Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
Member Company
30+ days ago
Job Type
Job Duration
$75,000.00 - $85,000.00
Non-Profit / Charity
Min Experience
7-10 Years
Min Education
Required Travel
Salary - Type
Yearly Salary
Job Function


NSPA is seeking a highly skilled and motivated Senior Director of Programs and Communications to lead the development and execution of strategic programs and communication initiatives. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in event planning, marketing, management, higher education, and scholarship administration. This individual will play a key role in advancing NSPA's mission by enhancing member engagement, promoting best practices, and increasing awareness of NSPA's programs and resources. 

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Program Development and Management:
  • Develop and oversee a comprehensive program strategy to address the evolving needs of NSPA members.
  • Collaborate with internal teams and external stakeholders to design and implement innovative programs, including workshops, webinars, an annual conference, and networking events.
  • Ensure program offerings align with NSPA's mission and objectives and deliver measurable impact and value to members.
  • Evaluate program effectiveness through data analysis and member feedback and make recommendations for continuous improvement.

      2. Communications Strategy and Execution:

  • Develop and implement a strategic communications plan to increase NSPA's visibility and influence within the scholarship administration community and beyond.
  • Lead the development of compelling messaging and content across various channels, including website, social media, newsletters, and press releases.
  • Coordinate with internal teams to ensure consistent branding and messaging across all communications platforms.
  • Monitor industry trends and news to identify opportunities for NSPA to contribute thought leadership and engage with key stakeholders.

      3. Membership Engagement and Outreach:

  • Cultivate strong relationships with NSPA members and partners to understand their needs and priorities.
  • Develop targeted outreach initiatives to attract new members and retain existing ones.
  • Provide high-quality customer service and support to members, addressing inquiries and resolving issues in a timely manner.
  • Collaborate with the membership team to develop member resources, benefits, and engagement opportunities.

      4. Team Leadership and Management:

  • Supervise and mentor a team of program and communications professionals, providing guidance, support, and professional development opportunities.
  • Foster a collaborative and inclusive team culture that values creativity, innovation, and excellence.
  • Manage departmental budget and resources effectively to achieve organizational goals and objectives.



  • Bachelor's degree required, Master's degree preferred, in a related field such as communications, higher education administration, or nonprofit management.
  • Minimum of 7-10 years of relevant experience in program development, event planning, communications, and management, preferably in the nonprofit, higher education, or scholarship sectors.
  • Demonstrated expertise in event planning, marketing, and communications, with a track record of executing successful initiatives.
  • Strong understanding of scholarship administration and higher education trends and issues.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to tailor messaging for different audiences and channels.
  • Proven leadership and team management experience, with the ability to inspire and motivate staff to achieve goals.
  • Strategic thinker with strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work independently, manage multiple priorities, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, with experience working with diverse communities and stakeholders.

Salary and Benefits:

  • The salary range for this position is 75,000 - 85,000 per year, commensurate with experience and qualifications.
  • In addition to competitive compensation, NSPA offers a comprehensive benefits package, including:
    • Health insurance: Medical, dental, and vision coverage for the employee.
    • Retirement savings plan: Contributions to NSPA’s Simple IRA plan, with a 3% employer match.
    • Paid time off: Generous vacation days, sick leave, and holidays.
    • Professional development: Opportunities for training, conferences, and workshops to enhance skills and knowledge.
    • Flexible work arrangements: Remote work, flexible hours, and compressed workweeks.
    • Performance bonus opportunities: Eligibility for annual performance-based bonuses, subject to achievement of predetermined goals and objectives and dependent on the organization's budget.
Job ID: 72711007
Non-Profit / Charity
CHARLOTTESVILLE , Virginia , United States

The National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA) is the leading professional association dedicated to supporting the needs of scholarship providers in colleges and universities, non-profits, foundations and businesses. NSPA provides networking opportunities, professional development and scholarship program resources all with a goal of advancing the collective impact of scholarship providers and the scholarships they award. Membership represents over 2000 individuals from over 600 organizations across the U.S., Canada an...

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