Graduate Program Manager

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is launching a major new interdisciplinary institute, the Carnegie Mellon Institute for Security and Technology (CMIST). CMIST is a university-wide initiative devoted to the wise development, use, and governance of new and emerging technologies that are changing the national and international security landscape.

Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) bold new initiative in the social sciences is uniquely poised to take advantage of the university’s strengths in computer science and engineering and its distinctive tradition of collaborative, cross-university, cross-disciplinary research. CMU is ranked in the top five in the U.S. in Computer Science and in Engineering. It is ranked #1 in the subfields of artificial intelligence, computer engineering, cybersecurity, information systems, and software engineering. It has leading research institutes in areas such as robotics, machine learning, natural language technologies, human-computer interaction, engineering and public policy, and public policy and management–all designed to reach across disciplinary boundaries to solve key problems and address the highest-priority challenges facing humanity. CMIST is the newest addition to this rich CMU research landscape.

CMIST is the home for the study of political science and international relations at CMU. CMIST offers the following graduate degree programs: Master of Science in International Relations and Politics (two-year program version and accelerated version for CMU undergraduates), and the Master of Information Technology Strategy Program (MITS). We are in the process of reviewing and revising our current graduate degree programs, and establishing new graduate degree programs.

As part of this forward-looking enterprise, CMIST seeks a Graduate Program Manager responsible for comprehensive program management and academic advising for CMIST graduate programs and students. This includes planning for outreach and marketing, academic advising, program communication, curriculum review, graduate handbook development, policies, graduation certification, recruiting, admissions, and working with other CMIST team members on orientation and related student programs and events. The Graduate Program Manager will liaise with the deputy director and faculty regarding student issues and concerns. The Graduate Program Manager is responsible for ensuring that the graduate programs are run effectively from both day-to-day and from a planning perspective.

The Graduate Program Manager must be experienced at developing relationships with students in order to advise them holistically. The Graduate Program Manager has primary responsibilities in supporting the academic, personal, and professional development of students in the CMIST graduate programs, including but not limited to selection of academic courses, internship/job placement, graduation exit interviews, alumni involvement, networking and program outreach, and student recruitment. This position will also serve as the liaison for graduate student-run organizations such as the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) and Women in International Security (WIIS). As some events and courses happen in the evenings or on weekends, the Graduate Program Manager will sometimes need to flex his or her hours to support students.

The successful candidate will develop strategies for improving demographics and applicant quality to CMIST degree programs. S(he) will plan recruiting events, oversee admission processes, represent the program to external and internal audiences, and cultivate relationships with other schools and universities and the APSIA network. The Graduate Program Manager will organize and track admission processes in Slate and arrange faculty committee meetings to review admissions and curricular decision-making.

Once new programs are developed, the Graduate Program Manager will support online distance education at the graduate level and arrange periodic on-campus activities for remote students as online graduate programs develop. The Graduate Program Manager will work with the Event and Program Manager to recruit sponsors for the MITS capstone project and place students into capstone experiences.

This position will work with our CMIST Washington Center to coordinate professional development events that expose IPS graduate students to networking opportunities in Washington, DC. The Graduate Program Manager will also work with the Washington Center team to coordinate the advertisement and admissions process for the summer Friedman Fellowship program, a scholarship to help support unpaid and low-paying internships in Washington, DC.


Submit application- cover letter and resume- through the CMU Careers portal.