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Associate Director, Science Alliance

JOB TITLE: Associate Director, Science Alliance

DEPARTMENT: Global STEM Alliance

REPORTS TO: Director, Education


The Associate Director, Science Alliance provides strategic and operational oversight of programs and services that serve the career advancement related needs of early career scientists (undergraduates, graduate students, and post-docs). The Associate Director will also oversee the conceptualization, development, and implementation of events and online resources that provide networking, and educational opportunities for young scientists. The Associate Director, Science Alliance will work closely with other departments at the Academy, help raise support and publicize events and programs. The Associate Director will build and manage existing relationships with academic partners and stakeholders, including site visits to schools. The Associate Director will be responsible for building the Science Alliance Corporate Partnership plan to ensure social impact is accomplished alongside creating relationships for self-funded programming. The ideal candidate will combine social impact skills with entrepreneurial skills to build excellent in person and digital programming for the Academy’s young scientist population at a low cost to participants while driving revenue through fruitful corporate and university partnerships.


  • Implement and promote programs and events on career issues for grad students and postdocs, taking advantage of the Academy’s unique resource as an institution at the intersection of academe, business, and government, with its enormous convening and dissemination power. Develop and manage new events for school year 2018-2019 and beyond.
  • Work closely with Global STEM Alliance programs to identify and promote mentoring opportunities among the Science Alliance membership.
  • Working with the Membership Department, ensure contract obligations are met to acquire new members from partner universities, maintain databases of campus contacts at Alliance institutions and Alliance members, and facilitate the negotiation of new contracts.
  • Develop grant proposals, create special events, and meet with relevant individuals as necessary.
  • Drive sales of the Corporate Membership Science Alliance Business model to ensure self-funded programming and drive revenue.


Events and Programming

  • Provide opportunities for career advancement and networking locally, state-wide, nationally and internationally.

Relationship Management

  • Utilizing the existing Science Alliance Committee to liaise with faculty, administrators, students and postdocs at area universities, develop programs and resources with appropriate format and content that will be of value and interest to the Science Alliance community.

Publicize Science Alliance and Serve as Expert in the Field

  • Publicize Science Alliance through individual career talks, conference presentations, journal articles, and social media.
  • Take steps to promote membership, SA events and other Academy events within the SA community through social media and other online channels to increase participation and awareness.
  • Represent the Science Alliance/Academy at career fairs, conferences, scientific meetings, Science Alliance Leadership Trainings, and other large gatherings of scientists and educators, and be able to speak on a selection of career development topics for Science Alliance “Around Town” campus engagements. These obligations require about 20% of travel time during the year.
  • Working with the Academy Marketing and Program Departments, develop strategies for outreach to the SA community.
  • Working with the Academy’s Web Team, develop digital content for the Science Alliance through the Academy website and other relevant channels.

Departmental Management

  • Working with the Development Staff, help in identifying prospective funders (foundations, agencies, corporate sponsors, etc.).
  • Develop grant proposals, create special events, and meet with relevant individuals as necessary.
  • Prepare budget for SA activities and manage expenses.
  • In collaboration with the Meeting & Event Operations Department, organize support and logistics for Alliance programs (room location, catering, A/V, etc.).
  • Oversee Science Alliance-related activities of a portfolio of affiliated contractors.





  • PhD in the sciences with knowledge of career development with 1 - 2 year’s experience in program management.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to multi-task, work creatively and independently as well as function in a team environment.
  • Must be available for periodic travel and working during evenings and weekend events.


The Academy operates during standard business hours Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm. Standard work week is 35 hours, unless otherwise noted.


This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, and fax machines.

This is largely a sedentary role; however, some movement is required. Examples would be lifting files, open filling cabinets and bending or standing as necessary.


The New York Academy of Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer, adhering to the laws which prohibit discrimination in the terms, conditions and privileges of employment.  Academy policy expressly prohibits discrimination in employment because of any legally impermissible classification, including but not limited to actual or perceived race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

Equal Opportunity and equal consideration will be afforded to all personnel actions involving applicants and employees, including (but not limited to) recruiting and hiring, selection for training, promotion, job assignments, working conditions, rates of pay or other compensation, discipline, transfer and layoff, or termination.


Applications must include a resume, cover letter and salary requirements.

We offer an excellent compensation and benefits package to both full-time and part-time staff that includes affordable health care insurance, tuition reimbursement, retirement plan, and liberal vacation time and holiday schedule.