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Policy Scientist, Institute for Public Administration

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College / VP Area: Biden School Public Pol/Admin
Work type: Staff
Location: Newark/Hybrid
Categories: Full Time, Program/Project Management

Salary Grade: 32E 


The Institute for Public Administration (IPA) is a public service and research center in the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Delaware. IPA addresses the policy, planning, and management needs of its partners through the integration of applied research, professional development, and the education of tomorrow’s leaders.

The Policy Scientist will develop and manage public service projects and work programs related to state and local government technical assistance and capacity building, including serving as the project manager for a new initiative supporting grant development efforts for Delaware’s local governments. Work tasks will focus on program management activities such as planning and monitoring project implementation, creating and managing budgets, coordinating project interdependencies, documenting and communicating program outcomes, and managing client and partner relationships. Additionally, the Policy Scientist will research various public policy and management topics, write summary briefs and project reports, prepare and deliver presentations and workshops, and develop project and grant proposals to advance the goals of IPA and its partner organizations.

This position will support IPA’s commitment to research and public service in Delaware and meet the growing demand for state and local government technical assistance and capacity-building services. The Policy Scientist will ensure the continuity of professional and timely public service to our partners and clients, including but not limited to projects that support local governments, the Delaware legislature, and Delaware state agencies, including the Office of Management and Budget and the Delaware Department of Transportation. This position is part of a career ladder.


  • Serves as a project manager for complex public service and applied research projects, including an initiative to support local governments in developing and managing grants
  • Directs, drives, and contributes to client-oriented research and technical assistance on state and local government topics such as public and organizational management, public policy research and analysis, infrastructure policy, economic development, and transportation.
  • Develops, delivers, and manages programs to assist Delaware’s local governments in identifying and pursuing grant opportunities.
  • Conducts research on grant opportunities and summarizes and communicates relevant opportunities to Delaware’s local governments and community stakeholders.
  • Provides direct technical assistance in support of municipal grant writing and development activities.
  • Designs and delivers workshops and presentations in-person and virtually, including facilitating working group and project team activities on an ongoing basis.
  • Collaborates on programs and activities within IPA, the Biden School, and other University of Delaware units.
  • Supervises teams consisting of support staff, professionals, graduate research assistants, and undergraduate students
  • Coordinates and manages relationships with external partners and client agencies on an ongoing basis.
  • Presents at statewide and regional conferences on topics related to IPA projects.


  • Master’s degree with six years of experience or Doctoral degree with three years of experience. Experience must consist of full-time employment in public policy, public management, or closely related fields.
  • Excellent project management skills, including demonstrated experience with planning and monitoring program implementation, creating and managing budgets, coordinating project interdependencies, documenting and communicating program outcomes, and managing client and partner relationships
  • Strong preference for a candidate experienced in applying for and managing federal grants.
  • Ability to work independently, with litte to no supervision for all types of projects.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Possesses strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to work independently.
  • Experience engaging with stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds.
  • Ability to initiate, negotiate, and manage contracts for services that support the vision and mission of the institute, school, and university.
  • Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value.
  • Demonstrates an understanding and consideration of the differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying identities, cultures and backgrounds.

Special Requirements

  • Ability to work flexible hours Monday through Friday.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license. The position requires the incumbent to drive and travel statewide to deliver services and carry objects that are 25lbs.

Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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