Program Manager in Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (C-STEP)

Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
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The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota seeks a full-time Program Manager to support the interdisciplinary Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (C-STEP). C-STEP fosters interdisciplinary and community-engaged research on human well-being, environmental sustainability, and social justice in a complex and diverse world. The Center conducts public engagement with external partners, develops environmental leadership, and facilitates solutions-oriented projects at the nexus of science, technology, and environmental policy. Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy

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Hourly pay rate: $24.00 - $28.00, commensurate with experience, skills, education and training.

Excellent benefits.

The position is initially funded through September of 2022. The position may be extended depending on funding and candidate performance. Candidate will report to Center Co-Directors Bonnie Keeler and Gabe Chan and work closely with other Humphrey School faculty, researchers, staff, and students.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Position is open until filled. 

Primary Duties

The Program Manager will play a leadership role in the execution of all Center activities, including research, teaching, and engagement. Roles include internal and external communications, relationship management, administration, student support, and research. Communications tasks include creating effective promotional materials, representing the Center to stakeholders and university staff, and writing and editing center websites, newsletters, reports and other public-facing content. Relationship management includes outreach to stakeholders, faculty, and graduate students, responding to requests for engagement, facilitating meetings and conversations, and keeping partners updated on Center events and research. Administrative tasks including scheduling meetings, planning events, managing a budget, and processing reimbursements. In addition, the Program Manager will support research efforts led by project investigators, partners and students. Specific research duties may include downloading, annotating, and synthesizing primary literature, transcribing interviews, reviewing documents, conducting basic spatial analyses, and additional tasks as directed. The position will also involve extensive interaction with graduate students (both MS and PhD) by identifying ways to involve students in Center activities, supervising student workers, and facilitating research partnerships between students and external partners.

We seek candidates who will thrive as part of a dynamic team of interdisciplinary researchers and stakeholders. Candidates should have an interest in working across academic and civic boundaries to ensure the resources of a research university are leveraged to benefit external partners and adjacent communities, while advancing the Universities mission of teaching, research, and service. The candidate will have an opportunity to pursue their own interests, expand their professional network, and develop skills in policy leadership and program management.

Communications, outreach, and relationship management: Represents the project’s goals and objectives both internally and externally. Assists in the development of communication materials (web, print, blogs, and presentations). Outreaches to departments and colleges, as well as to external stakeholders and community members. Identifies and triangulates Center goals with external partners and opportunities. Serves as the primary point of contact for Center inquiries and ambassador for Center goals.

Administrative and student support: Provides administrative support including logistics, organizing and scheduling meetings, processing forms and reimbursements, and other tasks that support Center activities. Manages project budgets, completing grant reporting requirements, and general project management responsibilities. Student support includes reviewing student applications, supervision of graduate student workers, facilitation of student capstone projects or research experiences, connecting students to Center resources.

Project Management: Sets clear project goals and align resources in support of programs, research projects, and partnerships. Establishes agendas, facilitate meetings, delineate and delegate tasks, and ensure activities align with project goals and deliverables. Leads project reporting requirements and coordinate with internal and external partners to enhance visibility, awareness and impact of the Center.

Research Support: Searches for and downloads data or documentation from online sources, executing data requests from agencies or partners, visualizing and communicating data in maps, figures, and reports. Assists with literature review and synthesis. Drafts figures or tables for peer-reviewed publications. Assists or leads development of manuscripts or research publications. Formats papers and references for publication. Assists with the development and writing of external grants.


Please specify in your applications materials how you meet the required qualifications.

Required Qualifications:
Undergraduate degree in any disciplinary field with two years of experience or a combination of related education and work experience to equal six years.
Experience communicating effectively with diverse groups of people.
Demonstrated project management skills, organization, and attention to detail.
Excellent communication skills, including the ability to send professional emails, facilitate meetings, and give oral presentations.
Ability to work quickly and efficiently, manage deadlines, and keep projects on task.
Proficiency in Google Drive and Microsoft Excel.

Preferred Qualifications:
Advanced degree (Master or PhD) in a field related to Science, Technology, or Environmental Policy (broadly).
Experience working in a non-profit, agency, or community-based setting.
Experience developing professional communications materials.
Experience managing budgets or projects or teams.
Experience supervising staff or students.
Skills in professional writing and public speaking.
Prior research experience.

The Ideal Candidate:
Creativity, enthusiasm, and positive attitude.
Interest in or willingness to learn more about the environment, sustainability, environmental justice, and interdisciplinary research.
Cross-cultural competency.

The University of Minnesota is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Black, Indigenous, people of color, LGBTQIA+, women and members of historically underrepresented communities are highly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online. 

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