Polaris MEP, a division of the URI Research Foundation and funded by NIST (National Institute of Standards & Technology) guides RI manufacturers to sustainable growth, innovative technology strategies and cost efficient operations.  Polaris is looking to hire a Program Manager to support recent center growth.

The ideal candidate has a proven track record of success facilitating progressive organizational change and development.  The candidate must possess sound judgment and creative problem solving skills, including negotiation and conflict resolution.  The ideal candidate works effectively in a team-dependent environment while being self-reliant, results oriented, energetic, flexible, and proactive. Please send your resume and cover letter to ccowan@polarismep.org.

REPORTS TO: Polaris MEP Center Director

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Management and coordination of the 2 year Department of Defense grant to diversify defense manufacturing in Rhode Island.
  • Create standardized procedures for data management.
  • Manage activities related to overall grant responsibilities and reporting.
  • Identify and manage metrics required for federal, state and center operations.
  • Manage all grant scheduling and logistics.
  • Support the grant activity marketing and collateral materials
  • Support management of marketing, outreach and events for a cohesive outreach effort.
  • Support management of the Center’s Salesforce.com requirements.
  • Oversee quarterly reporting requirements for grant.


  • 5 – 10 years experience with internal business operations and external client interactions utilizing contractual engagement.
  • Minimum five years of increasing responsibility with running operations of a consulting, non-profit or sales organization.
  • Experience with strategic and operations planning.
  • Strong management and organization skills, and the ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers.
  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal and presentation skills, and the ability to effectively interface with staff, boards of directors, and financial auditors.
  • Manufacturing experience is a plus but not required.
  • Salesforce.com experience is a plus but not required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, business, or related degree.