Research Programs Manager

Internal - UMCES Current Employees ONLY

Maryland Sea Grant College (MDSG) is seeking a Research Programs Manager who will report to the Director and Associate Director.  Located in College Park, MD., MDSG is part the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES), one of 12 institutions within the University System of Maryland.  MDSG has a significant demand for a manager to oversee the day-to-day requirements of the research program, to assist on special projects, and to coordinate scheduling across the program including the communications, research, and administrative offices, with particular regard to required NOAA reporting, site visits, external annual reports and support for extension faculty special projects. Additional duties include assisting in planning and conducting Maryland Sea Grant workshops, website development, database design and implementation, graphic design, and assisting in strategic planning and program reporting efforts.


  • Cooperatively plan and manage ongoing communication and research projects and initiatives. Use a team approach to execute office-wide projects. Administer the scheduling, planning and development of proposals, reports, and other products for the communications and research teams.
  • Contribute to the development of new proposals, technical reports, and scientific presentations, particularly with graphical and data elements. Aid in science translation. Maintain relationships with Sea Grant Association networks.
  • Contribute to strategic planning, implementation, and reporting with the management team. Support the development of MDSG strategic plans, including surveying constituents and analysing responses and trends. Oversee communication contributions to annual reporting to NOAA and other agencies.
  • Support Maryland Sea Grant engagement with constituents and Maryland Congressional leadership.
  • Support Maryland Sea Grant's research program throughout our RFP solicitation process, including peer review process, technical panels, processing proposals and developing submission packages (all pre-award activites). Manage multiple fellowship application processes.
  • Coordinate all aspects of the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program application and selection process and website.
  • Manage a graduate research assistant and 1 - 2 undergraduate or post-bacalaureate interns involved in administering the research portfolio and special projects. Provide training and mentorship to GRAs or other office staff so they can provide support for research, fellowship and REU programming.
  • Support or lead special projects (e.g., visioning, workshop planning, website design).

Qualifications: A master’s degree in marine science or a related field is required. Advanced course work in graphic design is required. Personnel management experience required. Preference is given to applicants with strong writing and communication skills, strong working knowledge of MS Office, database management software, Mac and PCs, programming experience, and web creation and design. Attention to detail and a solid understanding and experience with program management and the academic granting processes. Prior experience using the PIER reporting system, NSF Fastlane or, and Cayuse is preferred.

Salary: This position is a University System of Maryland Exempt position with full University benefits.  The salary is commensurate with experience but is in the range of low to mid-$60K.

Apply: Please send an email with the subject line “Research Programs Manager” and include as a pdf: a cover letter outlining your interest in the position; a resume; and a list of three references to  Best consideration date is April 27. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.  The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer.  Individuals with disabilities, veterans, minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

Maryland Sea Grant College
Friday, April 27, 2018