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Associate Policy Scientist, Institute for Public Administration

University of Delaware
Delaware, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Aug 13, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Business Administration
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Non-Tenured Track
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Full Time
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University of Delaware

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The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from Minority Group Members, Women, Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at

Job No: 499163
Work Type: Staff
Location: Newark/Hybrid
Categories: Research & Laboratory, Full Time, Program/Project Management



The Institute for Public Administration (IPA) is a public service and research center in the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Delaware. IPA addresses the policy, planning, and management needs of its partners through the integration of applied research, professional development, and the education of tomorrow's leaders.

The Associate Policy Scientist will develop and manage public service work programs related to local government technical assistance and capacity building. Expected focus areas include urban, environmental, and transportation planning projects and a new initiative supporting grant development efforts for Delaware's local governments. Work tasks include professional planning and policy research, writing, project management, and meeting facilitation. This position will support IPA's commitment to research and public service in Delaware and meet the growing demand for regional development and planning services. The Associate Policy Scientist will ensure the continuity of professional, timely public service to our partners and clients including but not limited to projects that support local governments, the Delaware legislature, and Delaware State agencies including the Office of Management and Budget and the Delaware Department of Transportation. This position is part of a career ladder.

  • Directs, drives, and contributes to client-oriented research and technical assistance on regional development and planning topics such as transportation, urban, and environmental planning, infrastructure policy, and economic development.
  • Provides direct technical assistance in support of municipal grant writing and development activities.
  • Conducts research on federal grant opportunities and summarizes and communicates relevant opportunities to Delaware's local governments and community stakeholders.
  • Develops, delivers, and manages programs to assist Delaware's local governments in identifying and pursuing federal grant opportunities.
  • Designs and delivers workshops and presentations in-person and virtually including facilitating working group and project team activities on an ongoing basis.
  • Collaborates on programs and activities within IPA, the Biden School, and other University of Delaware units.
  • Supervises internal project teams consisting of support staff, professionals, graduate research assistants, and undergraduate students
  • Coordinates and manages relationships with external partners and client agencies on an ongoing basis.
  • Presents at Statewide conferences on topics related to IPA projects.
  • Work is minimally supervised for all types of projects.

  • Bachelor's degree with six years of experience, Master's degree with four years of experience, or Doctoral degree and one year of experience. Experience must consist of full-time employment in urban planning, public management, or closely related fields.
  • Demonstrated experience working with local governments and community partners to develop successful grant applications and manage grant-funded projects on planning and infrastructure topics, such as environmental resilience and remediation, transportation, stormwater, water quality, or urban redevelopment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with database, spreadsheet, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and statistical analysis software is a plus.
  • Possesses strong organizational and project management skills, attention to detail, and the ability to work independently.
  • Experience engaging with stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds.
  • Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value.
  • Ability to initiate and negotiate contracts for services that support the vision and mission of the institute, school, and university.

Special Requirements:
  • Ability to work flexible hours Monday through Friday.
  • Possess a valid driver's license. The position requires the incumbent to drive and travel statewide to deliver services and carry objects that are 25lbs.

Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Applications close: Aug 26 2022 Eastern Daylight Time


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