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Project Manager Research

Arizona State University

Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ, USA
Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2023

Project Manager Research


Campus: Tempe

Project Mgr Research

Job Description

The Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities (WAESO) program is seeking a project manager. The WAESO program is a National Science Foundation funded Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) project that has been led by Arizona State University for over 30 years. WAESO is currently an alliance of 13 colleges and universities in Arizona, Colorado, and Utah that aims to increase the numbers, retention, and graduation of diverse students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) areas. In this phase of the WAESO program, a key aspect is the institutionalization of programs that will enhance research opportunities for students through collaborations across and within institutions, and also to provide unique mentoring programs to enable transformative outcomes.

The project manager will report to the Project Principal Investigator (PI) and interface with the co-PIs and stakeholders at each of the academic institutions to plan, direct, organize, and execute against the project requirements. The project manager will also identify and acquire necessary resources and coordinate efforts by all parties to ensure timely delivery of project outcomes in accordance with the National Science Foundation’s expectations.

Job Family

Project Management

Department Name

Sch Engr Matter Trnsprt Energy



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

$75,000 - $90,000 per year; DOE

Close Date




Essential Duties

  • Plans, develops, implements, and manages a project team 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 and targets appropriate internal and/or external sources to ensure optimal outcome(s).
  • Establishes and continually monitors/manages project expectations with team.
  • 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.
  • Responds to all inquiries regarding project status; prepares and responds to all regulatory reporting/filings to ensure compliance. This includes but is not limited to annual project reports required by the National Science Foundation (NSF), budget allocations and summaries, and special NSF reports that may be required.
  • Manages the process of reviewing projects, notifying awardees, and following up on the fulfillment of project elements (including budget allocations).
  • Manages the student-faculty or peer student-student matching process for the mentor program.
  • Manages and assists with reviews and provides constructive feedback to students on their essays for scholarship, fellowship, and graduate school applications (to enable improved opportunities for students).
  • Manages, coaches, and supervises all project team members both internal and contracted to ensure optimal outcomes; builds, develops, and maintains relationships vital to project success.
  • Assists with identifying and applying new funding opportunities to enable institutionalization of the WAESO program by securing additional resources to support the project.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in a related field and five (5) years related experience; two (2) of which are in project management.

Desired Qualifications

  • Proficient in the use of word processing, data analysis, and presentation software, e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, respectively (or equivalent platforms).
  • Evidence of effective communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Evidence of a Masters degree with 5 years of related experience.
  • Knowledge of and proficient in the use of standard project management and change management practices.
  • Familiarity with budgets and financial procedures to ensure budget compliance.
  • Comfortable with learning new technologies to streamline activities.
  • Experience working in a higher education environment.
  • Experience in managing a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) program.
  • Experience in recruiting students and faculty to a STEM program.
  • Experience working with ethnically diverse students.
  • Knowledge of a second language, particularly Spanish, the Navajo language, or any of the other languages of local Native American populations in the Southwest.

Working Environment

  • Activities are primarily performed in a regular, climate-controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, standing, walking.
  • Visual acuity and manual dexterity associated with daily use of desktop computer.
  • Bending, stooping, reaching and lifting up to 20 pounds.
  • Ability to clearly communicate to perform essential duties.
  • Ability to effectively interface with faculty and students in the program.
  • Occasional travel out of town to accompany students to national LSAMP (or related) conferences, to visit partner institutions, or to create new opportunities to support WAESO may be required.

Department Statement

The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering is the largest producer of engineering and technical talent in the nation and seeks to deliver a world-class learning experience for our students and to advance research and innovation – all at scale. We value and emphasize inherently interdisciplinary endeavors that leverage the breadth and depth of expertise among our outstanding faculty, and have built a unique place for large-scale innovation characterized by foundational excellence and translational impacts. We are an engineering school on the rise at the most innovative university in the country and in the heart of the nation’s fifth largest metropolitan area. The scale of our faculty research interests and interdisciplinary mindset, combined with more than 48 graduate degree programs and 25 undergraduate degree programs, provide the foundation for knowledge generation and collaborative opportunities to advance new ideas.

The Fulton Schools of Engineering, located across ASU’s Tempe and Polytechnic campuses, is comprised of seven schools based on academic programs and research areas. Fulton Engineering has a nationally recognized faculty that conducts research, instructs and mentors students, provides service to engineering, computing and technology professions and creates lasting impacts across local and global communities.

The Fulton Schools of Engineering follows a framework of values designed to distinguish our practice and guide daily decisions in our academic, research, corporate engagement and entrepreneurial endeavors. These values influence how we recognize, reward and communicate our achievements. At the Fulton Schools of Engineering, we:

  • Cultivate excellence. 
  • Deliver innovation that matters. 
  • Encourage bold thinking.
  • Foster a community of learning and collaboration. 
  • Build a foundation for all to be successful.
Working at ASU has outstanding benefits that include: health, dental and vision insurance plans; ASU/UA/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; life insurance and disability programs; sick leave and holidays; 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.

Notice of Availability of the ASU Annual Security and Fire Safety Report
In compliance with federal law, ASU prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and resources. ASU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at https://www.asu.edu/police/PDFs/ASU-Clery-Report.pdf. You may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the ASU PD at 480-965-3456.

Relocation Assistance – For information about schools, housing child resources, neighborhoods, hospitals, community events, and taxes, visit https://cfo.asu.edu/az-resources.

Employment Verification Statement

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

Fingerprint Check Statement

This position is considered safety/security sensitive and will include a fingerprint check. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the fingerprint 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 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.