Federal Relations Manager

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, January 6, 2023
Archive Date: 
Friday, February 10, 2023
To event remaining 8 days
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Science Management
Institution Classification/Type: 
Carnegie Institution for Science
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Carnegie Institution for Science is a U.S.- based non-profit, private institution headquartered in Washington, D.C. Today, Carnegie scientists work in five scientific departments on the West and East Coasts. Carnegie investigators are leaders in the fields of plant biology, developmental biology, Earth and planetary sciences, astronomy, and global ecology. Carnegie is an endowed, independent, nonprofit institution.

We have an exciting new opportunity for a Federal Relations Manager in our Washington, D.C. office working under the guidance of the Science Deputy. The Federal Relations Manager is responsible for building relationships with key federal agencies to support Carnegie’s research agenda through regular meetings with constituents both within Carnegie and at the federal agencies. As such, this individual must demonstrate strong relationship building and communication capabilities with the ability to articulate technical, sometimes complex scientific objectives. Carnegie Science seeks an inclusive manager who values and respects a diverse and inclusive working environment, and who values a collaborative working environment. This is a full-time, exempt position.

Essential Functions: The qualified candidate must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

  • Build relationships with key federal agencies that support Carnegie’s research portfolio by meeting regularly with constituents at Carnegie and the federal agencies. Keep leadership informed on funding opportunities and communicate with Carnegie principal investigators regularly on opportunities and requirements.
  • Collaborate with the President, Science Deputy, COO and Division Directors to support Carnegie’s programmatic goals and communicate federal funding objectives to the community. Monitor industry trends and national initiatives to identify areas of overlap with Carnegie’s scientific objectives.
  • Identify and disseminate federal research opportunities to research staff to encourage proposal submissions.
  • Maintaining a research opportunities website in partnership with the Carnegie Communications group to provide essential resources for scientific staff.
  • Coordinate reporting of federal award dollars in collaboration with the Office of Sponsored Program. Maintains data as per federal and agency requirements, funding dashboards and pipeline activity to support data analysis and reporting.
  • Provide guidance for proposal development in collaboration with Divisional Grants Administrators and the Office of Sponsored Programs.


  • Bachelor’s degree in science, public relations, business or a related field; Master's preferred.
  • 5-7 years of experience related to research grants from federal agencies (NSF, DOE, NIH, NASA, DOD, etc.)
  • Extensive knowledge of the Uniform Guidance, export control regulations, and compliance-related responsibilities including IRB processes and conflict of interest in research
  • Experience working in a research institution or academic setting and building collaborative relationships with scientific staff
  • Experience with research supported programs, higher education research administration, sponsored projects/grants administration
  • Experience with grants management technology and creation of sponsored programs dashboard metrics

To apply for this position please submit a cover letter and resume on the Carnegie Career Page. Only applications with both cover letters and resumes will be considered. No phone inquiries please. 

Carneie Science is an equal opportunity employer. At Carnegie, we are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community. We believe academic environments should be places where diverse groups of people with a variety of viewpoints and ideas can thrive and work together. As such, we encourage applicants from under-represented groups and backgrounds to apply.

Pay Compensation
Compensation Notes: 
Commensurate with experience
Included Benefits: 

Carnegie provides a comprehensive benefit package to eligible employees, which includes benefits such as medical/dental/vision, FSA and HSAs, transit subsidy, holidays, annual and sick leave, and retirement plans.  

Application Deadline: 
Monday, February 6, 2023
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
John Mulchaey
Science Deputy
Carnegie Institution for Science
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