Program Manager

Job description

Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-01-05
Req: R0020538
The University of Virginia is seeking a highly motivated Pediatric Gastroenterology Scientific Program Manager. The Program Manager will be responsible for overseeing initiatives for new capability development, implementation, pilot, and coordinate the effort across the lab’s many collaborative personnel to produce quality results, while building strong rapport with other managers and colleagues, to ensure efficient results.

This individual will manage the end to end project life cycle of projects to assure these are delivered on time; within quality standards; risks are identified and mitigated; stakeholders receive timely and accurate communication, and post-completion controls are executed. The Program Manager will bear significant responsibility in ensuring a positive experience and will be expected to be a driver of the appropriate culture and mindset required to support an information-driven value cycle.

The Scientific Program Manager will be a member of the operations team and will work closely with the PI and staff to implement and administer the lab’s vision, strategy, and goals. The Program Manager will bring specialized technical knowledge in research and will play a critical role in liaising among the technical and operational staff supporting the program, faculty leadership, Cores, and other key stakeholders.


  • Acts as project champion to lead multiple projects that enable the utmost performance and operational efficiency through the delivery of results, as well as continuous improvement of the process
  • Provides clear and concise communication, both written; verbal, to all levels of the project team, stakeholders, adapting style to accommodate a diversity of audiences and situations.
  • Oversee and administer research activities by evaluating the programs/projects, making recommendations that impact policies and programs, and coordinating and implementing changes.
  • Create reports, review and explain trends to determine program effectiveness; formulate and evaluate alternative solutions and/or recommendations to achieve the goals of the program.
  • Write and edit content for proposals, peer-reviewed publications, websites, donor stewardship, and other program activities under the general direction of the PI. Assist with the development of research grants, (i.e., may suggest new funding opportunities, write portions of grants, and/or summarize data for grant support).
  • Represent PI as the key contact and subject matter expert and develop communications for internal and external constituencies. Organize and/or participate in outreach activities such as events, partnerships, fundraising, training, and conferences. Lead workshops and facilitate meetings.
  • Monitor expenses, budgets, and finances of the program. Make recommendations on funding based on program spending.
  • May oversee and train junior staff/ student workers.
  • Other duties may also be assigned


Education and Experience:

Advanced degree preferred. Candidates with Bachelor’s / Master’s degrees will also be considered depending on work experience. Research experience in a relevant scientific field preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated oral, written, and analytical skills, exhibiting fluency in area of specialization.
  • Ability to oversee and provide basic direction to staff.
  • Ability to think critically and anticipate lab needs.
  • A proven track record of successfully leading projects in a high-tech development environment and with multi-functional and technical work streams.
  • Strong relationship management skills to gain stakeholders’ support.
  • Ability to prioritize and organize effectively and manage multiple projects and assignments.
  • Ability to work and respond in complex and ambiguous situations.


  • Ph.D. in related scientific field.
  • Candidates with Bachelor’s / Master’s degrees will also be considered depending on work experience
  • Prior experience in technical and nontechnical writing.
  • Familiarity with funding agencies and academic research funding sources.


  • Frequently stand/walk, sitting, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Occasionally use a telephone, writing by hand, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 40 pounds.
  • Rarely sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh >40 pounds.
  • Ability to use voice to present information/communicate with others.
  • On-campus mobility.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with UVA and colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures.


  • May work extended hours, evenings or weekends.
  • May travel locally.
  • Occasional overnight travel.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Job No:
Posted: 1/6/2021
Application Due: 4/6/2021
Work Type: Full Time