Department: NU-Argonne Institute Salary/Grade: EXS/8
This position will provide core project management functions for a multi-year research project incorporating the establishment and expansion of a network of sensors in locations across the country. These functions include tracking project progress against the Project Execution Plan and holding team members accountable for deliverables, coordinating and completing quarterly written reports, coordinating cross-team communications, tracking and managing the project budget, and managing project external communications, including on social media.
Oversees a major department program or project & provides direction & thought leadership to develop strategic goals & objectives; defines associated metrics to measure results; & creates & obtains resources to ensure success. Reviews, creates & nurtures internal & external alliances, collaborations and partnerships.
This is a 3-year termed position. Opportunity for renewal will be based on performance and available funding.
The program/project is summarized below. (Definitions: Program: plan or system of taking action toward a goal. Project: planned actions with specified beginning & end.)
Areas of responsibility:
Budget & Financial
Directs and leads development of program/project strategic plan.
Oversees & ensures that day-to-day operations are appropriately managed, efficient and effective.
Operationalizes goals & objectives; ensures that resources are created or obtained.
Oversees data analysis & recommends & implements changes & improvement to better ensure attainment of mission.
Manages logistics requirements, including facilities, venue, scheduling, technology, instruction, catering, etc.
Oversees documentation of agreements between NU and partner institutions, ensuring that agreements are complete and reviewed by all necessary NU officials.
Participates in developing IT strategy to meet the mission & needs of program/project.
Ensures necessary hardware, software & network infrastructure technology services are appropriated from central or internal IT.
Budgets & Financial
Ensures that the program/project meets associated revenue & expense goals.
Develops and implements ideas for improving business processes and increasing program/project revenues and margins.
Plans & manages complex budget(s) which fund strategic mission including financial sustainability & enhancement models.
Plans & implements annual budget process.
Oversees all daily, monthly & annual financial activities including transactions, analysis, & reporting.
Approves funds reallocation within budget as necessary & appropriate.
Communication, Outreach & Recruitment
Builds and maintains collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders to increase program profile, reputation, visibility and support.
Creates plan to drive awareness of program/project in appropriate markets.
Partners with academia and organizations to continue to innovate & enhance program/project.
Actively obtains market intelligence by monitoring program/project peers/competitors and sharing information with appropriate groups.
Builds relationships with appropriate communities & organizations that will result in program/project enhancement.
Oversees marketing of new and current programs/projects.
Oversees development & implementation of evaluation processes, quantitative & qualitative measurements that ensure that program/project benchmarks are successfully attained and communicated in a timely and efficient manner.
Manages evaluation processes; recommends & implements changes for enhancement; monitors effectiveness through follow-up evaluation studies.
Assesses programming and recommends changes that will innovate and invigorate program including cutting edge developments in the field and changes to better meet external partners' needs in order to achieve goals.
Oversees creation of events designed to implement program/project objectives.
Collaborates with internal/external partners to ensure that events are implemented and meet or exceed planned goals.
Develops and implements a comprehensive, visionary program/project strategy designed to continually grow and improve programs and build internal/external engagement.
Provides guidance and support to staff in the creation of program/project components.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
5 years program/project administration or other relevant experience.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Knowledge of project management principles and tools for software development, including risk management, work breakdown structures, dependency analysis, and project execution plans.
Demonstrated oral and written communication skills and the ability to work with all levels of internal and external contacts and to build excellent working relationships
Skill in coordinating and the ability to achieve designated project goals
Ability to use numerous computer systems and programs including Microsoft Office programs
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 37720
About Northwestern University
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