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Job Opportunity: Manager, Scientific Programs, Columbia University, New York, NY

Posted by on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 in Job Opportunities .

Position Summary

Columbia University’s Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute supports interdisciplinary neuroscience research and discovery by scientists and scholars across the university and promises to be the most comprehensive institute for brain science.

Reporting to and working closely with the Assistant Director of Scientific Programs, the  Manager plans and implements a number of the Institute’s scientific programs with the overall objective to collaborate with and engage  the Institute’s community of scientists. . Targeted Programs include workshops, panel discussions, high level conferences and other career and professional development programs that promote a vibrant culture of scientific inquiry and collaboration.


  • In collaboration with other members of the Programs team, plans and executes selected programs for ZI Oversees execution details including IT/AV, catering, operations, etc. managing the flow and details of day of execution duties.
  • Through partnering, surveys and collaborating, stays current on the needs and goals of the Institute’s community of scientists; identifies gaps in programming and propose new efforts to meet the needs of ZI through programming.
  • Develops and manages a high-level bi-annual scientific conference and a bi-annual Institute retreat which includes special event coordination, speaker engagement, registration, and all pre and post event planning.
  • Crafts communications targeted to the Institute’s scientific community to effectively promote programs and other scientific events, in collaboration with the Internal Communications Associate.
  • Provides support to the Institute’s community of scientists to help them organize and run grass-root efforts.
  • Fields general inquires and works independently with adherence to institute policies.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree required along with at least 3 years of directly related experience managing specialized events. A familiarity with the academic research environment is desirable.

The ideal candidate is innovative and possesses excellent organizational, project management and communications skills; the candidate must be detail oriented as well as creative, proactive and engaging. The candidate should demonstrate the ability to exercise judgment and prioritize projects accurately with professionalism and commitment to exceptional quality under fast-paced conditions. May be required to attend selected functions scheduled on evenings or weekends.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree preferred with relevant experience in an academic setting.

Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.

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