Sr. Research Program Manager

The Johns Hopkins University is seeking an experienced leader to serve as the Senior Research Program Manager of the Human Language Technology Center of Excellence (HLTCOE). The Senior Research Program Manager is charged with assisting the Director and Deputy Director in managing the Center.

The Johns Hopkins University Human Language Technology Center of Excellence (HLTCOE) is a world-class research center creating advanced techniques for analyzing a variety of video, image, speech, text, and document image data in a wide variety of diverse languages.  Established in 2007, the HLTCOE is home to a growing group of outstanding research scientists and graduate students who utilize state-of-the-art technology to address unique and exciting challenge problems.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Ensures that yearly research plans reflect mission needs, are documented, and well understood by the customer.
    • Monitors HLTCOE research activities to ensure progress and customer alignment.
    • Uses awareness of current issues related customer needs to coordinate activities with the sponsor and suggest and develop implementation plans for the HLTCOE.
    • Maintains awareness of current issues related to customer challenges and needs, and ensures that research advances are communicated clearly, documented thoroughly, and distributed to stakeholders.
    • Stays abreast of all activities of the HLTCOE’s annual program cycle including sponsor and grant funded activities.
  • Creates and submits  research and programmatic contract deliverables, ensuring that all reporting and other contractual deadlines are met.
    • Prepares agendas and attends monthly and quarterly sponsor meetings.
    • Organizes and administratively executes the semi-annual Technical Exchanges, the annual SCALE workshop, and other ad hoc events.
  • Ensures close alignment of HLTCOE research staff practices and work products with sponsor personnel expectations and culture.
    • Provides input for staff sponsor briefings to help shape focus for customer audience.
    • Reviews and edits essential documents developed by the staff including additions/revisions to the HLTCOE’s website.
  • Organizes and manages the HLTCOE data annotation program.
  • Oversees temporary research personnel assigned to the HLTCOE.
  • Manage the publication review and sponsor submission process
  • Develops and implements the documentation and tracking protocol for all project activities.
  • Presents project information and results to multiple audiences.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • Master’s Degree in related discipline.
  • Eight years related experience including significant experience in field conducting large research projects.


Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or PhD in a field related to language technology with 5+ years of program management experience.
  • 5+ years’ work experience managing personnel/projects/programs/services in a research or other service-oriented organization, within a complex organizational structure, preferably for a government or government-related organization.
  • Experience working as a senior assistant managing personnel, projects, budgets, contracts and grants strongly preferred.

Special Knowledge Skills & Abilities:

  • Proven liaison skills, as demonstrated in recent organizational tasks and accomplishments.
  • Excellent oral, written and analytical skills, including the ability to effectively and concisely present information.
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative and perform seamless time management of numerous tasks.
  • Ability to plan and prepare in a timely manner to routinely meet deadlines without haste.
  • Proven ability to manage complex projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage, develop and oversee large budgets, grants and contracts.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated success working in a highly collaborative, team-based environment.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Evidence of a passionate commitment to the full range of tasks required for an organization to perform successful research and technology transfer.

Additional Information:

  • Candidates for consideration must be eligible to work in the Unites States. This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.
  • The position is full-time. Occasional telework is permitted.
  • Attendance at selected sponsor meetings is required, averaging at least 1 visit per week.

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at [email protected]. For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.


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Human Language Technology Center of Excellence