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Project Manager, RAPID

Department: RAPID Manufacturing Institute
Location: New York, NY

AIChE is a professional society of more than 60,000 chemical engineers in 110 countries. Its members work in corporations, universities and government, using their knowledge of chemical and biological processes to develop safe and useful products for the benefit of society. We support key industry needs in a variety of technology by creating professional communities in areas related to chemical and biological engineering; identification of gaps and barriers in implementation of technology, and identification of needed research to the technology domains including chemical process development, biological engineering, bioprocessing, pharmaceutical manufacturing, process intensification, process development, materials research and nano-technology.

The RAPID Manufacturing Institute, part of the Manufacturing USA network, operates out of AIChE, and in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), to promote transformation of the chemical process industry with the goals of improving energy efficiency, reducing waste, and increasing safety and productivity.

This is a fixed term position through January 2023 with possibility of extension.

Position Summary

The Project Manager works with RAPID’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Director of Outreach, Education, and Membership to facilitate a wide range of technical and outreach activities within the RAPID Manufacturing Institute. The Project Manager works with RAPID staff to monitor and facilitate a portfolio of research projects with current/prospective RAPID members and the broader community. This is a rewarding and demanding position that requires personal dedication to the missions of AIChE, RAPID, and the DOE, and the ability to handle a diverse project load. The position may be fulfilled via telecommuting by a candidate with demonstrated ability to work across geographic boundaries with multi-location teams. Under normal circumstances, the position is expected to require approximately 20% travel.


  • Perform project management for RAPID R&D projects, including those resulting from the original DOE award and other additional projects from other sources
  • Monitor project teams relative to milestones, identify any problems or successes, develop an understanding of the technical and financial project risks, work with project teams to clear roadblocks, assist with work plan changes, and assist with project close-outs
  • Ensure project milestones, technical progress, project outputs and financials are properly reported to RAPID leadership and the DOE
  • Work with senior-level RAPID technical team staff assist with strategic program management
  • Maintain and upgrade RAPID member database including member technical and financial contacts and key member focus areas, projects, areas of interest, and participation in RAPID
  • Implementation of routine member surveys to assess member satisfaction and test RAPID value proposition
  • Work on membership onboarding, renewal processes, database maintenance, and reporting requirements
  • Handle the logistics for virtual and face-to-face meetings and events


  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Project management: plan timelines, implement projects and complete milestones
  • Meticulous organizational and scheduling skills
  • Relationship management with multiple levels of stakeholders in a team-oriented environment
  • Ability to take ownership and motivate a team in a project-centered environment
  • Adapt to new situations and quickly problem solve
  • Affinity for technical learning and application

Software Proficiencies

  • MS Office Products (PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Outlook and Teams)
  • Project management software (e.g. Smartsheet)
  • Web Conferencing (e.g. Zoom)


  • Accountability
  • Project Management
  • Communication
  • Problem-Solving

Educational Requirements & Experience

  • Degree in chemical engineering; graduate degree preferred
  • 2-3 years’ work experience in chemical engineering after acquiring the undergraduate degree
  • Work experience with corporate, academic, government, non-profit organizations

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

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