Associate Director of Technical Program Management
About Northeastern: Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and a world leader in experiential learning. The same commitment to connecting with the world drives our use-inspired research enterprise. The university offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Our campuses in Charlotte, N.C., San Francisco, Seattle, and Toronto are regional platforms for undergraduate and graduate learning and collaborative research. Northeastern pursues advanced research in security and materials at the Innovation Campus in Burlington, Massachusetts, and in coastal sustainability at the Marine Science Center in Nahant, Massachusetts.
About the Opportunity:
Responsibilities: This position resides within the Bernard M. Gordon Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems (Gordon-CenSSIS) and ALERT (Awareness and Localization of Explosives-Related Threats), a multi-university Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funded Center of Excellence.
The Associate Director of Technical Program Management reports directly to the Senior Director of Research Computing & Technology Program Development and will oversee several complex, externally funded, multi-university, multi-organization technical projects with a focus on delivering state-of-the-art tools and/or technologies to end users.
This position works closely with each project's principal investigator, industry/government sponsors, and other stakeholders to define the scope, budget, and schedule of the project. The Associate Director is responsible for establishing milestones and deliverables in accordance with the contract(s) and leading the team throughout the project life-cycle to an on-time, on-budget, and to-specification execution. This job requires strong analytical and technical abilities and demands fast, but carefully thought-out actions to guide the team to meet project goals and deliver high quality and technically sound work. The Associate Director will need to react and adjust quickly to changing conditions, identify risks and recommend solutions. There is a strong demand for high quality, organized and repeatable results. The responsibilities are broad in scope, encompassing a wide variety of activities requiring rapid shifts in priorities.
As this position will directly interface with government and industry end users and funders, the role demands a professional and clear style of communication and significant self-discipline with attention to detail. This person will coordinate and lead project meetings and execute project reporting in accordance with contract requirements.
Qualifications: Project Management Degree with 2-3 years' experience, Project Management Certificate with 3-5 years' experience, or 5-8 years' Project Management Experience. - A track record of successful and predictable delivery of on-time, to-budget, and to-specification technical projects. - Dedicated focus on quality deliverables throughout project life-cycle (not just the end result). - Skilled in structuring complex projects into phases and sprints to prioritize speed to market and iterative improvements and feature enhancements. - Strong risk identification and risk management skills. - Proven decision-making capabilities, particularly in navigating competing or conflicting priorities. - Excellent verbal and written communication skills; demonstrated experience communicating with several audience types, and the ability to tailor communications between clients, engineering teams, management and more. - Strong analytical and conflict management resolution skills. - Strong planning skills applied through project management technology (MS Project experience preferred). - Good working knowledge of project contracts, scheduling and financials, including Earned Value Management. - Experience with (or knowledge of) academic research process a plus. - Although not a requirement for the role, expertise and prior experience in markets such as sensors, sensor systems, hardware and software development and implementation for detection equipment would create opportunity for greater project involvement.
Salary Grade: 12
Additional Information: Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in worldwide experiential learning, urban engagement, and interdisciplinary research that meets global and societal needs. Our broad mix of experience-based education programs?our signature cooperative education program, as well as student research, service learning, and global learning?build the connections that enable students to transform their lives. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools.