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DCSITE Technology & Education Program Manager
Auburn University

Date Posted Aug. 21, 2023
Title DCSITE Technology & Education Program Manager
University Auburn University
Auburn, AL, United States
Department Veterinary Medicine Administration
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Research
Job Summary
Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking candidates for the position of Technology & Education Program Manager. The individual selected for this position will be working with the DCSITE program.

The Auburn University Detection Canine Sciences, Innovation, Technology and Education (DCSITE) program will serve as the primary academic resource to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for expertise in all areas of detection canine sciences. The DCSITE program will integrate best scientific practices in analytical chemistry, genetics, genomics, reproduction, veterinary and sports medicine, olfactory neuroscience, behavior and cognition, metrology and engineering to advance detection canine sciences. For more information, please visit:

This is a five (5) year limited term position. Continuation of employment is contingent upon availability of funding.

Reporting to the PI of the Detection Canine Science, Technology and Education (DCSITE) program,
the Program Manager (PM) manages a portfolio of 6 concentrated lines of research and development and a team of approximately 30 individuals across Auburn University, as well as multiple external subcontracting institutions, focusing capabilities on mission-driven national security initiatives consistent with the mission of the DCSITE program. The PM Coordinates efforts with DCSITE Co-PIs to facilitate mission-driven discovery, technological innovation, and technology transfer to the operational community. The PM facilitates development of contractually required DCSITE status reports, monitors the DCSITE budget, and reports to and conveys programmatic status to the PI, Co-PIs and the sponsor (via the PI) as required. The PM supervises DCSITE Task Managers and, through them, oversees all active DCSITE projects.
Essential Functions
  • Manages DCSITE initiatives related to domestic production of detector dogs, odor presentation science, canine evaluation and selection, handler best practices, proficiency assessments, and canine welfare and longevity to build canine community resources.
  • Ensures that assigned projects meet quality, budget, and timeline objectives, including identification and realization of project milestones, development of key deliverables, risk assessment, and problem solving. 
  • Serves as liaison between DCSITE and end-user communities in public and private sectors consistent with the DCSITE program mission.
  • Supervises DCSITE Task Managers. Responsible for daily tasks and strategic planning associated with tasks.
  • Serves as technical liaison for DCSITE to Auburn University Information Technology specialists  in developing and maintaining data management plans in accordance with AU policy and DCSITE-related data storage, management, and sharing consistent with cybersecurity requirements per the data management plan.
  • Solicits feedback on DCSITE programs and initiatives from the end-user community to facilitate
  • DCSITE program assessment and monitor impact.
  • Works with the Co-PIs, Chief Canine Instructor, and Instructor for Canine Health and Field
  • Operations to establish partnerships that enhance DCSITE capabilities in service to the program mission.
  • Develops and executes a communications strategy to disseminate DCSITE national security solutions and technologies to end-users.
  • Develops operational protocols as necessary to ensure regulatory compliance requirements are met.
  • Documents task-related progress as required to meet reporting requirements
Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • 10 years of experience that includes establishing, managing, and operating extramurally funded life science research laboratories, OR a terminal degree (Ph.D., DVM, MD) with similar, documentable research experience.
  • Experience coordinating efforts of a large, complex, transdisciplinary, multi-institutional research program is required.

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