Program Manager (National Alliance for Water Innovation (NAWI) team)

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)
Berkeley, CA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
5-7 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


Please note: this job post has expired! To the best of our knowledge, this job is no longer available and this page remains here for archival purposes only.

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s (LBNL) Earth & Environmental Sciences Division has an opening for a Research Program Manager to join the National Alliance for Water Innovation (NAWI) team.

In this exciting role, you will coordinate the NAWI research program project solicitation process through project award, execution, and close-out. Specifically, in close partnership with the NAWI Research Director, you will coordinate the planning efforts of the research program development and execution process, including the development of the technical components of NAWI’s Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) process, concept paper, and project review process, and project start-up process.  In addition, you will assist in the development of the Statement of Program Objectives (SOPO) and provide project management support.


You will manage and assist in developing action plans that successfully address conflicting priorities, challenges, concerns, and problems as they relate to the research performers in the NAWI Research Consortium (aka “the fixer”). You will report to the Finance and Compliance Director, and work closely with the NAWI Executive Team and Alliance members to proactively identify resources, potential partnership opportunities, or cost-share sources for prospective and ongoing NAWI research projects. 


What You Will Do:

  • Provide primary support for the execution of NAWI’s Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) process:
    • Assist NAWI Operations Director in the installation, configuration, operation, and user training for the online FOA portal (NAWI is using the InfoReady software system). Provide user support and training as needed during the FOA process.
    • Assist the Research Director and research team in executing the FOA, including:
      • Reviewing Concept papers and Full proposals for compliance.
      • Assigning proposals to review teams.
      • Support review teams in capturing assessments and comments during the review process.
      • Identify and recruit prospective technical reviewers.
      • Organize and facilitate review meetings.
      • Assess technical review quality and thoroughness.
      • Synthesize and prepare written summaries of proposal evaluations.
      • Debrief unsuccessful proposers.
      • Assist prospective performers with the development of Statements of Program Objectives (SOPO) for their project including reviewing draft SOPOs and developing and delivering training on SOPO writing for prospective performers.
      • Develop, maintain and present key performance statistics regarding the FOA process.
  • Respond proactively, or at the direction of the Research Director (RD) or Topic Area Leads, to research project refinement, execution, and optimization: 
    • Assist the RD in the development and execution of a roadmap-to-FOA process including the identification and refinement of Research Areas of Interest that arise from the road mapping process.
    • Assist NAWI research performers to develop SOPOs and SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Reasonable, Timely).
    • Proactively assist NAWI research performers with subcontract modifications and cost-share identification.
    • Assist the Partnership’s Director in Alliance membership recruitment and engagement, especially w/r/t opportunities to participate in, or contribute to NAWI research projects.
    • Assist the Operations Directorin obtaining timely and complete publication information from NAWI performers.
  • Assist in the execution of NAWI special events (webinars, meetings, workshops, field trips).
  • Perform special tasks at the direction of the Finance and Compliance Manager.


What Is Required:

  • Advanced degree in a physical science discipline and/or equivalent experience with no less than 5 years’ experience with increasing responsibility in program administration and planning in a combination of individual and group/consortium-based research programs.
  • Familiarity with water treatment research, water treatment processes, and the water stakeholder community.
  • Experience supporting scientific researchers in the timely execution of their projects.
  • Track record for delivering results. 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written) and a positive and proactive approach to team management and culture development. 
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully elicit engagement and material support from a broad range of stakeholders.
  • Experience in building and sustaining partner relationships between various types of organizations, potentially including national labs, universities, agencies industry. 
  • Direct experience supporting DOE programs and familiarity with the DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) is a plus.


The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.


  • This is a 2-year term appointment with the possibility of extension or conversion to Career appointment based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.
  • Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
  • Salary is commensurate with experience.
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at Berkeley Lab. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our faculty positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity and inclusion.
  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA  94720.


Learn About Us:

Working at Berkeley Lab has many rewards including a competitive compensation program, excellent health and welfare programs, a retirement program that is second to none, and outstanding development opportunities.  To view information about the many rewards that are offered at Berkeley Lab- Click Here.

Berkeley Lab (LBNL) addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4.  Click here to view the poster and supplement: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law."


Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups presently considering scientific research careers.