Local recruitment: Program Specialist I/II

Desert Research Institute (DRI)

Las Vegas, NV, USA 🇺🇸

Thank you for your interest in employment with the Desert Research Institute.  We want your  application process to go smoothly and quickly.  We ask that you keep in mind the following when completing your application:

  • Once you start the application process you cannot save your work. Please ensure you have all required attachment(s) available to complete your application before you begin the process.
  • Required attachments are listed below on the posting. Your application will not be considered without the required attachments.
  • Please see the application instructions under each posting for information on submittal deadlines.

If you need assistance or have questions regarding the application process, contact Human Resources Hotline at (775) 673-7431 or recruit@dri.edu.

Job Description

The Desert Research Institute, Division of Hydrologic Sciences, in Las Vegas Nevada, is seeking a full-time program specialist to handle a variety of administrative, and project duties under general supervision to support the

Technical Research, Engineering, and Development Services (TREDS) program.  Duties include coordinating and scheduling meetings, maintaining calendars, maintaining databases, dictation of meetings and various administrative duties. This position will also support the Project Control Manager in compiling and delivering monthly project budget and schedule reports and supporting development of project task plans.

Required Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent and one year of full-time progressively related experience;
    OR Associates degree
  • Intermediate computer skills with MS Office Excel, Teams, Word, and Adobe Acrobat
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with fellow employees, departments, and other campus personnel
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize assignments and commitment to meet deadlines
  • Detail-oriented with strong degree of accuracy and reliability as well as sound judgment
  • Ability to work independently and carry out assignments with minimal supervision

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a related field
  • Experience working in a research, non-profit, or university setting with familiarity of grants/contracts.
  • Experience with database software
  • Experience with Workday (NSHE financial system)

Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required due to project funding
  • Employment is contingent upon a successful completion of a background check
  • This position requires the ability to perform physical tasks, such as moving or lifting objects up to 30 lbs., and occasional stooping, bending and kneeling to support office, hosted events and meetings

Compensation Grade/Benefits

This is a DRI Technologist position Grade 29 position with a minimum starting base salary of $40,000.  Candidates will be hired at the level that is comparable to their experience, skills, and abilities.

DRI offers a benefits package that includes health, dental, vision, and life insurance (Flexible spending and health savings account options available); PERS 15.5% retirement match, 10 hours of annual leave and 10 hours of sick leave accrued per month, 11 paid holidays, and educational benefits for employee and dependents. Additionally, there is no state income tax or social security deduction. This position is eligible for relocation assistance.


Full-Time Equivalent 100.0%

Required Attachment(s)

Please upload the following documents in the specified section:

  • Cover letter detailing how your experience and professional qualifications prepare you to succeed in this DRI role
  • Current resume
  • Contact information for three professional references, to be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process based on applicant permission

This posting is open until filled. Qualified individuals who meet all qualifications and requirements are encouraged to apply immediately and provide all required attachments to receive full consideration. Recruitment will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received, or a hiring decision has been made.

*This position will be open to only DRI Technologists from Tuesday, December 20 to Tuesday December 26, and will be open to the public starting Wednesday, December 27.

For more detailed information about DRI, please visit us at www.dri.edu. For questions regarding this position or assistance with your application, please call the recruiting office at 702-862-5548.

Posting Close Date

Note to Applicant

Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience with specific reference to each of the minimum and preferred qualifications. The search committee will use this information during the initial review of application materials.  

References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process based on applicant notification and permission.

Newly hired faculty and postdoctoral fellows must assure that their official transcript is submitted to the Human Resources Office within 30 calendar days from the effective date of employment.  Academic degrees must have been awarded by regionally accredited institutions.

This position may require a criminal background check to be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

As part of the hiring process, applicants for positions in the Nevada System of Higher Education may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform job-related tasks.

DRI employs only U.S. citizens and aliens authorized to work in the U.S. DRI only sponsors aliens applying for research faculty or postdoctoral fellow positions (J-1 or H-1B Visas).

All applicants hired by the Desert Research Institute are subject to E-Verify.





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