Columbia University in the City of New York

Manager, Public Programs

Columbia's Zuckerman Institute is seeking a Public Programs manager to plan and implement the Institute’s public engagement programs including BRAINYAC (a mentored high school research program) and the Education Lab.

Position Summary

At Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute, we believe that understanding how the brain works — and gives rise to mind and behavior — is the most urgent and exciting challenge of our time. Led by Rui Costa, DVM, PhD, and Nobel laureates Eric Kandel, MD, and Richard Axel, MD, we study critical aspects of the mind and brain, gaining insights that promise to benefit people and societies everywhere.

The Zuckerman Institute seeks a talented individual who possesses expertise in program management related to education or public engagement. Reporting to the Senior Manager of Public Programs, the Public Programs Manager will assist the management of public engagement programs including BRAINYAC (a mentored high school research program), and the Education Lab. Around 50% of the person's time will be spent supporting the BRAINYAC program, with the remaining time devoted to other programs and activities.



Works closely with the Senior Manager of Public Programs and assist with the recruitment, selection and onboarding of students for BRAINYAC; recruits scientist mentors from the Zuckerman Institute and more broadly at Columbia University; liaises with BRAINYAC partner organizations to ensure smooth program integration.
Collaborates with program staff and scientists, schedules and provides resources for pedagogical content for the BRAINYAC program ensuring all supplies and lesson materials are in order.
Supports the Public Programs team in the creation of new programming for middle and high school students and teachers, including liaising with partner schools and programs, logistical support and organization.
Coordinates the undergraduate internship programming including the provision of student and mentor training and community building resources.
Plans and organizes public events including family days; provides support for trainee-led public engagement efforts.
Mentors high school and undergraduate interns.
Helps identify and implement initiatives to infuse diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) into programs.
Assists with the day-to-day management of the Education Lab space and resources; manage email, phone enquiries and mailing lists.


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree required and/or equivalent related experience required. Minimum of 3-5 years of related experience.
Experience with education, program co-ordination or program management is necessary.
Excellent written and oral communication skills and detailed-oriented.
Evening and weekend availability required.


Preferred Qualifications

A strong background in education and a passion for communicating with a broad audience.
Collaborate well in a team environment and be self-motivated.
Comfortable working with diverse groups of people including high school students, teachers, scientists, and university administration is a plus
Must have the ability to take initiative and work under minimal supervision, as well as respond to direction.
The ideal candidate is energetic, creative and enthusiastic, dedicated to exceptional quality and willing to learn.
A familiarity with the life sciences and academic research is desirable.
A strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is desirable.
The candidate ideally has experience with student mentorship.


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

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