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Program Manager - STEM U

JOB TITLE: Program Manager, STEM U

DEPARTMENT: Global STEM Alliance

REPORTS TO: Vice President, Learning


The STEM U Program Manager oversees operations of the STEM U program, a multi-faceted initiative that includes virtual one-to-one mentoring for teens around the world, online learning resources for students and teachers, and an annual innovation challenge. With generous support from United Technologies Corporation, STEM U is a key component of the Global STEM Alliance (GSA), the Academy's ambitious STEM education initiative.


  • Manage day-to-day operations of STEM U Mentoring, a virtual one-to-one mentoring program for up to 500 teenage mentees and their mentors, who may be graduate students, postdocs, or professionals in a STEM field. Responsibilities include: develop program content; recruit, select, and train mentees and mentors; monitor online activity; collect and report evaluation data.
  • Support the development and distribution of STEM U Learning Resources, a series of online courses and lesson plans to support the development of 21st-century skills, including leadership, communication, critical thinking, and college readiness. Responsibilities include: contract and manage external content developers; review content; work with IT to post resources to program website.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the STEM U Innovation Challenge, an annual contest for teens in which teams of students collaborate online to design novel solutions to a real-world problem, with support from STEM experts. Responsibilities may include: assist with recruitment of students and STEM experts; contribute to the selection and development of the challenge topic; help support participant engagement throughout the challenge.
  • Manage funder relationships and ensure adherence to grant requirements
  • Supervise the work of one Program Assistant


  • Oversee hiring and management of volunteer and part-time program staff
  • Generate reports as needed to provide funders with evaluation data and information about program progress
  • Assist Development staff in grant writing and funder relationships as needed
  • Attend relevant conferences and events to promote GSA programs, network, and deepen professional expertise


Supervise one or more staff members


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3–5 years of experience in the education sector, particularly as an educator, instructional designer, or program developer, preferably in STEM fields
  • Passion for youth development, broadening opportunities to high-quality STEM education, and inspiring the next generation of STEM leaders, particularly those from underserved and underrepresented groups
  • Comfort with educational technology
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Ability to multi-task, problem solve, work creatively and independently, as well as function in a team environment
  • Must be able to travel 10% of the time and have the ability to work internationally


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, etc. This is largely a sedentary role; however, some movement is required. Examples world be lifting files, opening 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.

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