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Project Manager

Information Sciences Institute Arlington, Virginia

Information Sciences Institute (ISI) is a vibrant, path-breaking research institute, and a strong component of USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering. ISI performs traditional basic and applied research, combined with education and building of operational systems. It provides an academic environment that supports researchers setting their own agendas to address important research problems in computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics, and applied physics. ISI has three research campuses:  one in Marina del Rey, CA, one in Arlington, VA, and one in Waltham, MA.

*This position is located in Arlington, Virginia.*

Job Description

The project manager assists a principal investigator in managing all phases of large project grants and any subcontracts. Provides leadership and direction for day-to-day project operations and administrative activities. Participates in the planning, design and development of project protocols, data acquisition and management, analysis and reporting of study results.


• Plans, organizes and schedules activities to meet objectives. Ensures that these are well-documented and communicated to project personnel.
• Evaluates, recommends and implements procedures for data acquisition, management and quality control. Prepares technical reports and papers on study plans, progress and results of research activities.
• Helps to develop and manage project budgets. Prepares and/or directs the preparation of financial reports as required. Directs ongoing purchasing activities including authorizations of one-time major purchases.
• Plans and staffs project operations based on proposed research activities and timelines. Includes negotiation and oversight of subcontracted services as necessary. Motivates and monitors the progress of work performed by project staff to include senior technical personnel.
• Identifies funding sources and opportunities. Authors technical proposals and/or works with researchers to develop project proposals. Interfaces with funding agencies to exchange information regarding project status and to build and maintain rapport to enhance opportunities for additional funding.
• Plans and participates in meetings, discussion groups and other types of events to promote project visibility. Engages in presentations on behalf of the project.
• Coordinates and/or links project operations with other administrative and research functions on and off campus. Serves as a key resource for project information and resolves problems or questions referred by internal and external sources.
• Establishes and maintains an active network of professional contacts.

Previous project management experience in a university environment is preferred.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills is preferred.

The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.

REQ20040814 Posted Date: 08/04/2017

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