This position serves as Program Manager and leads the Research & Implementation San Antonio Office in research, technology transfer, and implementation projects, with high levels of sponsor interaction and interaction with locally-elected officials. The incumbent must balance the duties of a research principal investigator and managing the workload and deliverable pipeline of direct reports. As a research principal investigator, the incumbent is responsible for developing, winning, and maintaining projects for themselves and program staff, and fulfilling obligations to federal, state, local, and private sponsors. The position manages and conducts research and technical assistance projects in transportation engineering, traffic operations, roadway safety, transportation planning, and other related areas, and performs technology transfer to professional technical staff and policy boards. The incumbent is responsible for conceptualizing deliverables, providing high-level expertise, and selecting and applying appropriate analysis techniques and procedures to ensure the accomplishment of research objectives. The incumbent will author or co-author technical reports, guidebooks, or scholarly publications based on original research. As the program manager, this position is responsible for funding program staff, research diversification, staff diversity, and financial management of the program. The incumbent is required to develop short- and long-term program strategic plans. The incumbent will provide coordination and leadership of direct reports and mentoring and development of more junior staff. The incumbent is responsible for hiring, supervising, and reviewing performance of direct reports. Incumbent in this position assumes direct accountability for all project deliverables and schedules within the program. Continuation in this position is contingent upon availability of funding derived from research program or specific projects and satisfactory performance.
45%- Applied research and management duties: Responsible for the overall direction and management of a work program, which includes the day-to-day supervision, planning, administration, evaluation and implementation of the program’s research functions. These duties include project management, supervision, data collection, data analysis, and work coordination. Must demonstrate ability to manage multiple projects as principal investigator through managing time, budgets, and progress of work to meet sponsor expectations. Serve as the primary contact with sponsors for complex projects that involve multi-disciplinary teams representing different divisions and programs. Plan, schedule, coordinate, and report detailed phases of research and development projects. Evaluate and document data collection requirements and activities. Coordinate data gathering activities and gather data needed for project tasks. Assemble, organize, document, and archive datasets. Develop data models and metadata. Synthesize data and extract meaningful statistics and trends. Develop and/or run applications to conduct the research. Analyze and document business processes. Analyze and develop potential new techniques, policies, procedures, and recommendations. Manage, communicate, and coordinate with multi-disciplinary teams comprising research staff, graduate and undergraduate students, and support staff. Ensure the completion of research objectives and timely delivery of high-quality project deliverables.
15%- Business development: Develop and maintain relationships with sponsors, including non-traditional ones. Protectively brainstorm, develop and present innovative project ideas and concepts and research needs statements to potential sponsors. Build potential teaming relationships with other partners. Lead and assist in effective proposal preparation to potential sponsors. Identify and pursue independent research funding opportunities. Independently maintain or contribute to extramurally-funded research.
15%- Staff management and supervision: Manage, develop, and mentor staff, including professional development needs, provide continual and annual performance evaluation feedback, approve time and effort, and approve leave requests. Supervise senior and junior staff general work performance including day-to-day direct assignments for junior staff.
15%- Report preparation: Compile, document, and present results in formats required for inclusion in reports, technical memoranda, and presentations. Prepare technical documentation, including data collection, analysis, and summaries. Prepare project reports and other deliverables as required. Prepare materials for presentation of research results and other deliverables at technical meetings or other venues and to sponsors.
5%- Presentations: Prepare and give presentations to existing and potential sponsors, academic settings, or conference setting. Schedule, prepare, conduct, and document project meetings with sponsors.
5%- Other non-essential duties as deemed necessary.
Preferred Education and Experience:
15 years of related work experience in advanced transportation engineering, advanced transportation planning, advanced roadway safety, geographic information systems, managing 5 or more direct reports, and strategic planning.
Doctorate in civil engineering, transportation engineering, urban planning, or other related field.
Other Preferred Qualifications:
Possess 15 years of experience in the transportation engineering or other related field.
Possess 10 or more years progressively responsible supervisory and management experience.
Demonstrate experience obtaining business, project, and/or research funding from both traditional and non-traditional sponsors/clients.
Demonstrate experience working with San Antonio-area local municipalities, regional transit, toll, or planning agencies, and TxDOT districts.
Demonstrate experience mentoring and coaching junior staff.
Preferred Certification & Licensures:
Licensed Professional Engineer- Texas
May be required to walk and traverse field sites with uneven terrain.
Equipment Usage (hrs/week):
Computer: 20 hours Telephone: 10 hours Motor Vehicle: 6 hours
Employee Statement of Understanding:
I have read and understand the job description for this position. I am able to perform all of the essential functions of this position. I agree to comply with all applicable laws, TAMU System and TTI rules, regulations and standards of conduct relating to my position and strive to uphold the mission and vision of TTI.
Required Education and Experience:
Masters of Science in civil engineering, transportation engineering, urban planning, or other related field.
5 years of related work experience in transportation engineering, transportation planning, business development, project management, and staff development.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Must develop, execute, and monitor the program strategic plan in alignment with division and agency goals.
Must have a minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible supervisory and management experience.
Must have demonstrated business development skills and client service skills.
Must have demonstrated experience developing project and/or research proposals and budgets.
Must have demonstrated project management skills to deliver high-quality results on time and within established budgets.
Must demonstrate effective communications skills.
Must have ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others.
Internal Number: R-023190
About Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) develops solutions to the problems and challenges facing all modes of transportation. The Institute conducts over 700 research projects annually with over 200 sponsors at all levels of government and the private sector. In the laboratory and the classroom, TTI researchers help prepare students for transportation careers.
Recognized as one of the premier higher education-affiliated transportation research agencies in the nation, TTI’s research and development program has resulted in significant breakthroughs across all facets of the transportation system. TTI research is widely known as an excellent value with a proven impact of saving lives, time and resources.
TTI’s greatest strength is its people, many of whom are recognized national and international leaders in their fields. TTI employs over 600 professionals, students, and support staff from 18 different countries. TTI researchers serve as objective transportation experts, providing an important resource to local, state, and national agencies and groups.
TTI’s headquarters is located on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station. The Institute maintains a full-serv...ice safety proving grounds facility; environmental and emissions facility; and sediment and erosion control laboratory in Bryan, Texas, as well as many other laboratories and facilities on the Texas A&M campus. TTI has eight offices in Texas—Arlington, Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Galveston, Houston, San Antonio and Waco—and offices in Washington, D.C. and Mexico City. TTI also has a presence in Doha, Qatar, at Texas A&M University at Qatar.
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