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Program Manager, Unconventional Weapons and Technology

Program Manager, Unconventional Weapons and Technology

May 11, 2018
Jobs at START


The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) is now hiring a Program Manager (University Rank: Senior Faculty Specialist) to work in the Unconventional Weapons and Technology Division (UWT) at START’s headquarters at the University of Maryland, College Park. This is a full-time position, with an initial term of 12 months, with continued employment contingent on funding availability.


The UWT portfolio consists of several relatively short-term and intensive research projects on various aspects of violent non-state actor decision-making process; attacks against critical infrastructure; chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) terrorism; emerging technology; counter-terrorism; organized crime; and illicit trafficking.

The Program Manager will work with the principal investigators (PIs), researchers, and project managers within the UWT to support pre and post award activities as well as to assist the UWT Director to manage the division’s financial affairs – the UWT’s annual operating budget is approximately 1.5 million USD. The primary goal of this position is to ensure accurate and timely analysis of the UWT’s fiscal performance as well as to ensure effective and efficient functioning of sponsored submission and funding. This position reports directly to the UWT Director and works closely with START’s Senior Program Manager as well as the Director of Administrative Services and her staff.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate all activities related to sponsored project submissions from the division. Act as the final point of contact with division’s researchers and project managers for the planning and development of budgets for submission with grant packages to various federal offices, private agencies/foundations, and commercial agencies. Provide instruction on protocol, regulations and guidelines pertinent to the agency and/or University. Responsible for administrative review of all sponsored project proposals forwarded to the START’s Director of Administrative Services for processing and submission.
  • Review is based upon accuracy, content, adherence to institutional, government, and other sponsor guidelines. Review budget justification for appropriateness and completeness of content. Compare budget detail to budget justification for consistency. Verify compliance with sponsoring organizations’ guidelines, as well as with relevant University policies and procedures. Assist PIs with completion of required information. Work with PIs and budgetary staff to improve phrasing or presentation.
  • Provide monthly reports to the UWT Director, PIs, project managers, and meet with them on a regular basis on financial status of grants and contracts. Assist the PIs, project managers with budget planning and communicate plans to START business office. Provide the groundwork for subcontract negotiations, including review for the University of Maryland contract language prototypes and mathematical corrections to subcontract proposals from other institutions.
  • Coordinate submission of large multi-center proposals ensuring that all applicable direct and indirect cost rates have been applied. Assist with contract and grant closeouts such as following up with progress reports, financial status reports, and specific documents as necessary. Responsible for tracking proposals and other documentation through signature/approval processes. Advise the Director, PIs, researchers, and project managers on changes in sponsored research policies. Maintain a division grants tracking system for tracking active and pending awards by fiscal year and/or individual investigator. Facilitate corrections to accounts in question working with START’s business office, UMD’s Office of Research Administration, and outside agencies.
  • Assist with the analysis of programs and incorporate analysis into short and long range financial, operational and strategic planning. Prepare funding analysis of UWT researchers for review by the director, including active and pending award totals in addition to current balances in pertinent non-sponsored accounts. Prepare and approve budgets, budget changes, and expenditure transfers. Prepare annual division budget.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with minimum of three (3) years of related experience (post-graduation) in sponsored research management, preferably in an academic setting.
  • Advanced knowledge in the use of financial software applications, databases, and/or spreadsheets, as well as word processing.
  • Very strong organizational, interpersonal and communication (oral and written) skills, analytical and problem solving abilities and attention to detail.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to work with flexibility on several tasks simultaneously and to meet various concurrent deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate projects independently and work constructively as part of a team.
  • Ability to make independent judgements and to act on decisions on a daily basis.
  • Ability to work for periods of time without immediate direction.
  • Ability to prioritize own work as well as be an active team participant.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree with minimum of two (2) years of related experience (post-graduation) in sponsored research management, preferably in an academic setting.
  • Knowledge of experience with contracts, grants, and cooperative agreement terms and conditions, administrative rules, cost principles and regulations under OMB guidelines strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of US Government and private cost principles as well as grants and contracts managements strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of the University of Maryland’s financial and grant management systems, including Kuali, strongly preferred.

The annual salary for this position will be in the range of $60,000 to $70,000 at 100% FTE (depending on education and experience), plus full University of Maryland benefits (as explained here). The person selected for this position will work on site at START’s headquarters adjacent to the University of Maryland, College Park.

For best consideration, please submit a cover letter, resume/CV, and three references to Ms. Salma Bouziani at bouziani@umd.edu with “UWT Program Manager” as the subject line by May 4, 2018.

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, gender, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, national origin, or political affiliation. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.