The Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University was established in 1979 to conduct basic and applied research in robotics technologies relevant to industrial and societal tasks. Seeking to combine the practical and the theoretical, we have diversified efforts and approaches to robotics science while retaining the original goal of realizing the potential of the robotics field.
Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute (RI) is looking for a motivated self-starter to be a member of our dynamic team as a Program Manager for Carnegie Mellon’s portfolio of government-funded research in AI and Human Augmentation. You will be expected to coordinate various projects across many domains to assure proper sustainment and completion of all required activities, milestones, and closure dates. Duties include Project Management Office activities and process improvements, and close coordination with government sponsors. You will have direct relationships with various project managers and will support the Principal Investigator/s (PI) in his/her direct report relationship with their respective academic counterparts as well as the research they are pursuing. You will be a valuable asset that works between the ongoing efforts and upper management to ensure successful projects.
Core responsibilities will include:
Work with Principal Investigator and senior management to develop and implement initiatives to streamline and improve operations project life cycles and maximize research impact.
Lead administrative aspects of creating new multi-institution programs including: coordination with RI business office, research partners inside and outside of CMU, and sponsors to create budgets; coordination with research partners inside and outside of CMU to draft proposal statements of work and project plans; and coordination with CMU’s Office of Sponsored Research to manage contracting details.
Gather reporting from Project Managers to present to senior management.
Consolidate and report on all projects within the program to senior management and external stakeholders.
Directly serve as a Project Manager on multiple medium-to-large projects through their entire project life cycle.
Serve as a liaison between RI and cooperative agreement clients in the government.
Establish project plans and milestones and lead program reviews.
Execute the project plan on schedule and within budget with effective scope management, time, quality and cost constraints.
Actively manage scope, schedule, and risks.
Engage Project Managers in continuous self-improvement and process improvement activities
Manage internal contracting processes including leading meetings, documenting action items, and following up to ensure that action items are completed.
You should have excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills, as well as good analytical and problem solving skills. Adaptability, excellence, and passion are vital qualities within the Robotics Institute. Inclusion, collaboration and cultural sensitivity are valued competencies at Carnegie Mellon University. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who is able to effectively interact with a varied population of internal and external partners with a high level of integrity. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the mission of the university through their work.
Master’s degree in Business/Business Administration or relevant field required.
Minimum of 5 years of experience in Program Management and Technical Project Management required. 8+ years of relevant experience preferred.
At least 3 to 5 yrs. in a supervisory role as a Technical Project Manager.
Experience working with a diverse team of researchers, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, robotic engineers, and software engineers.
Project Management Certification highly desired.
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