Project Manager

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Position type: Part-Time 12-Month
Department: 192500 - Research Curriculum Unit
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

The Project Manager will plan and implement projects associated with secondary and career and technical education. Manage a variety of activities, projects, grants, and requests for services from external clients and customers, as well as internal MSU and RCU related projects. Assist in the coordination, development and implementation of the statewide career and technical education testing program and related activities; analyze and interpret student testing and program data; provide information to others; and implement and maintain student testing and assessment services within established guidelines and standards. The projects are education related and will require working with secondary schools and districts Projects may also include work such as career and technical education program evaluation and professional learning. This project manager will report to the associate director.

Salary Grade:  15

Please see Staff Compensation Structure for salary ranges. 

Department Profile:


Area of Specialization:

Professional Learning and Assessment

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The following examples are intended as illustrations only of the various types of duties that may be assigned to this position. The absence of specific statements of duties does not exclude those tasks from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment of the position.

1. Provide technical assistance in designing educator training that increases effectiveness and impact.
2. Must understand education achievement related data sets and be able to organize, analyze and effectively communicate the data.
3. May manage the development and delivery of online training modules.
4. Must collaborate with RCU staff and external clients in coordinating and managing projects.
5. Must work independently to lead projects from beginning to end.
6. Must work with other RCU personnel in project teams or manage the team to complete tasks.
7. Must prepare and present project status reports, including necessary reports and budgets.
8. Must be flexible and willing to change assignments and responsibilities regularly throughout the year.
9. May be asked to support curriculum writing, assessment, and professional learning functions of the RCU that are core operations.
10. Support the development, creation, implementation, and reporting of career and technical education secondary assessment and related data derived from the use of the Mississippi Career Planning and Assessment System, to include any new assessment system.
11. Keep abreast of all new development in areas of data analysis and disseminate current information to stakeholders.
12. Monitor the results of both state and district testing and assist schools with analysis of the results and assist with the design and implementation of focused intervention.
13. Serves in a support role to all divisions within the RCU.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree and three years’ experience working in education-related organizations in administration, teaching, training, curriculum, field technical assistance, or project/grant management activities.


Any equivalent combination of related experience and/or education approved by the Department of Human Resources Management

Preferred Qualifications:

• Demonstrated leadership or administrative experience in an education related field. Experience leading teams, planning, budgeting, and training. Experience making presentations in front of large groups.

• At least 2 years of serving as an instructional or leadership coach, teacher mentor, or lead teacher while using innovative solutions to educational challenges.

• Well-versed in online learning and can function inside multiple learning management systems.

• Experience or certification in high education, career and technical education (CTE), special education, and/or counseling.

• Secondary teaching certification in English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, or Social Studies.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

• Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
• Ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
• Ability to innovate and work as both a team member and team leader.
• Strong ability to work autonomously and independently to manage project.
• Experience coaching and influencing others to accomplish tasks.
• Experience with making presentations and leading meetings, even in front of large groups of people.
• Ability to organize and manage projects and prepare a written plan with objectives, actions, milestones, budgets, timelines, success measurements, and evaluation methods.
• Ability to anticipate barriers to project completion; plan and manage contingencies.
• Ability to write grants and proposals for external funding.
• Knowledge of using technology to deliver products and services.
• Knowledge of education trends in the areas of Academic Standards, Career Pathways, innovative high school designs, leadership, 21st century skills, and college and career readiness.
• Demonstrated strong experience working with education achievement data.
• Must have strong knowledge of instructional and emerging technologies.
• Experience with developing and planning intervention strategies based on assessment data. Understanding of curriculum development, assessment development, and evaluation methods. Experience with making presentations and leading meetings.
• Ability to create educational products at a level of high quality.
• Experience with current technology, emerging technologies, office systems, Canvas and other online learning management systems.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

• No unusual physical requirements. Requires no heavy lifting, and nearly all work is performed in a comfortable indoor facility.

• Requires moderate travel with some overnight stays. Travel to schools in Mississippi and visit to out-of-state partner organizations and schools.

• Externally imposed deadlines; set and revised beyond one's control; interruptions influence priorities; difficult to anticipate nature or volume of work with certainty beyond a few days; meeting of deadlines and coordination of unrelated activities are key to position; may involve conflict-resolution or similar interactions involving emotional issues or stress on a regular basis. Expectations and job assignments will change frequently.

• Job frequently requires driving, sitting, reaching, talking, hearing, and handling objects with hands.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Apply online and submit a resume, cover letter and the complete contact information for at least 3 references

Restricted Clause:

Position is contingent upon continued availability of funding.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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