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Program Manager Standards Development, Upstream

API - American Petroleum Institute
United States, D.C., Washington
200 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest (Show on map)
October 16, 2023

Job Summary

API develops and maintains over 800 standards used throughout the global natural gas and oil industry to enhance operational safety, environmental protection, and sustainability. API is currently seeking a Program Manager to support standards development in the Upstream segment. The candidate will be responsible for the overall standards program for one or more assigned API Upstream standards committees and oversight groups. The candidate will work in coordination with the API Upstream and Corporate Policy departments to remove unnecessary barriers to the continued use of U.S. natural gas in a lower carbon energy future. The candidate for this position will need to provide policy and procedural guidance as well as technical and administrative support for assigned API Upstream standards.


  • Manage the standards program for one or more assigned API Upstream standards committees and oversight groups. Provide leadership, technical and managerial support to API standards developing committees and oversight groups. Facilitate industry participation in international standards-making activities such as ISO and IEC as determined by the committee oversight body and API management. Coordinate joint initiatives with other industry or standards developing organizations.
  • Advocate the role of technical standards in support of public policy goals and identify those technical areas where standards development initiatives can support the Institute's highest priority objectives.
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the API, ANSI and ISO/IEC procedures for standards development and manage the process to ensure compliance. Establish meeting schedules, conduct ballots, develop consensus, process documents in accordance with appropriate procedures while maintaining scheduling obligations. Organize and administer committee activities including agenda planning, preparation of minutes, and the development of draft documents.
  • Identify, propose and manage new initiatives in broad programmatic areas like derivative publications, training seminars and certification programs. Serve as project manager for the development of the programs and products working in conjunction with other API staff, contractors, and company representatives.
  • Serve as contract manager when retaining outside experts for standards development or research initiatives in support of standards. Review proposals for technical merit and completeness, work with API staff to develop contractual language. Manage the project including review of work products, and ensure invoices accurately reflect services rendered.
  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders and with other API departments, industry representatives, standards developing organizations and other groups in order to advance API's Mission through global adoption of its standards and technology objectives.

Key Relationships

  • Maintain close communications with committee and subgroup officers to achieve program objectives.
  • Share information and coordinate efforts within API to maintain appropriate coordination.
  • Manage contracted technical experts to deliver projects on time and budget.
  • Reports to the Senior Manager, Upstream Standards


  • Requires 5-7 years of experience with drilling and production operations and equipment; or related activities; or experience in managing voluntary consensus-based standards development activities.
  • Bachelor's degree in relevant area, or other related field equivalent work experience.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, facilitative and program management skills, and excellent written and verbal communication skills. A demonstrated ability to analyze and synthesize complex issues and their broader implications for less technical audiences is essential.
  • Ability to work independently, manage multiple priorities, work in an entrepreneurial environment, operate with latitude for unreviewed actions or decisions, and resolve problems without assistance when appropriate.
  • A broad understanding of petroleum and/or petrochemical industry operations, including knowledge of the petroleum refining industry and process safety operations.
  • Ability to manage complex issues and the ability to apply this knowledge in a practical manner, and/or understand key aspects of standards development process and possess a familiarity with the work and organization of other industry-related standards developing groups (such as ANSI, ASME, ASTM, IEEE, ISA, IEC/ISO, AGA and GPA).

Physical Requirements

  • Able to remain in a stationary position working on a computer
  • Move about the office to access office machinery, meeting rooms, etc. on occasion
  • Operate a computer and other office machinery such as printers and copy machines
  • Transport items and equipment up to 10 lbs. on occasion

Travel Requirements

  • Up to 25%

Percentage of travel time expected for the position where the travel occurs, such as locally or in specific countries or states, and whether the travel is overnight.

This job outline describes the typical accountabilities and requirements of the position and should not be construed as an all-encompassing description of every duty performed by or expected of the incumbent.

EEO Statement

API is an equal opportunity employer and diversity is a core value. We are dedicated to creating and sustaining an inclusive and equitable working environment for all. All aspects of employment will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. Our success in maintaining a reputation for professional excellence depends on selecting the best qualified candidates. Achieving this objective means that no employee or applicant for employment will be discriminated against because of race, color, religion, age, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy (including childbirth, related medical conditions, breastfeeding, and reproductive health decisions), genetic information, national origin, disability, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, political affiliation, matriculation, credit information, the status as a victim or family member of a victim of domestic violence, stalking or sexual offense, or any prohibited basis under federal, state or local law.

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