Manager, Academic Programs

American Hotel & Lodging Association | Washington DC

About Job

Position Summary

This position creates and administers the strategy and execution of AHLA Foundation’s academic workforce development programs including administration of our $1.6 million scholarship and research grant programs as well as academic curriculum components that support the Foundation’s DE&I initiatives. The successful candidate is also responsible for cultivating relationships with stakeholders including AHLA member companies and educational institutions.


Scholarship Program

  • Develop, plan and implement scholarship program, including the creation of annual work plans (activities, timelines and budget), with input from the Vice President, Career Development; develop program performance measurement framework, monitor and report on results.
  • Determine all financial aspects of the program including strategy for fund allocation, monitor and develop specific project budgets and ensure timely disbursement and reconciliation of funds.
  • Review and revise application guidelines, forms, contracts and all other documentation, both print and web based as needed; Prepare and provide briefings on selection process to internal and external selection committees.
  • Develop, maintain, and expand relationships with university and college Deans, academic leaders and other essential points of contact to support program growth, data gathering and smooth administration.
  • Create an effective communications channel with active and past scholarship recipients and develop and maintain a scholarship program Alumni group (LinkedIn).
  • Develop, in conjunction with the Director, Impact strategies for internal and external marketing efforts to promote the scholarship program, and beneficiaries through success stories, articles, videos and social posts.
  • Maintain the AHLAF scholarship website and collateral material and review regularly for opportunities to refresh and add relevant content to include AHLAF DE&I priorities and commitments.
  • Strengthen the AHLAF Executive Leadership Academy program by reviewing program curriculum, providing technical support to vendors and staff during program development and launch. Support the planning and execution of Academy events and assume ongoing project management.
  • Contribute to the AHLAF Mentoring program through technical support, vendor relations, curricula review, and contract management. Act as liaison as needed with mentor program vendor and program participants.

Curriculum and Program Development

  • Evaluate academic programs to inform opportunities for partnership growth, expand marketing capabilities, and explore curriculum enhancement using AHLA credentials and related professional development content.


  • Manage all aspects of the research grant process, including promotion, application process and review, committee approval, check distribution and following up to ensure contract requirements are met.
  • Serve as staff liaison to the Scholarship Committee and Research Committee, including providing guidance on driving agendas and workstreams, managing meeting notices, minutes and meeting arrangements.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum 3 – 5 years’ program management experience
  • Project management experience
  • Curriculum development experience
  • Experience working with students

Skills and Attributes

  • Positive attitude with customer service orientation and willingness to be flexible to adapt to changing needs and “roll up shirtsleeves” to get the work done.
  • Excellent communication skills a must, both written and verbal, with an ability to clearly articulate and connect the Foundation’s programs with the donor’s priorities and interests, present exciting partnership opportunities, and report on outcomes.
  • Excellent relationship management skills (both internal and with external partners).
  • Strong organizational skills with an eye for detail and an ability to manage multiple assignments at once.
  • Strong strategic thinking skills – considers connections, draws conclusions and makes recommendations across AHLAF programs
  • Thrives working in a fun and fast-paced environment and an ability to work both independently and collaboratively across the organization.
  • Able to work under pressure, meeting key project and reporting deadlines.
  • Ability to travel (minimal to moderate).