Program Manager

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
04 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
02 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Abell Chair was endowed in 1980 by George Abell, a graduate and supporter of the College of Engineering. It has been held by several distinguished faculty members over the years. The College of Engineering has recently reallocated this Chair to promote the development of synthetic biology activities at Colorado State University. Synthetic Biology. Synthetic biology is an emerging field focused on the rational design of DNA molecules that meet user-specifications in different segments of the biotechnology market.

The Chair interacts with a vibrant synthetic biology community at Colorado State University that includes more than 25 faculty members on campus in many different academic departments, from mathematics and biology to computer science and veterinary medicine. The Chair is also interacting with a broad range of external partners including academic and industrial collaborators, funding agencies, and scientific journals. The Chair is located in the new, state-of-the-art Suzanne and Walter Scott, Jr. Bioengineering Building, which houses the Systems and Synthetic Biology (SSB) Research Pod. The SSB research pod is a collaborative research environment that promotes research and innovation among students and postdoctoral scholars.

The Chemical and Biological Engineering program at CSU has had a record of very high-quality education and research since its inception in 1977. There are currently 340 undergraduate and 35 graduate students in the program, 12 tenure-track faculty, and two full-time instructors. The Department has integrated both chemical and biological sciences into our undergraduate curriculum and offers one of the first ABET-accredited Chemical and Biological Engineering BS degrees. Since 2004, nine junior faculty members have been hired. Our faculty is engaged in exciting research work, with emphases on synthetic biology, bioenergy, biochemical and biomedical engineering, experimental and computational systems biology, bioanalytical devices and microfluidics, polymer science, and biomaterials.

Position Summary

The Research Project Coordinator position is available within the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering to support the research program of the Abell Chair in Synthetic Biology. This position is located at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO.

The position will provide administrative support to the program, manage the daily operations of current projects, coordinate the preparation of new funding proposals, and contribute to the program communication strategy. The Coordinator will collaborate with project stakeholders to ensure program resources are tracked and maintained to project commitments.

Required Job Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a scientific, engineering, or business or related field.
Experience in program management, development, or sales of technical services.
Excellent writing skills in a number of different formats including formal proposals, web sites, emails, and various social media.
Excellent oral communication skills in individual meetings, project meetings and over the phone.
Experience communicating with a large number of partners at different levels of seniority.
The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the United States by proposed start date. Colorado State University will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.

Preferred Job Qualifications

MS or PhD in a life science or engineering field
Experience preparing proposals in response to government RFPs
Experience executing government contracts.
Experience working in an institution of higher education
Experience using project management software and methods
Experience using a Customer Relation Management system

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Project Management Duty/Responsibility

- Use project management tools and techniques to ensure that research projects remain on schedule and on budget.
- Work in partnership with the Principal Investigator and other university personnel overseeing different aspects of project execution.
- Review and approve certain grant expenses.
- Assist with staffing projects with students, new employees, or contractors
- Assist in the preparation of progress reports
- Lead the development of Standard Operating Procedures.
- Run monthly performance reports of research activity.
- Develop spending projections to aid PI in planning.
- Assist in the preparation of scientific publications and communications
- Execute and develop communication strategies to increase the program visibility on the web and in social media.

Percentage Of Time 60 Job Duty Category Proposal Develoipment Duty/Responsibility

- Find, review and, analyze funding opportunities
- Develop relations with government sponsors and corporate clients
- Manage the proposal submission pipeline
- Transform research project ideas into research proposals corresponding meeting the needs of the sponsors.
- Assemble, update, edit support non-scientific documents
- Request, collect, review, and edit contributions from different collaborators as appropriate
- Work with the College of Engineering Business Office as needed
- Draft, review, proofread, and edit research plans
- Prepare figures in collaborations with scientists

Percentage Of Time 40

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

References will not be contacted without prior notification to candidate

Conditions of Employment

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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.