Program Manager, Institute for Politics and Strategy-2008156
At Carnegie Mellon University, the study of politics through the discipline of political science with support from other social science disciplines is centered in the InstituteforPoliticsandStrategy(IPS). IPS carries on a respected tradition of interdisciplinary political science at Carnegie Mellon as it also builds upon the university's rich heritage of applying basic science to issues of public policy.
The Center for International Relations and Politics (CIRP) uses analytical social science and interdisciplinary research to better understand, explain, anticipate, and solve public policy problems. The Policy Forum represents one of the means by which CIRP integrates international relations and politics into the intellectual conversation at Carnegie Mellon University. CIRP's Policy Forum regularly brings statesmen, scholars, policy-makers, journalists, and other thought leaders to the university to address major issues facing the United States and the world.
The Institute for Strategic Analysis (ISA) serves as an intellectual resource for CMU faculty and for government officials who seek to apply basic research to matters of national security. Areas of concentration include terrorism, cyber challenges, war avoidance, intelligence, and the intersection of energy and security. In facilitating introductions between government leaders and CMU faculty, ISA helps sharpen the understanding of military and intelligence priorities, especially those involving cyber security.
IPS is now seeking to hire a Program Manager. Reporting to the Director of the IPS, your primary responsibilities will be in networking/outreach coordination, event planning, and budgeting expenses for specific programs and events related to the Institute for Strategic Analysis (ISA) and the Center for International Relations and Politics (CIRP). You will work in consultation with the IPS Director and ISA faculty leader on identifying, cultivating, and maintaining relationships with academic partners and external audiences including local and national military and government personnel. You will take the lead on all aspects of event planning (e.g., public lectures, workshops) and will coordinate executive course programming based in both Pittsburgh and Washington, DC.
We are looking for someone who will perform research on policy issues and speakers, prepare briefing books for events, initiate the contract process for speakers, process expense reports and purchase orders, and update event section of the IPS website. You will also lead other IPS staff and work-study students on event publicity and set-up, and will work to resolve any problems that may arise. The position requires understanding of the protocol for engaging with military personnel and government officials, strong writing skills, and the ability to think strategically in order to plan events and adapt as the program grows. Occasional travel to Washington, DC, is required.
Your core responsibilities will include:
Identify, cultivate, and maintain relationships with academic partners and external audiences, including local and national military and government personnel.
Planning and implementation of events in Pittsburgh and Washington, DC, including lectures, workshops, and executive courses.
Conduct research on policy issues and speakers in order to prepare briefing books for events.
Manage budgeted expenses for events and courses; initiate contracts for speakers; prepare expense reports and purchase orders.
Updates event page of institute's website.
Bachelor's Degree, with preference for a degree in political science or public policy; Master's Degree preferred.
At least 3 years of related experience, with preference in an academic or government environment.
Carnegie Mellon (www.cmu.edu) is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 12,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in the United States is in Pittsburgh, Pa. It has campuses in California’s Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico.