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CALS Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Project Manager

Virginia Tech
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Aug 24, 2022

Job Description

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences seeks a Project Manager to work with the Assistant Dean of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity, and with the Program Director/PI of NIH-funded training grants to advance the strategic initiatives around STEM education and funded programs goals. Grounded in the shared InclusiveVT vision and led by the values of equity and belongingness, the college works to adopt and practice principles that increase access and inclusion, creating a community that nurtures learning and growth for all its members. This position is an ideal growth opportunity for the individual who has a passion for advancing an equity agenda in undergraduate and graduate STEM education, seeks to use their talents in a highly collaborative environment, and aspires to develop new skills for advancing their career aspirations.

The CALS DEI Project Manager will provide executive administrative support to the Assistant Dean of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity, as well as essential project responsibilities for the Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP), Initiative to Maximize Student Development (IMSD) program, and George Washington Carver Graduate Assistantship Program. The incumbent must have exceptional communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills and be able to oversee multiple projects.

The CALS DEI Project Manager will have delegated responsibility for the daily programmatic administrative, budgetary, compliance, and contractual aspects of the VT-PREP, VT-IMSD, and George Washington Carver programs in support of the principal investigators. The incumbent will prepare and compile written reports, documents, and manuals as appropriate to ensure that each program's technical requirements and objectives are met. Written reports include the preparation of renewals and periodic reports for grant agencies. Manage assigned program budgets, including awareness of purchasing and travel associated with the project, to ensure expenses are paid according to contract and university guidelines. Interprets regulations and guidelines of program funding and assists with pre-award applications, including locating sources of outside funding. Support Assistant Dean of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity and Principal Investigators who provide the overall technical leadership of the projects. The position will also assist with supporting work towards the college's strategic and implementation plan to include graduate student recruitment and retention efforts. With the support of the Assistant Dean or senior leadership overseeing the projects, the position has some delegated authority around resource allocation and engaging directly with sponsor/external stakeholders. Traveling to conferences and meetings to engage with funding agencies and with other program directors is required.

The incumbent will play a key role in sustaining these programs and the community of scholars affiliated with them. This position is full-time and in-person, located in Blacksburg, VA. The Project Manager will report directly to the Assistant Dean of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The position may provide input into budget preparation, hiring decisions, and expenditures and have supervisory authority over project personnel dependent upon rank. Dependent upon the successful candidate's qualifications, this position will hold an Administrative Professional faculty rank.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree with significant related experience. Experience in project management, event planning, or related field. Ability to prioritize and handle complex projects, manage multiple tasks, and work under tight deadlines and time constraints. Strong organizational and writing/editing skills.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree or higher in a STEM-related discipline. Experience in management of sponsored contracts in an academic or industrial environment. Significant training and/or experience in management and organization of sponsored research activities. Strong track record in proposal development. Ability to work collaboratively and effectively in a dynamic, interdisciplinary team environment. Advanced knowledge of and extensive experience with Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), project management software (e.g., Asana), virtual meetings, survey development (e.g., SurveyMonkey, QuestionPro), and data-sharing platforms.

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The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

Must have a driver's license check.

Must have an acceptable and safe driving record.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Chevon Thorpe at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Advertised: August 24, 2022
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