alumni. 

Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Plan, implement, monitor and report on special fundraising projects, including but not limited to reunion giving, graduate alumni giving programs particularly in the Health Sciences, parent giving, athletics, special scholarship projects, Day of Giving, 150th anniversary projects, Friends of Chatham, corporate volunteer engagement, and other custom giving opportunities.
  • In collaboration with the AVP of Development and the Director of Alumni Relations, develop giving and cultivation programs consistent with the University’s strategic plan and ensure programs effectively address objectives and priorities, operate within budget limitations and comply with appropriate policies and procedures.
  • Coordinate activities with both development and alumni relations staff and provide opportunities that encourage philanthropic support. 
  • Coordinate reunion giving programs in collaboration with the Assistant Director of Annual Giving and the Director of Alumni Relations.



  • At least 3-5 years of relevant project management experience, with preference for previous fundraising and/or nonprofit experience.
  • Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.

Chatham University offers a competitive salary, an excellent benefits package, including tuition remission for qualified personnel, and a generous retirement plan.

Interested candidates should visit www.chatham.edu/careers and follow the instructions to complete the application process.  To ensure full consideration, please submit a cover letter addressing the qualifications of the position, resume, and contact information for three professional references.

Chatham University is an Equal Opportunity Employer




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Posted: 1/14/2019
Application Due: 3/15/2019
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