A Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence led by the University of Maryland

START fosters a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment to create a team to meet the needs of the homeland security enterprise and train the next generation of scholars and practitioners. 

Senior Program Manager

Senior Program Manager

August 2, 2018
Jobs at START


The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) is now hiring a Center Program Manager (University Rank: Program Manager) to work at START’s headquarters at the University of Maryland, College Park. (For more information on START, please visit www.start.umd.edu.) This is a full-time exempt staff position, with an initial term of 12 months, with continued employment contingent on funding availability.


The START Center Program Manager will be responsible for coordinating resource allocation across dozens of projects for the Center’s approximately 65 full-time employees and 20-30 hourly employees, supported by program and project managers within START’s individual research, education, and training portfolios. The START Center typically has $13 million in research expenditures each year, across dozens of projects for multiple funders. As START is largely funded via sponsored projects, this position is critical for forecasting salary coverage and gaps for START personnel. The START Center Program Manager will also be part of START’s proposal development team, along with START’s Research Director and Director of Administrative Services, which supports START researchers in identifying and procuring sponsored funding.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide resource management and budgetary tracking tools to support all START division units and the business office. This includes a centralized mechanism for tracking and reporting of bi-weekly salary source allocations, adjusting resources with changing project needs, and monitoring expenditure progress. START has ~150 sponsored accounts at any given time, ranging from 1 month in length to several years, and processes an average of 30-35 payroll appointment changes for funding source reallocation every pay period.
  • Support business development efforts and the proposal process by developing proposal budgets and justifications in concert with researchers and working with the Research Director and the Director for Administrative Services to shepherd proposals through the development and routing process. Serve as alternate proposal preparer.
  • Support START management on personnel actions, including coordinating implementation of START’s Professional Track (PTK) Faculty policy, the annual performance review process and promotional/merit actions, and advising and chairing search committees.
  • Serve as a resource to unit principal investigators, program managers, and project managers on organizational practices and liaise with the business office to navigate university and federal regulations on managing sponsored research awards. This may include coordinating technical and/or financial reporting for sponsored work across START portfolios.
  • Coordinate senior management and full staff meetings including agenda prep and meeting minute distribution.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with minimum of three (3) years of related experience in sponsored research financial management, preferably in an academic setting.
  • Advanced knowledge in the use of Microsoft Excel spreadsheets.
  • Knowledge of other financial management tools, databases, and word processing.
  • Very strong organizational, interpersonal and communication (oral and written) skills, analytical and problem solving abilities and attention to detail.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree with minimum of two (2) years of related experience in sponsored research management, preferably in an academic setting.
  • Experience with contracts, grants, and cooperative agreement terms and conditions, administrative rules, cost principles and regulations under OMB guidelines strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of the University of Maryland’s financial and grant management systems, including Kuali, strongly preferred.


  • UMD’s Office of Research Administration certificate of research administration (preferred not required)

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, gender, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, national origin, or political affiliation. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.


Apply for this job through the University of Maryland website at https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/61167. Best consideration date is July 20 with a final deadline of Aug. 2.