Collegiate Network Program Manager

Seeking a Program Manager to help grow and improve ISI’s Collegiate Network, our nationwide network of independent student publications

The Program Manager, Collegiate Network (CN) provides day-to-day management and oversight of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s national student journalism initiative.  

Reporting directly to ISI’s Vice President, Collegiate Network, the Manager is the principal institutional point of contact with student journalism and institutional partners.  The Manager is responsible for implementing the strategic vision of the Vice President, Collegiate Network—overseeing the administration of national and regional events, the internship and fellowship program, management of grant and mentoring support to member student publications, identifying new institutional relationships, expanding the CN’s reach into journalism and media communities, and deepening those associations through targeted and well executed programming.  

The Director will also work with other members of ISI team to assist in raising funds, creating budgets, assembling reports, and providing insight and recommendations to assist with the strategic direction of the CN.  

This is a full-time position based at ISI’s F.M. Kirby Campus in Wilmington, DE, or in the Washington, D.C. area. Competitive salary commensurate with experience, plus benefits. 



  1. “Manage up” to ISI’s Vice President, Collegiate Network, implementing the VP’s strategic vision and driving the program’s daily operations.  
  2. Determine targeted campuses based on strategic goals and assist the Collegiate Network Program Officer in maintaining current papers and starting new papers in the network.  
  3. Place Interns and Fellows each year at journalistic outlets, and plan and administer the CN’s professional development program including additional mentorship and education opportunities. 
  4. Manage operating grant and non-grant membership application process, ensuring that the CN collects the necessary information from each publication, and funds are awarded judiciously and within the CN’s budget.  
  5. In collaboration with the Vice President, actively pitch CN stories to reporters and producers at media outlets interested in higher education stories.  
  6. Plan and execute ISI’s annual Editors’ Conference and Professional Reporting Course, along with other events and related programming. Ensure these events stay on budget and provide after-action reports.  
  7. Meet and communicate with journalistic outlets to build and maintain institutional relationships with the CN.  
  8. In collaboration with ISI’s Director of Alumni Engagement, serve as one of the primary points of contact for CN alumni, both inside and outside of the media. 
  9. Develop distinct marketing for the CN. 
  10. Work with the Membership Manager to ensure the CN holds up its end of the membership growth goals.  
  11. Work with the philanthropy team to develop proposals for the CN and attend donor meetings when requested.  
  12. Ensure the CN meets grant requirements and donor requests. Report to the ISI Board when requested. 



  1. Number of CN campus newspapers and CN student members.  
  2. Total interns and fellows placed, and the percentage placed at mainstream news outlets. 
  3. Amount of articles written by student publications.  
  4. Number of CN students engaged in journalism trainings. 
  5. Amount of Editors’ Conference attendees and percentage of CN member publications represented at Editors’ 
  6. Amount of CN mentions in news outlets.  



The ideal candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree and 3+ years of relevant experience, including direct experience in journalism and/or publishing. The candidate should exhibit superior time-management and project management skills, a high degree of personal initiative and conscientiousness, superb writing abilities, and, crucially, a deep appreciation for and desire to further the mission of ISI.  Strong Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint) skills are a must.   


How to Apply

Please use the form below to submit the following application materials as one PDF: 

  • Résumé 
  • Cover letter detailing your interest in the position/the mission of the organization, and your salary requirements 
  • A list of three references 

If you have questions, please email No phone calls, please.  

Applications will be considered as received. ISI is an equal-opportunity employer.  

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