Associate Project Manager - National Center for Supercomputing Applications ( A1800287 )

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National Center for Supercomputing Applications

Associate Project Manager

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) advances discovery and innovation through extreme-scale computing, science-enabling software, and the skills of our expert staff. The center is part of the flagship University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign--a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement-and is located in a micro-urban community that combines cultural vibrancy with affordability and quality of life.

NCSA is currently seeking an Associate Project Manager to provide project management support within the Industry Program at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). Primary responsibilities include assistance with project planning, resource allocation and budgets, contracts, progress tracking and reporting, and liaison with institutional partners regarding these issues as required. This position will utilize novel project management control systems as adopted in individual projects, and ensure that these systems accurately reflect project status. Project information management activities will include the development of workflows or basic software tools to translate information from one project management system to another as needed by individual projects. The successful candidate for this position is highly organized, self-starting, and has an interest and knowledge of project management practices especially for computing projects.

NCSA is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, students, and other colleagues, and who can contribute to the culture of inclusivity, are encouraged to apply.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with project staff to both follow and drive progress towards ensuring project milestones are met, and that staff effort is aligned with project goals.
  • Independently monitor project proposals and budgets, with particular attention to performance independent financial analysis for project activities.
  • Respond to and participate in grant-related reviews and audits.
  • Define and communicate project goals with appropriate stakeholders.
  • Prepare and draft project reports and coordinate staff contributions (project reports and online materials).
  • Communicate project status, issues, and risks to stakeholders.
  • Ensure that group technical work and, in particular, research and development results are documented as well as reported through regular reports, technical papers submitted to journals, conferences and other notable sources.
  • Develop best practices and establish procedures related to effective project management.
  • Assess ongoing and completed work to improve future efficiencies, formulating and recommending changes to project workflows and management as needed.
  • Perform quality control for new and ongoing procedures and workflows.
  • Serve as liaison between project staff and other center staff to facilitate the accomplishment of goals, objectives and milestones for projects.
  • Analyze and summarize information and trends using reports and presentations.
  • With minimal supervision, plan and coordinate on- and off-site workshops and events, including reviewing and selecting workshop speakers and developing workshop materials.

Required Education and Experience:
  • BA/BS in business/accounting/finance, or computer science, or engineering or related field required. Alternative degree fields may be considered/accepted if accompanied by equivalent experience (depending on nature and depth of experience as it relates to current NCSA projects).
  • One year of experience in project management/program management.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • PMP Certification or willing to go through the PMP certification process, funded by NCSA.
  • IT/Computing project management expertise or background.
  • IT/Computing financial management and reporting expertise or background.
  • Demonstrated writing experience via coursework or professional contributions.

This is a regular academic professional position at NCSA and is an annually renewable, 12/12, 100%-time appointment with regular University benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience and start date will be as soon as possible after the close date of the search. Applicants must possess required education and experience by start date of position. Interviews may occur before the closing date; however, all applications received by the closing date will receive full consideration.

To apply, please create your candidate profile at and upload your cover letter and CV/resume by the close date (5/23/2018). Contact information for three references must be included on the application (letters maybe also be uploaded or sent to the contact above). For full consideration, candidates must complete the Hiretouch application process by the above date. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. For further information regarding application procedures, please visit or email [email protected]

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

College Name or Administrative Unit: Vice Chancellor for Research
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Associate Project Manager - National Center for Supercomputing Applications ( A1800287 )
Open Date: 05/09/2018
Close Date: 05/23/2018
Organization Name: Supercomputing Applications





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Posted: 5/11/2018
Application Due: 5/24/2018
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