Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Senior Program Coordinator (SPC) for the Eagleton Institute of Politics. This position reports to the Director of Institutional Planning and External Affairs. The Senior Program Coordinator is responsible for developing the Institute's nascent science/technology politics initiative – exploring how science, technology, and politics intersect; the political systems that connect them; and how deeper understanding and clearer communication within and across these disciplines can benefit policymakers, scientists, and the larger public.
Among the key duties for the position are the following:
Develops and manages a pilot science and technology fellowship program in New Jersey state government.
Coordinates the development and administration of program policies and planning documents.
Directs the day-to-day administration of the program, including planning, preparation, evaluation, communications, events, records, statistics, reports, and documents.
Administers the Institute's ongoing Eagleton Science and Politics Workshop series for Rutgers graduate students, post-docs, and faculty.
Obtains external funding to maintain and build this highly promising initiative.
Identifies and pursues opportunities to expand the initiative, which may include developing a research agenda or producing academic content in this emerging, intersectional field (ex. identifying faculty resources for integrating political knowledge and democratic engagement into STEM disciplines, creating case studies or other co-curricular content for potential use by scientists and educators nationwide, and designing or stimulating courses related to science and technology politics).
Minimum Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree in political science, public policy, or related field; Or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
A minimum of two years of experience in program development, coordination, politics, or policy making.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Excellent writing, editing, proofreading, and verbal communications skills.
Strong interpersonal skills and be comfortable meeting and working with a broad range of people — from high-level public officials to faculty to students.
Ability to independently manage multiple tasks and short deadlines in high-stress situations.
Must be very organized, efficient and detail oriented.
Advanced understanding of American politics in general and New Jersey politics and government specifically, whether through coursework, professional experience, or personal involvement.
Must be comfortable working for an organization that is political yet non-partisan and straddles the worlds of politics and academia.
Use of personal vehicle in order to travel for business demands; a valid driver's license would be required for this position.
Masters' degree /Ph.D. preferred.
Professional experience in the NJ legislative or executive branch as well as demonstrated knowledge of or experience with issues related to the intersection of science and politics strongly preferred.
Must be proficient in MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher) and standard office equipment.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
Eagleton offices are located within a historic building with no elevator. The duties of this position regularly involve navigating stairs numerous times a day. An applicant may request a reasonable accommodation if they have a disability that restricts them in their ability to climb and/or navigate stairs.
This position is appointed for 2 years.
Must be available to work some evenings and weekends.
Posting Number: 18ST2488
Location: Douglass (RU-New Brunswick)
Internal Number: 71640
About Rutgers University
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state's preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence; to conducting research that breaks new ground; and to turning knowledge into solutions for local, national, and global communities. As it was at our founding in 1766, the heart of our mission is preparing students to become productive members of society and good citizens of the world. Rutgers teaches across the full educational spectrum: preschool to precollege; undergraduate to graduate and postdoctoral; and continuing education for professional and personal advancement. Rutgers is New Jersey's land-grant institution and one of the nation's foremost research universities, and as such, we educate, make discoveries, serve as an engine of economic growth, and generate ideas for improving people's lives.