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Program Manager, Research

Arizona State University

Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ, USA
Posted on Friday, September 1, 2023

Program Manager, Research


Campus: Tempe

Program Mgr Research

Job Description

The Knowledge Enterprise (KE) Research Project Management Office (PMO) at ASU seeks energetic and creative individuals to join us as Program Mangers to help our faculty uncover the lessons of the past, navigate the perils of the present, and reinvent the promise of the future. ASU is evolving into a New American University that achieves excellence, access, and impact. To that end, KE, the home base for research at ASU, is charged with managing and growing a research portfolio that now exceeds $677M annually. This research encompasses fundamental and use-directed topics.

KE’s Project and Program Managers work closely and collaboratively with faculty, staff, and other stakeholders to plan, direct, organize, and execute fast paced, and highly complex research projects and the programs that they serve, across a range of scales. In the university environment this requires: developing a working knowledge of cutting edge concepts and technologies; working with teams to develop proposals and other strategies to fund projects and programs (e.g., defining scope, outlining deliverables and milestones, developing costing models, and writing/editing support); understanding the importance of graduate and other training in the research enterprise; learning to navigate and anticipate the dynamic and ambitious ASU environment; and helping to manage resources efficiently and creatively by monitoring task and milestone delivery, tracking adherence to budgets, managing staffing requirements, and fulfilling reporting expectations.

Job Family

Project Management

Department Name

Research Project Management



VP Code


Scope of Search


Grant Funded Position

This is not a grant funded position and is not contingent on future grant funding.

Salary Range

$63,700 - $110,000 per year, DOE

Close Date




Essential Duties

  • Plans, develops, implements, and manages a project team from concept through complete task definitions and work requirement identification and assignments.
  • Works closely and collaboratively with key stakeholders to define project scope, strategy, budget, and outcomes; identifies critical resource expertise requirements and targets appropriate internal and/or external sources to ensure optimal outcome(s).
  • Establishes and continually monitors/manages project expectations with team; assigns tasks and identifies issues for resolution to ensure optimal team effectiveness.
  • Prepares and maintains all project status reports and schedules; tracks milestones/deliverables, critical paths and dependencies; re‐sets expectations as needed in consideration of project progress/outcomes.
  • Develops, prepares, maintains, and forecasts multiple complex project level budgets.
  • Manages project risks through collaboration with the project team and application of established risk management practices including the use of a risk register and qualitative/quantitative risk analysis.
  • Works collaboratively with Principal Investigator(s) to engage leadership, associated scientists and other research related staff to define and identify all required project infrastructure including, but not limited to space, build/reconfiguration of laboratory facilities, equipment, technology and instrumentation to ensure timely availability for successful launch and ongoing project operations.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in a related field and 7 years related experience; 4 of which include project management of technical or scientific endeavors.

Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience using project management principles, practices, and techniques needed for managing multiple large, complex projects throughout the project lifecycle. Examples include earned value management, qualitative and quantitative risk management, and change management.
  • Evidence of Project Management Professional (PMP) certification
  • Experience in writing and developing proposals for funding from federal and/or philanthropic sources.

Working Environment

  • Activities are primarily performed in a regular, climate-controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, standing, walking.
  • Use office equipment including a desktop computer.
  • Lift up to 20 pounds.
  • Ability to clearly communicate to perform essential duties.

Department Statement

For the eighth year in a row, ASU has been named the most innovative school in the nation, recognizing the university's culture of groundbreaking research and partnerships, as well as its commitment to helping students thrive in college and beyond. U.S. News and World Report has named ASU as the most innovative university all eight years the category has existed.

ASU Knowledge Enterprise advances research, innovation, strategic partnerships, entrepreneurship, and international development. Our success arises from solutions-focused, interdisciplinary research; an entrepreneurial approach that is embedded in every school and department; and a commitment to transform society in a positive way. To learn more about how Knowledge Enterprise is a place for your career to grow, visit https://research.asu.edu/about-us/careers.

At Knowledge Enterprise, Research Project Managment, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly, we encourage you to apply anyway. We value your unique background and perspective, and you may be just the right candidate for this position or other roles on our team.

Working at ASU has additional perks and OUTSTANDING benefits, which include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; sick leave and holidays; ASU/UA/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to ASU recreation and cultural activities; and more. To estimate the value of your total compensation, please visit https://cfo.asu.edu/compensation-estimator.

ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 100,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

ASU is a tobacco-free university. For details visit https://wellness.asu.edu/explore-wellness/body/alcohol-and-drugs/tobacco

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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Employment Verification Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.

Background Check Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.

Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume and cover letter should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.

IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.