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Project Development Manager

Penn State
Job Location:
University Park, 16802
Extension and Outreach

Job Number: REQ_0000052345

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WPSU Penn State is seeking a project development manager to conceptualize, develop and ensure the high-quality delivery of public media and engagement projects that: incorporate innovative media production (i.e., television, radio, digital, multi-media); have externally-funded budgets of $10,000 to $2 million; foster public awareness of important Penn State programs and social issues; gain significant reach locally, regionally and/or nationally; involve academic and Outreach units; and engage multiple external partners. The position is responsible for identifying, planning, funding, delivering, and assessing public media and engagement projects that benefit the missions of WPSU Penn State, Outreach, and the University. The role involves collaboration with various WPSU teams, including radio, production, education, multimedia, finance, and development. Additionally, it entails working closely with the Office of Foundation Relations, the Office of Sponsored Programs, Outreach Finance, and OOE Contracts & Compliance. This role provides strategic direction, leadership, and management for the project development function. This role also ensures project compliance with the policies of Federal, state, foundation, and corporate funders, as well as with University policies.

Education and Experience:

Critical skills include cross-functional team building, problem-solving, creative thinking, project design, budgeting, prospect identification, grant strategy, proposal writing, solicitation, project oversight, and post-award reporting. Qualified candidates will demonstrate leadership, the ability to include diverse voices, an appreciation for public media, proficiency in problem-solving, and strong writing skills, including persuasive writing or grant writing capabilities.  

A Master's degree or higher and  5+ years of related experience (or an equivalent combination) is required.

Additional Information: This is a term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with good possibility possibility of re-funding.

This is a hybrid position with both on-site and remote days as part of the schedule. (A fully remote option is not available)

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and sustainability in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity in society and nature, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

University Park, PA
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