Scientific Program Manager

New York City, New York
Commensurate with experience
March 02 2018
Life Sciences
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Columbia University's Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute supports interdisciplinary neuroscience research and discovery by scientists and scholars across the university and promises to be the most comprehensive institute for brain science.

The Zuckerman Institute seeks a talented individual who possesses a familiarity with academic and/or research environments to anticipate the needs of the various stakeholders to design, oversee and administer programs that advance the scientific, intellectual, and academic priorities of the Institute.

Reporting to the Senior Director of Scientific Programs, the Scientific Program Manager leads all efforts for programs supporting a vibrant culture of scientific inquiry among the Zuckerman Institute faculty, researchers and trainees as well as among the broader Columbia University and scientific communities.

The position includes but is not limited to the following:

* Designs programs to support scientists at a variety of career stages. Creates and promotes best practices to ensure successful events, programs, symposium, etc? Assists in the implementation of all workshops, panel discussions, and programs. This includes but is not limited to: coordinating with staff members to plan programming content, creating program materials and signage, sending invitations to participants, adding events to the internal calendar, and other locations.

* Helps define policies for and then manage the Institute's artist-in-residence program and visiting fellows program, in collaboration with appropriate faculty committee(s)

* Working with the Senior Director of Scientific Programs and faculty stakeholders, develop and run a bi-annual scientific conference and bi-annual Institute retreat

* Liaises with targeted external organizations to develop content for programs

* Crafts complex communications for faculty and other senior stakeholders promoting scientific events and programs.

* Maintains a high-level understanding of how various events foster into the scientific culture setting, including familiarity with similar efforts around Columbia University to inform decisions relating to strategic direction and program implementation;

* Possesses an understanding and visualization of culture promoting scientific environments. In turn this must be converted into an actionable program.

* Liaises with University officials and external stakeholders to promote efforts and align programs to best practices. Fields general inquiries and works independently with adherence to Institute policies. Attends selected functions which may be scheduled on evenings or weekends to seek new programming opportunities.

* Manages program budgets and serves as a partner to measure tangible data and results yielding from overall event participation; supports tracking of responses and overall attendance.

* Performs other duties and special projects as assigned. 


Bachelor's degree in scientific or related field. A familiarity with the life sciences and academic research is a must. Exceptional written and oral communication skills. 

Project management skills and creative approaches to novel problems are required for the role. In addition, the position requires diligent fact-finding, identification, and application of academic policies and procedures, informed independent judgment, professionalism, and the capacity to quickly acquire technical knowledge pertinent to a specific areas of assignment. Exceptional attention to detail and ability to perform non-routine work without defined processes. Prioritize and execute multiple projects accurately. Must maintain a high level of professionalism under fast-paced conditions. Operate with enthusiasm and diplomacy.

The ideal candidate must possess strong organizational skills, project management and independent judgement, creative approaches to novel problems. The individual must be able to coordinate and collaborate with multiple stakeholders. The successful candidate must be proactive and engaging, flexible in nature, possess sound judgment with a collaborative style that fosters teamwork and cooperation beyond the immediate team to the broader organization. Must have a commitment to exceptional quality. 

Master's degree in scientific or related field highly desirable; advanced degree in neuroscience or related field preferred. At least three years' experience in an academic research position preferred. 


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