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Rochester Institute of Technology Senior Program Specialist in Rochester, New York


Position Title:

Senior Program Specialist


SCB Management

Job Responsibilities:

Event Management:

  • Assists in organizing and managing events for the competitive sustainability center, which includes on- and off-campus events

  • Handles logistics for international travel (flights, hotel, etc.) as part of the ASEAN project

  • Helps support faculty/student (international or local) activities for the annual on-campus summer sustainability experience

Marketing and Management of Competitive Sustainability Center (CSC):

  • Serves as liaison between PIs affiliated with CSC and the CSC.

  • Recruits and supports PIs and organizations interested in working with or affiliating with the center

  • Promotes and markets the center’s activities through the center’s website, social media, and other available platforms, both locally and internationally. Collaborates with program personnel, as well as central marketing and communications, to design marketing materials and manage CSC’s social media accounts.

Administrative tasks:

  • Assists with procurement, reimbursements, journal entry, vendor management, Independent Contractor setup, and other tasks performed through PaymentWorks and Oracle

  • Organizes meetings and manages the principal investigator’s calendar and other project-related activities

  • Hires and supervises 2-20 student employees

Grant Proposal Writing: Seeks out and pursues other grant opportunities in support of the center’s focus and assists with the writing of the proposal

Reporting: Assists in preparing quarterly reports and documents required by the sponsor

Other duties as assigned

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Saunders College of Business

Required Application Documents:

Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume, List of References

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Additional Details:

In compliance with NYS's Pay Transparency Act, the salary range for this position is listed above. Rochester Institute of Technology considers factors such as (but not limited to) scope and responsibilities of the position, candidate's work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, as well as, market and organizational considerations when extending an offer. The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources. RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities. RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

How To Apply:

In order to be considered for this position, you must apply for it at, . Click the link to search openings and in the keyword search field, enter the title of the position or the BR number. Please submit your online application; your updated resume/CV; your cover letter addressing the position’s qualifications and upload the following attachment:

  • List three professional references—include their name, email, telephone number, and how you are acquainted

A review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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Required Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience

  • 1 year experience working with international organizations

Other requirements: Availability to work off-hours to accommodate live video meetings with focal country institutions. The need to travel may arise, but the decision to travel is at the discretion of the employee.


  • Experience working in higher education and international organizations

  • Strong reasoning skills, possess an astute understanding of the nature of higher education, and possess initiative, creativity, foresight, and diplomacy

  • Strong reading, writing, computing, and interpersonal communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in non-profit organizations, particularly universities, grant-supported organizations, or business incubators, or entrepreneurial or investing experience

Department/College Description:


The Competitive Sustainability Center (CSC) at RIT's Saunders College of Business is a leader in promoting sustainable economic growth by identifying and implementing sustainability strategies that provide a competitive advantage, as defined by the United Nations. The CSC collaborates with businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies to foster these strategies across various sectors. Notably, the CSC has established a strong presence in the ASEAN and Middle East regions, partnering with over 50 institutions, including universities and business incubators. These collaborations focus on educating stakeholders on circular economy principles and fostering networks for circular entrepreneurship training, promoting sustainable business practices, economic development, and environmental stability. The CSC significantly enhances RIT's reputation as a leader in sustainability and innovation, driving positive change in business operations and contributing to a more sustainable future, .


The Saunders College of Business is served by approximately 70 faculty and 40 staff members who value collegiality and teamwork. The college is accredited by AACSB International and offers a bachelor’s degree in business with nine different majors. Graduate programs include an MBA, executive MBA, and several Master of Science programs. The college welcomed its first Ph.D. class in the Fall of 2023. The Saunders College of Business is ranked among the top 100 business schools in the United States by U.S. News and World Report, .

What do we believe at RIT?:

Rochester Institute of Technology is a diverse and collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Through creativity and innovation, and an intentional blending of technology, the arts and design, we provide exceptional individuals with a wide range of academic opportunities, including a leading research program and an internationally recognized education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. We are dedicated to building a diverse community, one where employees feel a sense of belonging, and are valued for their contributions and the perspectives they bring.

As a member of the RIT community, you'll receive a comprehensive employee benefits package ( that offers multiple options and access to additional employment advantages. You can tailor your benefit elections to meet your needs (affordable medical/dental/vision benefits; paid vacation/sick time/retirement saving plan with exceptional employer match; and tuition assistance for you and your family, to name a few).

Work Location:

Hybrid — Remote/On-campus

Job Summary:

Please note: This position requires availability to work off-hours to accommodate live video meetings with focal country institutions, and may also require occasional travel.

The Senior Program Specialist is an externally funded position responsible for some aspects of sponsored research activities, and reports to the program administrator for the U.S. Department of State ASEAN grant. These activities include partnering with the U.S. Department of State to build an alliance with universities, business incubators, and other training and educational entities across southeast Asia to facilitate the development of competitive circular-economy businesses. The research program specialist will provide support in managing events and promoting the Competitive Sustainability Center (CSC) locally and internationally. This position requires an organized person with experience working with international organizations.

The ASEAN grant funded by the U.S. Department of State aims to create as many successful circular economy entrepreneurs in the ASEAN region as possible, focusing on reducing e-waste.

The Senior program specialist will develop marketing materials and strategies for the competitive sustainability center and manage relationships with Principal Investigators (PIs) affiliated with the center, assist with event management for the center and ASEAN project-related activities, help facilitate contracts with local and international partners, and manage vendors through PaymentWorks, help with Procurement and process reimbursements, and help provide needed support. Occasional meetings with people in other time zones will require attendance at online meetings outside normal business hours. Excellent communication skills are essential for this position

We are seeking an individual to live our values, embrace diverse perspectives, and nurture the RIT community to remain a great place to work for all; who has the ability and interest in leading and contributing to a community committed to student-centeredness; integrity and ethics; respect; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. Select to view links to RIT’s core values ( , honor code ( , and statement of diversity ( .

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