Program Manager (SPARK)

Spark: Lipscomb’s Idea Center in Cool Springs

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Spark: Lipscomb’s Idea Center (“Spark”) integrates people with innovative architecture, furniture and technology, creating both community spaces and private studios for off-site meetings, professional development, design thinking and collaboration. As part of Lipscomb University, Spark is also a dedicated space for academics, offering graduate degrees in business, technology, education and counseling. Whether it's a meeting or a master's, Spark is an idea center that's far from business as usual located in heart of Cool Springs.

Position:  Program Manager

Reports To:  Executive Director, Spark: Lipscomb’s Idea Center

Primary Responsibility: The Program Manager is a full-time position responsible for managing professional development programs in accordance with specified objectives. Plans and develops methods and procedures for marketing programs and coordinating program activities. When a new program is launched at Spark the program manager will see it through from launch to finish and will report on progress throughout the process.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Create marketing plans and collateral materials for each program
  • Sell program opportunities to potential participants
  • Participate in events such as seminars, trade shows, conferences and other meetings as they pertain to your job
  • Manage the production and distribution of program information
  • Assist with business development activities with prospective customized program clients
  • Support the development and maintenance of relationships with current and potential custom program clients
  • Serve as a representative of Spark and/or Lipscomb University at local, state, regional and/or national organizations, boards, councils and committees as assigned
  • Oversee all logistical details related to programs
  • Coordinate the involvement of various outside vendors and internal departments in each program
  • Coordinate outside speakers accommodations, travel arrangements, etc.
  • Manage the participant registration and payment process
  • Initiate and execute correspondence with program presenters and participants
  • Develop participant materials for each program

Education: A bachelor’s degree is required.

Experience: At least one (“1”) year in event management, administrative support or marketing. Experience in higher education is preferred.

Job Related Skills:

  • A strong commitment to Christian higher education and particularly the work and mission of Lipscomb University
  • Uncompromising ethical conduct and convictions
  • Strong management and organizational skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excels at operating in a fast-paced and community-focused environment
  • Flexible and open to changing priorities and managing multiple tasks simultaneously within compressed timeframes
  • Comfortable working in an entrepreneurial environment
  • Self-motivated with high-energy and an engaging level of enthusiasm
  • Willing to support programs at multiple Spark locations throughout Middle Tennessee and beyond
  • Winner!

Availability: Accepting applications immediately.

Our aim is to make the application process as convenient as possible for you.  The online application is the preferred way you can apply for employment.  If it better suits your needs, an application can be accessed in PDF format and submitted in person, via U.S. mail or by fax (615-966-7003).



Lipscomb University is associated with the fellowship of the Church of Christ and governed by religious tenets held by the institution. Primary consideration is given to staff applicants who are active, faithful members of a congregation of the Church of Christ. Lipscomb University complies with all applicable federal and state nondiscrimination laws and does not engage in prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, color, national or ethnic origin, or disability in the administration of its employment practices.