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Project Manager, Howard Hughes Medical Institue Driving Change Initiative

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The University of Montana invites applications for a Project Manager to provide oversight of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Driving Change (HHMI DC) initiative operations and communications. The Project Manager will help lead the initiative at UM in fostering lasting culture change so that students from all backgrounds, particularly those from our Indigenous communities, will excel in STEM.

The Project Manager’s duties will comprise day-to-day program administration which includes managing program activities, timelines, budgets, and logistics. The Project Manager will work collaboratively with a diverse group of faculty and staff across the university and within Montana’s tribal communities on facilitating the success of the initiative. The incumbent will report to the Project Director (PD) of the HHMI DC.

Essential duties for this role include, but are not limited to:
  • Collaborating closely with the HHMI to develop and sustain strong working relationships with the HHMI administrative community.
  • Maintaining up-to-date knowledge of funding regulations and compliance, grant budgeting, and accounting.
  • Collaborating closely with the PD and the HHMI Leadership Team to oversee HHMI DC operations and activities.
  • Executing all programmatic functions in the absence or the PD.
  • Working with UM faculty, staff, administrators, and state tribal community members.
  • Managing budget and ensuring spending complies with HHMI’s regulations and is kept within budget parameters.
  • Hiring staff and/or students at the University of Montana needed for the project.
  • Monitoring and tracking program activities and progress of participants, including faculty, staff, and students, and communicating with the HHMI Leadership Team.
  • Working collaboratively with HHMI Leadership Team to fulfill annual project reporting requirements for HHMI including fiscal reports.
  • Working closely with HHMI Leadership Team and Project Advisory Board on assessment and evaluation-related activities.
  • Creating written reports communicating project progress towards stated goals and objectives for internal and external use, including the Project Advisory Board.
  • Developing communications content for public-oriented newsletters and external engagement outlets as needed.
The Project Manager has a high degree of independence in establishing priorities and executing the administrative affairs and responsibilities of the HHMI DC project. The Project Manager will supervise other staff or students hired to fulfill the programs goals and objectives. The incumbent must have the experience, background, and capacity to exercise a high level of discretion and judgement over administrative and operational affairs.

The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action: Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.

Position Details
  • Position is full-time, 1.0 FTE, Letter of Appointment and includes a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.
  • Salary for this position is $45,000-$52,000 per year commensurate with qualifications.
Required Qualification
  • Bachelor degree or 4 years of experience in program or project management.
  • Highly developed verbal, written, and interpersonal communications skills.
  • Established leadership and management skills and the ability to oversee and guide complex, challenging tasks.
  • Excellent computer literacy and knowledge of word-processing programs, spreadsheets, visual communications.
  • Ability to perform complex tasks while often having to prioritize multiple projects.
  • Work experience indicative of abilities to prioritize, manage time to meet deadlines, and multi-task.
  • Demonstrate a high degree of initiative and ability to work independently.
  • Ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with a wide-ranging group of individuals and organizations.
  • Knowledge and or experience working with diverse groups.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience working in a higher education institution.
  • Experience working with Indigenous communities.

About UM

The University of Montana is flagship, research-intensive R1 institution with approximately 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 75,000, surrounded by mountains and three rivers converge. Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

The HHMI Driving Change Initiative supports the University of Montana’s strong commitment to creating a vibrant and welcoming culture that expects and respects diversity. Our patron base includes the students, faculty, and staff at UM as well as community members of all backgrounds, especially those within our Tribal communities. We will be researching, planning, and implementing ways in which our culture can be more accessible, inclusive, equitable, sustainable. We encourage applications from women, Native Americans, persons of color, persons with disabilities, veterans, and other individuals from historically minoritized groups.

To learn more about the University of Montana, Missoula, and the State of Montana, please visit the links below.
Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment. In accordance with University policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations.
ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference. Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law.
References *References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing Individual hiring departments at UM may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. E mployment Eligibility. All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).Must be eligible to work in the United State upon hire. Sponsorship is not available for this position.

How to Apply

Priority Application Date : Sunday, January 22, 2023 by 11:59 PM (Mountain Time)

Complete applications received by this date will be guaranteed consideration. To receive full consideration, candidates are required to submit all of the following materials.

Please submit the following application materials** via the UM Jobs portal and by clicking "New Resume/CV" button. Please do not apply through*.
  • Letter of Interest – addressing the stated required skills for the position
  • Detailed resume listing education and describing work experience
  • Three (3) professional references - Names and contact information
* Applying through or easy apply through may result in submission of an incomplete application. Applications may be removed from full consideration if they are not complete with materials listed above under the "How to Apply" section. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure complete application materials are submitted and received by the date listed above.

** Please note: only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

Job Location Missoula, Montana, United States
Position Type Full-Time/Regular

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