Project Administrator

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
60,000 - 120,000
03 Oct 2016
End of advertisement period
01 Nov 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Summary

The Energy Institute is creating a position to serve as Project Manager at new research site. The Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) has awarded a CSU team about $3.5 million over three years to create and operate the facility, which will simulate a broad range of natural gas production systems for testing technologies in real-world industry conditions. The site will allow research teams from all over the U.S. to test new technologies for enhanced methane sensing. All the teams, including CSU’s, are funded under the ARPA-E MONITOR (Methane Observation Networks with Innovative Technology to Obtain Reductions) program.

We need a technician to oversee the plant operations. The site will allow research teams from all over the U.S. to test new technologies for enhanced methane sensing.

  • This position will be responsible for the day-to-day maintenance and operation of the ARPA-E Monitor site at Christman Field, Colorado State University
  • Maintenance and operation of all field equipment (Emissions analyzers, data acquisition equipment, emission sample lines, pumps, valves, etc.)
  • Responsible for assisting in the execution of all testing and research at the site
  • Manage inventory of consumables during testing (calibration gases, pressure and temperature sensors, cabling, etc.)
  • Position will work closely with and oversee safety / protocols for student research assistants, both undergraduate and graduate.
  • Assist in the installation of new equipment on site
  • Interface with clients from oil and gas operators, instrument vendors, and other industry representatives, and manage their use of the facility.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 5-years of experience in lead project management role, with strong record of responsible financial management.
  • Experience managing complex research projects and long-range project coordination.
  • Demonstrated communication ability, both written and verbal presentation skills.
  • Highly motivated individual with demonstrated ability to coordinate multiple complex projects in an organized, efficient manner.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Project Management Certificate
  • Experience working closely and independently with administrators of institutions and/or leaders of science programs, organizations or initiatives on a local national and/or international scale.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and teamwork skills to successfully work with diverse groups.
  • Experience with establishing and adhering to policies and procedures.

Diversity Statement

Personal and professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by involvement in teaching, research, creative activity, service to the profession and/or diversity/inclusion activitie

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category

Project Administration


  • Coordinate internal resources and third parties/vendors for the flawless execution of project
  • Ensure that all projects are delivered on-time, within scope and within budget
  • Assist in the definition of project scope and objectives, involving all relevant stakeholders and ensuring technical feasibility
  • Ensure resource availability and allocation
  • Develop a detailed project plan to monitor and track progress
  • Manage changes to the project scope, project schedule, and project costs using appropriate verification techniques, and abiding by state and federal standards
  • Measure project performance using appropriate tools and techniques
  • Regular reporting to principal investigator, Energy Institute Business Office and others as needed.
  • Perform risk management to minimize project risks
  • Establish and maintain relationships with third parties/vendors

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Job Duty Category

Project Documentation / Communication


  • Create and maintain comprehensive project documentation
  • Maintain accurate and timely communications with all team member, project stakeholders, and sponsors.

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Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidate.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License Search Contact Mac McGoldrick EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

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