Program Manager, Advancement Leadership Lab at The Ohio State University

Program Manager, Advancement Leadership Lab at The Ohio State University

Job Type
Posting Date
May 20, 2019
Location of Position

Columbus, OH

Company Summary

For 144 years, The Ohio State University's campus in Columbus has been the stage for academic achievement and a laboratory for innovation. It's where friendships are forged. It's where rivalries and revelry are born.

The university's main campus is one of America's largest and most comprehensive. As Ohio's best and one of the nation's top-20 public universities, Ohio State is further recognized by a top-rated academic medical center and a premier cancer hospital and research center. As a land-grant university, Ohio State has a physical presence throughout the state, with campuses and research centers located around Ohio.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Ohio State University, along with eight other large public universities, serves as an institutional member of the Advancement Leadership Forum (ALF) public cohort.  ALF institutions gather regularly to exchange data and best practices, enhancing their respective institutions and advancing the Advancement profession.  These universities have piloted a yearlong, cohort-based program across member institutions, called the Advancement Leadership Lab (ALL), to prepare experienced Advancement professional for senior leadership positions in higher education.

Ohio State is serving as the administrative institution to initiate the multi-institution pilot and is seeking an experienced and highly organized Program Manager to play an essential role in the ongoing development, management and evaluation of ALL.

This Program Manager role is a 2-year term position that reports to the Advancement Vice President for Strategy and Administration. The Program Manager provides essential support and management of ALL by executing responsibilities including, but not limited to, providing essential administrative support, consulting on program design and content delivery, overseeing the program’s day-to-day operations, ensuring program compliance, and monitoring the program’s progress toward established goals and objectives.

The ideal candidate will possess program/project management experience, exceptional communication and organization skills, and a strong understanding of adult learning principles and leadership development. All members of Advancement are part of creating an inclusive culture that inspires an exceptionally diverse and talented team and are measured on their adherence to the following core competencies:  leadership, continuous improvement, teamwork and collaboration, and communication/interpersonal effectiveness. The majority of work is conducted during normal business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and requires moderate overnight travel and/or remote work.


25%    The Program Manager supports the successful design and administration of the Advancement Leadership Lab pilot by assisting program leadership with the development of comprehensive criteria, guidelines, curriculum, and action plans that include, but are not limited to, resource identification, timelines and budgets; Performs various coordinating (i.e., meeting agendas, timelines, surveys) and administrative duties (i.e., material preparations, meeting logistics, reservations); provides consultation on program design and delivery (Instructor Led, Technology Based, Case Study, etc.); researches best practices and facilitates the collaboration of subject matter experts in order to develop a comprehensive program curriculum.

60%    Serves as the central point of contact for the program and oversees its day-to-day operations; collaborates with Subject Matter Experts to ensure the program’s curriculum is up to date and program integrity is maintained; ensures program guidelines are adhered to by both instructors and participants; Coordinates and manages participants, facilitators and volunteers; monitors each individual’s progress (i.e. tracks attendance, records assessment scores and evaluation ratings, consults with participant’s to gather their personal assessment of their progress); manages volunteers and other stakeholders who support the training program; conducts Instructor observations and provide feedback to improve Instructor delivery performance; Creates and produces quarterly a scorecard that reflects the programs progress toward established goals and objectives.

10%    Works with participant home institution Subject Matter Experts to identify the long term impacts of the program and to design post program continuing education.

5%      Performs other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements


Master’s degree in an appropriate field or equivalent combination of education and experience; 5 years of professional, administrative experience that illustrates proven project/program management skills; 2-years of experience working in talent management or coordinating adult learning programs;  Experience in policy or operating procedure development.

Required Experience


Professional working experience within higher education; Professional working experience in Advancement profession; Professional experience creating, coordinating, managing, directing and/or facilitating leadership development programs

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The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.