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Senior Program Manager

Arizona State University

Arizona State University

Phoenix, AZ, USA
Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Senior Program Manager


Campus: Downtown Phoenix

Senior Program Manager

Job Description

The School of Public Affairs (SPA) in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University is currently seeking a Senior Program Manager. The Senior Program Manager will work with research centers within the School to coordinate research projects and ensure that goals and objectives specified for the research programs are accomplished in accordance with priorities, time limitations, funding limitations or other specifications and support Centers’ budget planning, grant, and contract budget administration.

Job Family


Department Name

School Of Public Affairs



VP Code


Scope of Search


Grant Funded Position

This is a grant funded position. Continuation is contingent on future grant funding.

Salary Range

$34,000-$36,500 per year; DOE

Close Date




Essential Duties

  • In conjunction with the Director, administer the budgetary affairs, including financial and business planning, monitoring, and forecasting: prepare cost estimates and projections of current and future needs and recommend appropriate action for a subset of SPA research centers.
  • Support the grants and contracts activities including the processing of travel and other purchases, and other administrative tasks for a subset of SPA Centers, particularly the Center for Organization Research and Design (CORD and the Center for Urban Innovation (CUI).
  • Administer state and federal grants and contracts in compliance with University and agency guidelines and policies; contribute to and/or review budget justifications; serve as a liaison with agency the project, and grant officers on fiscal issues.
  • Collaborate with leadership as opportunities and issues of grant management arise both pre and post award. Work with the School and University to develop and implement strong service contracting procedures.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in related field AND five (5) years' experience managing projects/client relationships; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

  • Evidence of a Master’s degree.
  • Experience working in a university setting is preferred.
  • Experience working with minoritized communities and diverse populations is preferred.
  • Experience with grant writing is preferred.
  • Experience managing federally funded research.
  • Experience managing government contracts.
  • Evidence of effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience with budget tracking systems using Excel.
  • Extensive experience managing multiple projects and budgets simultaneously.
  • Experience in project management techniques including excellent organizational skills.
  • Experience to lead a team and work collaboratively, ability to identify priorities and make critical decisions.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the support requirements of a research environment and the desire and ability to carry them out.

Working Environment

  • Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and manipulating a computer mouse; required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work
  • Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds
  • Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities, which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts
  • Ability to clearly communicate to perform essential functions

Department Statement

The School of Public Affairs advances excellence in governance by creating, sharing, and applying knowledge of public administration. In support of this mission, we are committed to enabling students to analyze public problems, communicate, collaborate, make decisions, and manage public institutions effectively, ethically, and democratically; teaching and providing continuing education at times and locations appropriate for working students and practitioners; identifying emerging public issues, applying research to public programs, disseminating information, and proposing solutions to public problems; assisting public, private, and nonprofit organizations; facilitating community discourse on public issues; contributing to public affairs scholarship; and fostering the next generation of public affairs scholars.

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.

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.