Broadening Participation Programs Manager

Administrative Charlottesville (or TBD), Virginia


Position Description:


Position Summary

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) has an exciting set of programs designed to broaden participation in STEM and is looking for someone who wants to make an impact in this realm. NRAO is looking for a Broadening Participation (BP) Programs Manager to design, develop, and deliver new and existing projects in the NRAO’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI).


ODI programs and projects aim to broaden participation in STEM by creating opportunities for typically underrepresented students, faculty, staff, educators, and researchers to fully participate in careers related to radio astronomy. These projects and programs include the National Astronomy Consortium (NAC), the NINE, and Project RADIAL.


The BP Programs Manager position will be based in the NRAO ODI and will collaborate closely with other members of the ODI team, including the Director of Diversity & Inclusion, the Broader Impacts Programs Manager, Curriculum Specialist, and eLearning Platform Web Developer.


The incumbent will initially be appointed on a two-year term appointment.  An “at-will” appointment will be offered if funding is available. Telework and remote work arrangements are possible. The successful candidate must reside in the continental United States and must have current authorization to work in the United States.


In addition to competitive pay, NRAO provides excellent paid time off benefits (vacation and sick leave). Medical, dental and vision plans are effective first day of employment. NRAO’s retirement benefit contributes an amount equal to 10 percent of a qualified participant’s base pay. No contribution is required of the employee; we also offer an optional supplemental, tax-deferred plan for employee retirement contributions.


Job Duties Summary

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:


  • Lead the design, development, delivery, and evaluation of assigned ODI BP programs
  • Coordinate activities with partner organizations (i.e., RADIAL, NINE, NAC, etc.)
  • Collaborate with national and international organizations to leverage opportunities for ODI programs
  • Stay informed about research and emerging/best practices in broader impacts and broadening participation in STEM, and incorporate these into NRAO ODI programs, including STEM education strategies, program design, pedagogy, content and tools
  • Assist with proposal writing
  • Coordinate internal and external facing communications


Work Environment

Work is typically performed in an office setting within a research or development environment. NRAO is committed to attracting and retaining diverse staff. We are committed to creating and maintaining working environments that are inclusive, equitable, and welcoming. NRAO has developed, and deeply values, broadly diverse partnerships with local, national, and international organizations. We honor the unique experiences, identities, and perspectives of our partners, community members, and colleagues. We expect an inclusive mindset and welcome those who genuinely support and appreciate diverse identities and perspectives.


Position Requirements:


Minimum Education

Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Counseling, Higher Education, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion work, or other discipline.


Minimum Experience

Minimum of 3 years of relevant experience. Relevant student experience may be considered. Strong demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, demonstrated commitment to equitable access to education and research experiences, and a demonstrated understanding of DE&I principles and goals. Strong oral, digital and written communication skills are essential.


Competency Summary

Demonstrated ability to work effectively and respectfully in diverse working groups. Ability to think creatively, embrace innovation, and iterate ideas. Ability to clearly, and enthusiastically, articulate the goals of the program. Ability to describe diversity, inclusion, and equity issues as they relate to student program goals. Ability to coordinate resources, evaluate information, and prioritize tasks using an understanding of project management, and NRAO’s overall mission and goals. Ability to bring tasks and deliverables to completion. Ability to work independently and to work collaboratively as part of a team. Understanding of the organization’s mission, strategic aims, and programs.


Additional Requirements

The Observatory requires staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to access our facilities. An offer of employment will be considered contingent until the selected applicant provides proof of vaccination. A selected applicant may request consideration for an accommodation for a disability or for a sincerely held religious belief.


Application Instructions:

Select the Apply button. You will need to be prepared to upload your current resume and a cover letter describing interest and suitability for the position.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement:


AUI is an equal opportunity employer. Women, Minorities, Vietnam-Era Veterans, Disabled Veterans, Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. To view our complete statement, please visit If you require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process due to a disability, you may submit your request by sending an email to [email protected].



The NRAO is an equal opportunity employer (M/F/D/V)



The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is a facility of the National Science Foundation operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc.