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SILC Program Manager


Sustainability Innovation Lab at Colorado (SILC)

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Boulder, Colorado

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University Staff



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Job Summary

The Sustainability Innovation Lab at Colorado (SILC) is now welcoming applications for a Program Manager who will work with the director to oversee the Lab's day-to-day programmatic, research administration and program administrative functions. The program manager also assists in the identification, communication and coordination of responses to external calls for funding including the preparation of proposals and support for proposal teams. In addition to these activities, the program manager will support the development of a new undergraduate degree program in complex system science. 

Who We Are

The Sustainability Innovation Lab at Colorado (SILC) is a space at CU-Boulder to co-design and develop the knowledge, capacity and technology to create a more sustainable world. SILC provides both programming and a unique university co-working environment to bring together the private and not-for-profit sectors to solve problems in sustainability. SILC is founded on the premise that the most persistent and challenging global problems can be solved through new partnerships linking education, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

SILC Program Administration and support 
  • Oversee programmatic needs for  SILC including management of space access, support for daily operations schedule management, meeting coordination, and support the director in the organization and completion of center related activities. 
  • Serve as the secondary contact point after the Center Director when outside organizations contact SILC with an interest in participating in the Center’s research, education, or service activities. 
  • Coordination of SILC hosted/sponsored events including small conferences, guest lectures, brown bags, and other events. 
  • Manage center email list, and carry out general updates of the SILC website. 
  • Undertake other duties and responsibilities in support of the director as assigned.
SILC Externally Funded Research Solicitation and Coordination 
  • Identify relevant externally funded research, development and implementation opportunities for SILC and/or affiliated faculty and students. 
  • In coordination with the Director, manage the process of developing large collaborative externally funded research proposals, including associated documentation, coordination with OCG and/or the CU Foundation.
  • As required, produce technical, programmatic and logistical narratives and associated proposal content. 
  • Research communication as needed including maintaining currency of SILC website, twitter account, press releases, interviews. 
Undergraduate Program Development 
  • Support the director in the development of a new undergraduate major including basic coordination activities (meeting planning), summary of curriculum, and aid in the development of new program materials (curricular design).
  • Generate individual work plans, assigns tasks, assesses progress and quality of work product, resolves grievances, and initiates disciplinary actions for student employees.

What We Can Offer

Anticipated starting salary is $51,000.00, commensurate with experience.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university in sustainability/environmental science or related field of study. 
  • Two years of experience in project management and/or program coordination in a professional or academic setting. A MS in a relevant field counts for up to 2 years work experience. 

What You Will Need

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to synthesize information in a clear and concise manner, both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with decision-makers across many levels of an organization.
  • Excellent project management with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Highly detail oriented with strong ability to understand constituent needs and lead teams toward a common goal.
  • Creative problem solver with strong critical thinking skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective and trusting working relationships with faculty, administrators, and staff.
  • Sensitivity to and appreciation of cultural, political and geographical differences, with ability to work well with faculty, staff and students from around the world.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Masters degree from an accredited college or university in an area related to the work assignment.
  • Experience developing program partnerships and funding sources in an academic environment.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
  • A current resume. 
  • A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.
You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

This position will close on September 28, 2018. 

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer