Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI) Program Manager

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Jun 18, 2021
Jun 19, 2021
Full Time
Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI) Program Manager, College of Engineering and Computing

The George Mason University Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI) Program, within the College of Engineering and Computing, invites applications for the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI) Program Manager to provide program management and administrative support for the organization and execution of initiatives for the Northern Virginia (NoVa) Node of the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI). George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.

About the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI): CCI, funded by the Virginia General Assembly, created a Commonwealth-wide ecosystem of innovation in cybersecurity and cyber-physical systems (CPS) security. CCI will ensure Virginia is recognized as a global leader in secure CPS and in the digital economy more broadly for decades to come by supporting world-class research at the intersection of data, autonomy, and security; promoting technology commercialization and entrepreneurship; and preparing future generations of innovators and research leaders. George Mason University serves as the leading strategic planning and operational institution for the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative's NoVa Node. The position will reside in George Mason's College of Engineering and Computing. Veterans are encouraged to apply.

About the Position: Successful candidates will be expected to provide program management and administrative support for the organization and execution of initiatives under the NoVa Node of the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI) and will support the CCI NoVa Node Director as needed.

Responsibilities: * Assist with the development and regular review of the CCI NoVa Node's strategic plan, and solicit input from NoVa Node leadership and constituents; * Assist in the development and issuance of Request for Proposals (RFPs) for CCI funding, assist in the intake and processing of proposals and their review by external reviewers, correspond with grant awardees and coordinate communications with awardees post award; * Develop, track and review initiative and organization budgets, coordinate budget submissions to Mason's and other institutions' Office of Special Programs (OSPs), coordinate budget submissions to the Commonwealth and prepare interim and annual budget reports; * Interface with industry partners to facilitate their access to interns, research expertise, and tech transfer and innovation opportunities associated with CCI; * Maintain records to track programmatic progress across multiple projects under the CCI NoVa Node portfolio, oversee administrative functions related to CCI NoVa Node projects and develop, draft, review and deliver quarterly and annual reports; * Coordinate closely and meet regularly with counterparts at the other CCI Nodes and the CCI Hub; * Schedule and plan meetings with faculty, partner organizations and CCI leadership, events, workshops, training sessions, tech demonstrations and field visits by external partners and constituents, including all associated logistics; * Work closely with regional institutional partners on projects related to cybersecurity innovation.

Required Qualifications: * Bachelor's degree; or a combination of education and experience in project management, budget tracking, project/program reporting or office administration; * Demonstrated project management skills including but not limited to: project planning, performance monitoring and tracking, project schedule tracking; * Experience with preparing, tracking, and reporting on budgets and associated data; * Ability to organize and draft reports on projects and programs; * Ability to guide others on report and budget requirements; * Experience managing stakeholders; * Effective oral and written communication skills; * Demonstrated ability to edit text and proof-read documents for grammatical errors; * Demonstrated ability to assemble a PowerPoint presentation for presentations to internal and external constituents regarding research, workforce and innovation initiatives under CCI; * Ability to clearly communicate procedures and practices, reporting, budgeting and program requirements to a variety of stakeholders; * Clerical and office support skills; * Working knowledge of personal computers and Microsoft Office Suite (especially Word, Excel and PowerPoint); * Accurate keyboarding skills.

Preferred Qualifications: * Education in Cybersecurity, certifications in Cybersecurity, and/or training in or experience within the Cybersecurity field; and * Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

Mason Engineering: The Future of Engineering is Here The Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University is a fast-growing force for innovation in research and education. The school boasts more than 8,600 students in 37 undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degree programs, including several first-in-the-nation offerings. Of the 250 full-time faculty who comprise the School, 90 are tenured, 50 are tenure-track, 85 are instructional faculty, and 25 are research faculty. As part of a nationally ranked research university, its research teams expended more than $60 million in sponsored research awards last year and has projects with over $400 million in current and anticipated awards. Located in the heart of Northern Virginia's technology corridor, Mason Engineering stands out for its research in many leading areas including artificial intelligence, data analytics engineering, cybersecurity engineering, biomedical imaging and devices, community-based healthcare, autonomous systems, 5G communications, systems architectures, computational biomedicine, advanced materials and manufacturing, sustainable infrastructure, and more. The School highly encourages multidisciplinary research and provides faculty with opportunities to work with other disciplines.

George Mason University is the largest public research university in Virginia, with an enrollment of over 38,000 students studying in over 200 degree programs. Mason is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. It was classified as an R1 research institution in 2016 by the Carnegie Classifications of Institutes of Higher Education. Mason is located in the city of Fairfax in Northern Virginia at the doorstep of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, with unmatched geographical access to a number of federal agencies and national laboratories. Northern Virginia is also home to one of the largest concentrations of high-tech firms in the nation, providing excellent opportunities for interaction with industry. Fairfax is consistently rated as being among the best places to live in the country and has an outstanding local public school system.

In conjunction with Amazon's decision to establish a second headquarters in Northern Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia announced a multi-year plan to invest in the growth of degree programs in computing, and George Mason University has committed to accelerate its plans to grow its capacity in computing and high-tech fields. Among the exciting initiatives being undertaken by the university are the launch of the Institute for Digital InnovAtion, a university think tank and incubator to serve the digital economy, and the expansion of its Arlington Campus with a planned 400,000 square foot Digital InnovAtion Building. These initiatives reflect hundreds of millions of dollars in new investment by Mason that will rapidly elevate Mason's already leading national position in computing and related areas.

"For full consideration, applicants must complete the online application at for position number 10595z; and attach a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information. Full consideration will apply to applicants who submit their completed application by June 21, 2021; however, review of applications will continue until the position is filled."

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George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

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George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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