Manager, Undergraduate Scholarship Programs

Exempt Full-Time
Date Posted: 11/27/2020


Reporting to the Director, Scholarship Programs, has primary responsibility to implement and continuously develop the College Scholarship and Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship programs to ensure that scholars thrive in college, earning degrees on time and with valuable career development experiences, and go on to fulfilling professional lives. Specific responsibilities include: recruiting, hiring, and supervising professional advising staff; overseeing core services to scholars; ensuring compliance with program policies and scholarship reporting requirements; collaborating across departments to ensure smooth selection and transition practices; integrating equity, diversity, inclusion, and antiracism practices across programmatic policies and curriculum; developing program initiatives to influence scholars’ college and career outcomes; building and monitoring accurate budgets; leading team engagement, effectiveness, and development to achieve program goals; managing academic intervention processes informed by internal data and current promising practices in higher education; making recommendations regarding scholar academic status changes.



  • Manages the higher education programs advising team to deliver outstanding academic and career services to scholars in accordance with organizational mission and goals. Works closely with the program director to set strategic program objectives and develops action plans to support the advising team performance. Recruits, hires, and develops a diverse professional advising staff. Responsible for modeling, facilitating, and building an inclusive community. Oversees day-to-day core operations of the College Scholarship and Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship programs.
  • Establishes program assessment practices to actively monitor undergraduate scholar progress toward their college degrees and post-graduation success and identify areas for program improvement to support scholars. Consults and communicates with Director and Vice President on recommendations for scholarship status changes (including change of program, summer study, deferrals, renewals, interventions, and dismissals). Tracks trends to ensure equitable program experience for all scholars.
  • Works with the Manager of Scholarship Operations to monitor compliance with program policies and scholarship reporting requirements. Communicates scholarship expectations, policies, and requirements clearly to staff and scholars. Creates the context for staff and scholars to meet program expectations.
  • Develops and organizes programs and initiatives for scholars, including objectives and content for virtual and in-person scholar events. Collaborates with the Manager of Scholar Experience to build curriculum for Scholars Weekend. Works with the Senior Content Strategist to coordinate communications to scholars, including information about program requirements, activities, resources, and special events via mass emails, group texting, and resources shared on the website.
  • Ensures that educational advisers expertly deliver career development guidance by implementing goal-oriented communications, programming, and resources that benefit from our alumni community wisdom. Supports advisers to connect undergraduate scholars with the internship stipend program, pre-professional field experiences, graduate school resources, and prestigious fellowships.
  • Works with the Director of Outreach and Selection to implement selection processes for the College Scholarship and Undergraduate Transfer Programs, including reviewing application materials, interviewing candidates, and reviewing finalist applications.
  • Develops and manages accurate department budgets that reflect careful stewardship of Foundation resources.
  • Collaborates with Director and Vice President to design and facilitate program-wide meetings and professional development opportunities for program staff.
  • Represents the Cooke Foundation, in particular the higher education programs, at conferences and scholar and outreach events. Learns from external leaders and partners about higher education issues and strategies to serve high achieving students with financial need.
  • Maintains constructive relationships with all other Foundation departments and participates in management team activities.
  • Special projects and other tasks as assigned.



  • Minimum of five years of experience in the field of higher education or scholarship provision, with experience supporting students with financial need to earn their college degrees prepared for fulfilling career pathways.
  • Proven experience in: (1) program management; (2) project implementation and evaluation; (3) leading teams to achieve key performance priorities; and (4) supporting a mission-oriented workplace culture.
  • Demonstrated commitment to educational equity and creating a transformational community of belonging for students of diverse backgrounds and perspectives to pursue college and career fulfillment.
  • An ethical leader with relationship building skills.]
  • Must be an evidence-informed decision maker, detail oriented, purpose-driven, organized, and have the ability to manage multiple priorities.
  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree, advanced degree preferred.


To apply, submit a resume and cover letter through the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Career Center. E-Verify employer. No phone calls please.