Senior Project Manager/Operations Analyst

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University of Dayton Research Institute
Dayton, OH, United States

Phone: 9372292779
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Senior Project Manager/Operations Analyst


Dayton, OH 

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UDRI is a national leader in scientific and engineering research, serving government, industry and nonprofit customers. UDRI contributes to the fulfillment of the University’s commitments to education, research and public service through the involvement of students, faculty and external partners. Established as the research arm of the University of Dayton in 1956, UDRI achieved $2.75 billion in cumulative sponsored research in 2020. Sponsored research for 2022 alone exceeded $220 million. Join our team as a Senior Project Manager/Operations Analyst!

The person hired for this position will be located at Daniel J. Curran Place in Dayton, OH and will be employed within the Nonstructural Materials Division (NSMD) of UDRI. The position will require travel from Daniel J. Curran Place to WPAFB. The NSMD focuses on the broad area of materials science and engineering for both aerospace and industrial clients in both the government and commercial sectors of the USA. The individual hired for this position will be responsible for program management, contractual administration, and business operations within the Nonstructural Materials Division. These duties will include lifecycle management of contracts at the functional level as well as financial and planning support for the Division Head with respect to Division Operations.

Specific job duties this person will be fulfilling include: working with UDRI researchers on finances and deliverable completion with government and commercial contracts and subcontracts; provide budgeting and forecast data for several projects across the research groups for both government and commercial customers; work directly with PIs to maintain compliance with Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) responsible programs; coordinate with PI/Division Administrator on financial reporting, invoicing, and issuance of payments to the Government; provide hands-on assistance to PIs with both contracting and subcontracting actions throughout the lifecycle of contract execution (proposal generation, pre-award, execution, close-out, invoicing, etc.); interfacing directly as the the point of contact for the NSMD for both the Contracts and Grants Office and Research Accounting offices with the Research Institute; independently assisting with budgeting/accounting/planning associated with surplus budget for the Division.

A person applying for this position must be willing and able to both meet and communicate (both verbally and via documents, spreadsheets, slides, etc.) with Group Leaders, customers, and UDRI representatives from the various Administration Offices. Excellent communication skills and the ability to work both autonomously and with others are essential qualities to this position. Either currently having or the ability to obtain a security clearance is required for this position.

Minimum Qualifications
1) Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 6 years of experience in either a business or finance related career field (including, but not limited to: business management, business administration, finance, accounting, etc.) - OR -
2) Advanced degree and a minimum of 5 years of experience working in either a business or finance related career field (including, but not limited to: business management, business administration, finance, accounting, etc.)
3) Experience with an accounting software such as Costpoint, Sage, or equivalent
4) Experience/understanding the lifecycle of contracts and their execution (proposal generation, pre-award, execution, close-out, subcontracting, invoicing, etc.)
5) Proficiency with Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
6) Effective written and verbal communication skills
7) U.S. citizenship required
8) The ability to obtain and maintain an active DOD SECRET security clearance
9) Ability to travel from Daniel J. Curran Place to WPAFB

Preferred Qualifications

While not everyone may possess all of the preferred qualifications, the ideal candidate will bring many of the following:

1) Advanced degree (MBA, J.D., M.S., Ph.D) in a related field of study
2) 10+ years of diverse business, contracting, or program management experience
3) Demonstrated ability to generate ideas, identify problems and effective solutions in financial analysis, contracting, and program management of government and commercial contracts. These abilities should be substantiated by references and specific examples in a resume and/or interview.
4) Proficiency with Deltek/Costpoint utilizing both currently available reporting options as well as generating custom forms/operations that are best suited for the NSMD business model
5) Experience with government finances, funding and DFAS system
6) Proficiency with project management software such as Microsoft Project
7) Currently holds an active DoD SECRET security clearance or higher with an in-scope investigation (within the last six years)
8) No known inhibitors to obtaining access to Special Access Programs (SAP) clearance
9) Experience working with socially and culturally diverse communities

Special Instructions to Applicants

To apply please submit a cover letter addressing each minimum qualification and any applicable preferred qualifications that you meet.

A federal court on December 7, 2021, issued a ruling that suspends the COVID-19 vaccine requirement that applies to federal contractors nationwide. With this development, the University will pause any enforcement action against employees who have not complied with the requirement to be fully vaccinated by Dec. 8, 2021 or to have requested an exemption to maintain their employment status.

The University will continue to monitor the state of the pandemic on campus and in the community as well as developments in federal and state requirements, and also will continue to regularly consult with public health officials and our medical panel. As has been the case throughout the pandemic, our protocols and requirements are subject to change depending on conditions on campus or in our community, and government requirements.

Informed by its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Informed by this commitment, we seek to increase diversity, achieve equitable outcomes, and model inclusion across our campus community. As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, we will not discriminate against minorities, women, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, or on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.