Program Manager - SPIA Richmond

Virginia Tech   Blacksburg, VA   Full-time     Education
Posted on August 23, 2021
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An innovative, entrepreneurial group of faculty and staff seeks a new colleague! An important leadership and learning program - The Virginia Management Fellows - is growing in scope and scale, requiring a new administrative faculty colleague to manage and help lead critical learning, research and analysis activities. Our new VMF program manager(PM) engages with a cohort of fellows, their mentors and our partnering state agencies. We seek a PM who is: an accomplished writer, skilled in research techniques, experienced in policy analysis and able to teach these skills to fellows. If you are creative, hard-working , kind, adaptable, self-motivated, thoughtful, detailed, and a fun person dedicated to public service - this role is for you!

Job Description

The Program Manager is a full-time, calendar year position reporting to the Associate Director of SPIA - Richmond Campus. This position provides program management and administrative support for the Virginia Management Fellows (VMF) program in a fast-paced academic setting.

The ideal candidate collaborates on curriculum writing, facilitates training, analyzes data, writes reports and works with a broad spectrum of colleagues for the success of the VMF. The SPIA Richmond faculty and staff seek a colleague who shares our vision of a learning community that is both compassionate and dedicated. We seek an administrative/professional faculty (AP) colleague who can be both operational and strategic: a manager who works in the weeds but works toward the vision. We seek a colleague who goes the extra mile in their commitments to teaching, learning, and research in support of our students and program participants.

SPIA Richmond is committed to increasing the diversity of our campus. We embrace diversity in multiple forms, including identity, background, theoretical and methodological orientations, and opinions. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are encouraged to identify their experiences in these areas.

The position is located at Virginia Tech’s SPIA campus in the greater Richmond, VA area and works alongside faculty, staff, graduate students, and state agency partners.

Key responsibilities include:

Virginia Management Fellows Program

The VMF Program manager ensures effective delivery of all activities and programming.

The program manager
• Plans, prepares, and staffs VMF training sessions, inclusive of development and maintenance of the training material.
• Creates facilitator guides for all technical and general training programs.
• Maintains program materials and assists in recruitment and onboarding of partner agencies.
• Develops curriculum for writing workshops, and reviews Fellows’ research and reporting – both oral and written.
• Manages the distribution and data collection of survey instruments.
• Coordinates “brown bag lunch programs” and weekly “check-ins”.
• Provides technical support for conference services, virtual and in person, including testing and troubleshooting activities and serves as primary contact with appropriate university entities until technical issues are resolved.
• Coordinates meetings and takes notes at all VMF meetings.
• Maintains VMF website and social media platforms.
• Coordinates signage and other branding materials for internal and external display.
• Oversees purchase of VMF-related supplies and procured goods.
• Records and retains all program aspects for research purposes.
• Supports the coaching, training, and professional development of fellows throughout the program stages.

Required Qualifications

Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Policy, Master of English, Master of Education, or other similar advanced degree.

Comprehensive knowledge required:
• Demonstrated competencies in writing policy briefs, white papers, policy analysis, and research papers.
• Demonstrated skills in proof-reading and editing of formal and informal reports and presentation slide decks.
• Demonstrated experience managing project tasks and timelines with focus on a shared vision or desired outcome. 

Working knowledge:
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively in diverse/multicultural/polycultural team settings.
• Demonstrated commitment to building an inclusive and equitable work environment.
• Experience working in a customer-service oriented environment.

Personal Characteristics:
• Demonstrated self-starter, energetic individual who delivers in a fast-paced entrepreneurial and scholarly environment.
• A commitment to professionalism, hard work and caring for others.


Academic advancement: tuition benefits program for Virginia Tech employees available
Professional development: courses offered online across a variety of fields through human resources and faculty training programs
Holidays: generous schedule of holidays for faculty positions
Health benefits: Virginia Tech offers eligible employees health insurance plans to choose from to meet their unique needs. 
Retirement benefits: regular and restricted full-time salaried employees are covered by the Virginia Retirement System.  Faculty employees may participate in VRS or in an Optional Retirement Plan. 

Working environment:
Fun environment: great new campus space designed by students and faculty.
Ever-changing: expect the unexpected
Connected: some travel may be required: 5-8% local and/or state-wide recruitment efforts and off-site training and community engagement initiatives
Dedicated: Some nights and limited weekends for special community-based projects.
Minor lifting: 20 pounds or less to carry VMF signage, chart pads and easels, training materials

Learn more about the Virginia Management Fellows program here:

Material Submission

Please submit a current resume, a cover letter that highlights your qualifications and a list of three professional references with their contact information in order to be considered for this position. 

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate based on experience

Review Date

Tuesday, September 14

Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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