Program Manager
Program Manager
University of Massachusetts Amherst
The Program Coordinator for the Institute of Diversity Sciences and the Center for Autonomous Chemistry organizes and supports all programmatic activities related to the Institute of Diversity Sciences (IDS) and the Center for Autonomous Chemistry (CAC) at UMass Amherst. This position will manage the scheduling and logistics of research meetings, be responsible for annual reports and evaluations, oversee the IDS and CAC budgets, manage the seed grant application process for IDS, serve as liaison between IDS/CAC and their respective stakeholders on and off campus, keep records of IDS and CAC activities, and assist with communication strategies (website and social media development and maintenance).
Essential Functions:
• Liaison between IDS/CAC and stakeholders:
o Develop and maintain positive collaborative relations with stakeholders of IDS and the Center for Chemical Innovation (CCI).
o Represent the IDS director at on and off-campus meetings when needed.
o Look for new funding opportunities for IDS through on- and off-campus networking.
o Liaise with industries in generating interest and initiating collaborations in areas of interest to CAC.
o Write annual reports to the National Science Foundation in collaboration with the CAC Director and participating senior investigators.
o Grant Management
o Organize and promote the seed grant mechanism sponsored by IDS by disseminating requests for proposals to the UMass community, answering questions, soliciting applications and providing feedback.
o With the IDS director and steering committee, manage the grant evaluation process and communicate with applicants.
o Oversee dissemination of IDS grant funds and receive final reports from awardees.
o Provide grant development assistance to IDS seed grant awardees seeking external funding, including gathering information about requests for proposals from external funders that IDS members might be interested in applying for.
o Assist IDS director in identifying and writing external grants to fund IDS activities.
o Assist CAC members with developing Phase 2 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant proposal.
• Programmatic Activities (CAC & IDS):
o Manage broader impact activities of the CAC; this includes helping to implement the education, innovation, and outreach goals of the CAC by coordinating faculty, student & other participants.
o Organize strategic planning workshops.
o Coordinate and track the implementation of goals of CAC strategic plan.
o Develop an advisory board for the CAC and organize an advisory board meeting prior to the Phase 2 proposal submission.
o Manage the seed grant application process for IDS.
• Record-keeping:
o Develop a record-keeping system to track IDS & CAC activities and participation of stakeholders.
o Develop and conduct program evaluations.
o Manage IDS and CAC budget and expenditures.
o Complete annual and strategic plan reports for IDS and CAC.
• Scheduling, logistical support, and operations:
o Handle scheduling of programmatic activities, room assignment, food ordering, and AV for all programmatic group meetings for both IDS and CAC.
o Be the “go to” person and troubleshooter to ensure smooth day-to-day operation of IDS and CAC-related activities.
• Website, Media, and Communication materials development and management:
o Work with University Relations and other offices to develop and manage a media presence for IDC and CAC, including a website, facebook page, and twitter account.
• General:
o Work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness.
o In the performance of work, take initiative, be creative, and operate with self- direction.
o Work in partnership with colleagues within the CNS community and across the campus to support IDS and CAC's strategic priorities.
Minimum Qualifications:
• Master's degree in the social sciences or a related field and 3 or more years of work experience as a high-level staff member or manager of a large project.
• Experience with projects that involve data gathering (e.g. for research projects, assessment or evaluation projects, etc.).
• Demonstrated ability to work independently to organize multiple tasks and set priorities for action, take initiative, be creative, and operate with self-direction in a fast-paced office environment.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively and work productively in establishing and maintaining harmonious working relationships with a diverse population of faculty, staff, students, industry partners, and the public.
• Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and to set and meet deadlines while maintaining high standards of accuracy and quality.
• Must take the initiative in performing responsibilities, making administrative judgments, and assuming responsibility for decisions.
• The ability to find innovative ways to resolve problems.
• Proficiency with computer applications for word processing, spreadsheets and databases.
• Excellent writing skills.
• Excellent oral communication skills.
• Experience managing center-level National Science Foundation grant.
• Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and to set and meet deadlines while maintaining high standards of accuracy and quality.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Please submit a letter of application, resume and contact information for three professional references to:
Apply by March 2, 2019 in order to ensure priority consideration. Search may remain open until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.
UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.


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Amherst, 01003