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Director, Technical Communities

Department: Technical Communities
Location: New York, NY

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers invites applicants to join our Technical Communities team. AIChE technical communities work across a wide spectrum of specific fields including chemical engineering, biological engineering, synthetic biology, regenerative engineering, investment, food, space exploration, sustainability, energy and more. Director, Technical Communities is an exciting entrepreneurial opportunity to work with leaders in the chemical and biological engineering fields. Director is responsible for the development of top global engineering conferences and projects that serve the 60,000 professionals in the AIChE member communities.


Under the direction Chief of Technical Operations, Membership and Business Development, the Director, Technical Communities will achieve the following objectives.

  • Create opportunities and implement strategic initiatives to support the daily operations
  • Develop new growth opportunities in Biological Engineering, Regenerative Engineering, Sustainability, Energy, Manufacturing, Food Technologies, and Bioethics and biosecurity
  • Responsible for organizing and managing different business units within the department
  • Accountable for the effective day-to-day operations and results of different business unit within the department
  • Implement various societiesí business models to sustain growth
  • Promote and develop new activities in various engineering domains
  • Maintain and increase partnerships between industry, academia and government that expand our national and international reach and influence
  • Develop, manage and exceed conference budgets for products and services including various conferences
  • Write proposals and grants that fund current and new initiatives
  • Supervise a team of 4-5 staff members including a manager, and an entry level employee
  • Travel is required to attend conferences and meet with key stakeholders (domestic and international based on external conditions)


  • Capacity to manage multiple projects and prioritize deliverables through good communication and use of processes
  • Dedicated to meeting the expectations of internal and external customers by providing timely updates and being proactive; good customer service
  • Build and sustain relationships with all levels of employees, customers and partners; relationship management
  • Utilize entrepreneurial skills to generate new business opportunities
  • Ability to write and adapt abstracts and reports for multiple stakeholders
  • Create good customer experiences and use data as the basis for achieving desired outcomes
  • Provide audience centered logically based information that is presented in a clear and effective manner using various modes of presentation media
  • Source potential grants and write winning grants that are in alignment with multiple entities

Software Proficiencies

  • MS Office Suite
  • Social media platforms
  • Project Management tools


  • Directing and Developing Others
  • Organizational skills
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Ethics and values
  • Presentation Skills
  • Innovative
  • Time Management
  • Communication

Educational & Experience Requirements

  • Technical degree in bio-related engineering; MSc, MBA or PhD preferred
  • Minimum of 7-10 years relevant work experience in biological or chemical engineering after acquiring the undergraduate degree
  • Prior experience with volunteer organizations a plus

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



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