Program Manager, the Carbon Mitigation Initiative

High Meadows Environmental Institute
Princeton, New Jersey (US)
salary commensurate with experience
Closing date
Oct 27, 2021

Job Details

The High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) at Princeton University advances understanding of the Earth as a complex system influenced by human activities, and informs solutions to local and global challenges by conducting groundbreaking research across disciplines and by preparing future leaders in diverse fields to impact a world increasingly shaped by climate change. 

HMEI seeks a highly motivated and resourceful individual with scientific, engineering or technical background to serve as program manager to provide administrative, communications, and relationship management support for HMEI’s Carbon Mitigation Initiative (CMI).  This is a part-time, 50% position.

CMI is an independent academic research program sponsored by bp and administered by HMEI. Established in 2000, the mission of CMI is to lead the way to a compelling and sustainable solution to the carbon and climate change problem.

The Program Manager partners with faculty co-Principal Investigators (PIs) to coordinate research activities and to manage details including contractual agreements, budgets, research awards, executive visits, reporting and communication functions. They serve as liaison/relationship manager, working with co-PIs and bp executives to address strategic issues pertaining to the program’s overall objectives and communication requirements.  

The Program Manager will participate in virtual and in-person meetings, planning sessions, executive briefings, and webinars.  They will assist PIs with contract renewal, budgeting and in making awards for faculty research. The CMI Program Manager will work cooperatively with HMEI’s Manager, Finance and Administration to track and report on budget/expenditures.

The Program Manager will have a leadership role in organizing the CMI Annual Meeting, a multi-day forum for presentations and discussions involving 100+ faculty, researchers, students, bp senior executives, and industry/academic/policy thought leaders.  The Program Manager will direct the activities of staff assisting with logistical details of executive visits and event planning.  They will coordinate the selection of the CMI Best Paper award for postdoctoral research associates and doctoral students.

The Program Manager will manage channels of communication. They will oversee the timely production of CMI publications including the CMI Annual Report.  They will manage the content and visuals of the CMI website as a resource for internal and external audiences with news and information about the project and as an archive of research outcomes and publications.  The CMI Program Manager will be responsible for drafting/reviewing/editing reports, memorandums, exhibits, press releases, power point presentations, and executive briefing documents.

Essential Qualifications:

Master’s degree in environmental science, engineering, research or science communications.  4-6 years of relevant work experience. Demonstrates maturity, confidence, and a diplomatic and professional demeanor. Customer focused. Ability to take initiative. Superior oral and written skills with the ability to digest/synthesize/translate technical material for presentation to a mixed audience.

Proven skills in project management. Resourceful and creative in approaching assignments. Organized with ability to meet tight deadlines, prioritize and work on multiple projects simultaneously.

Demonstrated ability to work well with others including faculty, senior administrators, subordinates, and corporate executives. Supervisory experience and experience staging and managing events.

Ability to travel on occasion. Competency with Microsoft Desktop applications and data management software.

Preferred Qualifications:

Ph.D. preferred. 

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW


Founded in 1994, the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) is the interdisciplinary center of environmental research, education and outreach at Princeton University. Our mission is to advance knowledge and to develop the next generation of leadership by providing outstanding academic programs and opportunities for advanced scholarship, research and civic engagement. PEI draws its strength from 90 members of the Princeton faculty, representing more than 25 academic disciplines, whose research and teaching focuses on the scientific, technical, policy, and human dimensions of environmental issues. PEI functions as a central resource for faculty, post docs, students, alumni, and others with interests in environmental topics.

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