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  • 1.  Job Opportunity: Project Manager (Ann Arbor, MI/Remote)

    Posted 11-16-2021 12:57
    Edited by Claire Wagner 02-11-2022 08:43

    Arbor Research Collaborative for Health seeks an experienced Project Manager to join our research team, with specific involvement on the Cure Glomerulonephropathy Network (CureGN) research team and the Chronic Kidney Disease Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (CKDopps) project support team. This individual will serve as a liaison to client or funding agency's program leadership, be responsible for creating and maintaining project work plans, and will contribute to the development of project management standards. Successful candidates will possess at least eight years of experience in project management, experience in the management of large teams, and have excellent organizational and planning skills.


    Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all interviews will be conducted remotely rather than in person. Currently, employees at Arbor Research are still able to work outside of the office. Ongoing flexibility regarding employee's work location may be available.



    Arbor Research Collaborative for Health, a not-for-profit organization located in Ann Arbor, MI, is the preferred employer for professionals passionate about improving health care policy, health care delivery, and health outcomes through evidence based research. At our core, we value collaborative spirit, creativity, credibility, and dedication. Our interdisciplinary team brings together expertise from a variety of fields and disciplines to answer complex research questions by thinking across boundaries and generating innovative approaches.

    Bright, enthusiastic individuals thrive at Arbor Research. We provide a rich benefits package along with high quality learning and development opportunities, and a casual yet professional work environment in support of achieving a positive work/life balance. These attributes provide our dedicated employees the flexibility to work collaboratively and creatively in order to make credible contributions to the research community. Join our diverse and dynamic team today and contribute to the improvement of patient care in the future!

    More information about this opportunity and the benefit program at Arbor Research is available on the careers page at


    Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

    • Create and maintain project work plans and task-based resource estimates. Monitor milestone accomplishment and budget/resource use. Review and re-estimate work plans and project resources based on contingencies, changing priorities, and budget-to-actual comparison on a regular basis, updating the organizational forecast at least quarterly.
    • Create generalized project cost estimates based on work plans, loaded average labor rates, and other direct costs. Work with proposal development staff to finalize estimates. Manage expenditures consistent with project and organizational fiscal year budgets.
    • Negotiate resources for execution of the work plan with functional managers; ensuring a clear understanding of project objectives and timelines.
    • Work directly with assigned project staff (of all functions) to ensure appropriate work plan understanding and progress.
    • Ensure the preparation of all project related products and tasks, including programming tasks, analyses, research reports, progress reports, presentations, graphics, and tables; assist principal investigators in ultimately being accountable for the quality of these products.
    • Be proactively aware of issues affecting assigned projects.
    • Serve as the day-to-day liaison to client or funding agency's scientific or program leadership (e.g., project officers, program officers).
    • Provide customers (including principal investigator, Program Director, and contracting agency) with required project progress and budget reports, as appropriate or required for each audience.
    • Assist the Grants and Contracts Counsel with contracts, including scope of work, budget, etc.
    • Contribute to program area strategic discussions and initiatives.
    • Work with the Project Management Office (PMO) leadership and/or Vice President of Operations to contribute to and support the development of project management standards, including tools, processes, and best practices.
    • Serve as proposal Project Manager and conduct the above activities during the proposal phase. Work closely with the Research and Compliance Administrator to ensure all necessary requirements are met for the proposal submission.
    • Provide mentorship to Project Coordinator(s) and Project Associate(s).
    • Serve as Project Manager for a variety of projects, including different contract type, funding source, scientific content, and across programs.


    Core Values

    Our core values define who we are as an organization and serve as the foundation of our code of ethics. Arbor Research expects all employees to embody these and demonstrate them in our day-to-day work.

    Collaborative Spirit

    We expect each staff member to learn from and teach one another, and ask each to exhibit a curiosity and respect for the contributions of others.


    We strive to cultivate a challenging, stimulating, and supportive environment where our employees are expected to be inquisitive, take initiative, and demonstrate ingenuity.


    Our employees are smart, thoughtful, and objective in their work. We expect them to be technically solid in their area of expertise, and for those conducting research to demonstrate scientific rigor.


    Our team achieves success because of our dedication to carrying out high quality work and delivering trusted results.


    Supervision Received

    General administrative supervision is received from the Project Management Office Manager. Close collaboration is expected with the Vice President of Operations, project investigators and project staff.


    Supervision Exercised

    Direct reports may include Project Associates (levels I, II, and Senior) and Project Coordinators.


    Required Qualifications

    • Bachelor's degree in related field (public health, quantitative social science, or management) with eight (8) years progressively more responsible experience managing projects, including at least two years managing at least four of the following areas: timelines, budgets, risks, communications, deliverables, and required reporting
    • PMP certification or equivalent
    • Experience in the direct and indirect management of large teams of people working toward complex goals
    • Excellent organizational and planning skills
    • Strong supervisory and mentoring skills
    • Demonstrated strong verbal/written communication skills
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite programs
    • Health services or public health research background


    Desirable Qualifications

    • Non-profit experience
    • Experience managing government grants and contracts for research
    • An understanding of biostatistical, technical programming, and clinical issues related to health care research in general
    • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
    • Proficiency with project management software
    • Experience with Earned Value Management (EVM)


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    Arbor Research Collaborative for Health is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Arbor Research Collaborative for Health provides reasonable accommodation upon request, in accordance with State and Federal laws.


    Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

    The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information.

    Claire Wagner
    Human Resource Assistant
    Arbor Research Collaborative For Health