The Hume Center for National Security and Technology at Virginia
Tech has an opening for a Program Manager for its research
laboratories. The Program Manager will be responsible for program
execution for the functional units within the Hume Center for
National Security and Technology. The functional units include: the
Information Systems Laboratory (ISL), based in Arlington, Virginia,
and the Aerospace and Ocean Systems Laboratory (AOSL), the
Electronic Systems Laboratory (ESL), and the Office of Education
and Outreach, based in Blacksburg, VA. The position will report to
the Associate Director of Program Management. These programs are
funded by a variety of defense and intelligence agencies such as
DARPA, IARPA, the Office of Naval Research, and others.
Program Managers will support growth initiatives and be responsible
for the day-to-day programmatic, administrative, budgetary, and
contractual aspects of sponsored research programs, in support of
principal investigators who are responsible for both the
development and technical execution of research programs. Work with
research staff to clearly identify and document project
requirements, develop work breakdown structures and realistic
schedules, manage resources, and document risk. Ensure principal
investigators and lab directors are aware of project status and
issues. Manage program personnel loading, program risk tracking,
and program expenditures such as purchasing and travel; ensure
appropriate contract burn rates; prepare initial drafts of sponsor
reporting requirements. Maintain awareness of upcoming business
opportunities with sponsors. Program Managers will also support
proposal efforts for new research program opportunities.
The level of position will be determined based upon experience and
The position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a security
clearance, and offer of employment requires US citizenship.
Program Manager will be responsible for supporting researchers in
the execution of programs focused in:
1) ISL: cybersecurity and big data, with a particular emphasis on
critical infrastructure cybersecurity, deep learning, activity
based intelligence, and analytic forecasting
2) ESL: RF machine learning, digital communications, automotive
cybersecurity, wireless systems and radar platforms
3) AOSL: satellite systems, ocean systems, autonomous control,
space domain awareness and system optimization and
4) Education & Outreach: experiential learning programs,
scholarship administration, student recruitment, and sponsor
• An earned Master's degree in Business Administration, Project
Management or related technical field with program management
experience. Alternatively, an exception may be made for an earned
bachelor's degree in a related technical or professional field with
significant professional relevant experience.
• Ability to work as a team member in developing and managing
• Good communication skills, with demonstrated experience
delivering formal and informal presentations, written proposals,
• Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance.
• Must be a US Citizen.
• Demonstrated experience working as a member of a team in
developing and managing projects.
• Demonstrated ability to take on broad tasks, identify the steps
necessary to execute them, ensure their proper execution, and
succinctly convey their results.
• Experience working in and/or with the Department of Defense and
• Experience in formal project management, defense contracting,
financial management and research proposal development.
• Formal training and certification in project management such as
CAPM or PMP.
• Experience managing federally funded research programs.
• Active security clearance at the TS/SCI level.
• Experience working in academic research environment, including
• Specific technical expertise in any of the following fields is
desired: signals intelligence (SIGINT), electronic warfare (EW),
cybersecurity, machine learning, digital communications,
information operations (IO), high performance computing, satellite
communications and reconnaissance, computer network attack (CNA),
and computer network defense (CND), and/or computer network
• PMP, Project Management Certification
Commensurate with experience and education
May 28, 2021
The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal
conviction check. Must be a US Citizen and able to obtain a
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May 11, 2021