Scientific Program Manager

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Posting title
Scientific Program Manager

Roles and responsibilities
Must be authorized to work in the United States
Some travel may be required
Offer contingent on ability to successfully pass a background check and drug screen  

Columbus Technologies and Services Inc. is a strategic supplier and business partner to the federal government and its key suppliers. Through our partnership with the National Institutes of Health, Columbus offers administrative, IT, engineering, scientific, and healthcare professionals the opportunity to work with one of the most prestigious research organizations in the world. We are currently seeking Management Analyst to work onsite with the National Institutes of Health in MD.

This is a long-term position which offers:
- Competitive salary
- Tremendous growth opportunity
- Opportunity to work at NIH, the world's foremost medical research center
- Learn more about what Columbus can do for you at

Job Description:
The contractor shall:
• Collaborate with staff to evaluate and process incoming grant applications and ensuing awards, with attention given to both scientific and administrative content.
• Work with staff to schedule periodic conference calls and/or site visits, including the use of web based assisted tools such as WebEx and Zoom.
• Collaborate with staff to develop the agenda and logistics of meetings of investigators; coordinate activities related to data sharing and management.
• Provide regular updates and communication with the science officers (Program Directors from various NIH ICs who are current members of the program working groups).
• Collaborate with staff to develop, negotiate, track and evaluate the yearly milestones and progress reports from awardees; prepare dossier for each award and the program; develop presentations for conferences.
• Analyze operating procedures to devise the most efficient methods of accomplishing work; such as communications, information flow, integrated databases, or analysis of funding plans.
• Collaborate with staff on the management of the program budget, including a wide range of administrative and analytical duties; formulate operating budget projections and annual allocations; monitor and track program expenditures; track awards and obligation of funds; ensure adequate funds for program coverage.
• Analyze program activities, via internal systems and/or NIH enterprise systems, to identify issues and develop recommendations for improvement.
• Develop and update standard operating procedures (SOPs) and guidelines for implementation of programmatic and administrative activities.
• Provide technical and management support to program staff during execution of day to day functions, planning and implementation of projects, including setting priorities, managing assigned tasks, monitoring project status, reviewing deliverables and providing status reports.
• Conduct research; prepare statistical reports.
• Develop and facilitate various reporting needs unique to the organization; utilize a wide range of computer based software.
• Develop periodic and special reports and procedures; search records and files, the internet, background materials and precedent references.
• Obtain information and data for staff; review and summarize materials and data; gather and coordinate information for review; conduct data entry and file maintenance; edit and/or prepare text, data and charts.
• Respond to inquiries and requests for information regarding application status.
• Provide support to upper level management and ad hoc expert committees.
• Work with program officers to maintain content of program SharePoint site and other web sites.

Required Skills:
• Ph.D. in Biology, Life Sciences or other related discipline; three (3) years of specialized experience plus a Master’s degree is equivalent to a Ph.D.; five (5) years of specialized experience plus a Bachelor’s degree is equivalent to a Ph.D.
• Minimum of one (1) year of experience in biology or another related field.
• Working knowledge of NIH funding mechanisms that support biomedical research.
• General knowledge of medical terms and concepts related to neurology and neurological disorders. 
• Project management experience.
• Ability to develop detailed reports and analyses.
• Experience with Microsoft Office Suite (MS Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
• Experience with database management.
• Strong communications skills, both oral and written.
• Excellent analytical, organizational and time management skills.

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