Manager, Special Projects

The Special Projects Manager provides substantive, strategic, and administrative support to the COO. This role provides support to improve cross-department cohesion and effectiveness, manages routine and ad hoc special projects including quarterly Board meeting preparation and supports programmatic work.


  • Own key program management outputs including executive status updates of milestone progress, risks, change requirements, interdependencies, and communication
  • Execute day of meeting logistics, particularly for yearly Board retreat, Cabinet retreats, and other senior level meetings
  • Responsible for timely execution of relevant documentation for process changes and regulatory requirements
  • Develop and manage key relationships with dependency partners; actively seek and promote engagement for increased collaboration and management of cross functional dependencies; may supervise the work of vendors and consultants


  • Bachelor’s degree or five years of relevant experience
  • Advanced program management and execution skills and experience
  • Knowledge of relevant software applications including strong Excel and Powerpoint skills
  • Effective writing and oral communication skills including ability to motivate and negotiate effectively with key stakeholders; ability to work in a globally diverse environment across different time zones
  • Strong sense of accountability and ownership
  • Prior experience in higher ed highly desired