Program Manager, Institute for Comparative and Regional Studies, Josef Korbel School of International Studies

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Business Operations / Services, Admin / Executive / Office Support

The Josef Korbel School seeks an energetic and experienced program manager to support the Institute for Comparative and Regional Studies (ICRS), its programs, and research-related activities school-wide. The ideal candidate will have strong expertise in project management, knowledge, and education in public policy or a related field, be task-oriented and detail-conscious, and have excellent written and oral communication skills. The positions are key to the School's ability to advance engaged scholarship on a range of public policy issues while bringing a greater alignment between the School's academic mission and administrative support.

Position Summary

The program manager will serve as the administrative point-person for a diverse portfolio of programs and activities and contribute to collaborative initiatives as assigned to support the research and outreach efforts of the Korbel School and its faculty.

The program manager will work closely with the center and institute Directors, the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty, affiliated faculty, the University of Denver central administration, and other staff to ensure that the operational and logistical needs of ICRS and its projects are met. This includes research project implementation and oversight, oversight and management of speaker series, conferences and workshops, communication with internal and external constituents, as well as grant-identification, grant-writing, budgeting and use of InfoEd. The program managers will also collaborate with other research center support staff to coordinate events, communications, publications, and outreach efforts across research centers and institutes and to integrate research-related activities into the School's other curricular, co-curricular, and public engagement efforts.

This position is supported by a grant through April 2024; continued employment is contingent on ICRS securing additional funding. 

Essential Functions

  • Serve as the primary support person for the center and institute, its faculty director, affiliated faculty, and external partners.
  • Support all projects, events, communications, grants, and finances, as well as facilitate coordination between thematic programs. In this capacity, the program manager will be responsible for:
    • Coordinating and supporting each team, advisory committees, and student and practitioner-in-residence programs.
    • Planning and executing events, workshops, meetings with civil society groups, government officials, academics, and others.
    • The program manager conducts outreach to speakers, manages event budgets and accounting, and implements all event logistics and publicity.
    • Contributing to external and internal communications, including by drafting reports; event announcements and newsletters; regularly managing and updating the website and social media; maintaining listservs; and responding to inquiries.
    • Tracking budgets, processing invoices; reconciling expenses, and liaising with the Schools Business Office.
    • Managing and tracking grants and contracts using InfoEd Grants and Contracts Suite.
    • Monitoring of research projects and working with principal investigators to ensure timely and accurate reporting to sponsors.
    • Supervising student employees and managing employee timecards.
    • Liaising with student groups, other units, and university offices on programming related to the Institute's mission.
    • Provide support for cross-cutting initiatives and programs, and for large events and activities as required.
  • Additional assistance to the Director and faculty as needed.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to accurately prioritize multiple projects and meet deadlines.
  • Extraordinary organization and impeccable attention to detail.
  • Strong initiative and ability to be self-motivated and directed.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to work effectively with a diverse set of constituents in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment in a fast-paced educational setting.
  • Excellent writing and editorial skills.
  • Ability to professionally represent the Korbel School to high-profile scholars and policymakers.
  • Ability to interpret financial and budget data for use in general reporting.
  • Excellent skills in word processing, spreadsheet and database management.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Three years of relevant previous experience.
  • Experience planning events and providing excellent customer service.
  • Experience managing budgets and making travel arrangements for others.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Outlook, and Google applications as well as light HTML coding, and the willingness to learn new systems.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a related field or equivalent.
  • Proven skills in network building, stakeholder outreach and engagement.
  • Experience developing publications, communications and marketing materials, including contact databases, websites, and social media campaigns.
  • Knowledge of Banner Financial System.
  • Experience working with Event Management Software (25Live).
  • Experience in grant seeking, tracking, and management.

Working Environment

  1. Standard office environment.
  2. Unexpected interruptions occur often, and stress level is moderate to high.
  3. Noise level is quiet to moderate.

Physical Activities

  1. Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period of time.
  2. Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.

Work Schedule

University operating hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Work schedule may vary. 

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) March 24, 2023.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:

The salary grade for the position is 8.

Salary Range:

The salary range for this position is $50,000-$58,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.


The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter

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All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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