USCâs Information Sciences Institute (ISI), a unit of the universityâs Viterbi School of Engineering, is a world leader in the research and development of advanced artificial intelligence, information processing, computing, cybersecurity, and communications technologies. ISIâs 400 faculty, professional staff and graduate students carry out extraordinary information sciences research at three distinct locations - Marina Del Rey, CA; Arlington, VA; and Waltham, MA.
*This position is located in Arlington, VA.*
ISIâs Reconfigurable Computing & Trust Group is looking for a Program Manager to support the work on multiple projects. The project manager assists a principal investigator in managing all phases of large project grants and any subcontracts. Provides leadership and direction for day-to-day project operations and administrative activities. Participates in the planning, design and development of project protocols, data acquisition and management, analysis and reporting of study results.
The selected applicant must obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance. Eligibility for this clearance requires U.S. citizenship. Current clearance is a plus.
Assists a principal investigator with formulating research objectives. Plans organizes and schedules activities to meet objectives. Develops and implements operating policies, procedures and systems to support planned operations. Ensures these are well-documented and communicated to project personnel.
Contributes to the design of research protocols. Evaluates, recommends and implements procedures for data acquisition, management and quality control. Evaluates and recommends statistical methods for data analysis and monitors and interprets results of analysis. Prepares technical reports and papers on study plans, progress and results of research activities.
Develops and manages project budgets. Authorizes expenditures and monitors account reconciliation and status to ensure compliance with fiscal guidelines and regulations. Prepares and/or directs the preparation of financial reports as required. Directs ongoing purchasing activities including authorization of one-time major purchases.
Directly or indirectly manages staff assigned to project. Plans and staffs project operations based on proposed research activities and timelines. Includes negotiation and oversight of subcontracted services as necessary. Makes hiring, promotional and salary decisions in accordance with university policy. Provides training and technical supervision to staff. Motivates and monitors the progress of work performed by project staff to include senior technical personnel.
Identifies funding sources and opportunities. Authors technical proposals and/or works with researchers to develop project proposals. Interfaces with funding agencies to exchange information regarding project status and to build and maintain rapport to enhance opportunities for additional funding.
Plans, develops and implements public relations strategies. Responds to external requests for information. Develops press releases, newsletters, articles and other types of communications pieces. Plans and participates in meetings, discussion groups and other types of events to promote project visibility. Lectures on behalf of the project.
Coordinates and/or links project operations with other administrative and research functions on and off campus. Serves as a key resource for project information and resolves problems or questions referred by internal and external sources.
Establishes and maintains an active network of professional contacts. Remains informed of the current status of completed and ongoing research in related areas. Actively participates in professionally sponsored meetings, seminars and symposia as a representative of the project and the University.
Develops and implements security related procedures. Promotes and maintains standards for security conscious awareness and behavior. Ensures dissemination of security related information to staff.
Management experience: Previous project management experience in a university environment
Experience working with federally sponsored projects
Communication: Excellent verbal and written communication skills
The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.
Minimum Education: Master's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience: 5 years, Combined education/experience as substitute for minimum experienceMinimum Field of Expertise: Directly related education and project administration experience in specialized field represented by project
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