Program Manager

  • Address : Kigali, Rwanda
  • Position Type : Full Time
  • Deadline : 13-May-2016
  • Vacancies : 1
  • Required degree : Bachelor
  • Required Years of Experience : 5

About Carnegie Mellon University

Since its founding in 1900, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) has been a birthplace of innovation. Ranked #1 in Computer Science and #4 in Engineering by U.S. News & World Report, CMU is dedicated to producing creative and technically strong engineers that have meaningful impact in their communities and accelerate positive technological change in the world. In 2011, CMU extended its global footprint into Africa as the Regional Center of Excellence for ICT based in Rwanda, and the anchor tenant of Kigali Innovation City. In a region booming with opportunities, CMU is the only U.S.-based research university offering its master’s degrees with a full-time faculty, staff and operations in Africa.

Description, duties, responsibilities

CMU is searching for a passionate, capable leader to serve as Program Manager for the CMU MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program. The Program Manager will work with a team of staff to coordinate the implementation of all aspects of the Scholars Program including recruitment, admissions, student services, finance, career and alumni services, to support all aspects of program implementation. The Program Manager will also be responsible for maintenance of all supporting documentation required for the monitoring and evaluation of the program, and management of the expenditures of the Scholars Program.

Essential Functions

Develop and oversee execution of the Scholar recruitment strategy

Liaise with CMU admissions committee to ensure there is a reasonable pool of Scholar candidates

Manage the Scholar application and selection process

Serve on the selection committee that screens applicants and determines scholarship recipients

Monitor student financial accounts and ensure disbursements managed in a timely, effective manner

Assist with the planning and coordination of logistics for monthly Scholar meetings and special events

Oversee the development and execution of the two-day Scholar orientation

Monitor expenditures, submit financial and narrative reports on a quarterly, biannual and annual basis

Review actual expenses and activities against planned to prepare work plan and detailed budget for the following fiscal year

Participate in network-wide meetings (in-person and phone) on an on-going basis as needed

Participate in Scholar network planning and gathering, develop platform where Scholars and alumni can engage and build relationships

Work with the marketing team to raise the visibility of the Program by developing scholar profiles and highlighting program milestones while ensuring the information is channeled to our website, social media and external media

Collect and report on quantitative, qualitative and gender-disaggregated measures of application, admission, retention and engagement in giving back

Facilitate efforts by MCF learning partners to collect data for the Management Information System required for the evaluation of the Scholars program

Solicit student feedback through focus groups and surveys on MCF Program experiences including teaching and course content, student support services, and student perceptions of program experiences

Monitor Program implementation and report challenges and issues in a timely manner as required

Participate in gatherings with partner institutions to share experiences and best practices in person, via telephone and/or email

Collaborate on ad hoc research developed by MCF learning partners

Ideal Candidate

Passionate about education and developing leadership capacity in Africa

Analytical thinker with the ability to synthesize data to make informed, strategic decisions

Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to connect easily with people from various cultures and backgrounds

Agile learner with the ability to adapt and thrive in an evolving, diverse business environment

Dynamic, self-starter with the ability to think independently and develop innovative approaches to solve problems

Requirements and Skills

  • Bachelor's degree in business administration, education or another relevant field

  • Master’s degree preferred

  • 5+ years of experience in project management, program management, business administration, etc. is required

  • Excellent oral/written communication skills required

  • Fluency in English is required

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (including Outlook, Word, Excel and Power Point)

  • Advanced knowledge of Excel

  • Scholarship administration experience preferred

  • three professional references

  • Two samples of your written work, such as an executive summary of a project report.