Project Manager

Project Manager Opening
Application review begins: Monday, 23 February 2015
Position description and application instructions are below.
Questions may be directed to jobs [at]

Position Description

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The Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) is looking for a highly motivated and experienced project manager to join our team.

ARCUS is a 501(c) (3) non-profit consortium of universities and institutions concerned with Arctic research and education. ARCUS envisions strong and productive linkages among researchers, educators, communities, and other stakeholders that promote discovery and understanding of the Arctic.

This position will primarily focus on the Study of Environmental Arctic Change program (SEARCH:, an exciting and developing program with a vision of scientific understanding to help society understand and respond to a rapidly changing Arctic.

This position will work with ARCUS staff, agency personnel, committees, and the broader research community to support and implement a variety of activities. The successful candidate will provide professional project management to meet deadlines in a rapidly evolving environment. The candidate will possess strong analytical and decision-making skills and have a strong commitment to support and facilitate collaborative efforts.

Responsibilities will Include:

  • Committee management – Support scientific committees, including the SEARCH Science Steering Committee and other groups
  • Strategic planning – Support strategic planning activities to advance program goals and objectives
  • Meeting planning – Organize teleconferences, virtual/web and in-person meetings, workshops, and conferences
  • Communications – Communicate, or support communications, between different groups of people and to relevant audiences through a variety of methods, including email, web content, tele/web conferences, and online and printed reports
  • Project management – Work with the ARCUS Director of Programs and others, as directed, to plan, implement, and track project activities on time and on budget

Minimum Skills and Experience:

  • Masters degree in a natural, physical, or social sciences discipline
  • Proven experience at project management
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, specifically through virtual means
  • Ability to organize complex tasks and attend to the details of each
  • Ability to coordinate and work cooperatively with high level scientific committees
  • Proficiency with standard office applications, including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and email software
  • Ability to travel to relevant meetings and conferences

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with Arctic or northern science issues
  • Experience with coordinating scientific committees or programs
  • Experience with development of website content and other online collaboration tools

This is a full-time, regular position and reports to the ARCUS Director of Programs. The position is based in Fairbanks, Alaska, but a telecommuting arrangement may be considered for the ideal candidate.

Salary will be commensurate with education and experience, but we expect it to fall within a range of $70,000-85,000. ARCUS has a generous benefits package that includes health and dental insurance, retirement benefit, 12 vacation days per year, and paid time off. We are also supportive of continued training and professional development opportunities.

How to Apply:

Application materials should include:

  1. A letter of interest that specifies how your experiences and qualifications suit you for this position (address the letter to Helen Wiggins, ARCUS Director of Programs)
  2. A resume
  3. A short (1-3 page) writing sample that demonstrates your ability to communicate any scientific issue to a non-technical audience

Review of applications will begin on Monday, 23 February 2015 and continue at the discretion of the Director of Programs until an appointment is made. No phone calls please (questions can be directed to: jobs [at], and no relocation assistance.

Please submit application materials or any questions via email to jobs [at]

ARCUS is an equal opportunity employer.

The successful candidate must reside in the U.S., and be a U.S. citizen or qualify for a H1B Visa.