Project and Alliance Manager

Allen Institute for Brain Science   •  

Seattle, WA

5 - 7 years

Posted 240 days ago

This job is no longer available.

What You Will Do: 

  • In partnership with the scientific co-leads for each of several projects/grants, serve as the Project Manager to ensure the successful execution of study plans.
  •  Support cross-functional teams through planning and execution phases, usingproject management best practices and tools
  •  Contribute to fiscal management of the project, including budget planning, resource forecasting, and expenditure monitoring.
  •  Implement communication plans to promote effective dialogue among all team members (internal and external)
  •  Plan and organize internal project meetings with clear agendas, expected outcomes, and follow-up on related actions
  •  Plan and organize face-to-face meetings with external collaborators; with periodic travel as needed
  •  Keep project milestones/deliverables on track, anticipating, monitoring and communicating at-risk deliverables
  •  Transparently communicate issues, working with team members to identify options and implement mitigation strategies
  •  Synthesize project outcomes into clearly written progress reports, coordinating across internal teams and external collaborators
  • Manage content for project team communication using software tools such as Atlassian (Confluence, JIRA), Slack, SharePoint, etc.

Required Qualifications 

  • M.S. or Ph.D. degree in biological sciences, with a preference towards Neuroscience domain knowledge 
  • Minimum of five years progressive experience as a professional Project Manager, beyond an academic research/post-doctoral setting
  • Proficient in the use of project management and collaboration management tools and application of PMO best practices
  • Experience managing external collaborations/research consortia, working at a distance across multiple partner sites

Desired attributes 

  •  Formal Project Management training and PMP certification is desirable
  • Results-oriented with a passion for delivering successful projects, with a proven track record of increasing team’s velocity and effectiveness
  • Able to set expectations (vertically and horizontally) and hold individuals and teams accountable
  • Detail-focused and organized, with an appreciation that communication and transparency are critical to success
  • Advanced ability to translate scientific and technical subject matter into concise, clear communications that are understood by technical and non-technical leaders and constituents
  • A collaborative leader, able to navigate challenging group dynamics with consensus-building skills, and able to work effectively across scientific, technical and business interfaces
  • Adept at distinguishing what is important from what is noise (however loud), and prioritizing accordingly
  • Comfortable with change, having demonstrated resilience in helping teams navigate strategic course corrections