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Director of R&D Program Management

Published by Todd Bush on July 27, 2022

Who we are

We’re a passionate, hard-working, and quick-moving group of people that are driven by the mission to save the planet. We believe we can make a difference in the battle against climate change by leading the carbon capture and sequestration industry and we are building a like-minded team to help do just that.

Carbon America is the first vertically integrated company in the industry – a one-stop-shop of engineers, project managers, developers, and financiers focused on capturing more CO2 in shorter amounts of time and at lower costs.

As a start-up, there are a few key attributes that all Carbon America employees possess. We are creative problem-solvers, we wear many hats, we are agile, and we work as a championship team. It is important that every hire connects to our vision, mission, and values as a company. Join the leader in the CCS space in making climate change history™!

Job Overview

The Director of Program Management is ultimately responsible for the smooth operation of the R&D program and are always concerned with how to move quicker, cheaper, while adequately considering and effectively communicating risks and uncertainties.

The Director of R&D Program Management define and enforce project management processes across the R&D program. They will assist Project Managers in all aspects of project management and help negotiate resources between projects as well as translate and help define higher-level priorities for the R&D program. This position is responsible for overseeing the overall program schedule and budget, which includes all individual projects as well as the ongoing research efforts within the R&D wing of the company.

In addition to being in-charge of project and program management, the Director of R&D Program Management will need to have a deep understanding of the technology, engineering, and science being pursued in the R&D departments. This means staying up to date with all technical developments across the entire department.

The Director of R&D Program Management must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills to organize and direct individual contributors; to enable them to be at their most effective. This position has a large responsibility to ensure that all the team members understand how to work together and coordinate their efforts to achieving the ultimate goals of the department; keeping an eye out for any potential issue that may arise, internally or externally.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:


  • 8+ years of experience managing complex R&D projects.
  • This role requires a highly resourceful and motivated individual who manages complexity well and works well under pressure.
  • Demonstrates strong communication skills and has a good understanding of interpersonal dynamics.
  • Ability to lead and influence people who are not direct reports.
  • Bachelor’s degree or beyond in a highly technical or scientific discipline.
  • Good time-management and organizational ability.


  • Strong knowledge base in formal project management methodologies and philosophies with an emphasis on quantitative risk assessment and earned value management.
  • Experience leading the development of a technology from TRL 1 to TRL 9
  • Experience working on industrial or power systems
  • Knowledge of carbon capture technologies

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Ensuring successful completion of R&D projects on time and on budget.
  • Managing the department-wide R&D program schedule and budget.
  • Collating and reviewing schedule and budget information from other project managers.
  • Ensuring alignment of project timelines and budgets with the overall company goals and objectives.
  • Creating and maintaining tools, methodologies, methods of organization, etc. for the management of the R&D program.
  • Creating and maintaining effective team communication and dynamics within the R&D department.
  • Performing analyses to determine the Project Management efficacy, reporting results, suggesting improvements in strategy and methodology.
  • Assisting project managers on specific projects.
  • People management of direct reports.
  • Helping determine hiring priorities and assisting with hiring.
  • Properly analyzing and effectively communicating to management the tradeoffs between Cost, Schedule, Scope, Quality, and Risk.

General Requirements and Job Details:

  • Must be able to work at a computer for at least eight hours per day
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States
  • This position is based out of our Arvada, Colorado offices
  • Intermittent travel may be required to project sites
  • This Exempt position has a standard schedule of Monday through Friday and is Full-Time.
  • This is a salaried position so there may be times when a non-standard schedule is required.
  • The salary range is 140,000 to 170,000 commensurate with experience
  • We are open to individuals who are at a Senior Director level

At Carbon America we believe that when you put the common good over personal gain you make the world a better place. We work together in alignment with our company’s values to find solutions to climate change.

Carbon America is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

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