Careers at EERI


The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) seeks a dynamic, creative, experienced, and technology-aware Program Manager. This person will be a full-time staff member with internal and external leadership responsibilities. The Program Manager will manage multiple externally and internally funded projects and programs, develop and implement professional development activities, recruit and facilitate involvement of early-career members, and support various EERI committees and chapters.

The Program Manager must be self-motivated, flexible, an excellent communicator, and an outstanding team player. This position requires someone eager to learn and innovate, and ready to take responsibility. Strong planning and organizational skills are essential because activities and assignments will vary in scope, timeline, and desired outcomes. Knowledge and experience in earthquake engineering or in a field associated with earthquake risk reduction is necessary.

The Program Manager should be adept and comfortable working in a collaborative working environment amongst a small staff and many professional volunteers. Travel is required for EERI’s Annual Meetings and occasionally for other U.S. conferences or meetings. Travel may also be required immediately following earthquakes in North America, and to some international conferences or events.

EERI ( is a non-profit membership-supported technical society dedicated to reducing earthquake risk. It has an international audience of professionals from many disciplines associated with earthquake engineering and risk management. The Institute undertakes a number of projects and programs for federal and international agencies and foundations, as well as internally funded projects that benefit the Institute and its 3,000 members. More information on EERI programs and projects can be found at EERI Projects.

It is anticipated that the salary range will be from $75,000 to $85,000 based on the candidate’s qualifications and experience. EERI provides a comprehensive employee benefits package, paid vacation, holidays, sick days, and a casual professional work environment in City Center Oakland on the BART line.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Program and project development, budgeting, and reporting.
  • Recruit, track, and retain EERI’s student and early career professional members, and manage activities that support their professional development and active involvement in the Institute.
  • Design, develop, and implement EERI’s technical webinars, training workshops, and other activities associated with Annual Meetings and conferences.
  • Support teams and other volunteer members responding to earthquakes worldwide, and ensure timely production of websites, reports, surveys, and other materials designed to document and summarize findings from these earthquakes.
  • Support and provide guidance for selected technical and administrative committees.
  • Support and provide guidance for regional and university-based student chapters.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with partner-organizations, funding agencies and EERI members.
  • Represent EERI at public events and on advisory and project committees.
  • Shared oversight and mentoring of EERI interns.
  • Proposal development and writing.

Desired Relevant Experience:

  • Proven ability to effectively manage multiple projects and assignments.
  • Five or more years experience in a related field or position.
  • Experience with meeting planning and organizing, both in-person and online.
  • Hands-on successful program management experience.
  • Successful grant development and management experience.
  • Mobilizing and coordinating professional-level volunteers.
  • Working with professionals from a range of disciplines and backgrounds.
  • Working with students and student groups at the university level.
  • Experience working with non-profit organizations.
  • Experience with a professional society as an engaged member.
  • Knowledge and experience in earthquake engineering or in a field associated with earthquake risk reduction.

Desired Skills and Characteristics:

  • Excellent task and project management skills.
  • IT savvy, including website development and maintenance.
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Basic to intermediate proficiency in publication layout software (such as Adobe InDesign).
  • Basic to intermediate proficiency in mapping and GIS
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Eagerness to learn and accept new responsibilities.
  • Ability to set priorities, multi-task and yet be flexible.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field required, advanced degree preferred.

Application Instructions:

Candidates should send a letter of interest and resume with supporting qualifications to Heidi Tremayne, Executive Director, at All applications will be kept in strictest confidence. No calls please.

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Application Deadline: July 16, 2017 or until filled.

Thank you for your interest in working with EERI.