Program Manager, General Nutrition

DEPARTMENT: The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science

REPORTS TO: Executive Director


The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science at the New York Academy of Sciences (The Sackler Institute/ the Academy) was created by a founding gift from The Mortimer D. Sackler Foundation to spearhead a global effort to systematically and comprehensively address the critical global crisis in malnutrition, including obesity, under-nutrition and nutritional deficiencies. The Sackler Institute has collaborated with the World Health Organization to launch an initiative to develop and activate a global agenda for nutrition science research. Additionally, it works with academic institutions, non-profit organizations, government bodies, and corporations to convene scientists and experts that highlight advances in nutrition science; stimulate research by issuing grants and prizes to a worldwide network of researchers; and disseminate key ideas through publications. The Sackler Institute generates a coordinated network across sectors, disciplines, and geographies that promotes open communication; encourages exchange of information and resources; nurtures the next generation of scientists; and affects community intervention and public policy changes.

As a 501(c) (3) charity organization, the Academy seeks philanthropic support to carry out its mission and ensure that the institution has the resources, talent, and ability to deliver them. As a member of The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science, the Program Manager will assist in steering diverse scientific projects. This is a unique opportunity for a person with excellent writing and interpersonal skills and a passion for nutrition science.



  • Supports and facilitates working groups/task forces engaged in research (data analysis, program & policy delivery, acting as a project liaison between the Sackler Institute and experts, consultants, and if applicable, the donor agency.
  • Develops background scientific documentation using literature reviews and publicly available databases in relations to nutrition topics of interests with a focus on nutrition.
  • Identifies and solicits experts to join Scientific Organizing Committees and Technical Advisory Committees tasked with providing expertise to the Institute, and build a solid, professional relationship with these experts.
  • Provide information update and proactively research information and data related to the activities under his/her responsibility.
  • Manage the development of scientific convening from beginning through completion, including facilitating discussions of the Committees, helping craft a well-balanced and relevant scientific agenda; working with Academy’s support team on logistics, audio-visual set up, and communication



In addition, the Program Manager will

  • Monitor, compile and consolidate information in nutrition science and policy related to the mission of the Institute.
  • Occasionally compile and analyze scientific data for presentations to Working Group members and Board Committee members, reports, and articles.
  • In collaboration with the Development department, write grants and reports.
  • Work across programs of the Academy including Conference Center, Development, Communication, Marketing, and Annals.
  • Manage the dissemination of project outputs through post-meeting reports and manuscript for peer-review if applicable.




  • PhD and at least 2 year post-doctoral experience in the field of Nutrition or MPH/MS in a health field with a nutrition focus and 5 year experience


  • Experience working on one or more of the following: nutrition through the life cycle; nutrition in public health; nutrition in international development; micronutrient programs; maternal and child nutrition; obesity programs; nutrition and aging; nutrition program implementation; sustainable diets.
  • Competence in qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.
  • Work and experience in low and middle income countries is a plus
  • Experience in the execution of dedicated projects (e.g. working group, research initiatives), in managing complex partnerships from start to finish, and in keeping updates on activities
  • Understanding of how to organize and manage contracts with consultants (scientific writers, designers, etc.) in accordance with established policies and processes.
  • Experience authoring grant proposals for government agencies, private companies, foundations, etc.


  • Ability to conduct and summarize literature reviews on various topics related to nutrition.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and across sector with scientists from diverse locations.
  • Interest and fluency in the multiple aspects that relate to nutrition science, e.g. policy development, technological innovation, food systems, etc.
  • Strong capacity to translate scientific ideas and concepts into concrete activities
  • Demonstrated ability to write in a clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive manner (writing samples will be requested).
  • Excellent oral communication skills, as well as strong editing and proofreading skills, with meticulous attention to detail.
  • Interpersonal skills, particularly the ability to interact with high level global experts and executive level leaders.
  • Strong commitment to rigorous and ethical scientific approach in all aspects of the job.




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


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 filing is required. This would require the ability to lift files, open filling cabinets and bend or stand as necessary.

How to Apply:

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