Manager of Community Partnership

Northeastern University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jan 27, 2023

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Manager of Community Partnership

About the Opportunity

Join the iSUPER team, a newly established Impact Engine at Northeastern University, to enhance how we understand and respond to air pollution in cities, with an emphasis on achieving equity through collaborations with community partners in Greater Boston. The successful candidate will be the primary liaison between an interdisciplinary team of researchers at the forefront of the science of urban air pollution action and the partnerships that will translate these insights into impacts.

iSUPER (Intelligent Solutions to Urban Pollution for Equity and Resilience) will pair low-cost sensing technologies with novel pollution prediction models to identify hyperlocal pollution hot spots in real time. These innovations will generate neighborhood-level data that will help guide decisionmakers and community leaders toward effective governance, policymaking, and practices. The successful candidate will work closely with the leadership team, affiliated faculty, graduate, and undergraduate researchers, and other iSUPER and university staff to build and maintain relationships with community partners, including community organizations, government officials, agency leaders, and others, with significant time spent working in the communities or at the offices of partners to ensure open communication. A major goal will be supporting deep and integrated collaboration between researchers and stakeholders to integrate ideas proposed by communities and partners into the science and its translation into public-facing innovations and their implementation.

Major responsibilities include (1) stakeholder and partner engagement (e.g., developing partnerships with diverse stakeholders, interfacing with non-academic partners such as external advisory boards and community members; (2) planning stakeholder and community meetings, including annual workshops; (3) understanding and communicating community perspectives on data and research (e.g., integrating feedback of all collaborators and advisory board members to shape sensor deployment maps, the design and content of iSUPER's community-facing data portal, and research priorities in collaboration with the research team); (4) documentation and project coordination (e.g., contributing to monthly project progress reports/presentations, twice-yearly project reviews, and other required project reports, co-mentoring of undergraduate and graduate student researchers for community engagement activities).

This is a full-time position with start date as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received. One-year contract renewable for up to 4 additional years contingent on availability of funding and positive performance reviews. This position will be based on the Boston campus of Northeastern University with substantial local travel required.

The required application documents include:

up-to-date CV, description of 1-2 previous positions where related activities were managed, and name/contact information for 2-3 references.


Position requires a dynamic individual who can work well in a busy environment that requires multitasking and friendly and professional interactions with a wide range of individuals.

  • Minimum BS degree and 5 years work experience in community partnership or MS degree and 3 years work experience in a similar role. BS/MS degree in a relevant field preferred, e.g., public policy, sociology, or any degree programs bridging hard and social sciences.

  • Work experience in/with the communities of greater Boston area preferred

    Candidate should be interested in urban environmental issues, particularly in the areas of air quality, health, environmental justice, and/or urban infrastructure design and optimization.

  • Candidate must have experience with stakeholder engagement, preferably with multiple different types of organizations and sectors and including community outreach.

  • Candidate must be dedicated to learning about new technologies and have an ability to communicate complex concepts to a wide range of audiences.

  • Candidate must be highly organized, have good attention to detail, and be able to set and meet deadlines. Candidate should enjoy working on a team but be able to independently manage work flows related to this project.

  • Fluency in languages spoken by Boston-area communities a plus

    Position Type

    General Administration

    Additional Information

    Northeastern University considers factors such as candidate work experience, education and skills when extending an offer.

    Northeastern has a comprehensive benefits package for benefit eligible employees. This includes medical, vision, dental, paid time off, tuition assistance, wellness & life, retirement- as well as commuting & transportation. Visit for more information.

    Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

    All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

    To learn more about Northeastern University's commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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