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Project Coordinator
University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland
Date Posted 06/11/2022
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type Exempt Contingent Ca
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Number:



Project Coordinator

Functional Title:

Project Coordinator

Category Status:

35-Exempt Contingent Category 2

Applicant Search Category:


University Authorized FTE:



ARCH-Center for Smart Growth Research & Education

Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Background Checks

Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. Information reported by the background check will not automatically disqualify you from employment.

Vaccine Protocol

The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMD, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at return.umd.edu and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment. Failure to provide proof of vaccination or to obtain approval for a medical or religious exemption will result in the offer of employment being rescinded.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The University of Maryland’s National Center for Smart Growth (NCSG) is seeking a highly motivated Project Coordinator to support the Small Business Anti-Displacement Network (SBAN). SBAN’s mission is to establish and sustain a network of organizations that work to prevent the displacement of small businesses owned by immigrants and people of color in gentrifying neighborhoods across the U.S. and internationally. It seeks to foster vibrant neighborhoods anchored by diverse business owners, workers, and residents who can remain in place and benefit from new public and private investments.

The project seeks to build the capacities of network members to engage in effective anti-displacement advocacy and assistance; to identify, assess, and disseminate promising small business anti-displacement practices and policies; and to encourage adoption of impactful small business anti-displacement strategies.

This Project Coordinator will support the Project Director, Dr. Willow Lung-Amam, and the core team of researchers and practitioners. The Project Coordinator will also coordinate and facilitate the activities of support staff, consultants, and network members. The Project Coordinator will report to the Project Director and receive strategic direction from the project team, including the NCSG Director. Further information about the initiative can be found below.

The intended term of the position is 1.5 years based on agreed upon benchmarks of accomplishment, with an option for renewal dependent upon funding and other factors. This is a full-time, salaried University of Maryland, exempt, Contingent II staff position. Benefits include healthcare, retirement, and university tuition remission. This position can largely be fulfilled remotely via telework. However, the Project Coordinator must be available to attend occasional in-person, on-campus events or meetings, as needed.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

· Project Management
o Monitoring and managing implementation of all project-related tasks.
o Maintaining key project infrastructure, including the project website, databases, project management software, and communication channels.

· Personnel Management
o Managing key project personnel, including website and media consultants, facilitators, case study consultants, and students.
o Supporting project team and consultants in organizing and facilitating information sharing among network members in online and in-person meetings.
o Outreach to and coordination with project advisory board, sponsors, consultants, and network members.

· Event Coordination
o Coordinating regular meetings among core project teams and other project partners.
o Working with conference planners to assemble regular network convenings, including assistance with travel arrangements and accommodations.

· Research and Evaluation Support
o Assisting core project team and other network members in publishing project reports and articles.
o Assisting project team in evaluating the impact of the initiative, including facilitating interviews and surveys.

· Project Communication and Funding
o Managing project communication and media promotion, including social media channels and network member communication platforms.
o Assisting in grant applications for ongoing project funding.

People who identify with historically marginalized groups based on gender, race, ethnicity, and nationality are especially encouraged to apply.
Salary Range: $60,160 – $75,150 + benefits

Minimum Qualifications:

· Bachelors Degree required
4 years of related work experience


· Experience leading cross-sector, multi-year projects in large organizational settings, particularly those with a national and/or international scope.
· Superb project management skills and expertise, including experience working with and coordinating large teams of up to 50 collaborators.
· Experience developing and managing large databases, including integrated website databases.
· Experience coordinating large in-person and virtual events.
· Proficiency with a wide variety of software and systems for project and database management, and/or event management systems.
· Fundraising or grant writing experience.
· Experience managing large communication and media campaigns, including familiarity with traditional and social media platforms.
· Experience related to invoicing, financial management, and accounting.
· Educational degrees related to public administration or organizational management.
· Substantive knowledge related to small businesses, racial inequality, immigration, public policy, urban planning, economic development and/or redevelopment.
· Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
· Commitment to racial and economic equity and justice.
· Non-English language speaking and writing abilities, especially Spanish.

Additional Information:

Interested candidates should upload a letter of interest (3 page maximum), resume, and references. The position is open immediately and will remain open until filled. For best consideration, please apply by June 1, 2022. Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Job Risks

Not Applicable to This Position

Physical Demands

Sedentary work performed in a normal office environment; exerts up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Ability to attend meetings . Spending long hours in front of a computer screen

Posting Date:


Open Until Filled


Best Consideration Date


Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.
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