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Boston University PROGRAM MANAGER, METROBRIDGE,Initiative on Cities in BOSTON, Massachusetts




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The BU Initiative on Cities (IOC) seeks a full-time Program Manager to lead Boston University's MetroBridge experiential learning program. MetroBridge is a university-wide student-focused program that creates opportunities for BU faculty to incorporate real-world, client-based projects into their courses for local governments and community-based organizations.

The MetroBridge Program Manager will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of the program, both internally and externally, with the support and direction of a MetroBridge Faculty Director and the IOC team. Responsibilities of the MetroBridge Program Manager include recruiting external partners, sourcing and scoping student projects, establishing relationships with Boston University faculty, matching projects with relevant courses, coordinating field trips and related events, maintaining relevant communication channels (e.g. web, social media, marketing collateral) and ensuring final project deliverables produced by students are provided on time and within scope.

They will be expected to serve as the main conduit between the external partners and stakeholders at Boston University. The Program Manager is responsible for all administrative duties, including program evaluation. This is a staff position. The ideal candidate will be:

  • Enthusiastic about experiential learning and committed to the educational mission of Boston University -Passionate about local government and urban challenges regionally and nationally

  • Relationship-oriented

  • Intellectually curious, a strong communicator, relentlessly detail oriented, and deadline driven

  • Confident working with individuals at various levels of seniority within higher education and the public sector, including mayors and other elected officials

About the Initiative on Cities:

The Boston University Initiative on Cities (IOC) was co-founded in 2014 by the City of Boston's longest-serving mayor, Tom Menino, and BU Professor of Political Science, Graham Wilson. We are a cross-university research initiative that seeks to bridge the divide between urban scholarly research and local governance, both domestically and internationally. We work with a wide breadth of academic disciplines at BU, including political science, environmental science, computer science, public health, social work, education, sociology and others in order to apply academic talent and tools to solve pressing urban issues. The Initiative also conducts research and forges strategic external partnerships at the local, national and international level, and leads an annual survey of American mayors, the Menino Survey of Mayors. We convene multi-stakeholder conferences and host on-campus seminars on wide-ranging issues related to urban well-being and vitality. The Initiative also nurtures student passion for local government through our MetroBridge experiential learning program, and fellowships that embed BU undergraduate and graduate students in mayors offices in the U.S. and abroad.


The ideal applicant will have:

  • At least 3-5 years of professional experience and a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field

  • Ability to travel throughout MA for in person meetings with cities and community partners, potential project site inspections, and other face-to-face interactions required (as allowed under COVID restrictions)

  • Ability to be on-campus as the University expects to return in Fall 2021

  • Rigorous project management and/or administrative experience •Experience in higher education (TA/TF roles also relevant) and/or local government

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills •Excellent writing and presentation skills

  • Experience forging new relationships


  • Attach a resume. Please be sure to provide dates of employment including month/year as it will be used to help determine how you meet the qualifications listed above.

  • Attach a letter of interest (up to two pages in length) that includes information on relevant experiences, specific skills you would bring to the position, and salary needs. In your letter of interest, please address the desired attributes listed above. Applications without a letter will not be considered.

This position is eligible for Boston University's generous benefits package including health, dental, life insurance, tuition remission, paid time off, and so much more!

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.