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Project & Communications Manager, Mines Global Energy Future Initiative

Position Title

Project and Communications Manager to oversee the Mines Global Energy Future Initiative (GEFI).

The Opportunity

Governments and industry around the globe are pursuing increasingly ambitious initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and diversify their energy portfolios, all while the world is facing significant growth in energy demand from emerging and developing economies. On these complex issues, Mines has a unique combination of expertise with the depth to meet the energy challenges head on. Mines has an exceptional track record of solving tough scientific and engineering problems across the gamut of energy and environmental fields. The university enjoys a hard-earned reputation as an unbiased problem-solver in disciplines often at odds in the energy-environment discussion; the university tagline, “Earth, Energy, Environment” is an accurate reflection of our expansive and growing purview.

Mines Global Energy Future Initiative brings together partners from academia, industry, government, and civil society, galvanized by Mines’ uniquely comprehensive expertise, to develop energy solutions that will shape decision-making, now and in the decades to come.

The GEFI Project and Communications Manager will facilitate and support the forward momentum of GEFI, serving as a point of contact for members and sponsors, developing strategic and communications plans and brand assets, providing administrative and event support and generating leads for future growth.

  • Provide administrative support by managing project timelines and follow up, scheduling meetings, managing calendar and email accounts for the initiative, taking meeting minutes
  • Collaborate with Mines administration and faculty to refine the strategic plan for the initiative.
  • Identification and coordination with Director on issues of significant financial or budgetary consequence.
  • Collaborate with other departments on campus to improve Global Energy Future Initiative visibility and ensure effective coordination
  • Research industry and government trends and generate leads to bring in new members, sponsors, and funding sources.
  • Serve as the point of contact for GEFI Member Organizations, assisting them as needed with invoicing, scheduling, and ensuring they take advantage of all member benefits.
  • Overseeing and supervising student employees
  • Develop and implement a strategic communications plan, outreaching to key stakeholders and gathering internal and external support for the initiative.
  • Manage GEFI brand assets including developing marketing materials, revitalizing the website, writing copy, and creating video content. GEFI Project Manager will work closely with Mines’ Communication and Marketing teams to develop the GEFI brand identity and media presence.
  • Provide event planning support for all GEFI lecture and signature events.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 2+ years of project management and program administration experience
  • 2+ years of marketing and branding experience
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Strong computer and software skills
  • Effective event planning, coordination and management skills
  • Proven program/project management knowledge

Preferred Qualifications

Education and Experience:
  • Experience in managing large projects involving multiple stakeholder groups
  • Experience in developing and executing strategic, communications, and marketing plans
  • Experience in higher education or background in Energy, Mining, Oil & Gas, or Climate Change sectors
Certifications and Licenses:
  • Project Management Certification
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Graphic design skills preferred
  • Website design skills preferred
About Mines & Golden, CO

When the world looks for answers, the world looks to Mines.

Colorado School of Mines is a top-ranked public university solving the grand challenges facing our society, particularly those related to the Earth, energy and the environment. Founded in 1874 with specialties in mining and metallurgy, Mines’ scope and mission have continually expanded to meet the needs of industry and society. Today, we are the No. 38 public university in the nation, recognized for our innovation and undergraduate teaching in science, technology engineering and math (U.S. News and World Report, 2023).

Mines graduates are change makers, boundary breakers and problem solvers. Since our earliest days, a Mines education has been and continues to be a transformational opportunity, with one of the strongest returns on investment out there for talented STEM students of all backgrounds.

At the same time, Mines faculty members are pushing their fields in new directions, whether that’s manufacturing, space resources, quantum engineering, carbon capture or more. Mines was recently classified as a R1 “Very High Activity” research institution by Carnegie, a notable feat for any university but particularly one of our size.

That size – roughly 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students – also translates to a close-knit campus community, where employees have opportunities to get involved in multiple ways, continued professional learning is valued and everyone can make an impact.

Community Alliance groups bring together employees for professional development, networking, cultural awareness and community involvement, and all Mines employees also have access to the wealth of activities happening every day on campus – nationally-renowned speakers, special events and Mines traditions like Engineering Days, just to name a few.

And don’t get us started on our hometown. We are located in the heart of Golden, Colorado --with its charming historic downtown and nearby hiking trails – and in close proximity to all that Denver and the Rocky Mountains have to offer. That includes the sunny, high-altitude climate and outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities that make the Denver area an ideal place to live, work and play.

Are you looking for an inspiring, mission-driven workplace where you can contribute to solving the world’s problems and educating the next generation of change makers? Are you an individual who values a diverse and inclusive community, where our different perspectives, experiences and cultures enrich the educational and work experience?

Look to Mines.

Equal Opportunity

Colorado School of Mines is committed to equal opportunity for all persons. Mines does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), ancestry, creed, marital status, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status or current military service. Further, Mines does not retaliate against community members for filing complaints regarding or implicating any of these protected statuses.

Mines’ commitment to nondiscrimination, affirmative action, equal opportunity and equal access is reflected in the administration of its policies, procedures, programs and activities and in its efforts to achieve a diverse student body and workforce.

Through its policies, procedures and resources, Mines complies with federal law, Colorado state law, administrative regulations, executive orders and other legal requirements to prevent discrimination (including harassment or retaliation) within the Mines campus community and to address potential allegations of inequity or concerns for safety.

Pay Range

$73,300 - 82,200

Mines takes into consideration a combination of candidate’s education, training and experience as well as the position’s scope and complexity, the discretion and latitude required in the role, work location, and external market and internal value when determining a salary level for potential new employees.

Total Rewards

Colorado School of Mines offers a robust portfolio of benefits for all employees. For this role, that includes:

- Fully paid health and dental premiums
- Generous sick/vacation time
- 13 paid holidays per year – including a week-long winter break for entire campus
- Fully vested retirement plan on first day of employment (certain plans only), with generous employer contribution
- Tuition benefits (6 credits per year for employees, 50 percent discount for dependents)

All Mines employees also have access to discount programs through the State of Colorado and free tickets for Mines Athletics home games, as well as access to the on-campus Recreation Center (fitness classes and training, swimming pool and more), equipment rentals through the Outdoor Rec Center, the Colorado State Employee Assistance Program (CSEAP), programming at Arthur Lakes Library, and backup child and elder care. Coming soon is an on-campus daycare center. For more information about benefits at Mines, go to

How to Apply
Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, references, veteran status) and upload a resume and cover letter (required). References will not be contacted until later in the selection process and you will be informed before that contact is made.
Background Investigation Required

Advertised: Jan 31, 2023 Mountain Standard Time
Applications close: Feb 28, 2023 11:55 PM Mountain Standard Time

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