Program Manager, Center for Plastics Innovation

at University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware, United States

Job Description

Program Manager, Center for Plastics Innovation

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Work type: Staff

Location: Newark

Categories: Research & Laboratory, Full Time

Pay Grade: 30E

Context of the Job:

The Center for Plastics Innovation (CPI) seeks a Scientific Program Manager to join our team. Under the general direction of the Science & Technology Director, the Scientific Program Manager works collaboratively to plan, develop, implement, and support a diverse range of projects and activities that serve CPI, the Center for Research in Soft Matter & Polymers (CRiSP), and the Center for Hybrid, Active, & Responsive Materials (CHARM). The Scientific Program Manager will work closely and manage projects with external partners, including other academic institutions, national laboratories, and companies. The Scientific Program Manager must possess a high level of independent judgement, professionalism, initiative, and problem-solving skills.

Major Responsibilities:

+ Provide support for and lead key programmatic initiatives under the direction of the CPI Science & Technology Director and in collaboration with the leadership teams of CRiSP, CHARM, and CPI.

+ Manage a portfolio of CPI projects with external partners to monitor technical progress of the research, ensuring deliverables and milestones are met and timelines stay on track.

+ Assist in developing relationships with potential industrial and other external partners related to CRiSP, CHARM, and CPI by tracking potential opportunities, communicating with external contacts, assisting in required legal document, and working with CPI researchers on proof-of-concept experiments.

+ Coordinate with CPI researchers (faculty, staff, and students) to support strategic planning, annual reporting, and CPI funding sponsor requirements.

+ Opportunity to contribute to lab work for exploratory CPI projects

+ Assist in arranging for speakers and planning content for virtual and in-person seminars and workshops as well as center-wide internal meetings.

+ Develop activities and programs with close attention to budget and administrative procedures.

+ Assist in preparing, coordinating, and developing content for center announcements and outreach materials such as newsletters, brochures, websites, and social media posts.

+ Other duties as assigned.


+ Master’s degree/advanced degree in chemical engineering, chemistry, material science engineering, or closely related field, preferred, and at least three years in a scientific project management role, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

+ Knowledge of industrial or higher education research environments.

+ Excellent written and verbal communication, organizational skills, program development, and project management skills.

+ Strong attention to detail and responsiveness are essential.

+ Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to foster a collaborative work environment.

+ Ability to collect, analyze and interpret data and information from various sources.

+ Familiarity with project management resources and tools.

+ Ability to resolve complex problems/issues and to make administrative/procedural decisions and judgements.

+ Ability to develop, coordinate, and implement projects, while managing multiple tasks concurrently and prioritizing among competing needs.

+ Ability to communicate effectively with both internal and external partners on a variety of technical and administrative topics.

+ High level of competency with calendaring, collaboration, and communication tools (e.g., Google Suite, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Office Suite).

+ Ability to work flexible hours when required.

+ Demonstrates an understanding and consideration of the differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying identities, cultures and backgrounds.

+ Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value.

Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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Job Posting: JC196698278

Posted On: Nov 05, 2021

Updated On: Jan 25, 2022