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To foster and grow the national manufacturing ecosystem, the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute has formed a national, public-private partnership to accelerate research, development and demonstration in the application of collaborative robotic technologies in the manufacturing environment.  Based in Pittsburgh, the ARM Institute is a newly established national nonprofit, which was founded by Carnegie Mellon University and whose prospective membership includes commitments from 231 partners from industry, academia, local governments and nonprofits across the country.

The motivation for the ARM Institute is to increase U.S. competitiveness in robotics applied primarily in manufacturing environments. The ARM Institute seeks to empower American workers to compete with low-wage workers abroad; create and sustain new jobs to secure U.S. national prosperity; lower the technical, operational, and economic barriers for small- and medium- sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as large companies to adopt robotics technologies; and assert U.S. leadership in advanced manufacturing.  The vision of this institute includes robots working collaboratively with humans on the assembly line and in material handling, increasing productivity and precision while freeing humans from low-value added activities.

 Job Summary

The ARM Institute is searching for a Project Manager to be located at our Pittsburgh, PA office. This is a dynamic opportunity in a start-up organization for someone who thrives in an interesting and challenging work environment. The project manager position is a mid-level role for someone with at least 7 years of experience in management oversight of projects.

The successful candidate has experience and credentials to oversee technical sub-awards and education and workforce development (EWD) sub-awards to the ARM Institute consortium members under our DoD Technology Investment Agreement.  The Project Manager interacts with principal investigators of sub-awarded projects to ensure project deliverables and outcomes are on time and on budget, measures project performance along technical and logistic dimensions, and develops mitigation plans when adverse scenarios develop. The Project Manager works with the ARM Institute leadership to define and develop best practices, processes, and policy related to projects to ensure alignment with our business strategies and goals. S/he will advise and help support sub-award financial compliance in teaming with our contracts officer and Chief Financial Officer, and will ensure compliance of technical and EWD projects in teaming with the ARM Institute’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Workforce Officer (CWO), respectively.

This position reports to the Chief Operating Officer with a dotted line to the CTO.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Oversee both technical projects and education and workforce development (EWD) projects
  • Manage project portfolio to ensure that projects are delivered along their scope, quality, time, and cost as defined in their respective sub-awards
  • Track budget, deliverables, and outcomes of projects
  • Conduct periodic assessments of planning, scheduling and budget & risk for projects
  • Measure project performance along technical and logistic dimensions
  • Engage project investigators to develop mitigation plans when necessary
  • Act as first line of communication for sub-awardees to provide management guidance
  • Define and develop best practices, processes, and policy related to projects to ensure alignment with ARM’s business strategies and goals, in conjunction with leadership
  • Advise and help support compliance of all aspects of sub-awarded projects, including financial, deliverables, and milestones
  • Identify broader opportunities (e.g., technology transfer) related to projects as they mature
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s preferred
  • 5+ years of direct project management experience; 7+ years preferred
  • Preferred to be licensed as PMP-Project Management Professional - Project Management Institute, Inc. (PMI); or equivalent
  • Able to travel to project locations across the U.S.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Knowledgeable and understands project management best practices along with related perspectives of diverse stakeholders spanning industry, academia and government
  • A confident communicator and presenter
  • Good at building relationships within the organization and externally
  • Possesses excellent organizational and planning skills
  • Exhibits strong problem-solving and reasoning skills in uncertain environments
  • Self-motivated with a positive and professional approach to management
  • Experienced with change management
  • Strong at writing, editing, proofreading, including ability to present concepts verbally

Benefits and Perks

  • Comprehensive Medical, Prescription, Dental and Vision insurance
  • Life and AD&D Insurance 
  • Retirement Savings Program
  • Generous Paid Time Off (PTO) 
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