Job Information

University of Utah Strategic Project Manager in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 06/08/2021

Requisition Number PRN26428B

Job Title Manager, Program(s)

Working Title Strategic Project Manager

Job Grade F

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 01488 - SVPHS Research Unit

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 47600 to 76000

Close Date

Open Until Filled No

Job Summary

The Office of the Associate Vice President for Research is a dynamic and high functioning team environment, seeking a Strategic Project Manager to serve as the primary lead for implementation oversight for the Research Mission Strategic Plan. This position will assist in evaluating current and proposed systems and projects and recommend changes when necessary. This position will be responsible for coordination, tracking, reporting, and other associated project management for a complex and dynamic strategic plan, encompassing many varied stakeholders from across U of U Health. The ideal candidate must possess strong interpersonal skills, exceptional organizational skills, and be disciplined in task management.

This position is considered Category IIA : Not required on campus and has the ability to telework remotely for the duration of the University of Utah’s response to COVID -19. An employee hired into this role will be responsible for providing space, telephone, printing, networking and/or internet capabilities at the telecommute location and agree to the terms of the University of Utah campus and Health Academics COVID -19 Telecommuting Agreement.


1. Works with organizational leadership to coordinate the implementation of 13 subsections of the research strategy. This includes task management, scheduling of meetings, document revision, and performance tracking within a complex framework.

2. Works closely with faculty and institutional leadership to refine and report on the outcomes of the strategy. Tracks major strategy milestones and routinely reports to Unit leadership regarding progress, problems, and needs.

3. Represents Unit leadership at organizational strategy meetings. Works to ensure alignment of Research mission strategy with other University missions.

4. Develops and implements communication platforms to update the research community on progress and plans.

5. Facilitates cooperative and collaborative community and institutional relationships.

6. Assists in the development of strategic plans for subunits related to the Office of the Associate Vice President for Research.

7. Assists in other project management and development tasks as needed within the Office of the Associate Vice President for Research.

This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a related area or equivalency (2 years related work experience may be substituted for 1 year of education). Four to six years of progressively more responsible management experience. Background knowledge of hiring department’s area of specialization in order to analyze, plan and draw conclusions for recommendations to superiors. Demonstrated leadership skills in planning and directing employees and processes in order to effectively monitor and develop subordinates and to ensure the smooth operation of department. Completion of provided supervisory training within one year of employment may be required. Master’s degree in a related area may be preferred.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


1. Master’s degree

2. Prior University experience

3. Strong organizational skills

4. Experience in program or research management

5. Excellence communication skills (both written and verbal)

6. Demonstrated ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team

7. Willingness and ability to work flexibly

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.