Project Manager, Institute for Digital InnovAtion (IDIA)
The George Mason University, Institute for Digital InnovAtion invites applications for the Project Manager position. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
About the Institute for Digital InnovAtion (IDIA):
IDIA aims to engage researchers, innovators, and scholars of the Mason community with other organizations and businesses to shape our digital society's future while promoting equality, well-being, security, and prosperity. IDIA works with a community of several hundred faculty members from various technical and non-technical backgrounds. While the focus is on building strong external partnerships with GovCon, private sector, schools, and colleges to amplify Mason's research impact, we offer opportunities such as roundtables and seed funding for multidisciplinary ideation. The IDIA advisory committee is comprised of representatives from all colleges and schools at Mason. IDIA will be headquartered at the Arlington campus.
Three main thrusts of IDIA:
Technologies: Inventing new algorithms, digital techniques, and technologies;
Systems: Developing and deploying computing systems to advance fields as diverse as finance, education, built infrastructure, science, economics, agriculture, health, transportation, entertainment, national security, and social justice;
Digital Society: Engaging in critical reflection that examines the implications of digital innovation to ensure that innovators are sensitive to designing and innovating responsibly and that key stakeholders – including users, innovators, policy-makers, and the public at large – are informed about technology's social, ethical, political, and economic impacts.
About the Position:
IDIA invites project managers who are collaborative, strategic, and insightful with a proven track record of successful initiatives to apply for this exciting position.
Reporting to IDIA's Executive Director, the Project Manager will work on various project activities such as background research, convening meetings, drafting communications, and managing the website and social media content. The Project Manager will primarily manage projects that connect the university, faculty, and students with key stakeholders such as companies, local, state, and federal agencies. These projects are the core of the institute as they enable Mason faculty and students to collaborate externally, enhancing the university's research and scholarship portfolio.
Oversee and manage projects and initiatives related to the institute;
Use project management tools for task/time/resource management;
Ensure the accuracy, coordination, and prioritization of projects;
Evaluate data and prepare reports as required on various topics;
Manage timeliness of all assigned projects, ensuring quality deliverables and stakeholder satisfaction;
Convene meetings as needed to gather requirements for projects;
Regularly report project status;
Draft communications and manage the content of the IDIA website, monthly newsletters, quarterly magazines, annual reports, and social media channels;
Work with the graphic designer to ensure the accuracy of the information and the quality of design;
Provide analysis of web and social media content performance by generating bi-weekly and monthly reports;
Manage networking events/conferences as assigned;
Work with RII and other members of the team to ensure that IDIA events are well-conceived, managed, and executed;
Track the expenditure and maintain the budget;
Track and record KPI metrics on a monthly, quarterly, and annual basis.
Masters degree in a discipline relevant to the work of IDIA;
7+ years of experience using project management tools for task/time/resource management;
Must have strong, demonstrated writing skills and ability to proofread and edit content;
Experience in website platforms such as Word Press, multimedia, and graphic design;
Broad knowledge of computing disciplines;
Experience in technology-enriched research programs;
Ability to handle confidential information with discretion and professionalism;
Must have excellent organizational skills, with the proven ability to independently juggle multiple tasks and priorities effectively.
Familiar with the research development lifecycle;
Experience working with a research support team;
Experience working with federal grants;
Experience in a large dispersed university environment.
Additional Desired Competencies:
Exceptional emotional intelligence and initiative, with a demonstrated capacity for creative, human-centered problem-solving;
Demonstrated skills in managing and working with external personnel in a team environment.
Salary: Salary commensurate with education and experience
Location: Fairfax, VA
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About George Mason University
George Mason University is Virginia's largest public university located in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, public policy, economics, visual and performing arts, life sciences and biotechnology, Mason prepares its alumni to succeed in the workforce and meet the needs of the region and the world.