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Program Manager – Nutrition Science

JOB TITLE: Program Manager – Nutrition Science

DEPARTMENT: Nutrition Science Program

REPORTS TO: Director, Nutrition Science


The Nutrition Science Program has collaborated with the World Health Organization to launch an initiative to develop and activate a global agenda for nutrition science research, with the ultimate aim of systematically and comprehensively addressing the critical global crisis in malnutrition. 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 Nutrition Science Program 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 Nutrition Science Program, 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 Nutrition Science Program 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 Nutrition Science Program, 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 Nutrition Science Program.
  • Occasionally compile and analyze scientific data for presentations to Working Group 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.


  • Education: PhD in the field of Nutrition or a Master of Science in epidemiology or public health with a nutrition focus and 4 years of experience in scientific settings
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • Work and experience in low- and middle-income countries a plus
  • Skills
    • 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.
    • 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.


Academy employees will continue to work remotely through June 2021. 

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.

Occasional travel may be 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.

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. 


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