ASU Cox Innovation Center Program Lead

Cox Communications, Phoenix, AZ 85034

Cox Communications is committed to creating meaningful moments of human connection through broadband applications and services.

Duration: Full-Time

Primary Location: Phoenix AZ, Phoenix, AZ, USA

Division: Cox Communications

Job Level: Individual Contributor

Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day Job

Requisition Number: 222777

At Cox, we’re forward-thinking innovators who put people first. Our award-winning workplace culture is centered on inclusion and kindness, and we’re looking for people to join our mission to be a force for good in the world. Come build a better future with us across automotive, communications, the environment and more.

We want to do everything we can to keep our employees safe and healthy. Therefore, where permitted by applicable law, you will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to be considered for this U.S.-based job. Reasonable accommodations for medical and religious objections will of course be considered.

Keep reading to learn more about this opportunity to join the Cox family of businesses.

Cox Communications is now hiring for an ASU Cox Innovation Center Program Lead
for its Cox2M business line. Cox2M is a new Internet of Things (IoT) business line within Cox Communications established in 2018. The Cox2M Teams mission is to unleash the true potential of a connected world by enabling complete asset tracking and monitoring solutions, giving businesses and communities the data and tools, they need to improve processes, realize operational efficiencies, and deliver better experiences to customers and residents. Youll be a leader on Cox2Ms Smart Communities team, working with a dynamic group of professional intrapreneurs who are passionate about solving customer needs using disruptive technologies. Visit to learn more.
About the Job
Be a leader who thrives in a dynamic, fast-paced venture where you will be responsible for organizing and executing the Cox led innovation center at Arizona State University (ASU) on the Smart Communities team within Cox2M. As the Program Management Lead, you will be responsible for managing projects, managing program structure and working with multiple stakeholders to develop innovative solutions. The Cox ASU Innovation Center/Cox Connected Environments Collaboratory will consist of an environment to build innovative solutions from the ideation phase to commercialization. This role will conduct various ideation and brainstorming workshops, perform analysis and discovery of ideas, coordinate with hardware and software teams to develop proof of concepts, perform rigorous tests of concepts and measure overall impact of solutions. This opportunity requires someone who can not only think outside the box and imagine the art of the possible but who can manage a program to create something meaningful beyond the whiteboard. This role will interface with multiple stakeholders from Cox, the university, and the community on a regular basis. The position reports to the Director of Smart Community Solutions for Cox2M.
Primary Responsibilities and Essential Functions
  • Maintain the order and structure of the innovation environment.
  • Manage innovative projects from ideation phases through commercialization
  • Coordinate internal resources and third parties for the flawless execution of projects
  • Assist in the definition of project scope and objectives, involving all relevant stakeholders and ensuring technical feasibility
  • Develop a detailed project plan to monitor and track progress of each project
  • Manage changes to the project scope, project schedule and project costs using appropriate verification techniques
  • Measure project performance using appropriate tools and techniques
  • Manage the relationship with the all appropriate stakeholders
  • Perform risk management to minimize project risks
  • Use and continually develop leadership skills


  • Excellent analytical and academic credentials with ability to push for and complete independent analysis
  • 3+ years of experience leading projects
  • 2+ years of experience in program management
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Solid interpersonal, presentation, and collaborative skills and commitment to develop further
  • Natural curiosity and tendency to question the status quo
  • Strong ability to manage multiple stakeholders at C-level of multiple organizations
  • Experience managing and leading small teams
  • Strong background of innovation
  • Prior start-up experience
  • BS/BA degree in related discipline desired (business management, decision sciences, analytics, etc.)
  • Hands-on experience implementing process-changing technologies
  • Experience implementing SaaS solutions that include hardware components / sensors
  • Experience building or improving change management and issue resolution processes
  • Experience in product development or high-tech environment
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)

Who We Are

About Cox Communications

Cox Communications is committed to creating meaningful moments of human connection through broadband applications and services. The largest private telecom company in America, we proudly serve six million homes and businesses across 18 states. Were dedicated to empowering others to build a better future and celebrate diverse products, people, suppliers, communities and the characteristics that makes each one unique.

About Cox

We are the Cox family of businesses. Weve been making our mark since 1898 by building and evolving world-class businesses, staying true to our values, and encouraging top talent to always look for growth and impact while building a career with us. Our primary divisions - Cox Communications and Cox Automotive - are driving a new wave of innovation, powering smart cities with powerhouse broadband communications and pioneering greener, more progressive transportation alternatives for individuals and fleet operators. Were also expanding into new spaces like cleantech and healthcare to rev up our momentum toward building a better future for the next generation. Were looking for the talent today who will be our leaders tomorrow. Sound intriguing? Learn more about where we are today, where we hope youll be going with us, and the common purpose that unites us at

Benefits of working at Cox may include health care insurance (medical, dental, vision), retirement planning (401(k)), and paid days off (sick leave, parental leave, flexible vacation/wellness days, and/or PTO). For more details on what benefits you may be offered, visit our benefits page.

Cox is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer - All qualified applicants/employees will receive consideration for employment without regard to that individuals age, race, color, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic information, ethnicity, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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About Cox Communications

Cox Communications is a broadband communications and entertainment company, providing advanced digital video, Internet, telephone and home security and automation services over its own nationwide IP network. The third-largest U.S. cable company, Cox serves approximately 6 million residences and businesses. Cox Business is a facilities-based provider of voice, video and data solutions for commercial customers, and Cox Media is a full-service provider of national and local cable spot and digital media advertising.

Cox is known for its pioneering efforts in broadband, voice and commercial services, industry-leading customer care and its outstanding workplaces. For nine years, Cox has been recognized as the top operator for women by Women in Cable Telecommunications; Cox has ranked among DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity 11 times. More information about Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at and

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