Join our team as BU URBAN Program Manager

BU URBAN is pleased to announce an opportunity that fuses creativity and leadership at the interface of graduate education, science, urban governance, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. The position is described below and on BU’s Human Resources site, here. This is a full-time position located in Boston, MA, listed as Salary Grade 48. This position includes competitive benefits such as health and dental insurance, tuition remission, generous paid time off, and other perks. For more information about the URBAN Program, explore our website.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume through BU’s Human Resources site here. We encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet all our described qualifications as we appreciate that a diversity of life and professional experiences may make a candidate competitive for this role. For questions about the role, contact URBAN Director Pamela Templer at

Official Job Description

A Graduate Program Manager position is available for someone to help manage BU URBAN, a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Research Traineeship (NRT) Program that partners Ph.D. students in Biogeoscience and Environmental Health with cities to tackle urban environmental challenges. The Program Manager within the Department of Biology will be responsible for helping with development, planning, strategy, programming, communication, implementation, and assessment of an interdisciplinary graduate program, working under the direction of the Director.

The Program Manager will cultivate critical relationships, develop and maintain communication with our partners across government, non-governmental, and private sector organizations, as well as faculty and staff across departments and units at BU, and the public through website creation and social media. The Program Manager will manage and coordinate workshops; develop outreach and educational materials; help coordinate placement of students in internships with cities, non-governmental organization, and/or the private sector and teach the companion internship course; facilitate competitive research and travel awards; and advance fundraising efforts. The Program Manager will provide support for and lead recruitment, mentoring, and retention of graduate students in the program following our student-centered approach with an emphasis on broadening participation for underrepresented groups. The Program Manager will prepare monthly budgets and annual reports. The Program Manager will also be responsible for advertising and tracking participation in all events and ensuring students are making satisfactory progress towards completing program requirements.

Required Skills

  • MA/MS/MPH/MBA/MSW with three years of experience.
  • PhD in fields related to Higher Education Administration, Public Policy, Biogeoscience, Biology, Biogeochemistry, Chemistry, Environmental Science, or Environmental Health are preferred.

Please note all newly hired staff and faculty will need to be in compliance with Boston University’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Requirement within 30 days of date of hire. You must upload your vaccine documentation or request a medical or religious exemption (instructions). For further information on the University’s response to COVID-19, please visit the COVID-19 Resources site.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, or because of marital, parental, or veteran status. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Visit BU’s Human Resources site and apply here.

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