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Program Manager

Application deadline: August 19, 2022

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Under indirect supervision, oversees the operational planning, establishment, execution, and evaluation of a multifaceted program/project typically consisting of a set of closely related subprograms or associated activities. Oversees fiscal, operational, administrative, and human resources management of the program; seeks and develops outside funding sources. The program/project is usually focused to a single purpose; may be scientific, research, education, and/or services oriented, and is usually funded through contract/grant provisions.


Programs are usually self-funded and/or grant-funded from a major funding source or series of funding sources. Manages and oversees the administrative and daily operations of a university program, ensuring compliance with university, state, and federal policies and regulations. Oversees the supervision of personnel, which includes work allocation, training, promotion and enforcement of internal procedures and controls, and problem resolution; evaluates performance and makes recommendations for personnel actions; motivates employees to achieve peak productivity and performance. Responsible for the design and development of the program(s). Manages contract, grant, and/or state funding; approves and monitors budget expenditures, prepares revisions and interim status reports on all accounts; oversees, and/or assists with proposal writing to develop additional funding. Provides technical and/or professional coordination and leadership in the execution of program/project activities, as appropriate to program objectives and area of expertise. Serves as principal point of representation and liaison with external constituencies on operational matters, and provides technical/professional guidance and leadership. Develops annual operating budgets and provides fiscal direction. Develops and implements systems and processes to establish and maintain records for the operating unit. Oversees and/or coordinates the collection, compilation, and analysis of program activity data; develops, writes, and presents comprehensive statistical and narrative program reports. Assists in producing, developing, advertising, and marketing project(s) and/or product(s) in various media such as print and video; may assist in developing teaching materials, handouts, news releases, pamphlets, and brochures. Assists in establishing and implementing short- and long-range goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures. Collaborates with university departments, programs, projects, local and state school systems, and/or community organizations to consolidate resources and enhance programs. Develops or assists with the development and implementation of policies and procedures consistent with those of the organization to ensure efficient operation of the program/project. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Job duties and responsibilities

Oversee operational planning, including fiscal, operational, administrative and human resource management of the USDA NIFA CAP grant. Operational planning of program including organizing quarterly meetings, annual meetings. Fiscal oversight of project focus areas. Establish and execute reporting mechanisms. Work with project leads on procurement of supplies. Assist with recruitment and HR functions of project.



Knowledge of contracts and grants preparation and management. Knowledge of management principles and practices.



Skill in the use of computers, preferably in a PC, Windows-based operating environment. Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community. Program planning and implementation skills. Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities. Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures. Employee development and performance management skills.



Ability to develop and maintain recordkeeping systems and procedures. Ability to provide technical coordination and management of development and/or implementation projects in area of expertise. Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports. Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments. Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.


Required education

Bachelor’s degree in a related field. Five (5) years of professional experience related to the standard duties as outlined.


Preferred qualifications

Contract and grants management, Management principles and practices, Computer, interpersonal and communication skills, Program planning and implementation, organizational skills, Develop and maintain record keeping systems and procedures, ability to prepare reports.


Employer and main collaborators 

New Mexico State University (NMSU) is a comprehensive land-grant institution classified as a Hispanic-serving institution that is committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment. 


The Jornada Experimental Range is a collaborative research unit comprising USDA-Agricultural Research Service and New Mexico State University scientists and staff. Offices are located on the NMSU campus, with an experimental range located 25 miles north of Las Cruces.