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Senior Software Development Project Manager

The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a leading professional services firm with a growing software engineering and product development team. We design and build things that are inspiring and make a real impact in the online testing industry. As a result of our continued growth, we are currently seeking a Senior Software Development Project Manager for our Washington, D.C. office.

Be part of something innovative and cutting edge. Join our team of more than a hundred software engineers, designers, project managers and software specialists that are smart, creative and excited by what they do.

Some of our ground-breaking work includes:

• advanced computer-adaptive algorithms (only one that’s peer-approved in the country)

• mobile support for the user interfaces

• learning management systems with social media features

• user interfaces that are universally accessible to people with or without disabilities

• innovative, machine-scorable items


• Develop requirements, budgets, and schedules for the software development projects

• Facilitate requirements meetings, including the peer review sessions, and status meetings with clients and project team

• Establish milestones, anticipate issues, and monitor adherence to project scope, requirements, design documents, schedules, and the software development process

• Assume day-to-day responsibility for ensuring that the project is completed on time and within budget, and that all deliverables are of the highest quality

• Configure systems through databases, routinely analyze data through SQL queries and generate custom reports

• Work closely with Technical Project Management team to: share best practices, help resolve project issues, and ensure that staff is properly allocated to tasks by considering staff’s skills and interests, and the project’s needs

• Maintain client relations and communications including status reporting and informal conversations

• Understand the technical details of the software product and be the liaison between technical and non-technical teams

• Conduct software integration activities between different internal and external software systems


• A Master’s Degree in MIS, Statistics, Computer Science, Public Administration, Business Management or a related field and 8+ years of Project Management experience or a Bachelor’s Degree in the above fields and 10+ years of experience

• Must have excellent oral and written skills with the ability to matrix manage a software team that includes graphic designers, developers and software testers

• Must be familiar with project management tools such as Microsoft Project or BaseCamp and versioning tools such as CVS

• Experience with SQL and/or SAS to analyze data

• Knowledge of all phases of software development cycle, and the ability to develop project plans, requirements documents, and project budgets

• Familiarity with quality assurance practices

• Experience required in applying best practices in project management, including those used to initiate, plan, control, monitor and report upon all phases of project activity

• Quick aptitude for learning new software

How to apply

AIR offers an excellent compensation and benefits package, including a fully funded retirement plan, generous paid time off, commuter benefits, and tuition assistance. For more information, please visit our website at To apply, please go to Candidates must apply online for consideration. EOE.

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