Research Project Manager

RENCI is seeking an experienced Research Project Manager to report to its Project Management Office. This position will be responsible for managing one or more highly complex research and team science coordination projects funded by NIH, NSF, and/or other federal and state government organizations.

Incumbent will manage day-to-day operations for these projects in collaboration with RENCI Pl’s to include scheduling meetings, running meetings, taking notes, capturing and tracking action items, communicating with all teams, and maintaining project tracking tools, documents, and other artifacts.

The candidate will develop project management strategy, supporting business cases, detailed project plans and manage project execution to ensure adherence to budget, schedule, reporting, and scope in collaboration with PIs and, as applicable, Senior Research Project Managers.

Incumbent should be a highly motivated, detail-oriented strategic thinker, a team player, and a demonstrated problem solver; and show an ability to make decisions. Tasks include:

  • Monitoring and tracking project milestones and deliverables.
  • Recognizing areas for internal improvement and developing plans for implementing updated or new processes and methods to facilitate project outcomes.
  • Conferring with project personnel to identify and resolve problems.
  • Working with RENCI Finance and RENCI Pl’s to develop project budgets and supervising project resources to assure projects stay on track and within budget.
  • Providing program management to include strategic planning, communications, outreach to funded collaborators and project sponsors to help manage team relations.
  • Coordination of multiple cross-consortium groups and activities.
  • Working with RENCI teams to write reports and providing additional project management for the RENCI proposal process to include tracking and gathering of required materials and creation of final documents.
  • Supporting event planning to execute events related to funded projects (workshops, hack-a-thons, training events, and cross team multi-institutional meetings).

Position may include a community engagement and coordination focus, a program management focus, or a combination thereof.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Relevant post-Baccalaureate degree required (or foreign degree equivalent); for candidates demonstrating comparable independent research productivity, will accept a relevant Bachelor’s degree (or foreign degree equivalent) and 3 or more years of relevant experience in substitution. May require terminal degree and licensure.

Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

Project Planning and Management:

  • Ability to plan and manage large, multi-faceted and specialized projects and assist with project events.
  • Ability to analyze and report project risks and to recommend risk mitigation measures.
  • Ability to manage day to day business operations of a project.
  • Proven ability to lead complex project initiatives, develop and implement program strategies, and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to assist with the research, development, and execution of proposals including internal and external communications (written and oral) and client engagement.
  • Ability to constructively engage research project staff to facilitate project outcomes.
  • Ability to understand internal workings of the department in relation to the external expectations of the clients and stakeholders.
  • Ability to establish and maintain a variety of positive and constructive working relationships.
  • Ability to assist in developing proposals, including gathering requisite documentation and determining budgets required, is a plus.
  • Ability to edit and analyze scientific and technical informational materials or content.
  • Ability to write according to correct English usage and appropriate style guide or accepted industry standards.
  • Ability to assist with routine project reporting.


  • Ability to use and incorporate various hardware and software packages in support of project outcomes.
  • Familiarity with a range of project management tools, particularly online tools including Jira and/or
  • Ability to research and identify relevant new technologies and make recommendations for use and purchase.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

Prefer three years’ experience in project management and/or program coordination and organization. PMP Certification is a plus. Experience with federally funded projects is a plus.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

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