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Senior Project Management Specialist

The Center for Health Analytics, Media, and Policy (CHAMP) has an opening for a Senior Project Management Specialist position. This position can be remote or can be in any our U.S. office locations.

The Center performs policy analysis, program evaluation, and regulatory science research in the area of public health, with an emphasis on tobacco use prevention and cessation. Our funding sources include a diverse set of contracts and grants with the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health, and various state and local health departments around the country. The overarching goal of the Center is to conduct objective, theory-driven research and evaluations to guide the development and implementation of tobacco control programs and policies that improve public health. The Senior Project Management Specialist position will work directly with project teams and serve as the manager of operations on various research projects. The role would include developing work plans, managing timelines, supporting development of documentation practices on the project, and managing contractual requirements and deliverables.
  • Collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of researchers to create and execute project work plans and schedules, using industry-standard applications (e.g., Microsoft Project, Smartsheet).
  • Create and track project timelines, deliverables, and calendars.
  • Manage consultant and subcontracting arrangements.
  • Manage contract vehicles and support invoice production.
  • Write and submit reports as required by the contracts.
  • Maintain a strong client focus and develop an eye for innovation (e.g., exploring/evaluating existing and new technologies) in day-to-day research activities.
  • Foster communication and information dissemination internally within teams and externally with clients.
  • Maintain awareness of best practices in use with CHAMP and RTI and utilize those best practices in conducting project work.
  • Document procedures and systems to be used across the Center.
  • Develop understanding and appreciation of client needs by interfacing with internal and external clients on projects and proposals.
  • Work independently to efficiently manage multiple and overlapping timelines and deliverables.
  • Manage tasks for multiple project directors simultaneously.
  • Train junior staff on processes and protocols.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree and at least 5 years of related work experience or Master's degree and at least 3 years of related work experience.
  • Experience with the Microsoft Office suite of applications (i.e., MS Word, Outlook, Project, MS Teams, SharePoint, PowerPoint, Excel, Visio).
  • Experience working with project management applications (e.g., Smartsheet, Asana, MS Project).
  • Understanding of grants, contracts, and other award mechanisms.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Ability to listen and communicate both verbally and in writing.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Interest in managing processes and procedures for a variety of quantitative surveys for federal and state clients.
  • To qualify, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States, and should not require now, or in the future, sponsorship for visa employment status.
Desired Qualifications: 
  • Project management certification or other project management-related certification required or desire to obtain certification strongly preferred (e.g., PMP, Agile, DASM, SCRUM, etc.). 
  • Experience working on projects that involve data collections, supporting IRB submissions, and/or developing OMB packages.
  • Experience with subcontract management.
  • Experience managing projects for government agencies, such as the FDA or CDC.
  • Experience developing and implementing quality management plans on projects.
  • Strong writing skills and ability to translate processes into clearly written documentation.
  • Interest in supporting work on public health and tobacco-related projects.
The anticipated pay range for this role is listed below. Our pay ranges represent national averages and may vary by location as a geographic differential may be applied to some locations within the United States.
RTI considers multiple factors when making an offer including, for example: established salary range, internal budget, business needs, and education and years of work experience possessed by the applicant. Further, salary is merely one element to our offer.
At RTI, we demonstrate our commitment to rewarding individual and team achievement through a total rewards package. This package includes (among other things) a competitive base salary, a generous paid time off policy, merit based annual increases, bonus opportunities and a robust recognition program. Other benefits include a competitive range of insurance plans (including health, dental, life, and short-term and long-term disability), access to a retirement savings program such as a 401(k) plan, paid parental leave for all parents, financial assistance with adoption expenses or infertility treatments, financial reimbursement for education and developmental opportunities, an employee assistance program, and numerous other offerings to support a healthy work-life balance.

Additional Information
  • Maximum Salary: $92,000
  • Minimum Salary: $75,000