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Project Manager

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Work type: Administrative & Professional
Senior management: College of Engineering
Department: Electrical and ComputerEngineering
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Business / Accounting / Finance, Other, Program/Project Management

Job Description

The Project Manager works in coordination with Principal Investigator, Dr. Masoud Agah, on awards to design and develop a bench-type semiconductor-based instrument for the analysis of chemical composition of aerosols in air. This position will be located in Blacksburg, VA.

The PM will be responsible for tracking the day to day programmatic administrative, budgetary, compliance and contractual aspects of the contract in support of principal investigator and the ECE Department Business Manager.

Responsibilities include:
• Work with research staff to clearly identify and document project requirements, develop work breakdown structures and realistic schedules, manage resources, and document risk
• Ensure principal investigator(s) and the subawardees are aware of project status and issues
• Manage program personnel loading, program risk tracking, and program expenditures such as purchasing and travel
• Coordinate meeting schedule and ensure appropriate materials are available in advance to participants
• Prepare initial drafts of sponsor reporting requirements
• Maintain awareness of upcoming business opportunities with assigned sponsors;

Required Qualifications

• An earned Master's degree in Business Administration, Project Management or related technical field with program management experience. Alternatively, an exception may be made for an earned doctoral degree in a related technical or professional field with significant professional relevant experience.
• Excellent communication skills, with demonstrated experience developing and delivering formal and informal presentations, written proposals, and reports.
• Demonstrated proficiency with budgetary tasks including planning, expenditures, reconciliation and reporting.
• Excellent interpersonal and analytical skills and the ability to work in teams with professionals from other disciplines.
• Demonstrated ability to take on broad tasks, independently identify the steps necessary to execute them, ensure their proper execution, and succinctly convey their results.

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience in project management, contracting, financial management, and research proposal development.
• Experience managing federally funded research programs.
• Experience working in academic research environment, including with students.
• Formal training and certification in project management such as CAPM or PMP.


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The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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