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Project Manager - 100880 

EOE StatementCarnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran.

This position is located in Pittsburgh, PA

Position Summary:  The CERT Division is part of the SEI, a federally funded research and development center at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The CERT Division engages in cutting-edge research and development and develops and transitions disciplined approaches to improve the survivability and resiliency of the DoD, federal civilian agencies, private sector organizations and their networked information systems. 

A CERT/CC Project Manager is a member of the CERT/CC Project Office that guides the development and execution of technical projects throughout the lifecycle.  The successful candidate will work closely with PMO Manager to plan and establish organizational project management processes to achieve needs of different departments within the CERT/CC.  The candidate will: develop project management processes and create improvement plans to meet business and project needs, perform administrative and PM duties in the Microsoft Project Server and related Project Site SharePoint environments, and be responsible for the management and completion of projects.  Activities will include oversight of all aspects of projects, setting deadlines, assigning responsibilities, monitoring progress, and producing reports for management.


  • CERT/CC Project Office
    • Develop systematic management of projects in alignment with the organization’s strategic business goals
    • Define and implement organizational project management processes and mature existing processes
    • Perform maturity assessments and create improvement plans
    • Develop project management tracking systems
  • Project Management
    • Define and control scope
    • Develop WBS, produce and manage schedule
    • Work with Technical Leads to produce cost estimates, schedules and financial reporting artifacts
    • Assist in managing the activities of non-organic employees and subcontractors who serve on the project team to ensure completion and acceptance of deliverables
    • Coordinate and perform resource allocation and leveling among competing priorities across the organization.
    • Assemble project plans and, in conjunction with the technical lead, direct and monitor the work
    • Resolve or escalate risks related to cost, quality, and schedule
    • Responsible for reporting progress, status, and issues to CERT/CC and government program managers.
  • Project Tools Administrator
    • Support users unfamiliar with tools
    • Perform troubleshooting
    • Backup and restore
    • Manage MSP PWA and Project Site security
    • Perform Time and Task Management
    • Develop custom Business Intelligence reports (SQL)
    • Manage internal project information maintained in Atlassian Confluence, JIRA, and RMsis.

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training:   MBA or MS in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Information Systems or related field or combination of training and experience.

Licenses:   Project Management Professional (PMP).

Experience:  Designing, developing, or implementing information technology projects for government clients; exceptional interpersonal and technical writing skills; developing organizational project management processes and tools infrastructure. Candidate should have five to seven (5-7) years of project management experience with customer-focused technology projects such as product or service development, research and development or technical transition.

Skills/Abilities:   Working knowledge of Microsoft Project Server; analytical and technical problem-solving skills; possess strong customer service skills; motivated to tackle challenging problems; excellent organizational skills; communicate effectively within a team environment.

Physical Mobility: Primarily sedentary, long periods of sitting; ability to travel to various locations within the SEI and Carnegie Mellon community, customer sites, conferences, and offsite meetings with some frequency.

Environmental Conditions:  Normal office conditions, close contact with computer for prolonged periods of time.

Mental: Ability to work under pressure and changing priorities; pay attention to detail; meet inflexible deadlines; deal with difficult individuals while maintaining composure.

Other:  U.S. Citizenship is required.  Applicants will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information, and must be able to pass a background investigation.  Apllicants must be willing to travel to a customer site in the Washington D.C. / Northern Virginia metro area. Candidate will be required to travel on overnight assignments.


Accountability: The Individual is accountable for:  accurately capturing project requirements and managing projects through the lifecycle; working closely with technical project leads and CERT/SEI financial managers to ensure projects are accurately represented, managed and controlled.

Direction:  Performs under minimal supervision, independent judgment is encouraged.  Most normal duties and responsibilities are handled independently with the use of established procedures and policies.  Difficult or unique situations are referred to the supervisor.

Decisions:  Accurately represents the program and individual projects in interactions with internal branches, customers and sponsors.  The individual is expected to participate in the decision-making and problem-solving processes surrounding building accurate project plans, understanding the SEI financial system and making CERT/CC decisions regarding effort allocations, sub-contract negotiations and purchasing.

Supervisory Responsibilities:  This position may include supervision of one of more Project Administrators.


Job Functions and Responsibilities:

30%     Initiating, planning, executing, monitoring/controlling, and coordinating major technical projects and their related activities.

30%     Administer and support users of MS Project and other project management tools.

30%     Develop, implement, and manage organizational project management initiatives.

5%       Contributing to and participating in business development, CERT management, and sponsor meetings.

5%       Develop knowledge and understanding of SEI capabilities; learning how SEI capabilities can be applied to customer problems.

100%      TOTAL EFFORT


Organizational Chart:  CERT Division Director < CERT/CC Technical Director < CERT/CC Deputy Technical Director < CERT/CC Project Office Director < CERT/CC Project Manager

Carnegie Mellon University is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer – M/F/Disability/Veteran

Job Categories Project Management 

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