Program Manager

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 440900 - Vice President for Research
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

Manages and executes the communication plan of a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional research program. Assists in the operational planning, establishment, execution and evaluation of the multifaceted program/project, which typically consisting of a set of closely related subprograms or associated activities. May oversee fiscal, operational, and administrative management of the program; serve as a principal point of representation and liaison with external constituencies on operational matters and provide day-to-day professional guidance and leadership as appropriate to the area of expertise.

Salary Grade:  15

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

• Serve as the communications manager for the MS EPSCoR program, which includes producing, developing, advertising, and marketing research and workforce development outcomes and activities in various media such as online, print and video.
• Serve as a member of the MS EPSCoR NSF Track-1 project management team.
• Represent the project at annual NSF EPSCoR meetings.
• Provide technical and/or professional coordination and leadership in the execution of day-to-day program/project activities, as appropriate to program objectives and are of expertise.
• Oversee and/or coordinates the collection, compilation, and analysis of program activity data; develops, writes, and presents comprehensive statistical and narrative program reports.
• Closely monitor project spending, subcontracts including invoices, technical reports, and contract modifications.
• Administer, manage and coordinate conferences, site reviews and other meetings. This involves scheduling the meeting, coordinating the agenda with governmental representatives, industry partners, members of other institutions, etc.
• Assist in establishing and implementing short- and long-range goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures.
• Assist with proposal and program development to include: assisting faculty in identifying opportunities for external funding; provide assistance in development and preparation of documents in support of proposal development; assist with proposal sections related to communication, outreach, teacher training requirements, etc.; assist researchers in the collection of data for proposal submission; work across campus to facilitate and coordinate engagement with partners.
• Collaborate with university departments, programs, projects, local and state school systems, and/or community organizations to consolidate resources and enhance programs.
• Develop or assist with the development and implementation of policies and procedures consistent with those of the organization to ensure efficient operation of the program/projects.
• Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibility
May be responsible for training, assisting or assigning tasks to others. May provide input to performance reviews of other employees.

The above essential duties are representative of major duties in this position. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs. Other duties may be assigned to the above consistent with the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the job. Not all of the duties may be assigned to a position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor's degree in business, communication, public relations, or related field.

Experience: Three years of related experience.

Substitution: Without a bachelor’s degree, eight years of experience is required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

• Knowledge of contracts and grants preparation and management.
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
• Knowledge of budgeting, cost estimating, and fiscal management principles and procedures.
• Ability to gather data, compile information and prepare reports.
• Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
• Knowledge of management principles and practices.
• Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
• Ability to work effectively under pressure and tight deadlines.

Instructions for Applying:

Attach resume, cover letter, and list of references.

Restricted Clause:

Position is contingent upon the 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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