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Campus Compact is a national coalition of colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education. As the only national higher education association dedicated solely to higher education civic and community engagement, Campus Compact enables higher education institutions to develop students’ citizenship skills and forge effective community partnerships. Our resources support senior administrators, faculty, staff, and students as they pursue community-based teaching, scholarship, and action in the service of positive change.

We seek a highly motivated and organized Special Projects Manager to oversee the day-to-day project management of a diverse portfolio of projects that foster innovative practices. are seeking to expand Campus Compact partnerships, identify and foster innovative practices, and drive institutional and field-level change.  

Under the direct supervision of the Chief Strategy and Operations Officer, the Special Projects Manager will be responsible for overseeing and executing high-impact projects that align with our organization's goals and objectives. The portfolio of projects supported by the Special Projects Manager will be diverse in topical focus, are expected to change over time, and will regularly be linked to external funding. The Special Projects Manager will collaborate with multiple Compact staff teams, engage with external partners, and ensure the successful completion of projects that make a meaningful difference in higher education and communities.

This is a great opportunity for leadership and professional growth and is a critical role for Campus Compact in a time of rapid expansion.

Summary of what you'll do:

  • Develop project plans, timelines, and budgets for multiple projects
  • Communicate and organize a diverse set of stakeholders (campus leaders, partner organizations, funders) in the designing and implementation of programs and projects that drive innovation. 
  • Gather data to inform decision-making, assess the effectiveness of specific projects, and identify emerging trends and opportunities in the higher education and civic engagement sectors 
  • Coordinate in-person and virtual meetings/events that advance project goals. 
  • Identify and pursue funding opportunities, grants, and partnerships.
  • Prepare reports, presentations, and documentation to communicate project progress, outcomes, and impact to internal and external stakeholders. 

Who you are:

  • You are a purpose-driven leader motivated by the Compact’s mission and values. You are inspired to work towards a vision of higher education as a changemaker. You are motivated to build just, equitable, and democratic communities. You thrive in a rapidly growing organization that values humility, collaboration, high performance, and—above all—putting people first. 
  • You are an adaptable project/program manager. You bring a deep knowledge of program or project management and four years of experience. You understand how to manage multiple types of tasks and activities with diverse timelines and deliverables. You are a self-starter and willing to jump in and solve problems proactively.
  • You are an analytical thinker with the ability to implement tactically. You hold the "big picture" and take a hands-on approach to translating strategy into day-to-day activities. You have a track record in setting priorities and creating structures, processes, and procedures that foster financial health and organizational accountability.
  • You are an effective communicator who conveys information clearly and inspires trust. You are emotionally astute and practice deep listening to understand others’ perspectives and needs. You translate complex concepts into easily understood language and can effectively communicate verbally and in writing.
  • You are a tech-savvy and well-organized doer. You bring strong knowledge of commonly used office and project management software. You have strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize, multi-task, work under deadlines, and manage the work of diverse stakeholders. Your work product is meticulous and accurate.
  • You are an adaptable and resourceful team player. You possess a “get it done” attitude, with the ability to stay focused and nimble in a dynamic environment. You are effective at building positive relationships with colleagues and are committed to professional learning and growth.

The following qualifications are preferred: 

  • Related experience in non-profit or higher education
  • Strong understanding of civic engagement, social responsibility, and higher education community engagement
  • Proficiency in project management software and tools
  • Experience with grant writing and fundraising experience


$60,000-75,000, depending on qualifications and experience. Campus Compact provides a very competitive benefits package, including national healthcare coverage, generous paid time off, and a retirement contribution match. The organization prioritizes employee well-being and professional development and lives out those values through a flexible work environment, an inclusive and caring culture, and dedicated resources to professional development. 


Campus Compact is headquartered in Boston, MA, with a national geographically distributed staff. This position is fully remote, with the option of working a hybrid schedule in our Boston or Chicago office.

The Campus Compact Team

Campus Compact strives to attract and retain a diverse and talented staff who will contribute to the organization’s goals, mission, and vision. We encourage individuals of all ethnic, racial, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply. Campus Compact is committed to increasing the diversity of our nationally distributed team consistent with the values of our coalition.

Campus Compact is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, height, weight, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics (or those of a family member), or any other basis prohibited by law. We know that historically, women and people of color are often less likely to apply to a position if they don’t match 100% of the job qualifications. We encourage you to apply if you are passionate about this work and can demonstrate many of the competencies and qualifications above. 

Please note that Campus Compact is a proud Employer of National Service. We encourage qualified candidates who are alumni of AmeriCorps VISTA, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs to apply.


To apply, please submit the following:

  • Letter of interest linking your qualifications and experience to the responsibilities of the position.
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • A brief statement (roughly 150-200 words) summarizing the significance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in your own personal or professional life

Materials should be saved as one Word or PDF file (with your last name in the filename) and emailed to with the subject line that includes “Special Projects Manager” and your last name. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.