Under the direction of the Director of Strategy Management, the Project Manager provides leadership in project management best practices, standards, and execution. The Project Manager is responsible for leading key projects for the organization and coordinating across departments, in the context of Continuous Quality Improvement. Key projects include new program development, special initiatives, coordinating completion of federal grant proposals and other agency efforts that are temporary, have a defined timeline and result in a specific deliverable(s). All work to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with organizational standards.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to the following. The organization reserves the right to add to, delete, change or modify the essential duties and responsibilities at any time.
Serve as project manager for cross organization projects assigned to the Strategy project portfolio, and support other collaborations across the organization.
Develop and maintain project charters, plans and schedules; estimate time requirements, establish deadlines and monitor progress; report on progress, any identified issues and risks and their resolution; document change requests and any revisions to project plans or schedules.
Coordinate internal resources as needed for successful execution of projects.
Support project management across the organization generally and provide leadership and support to project managers situated within departments.
Create and maintain a repository of resources, including templates for charters, plans, and other project management documents.
Coordinate with Research team on data and evaluation needs of projects.
Develop spreadsheets, diagrams and process maps for the purposes of reporting progress, analyzing results, and contributing to CQI.
Support Director of Strategy Management with implementation of the Balanced Scorecard.
Other Functions: The organization may assign other functions to the job at its discretion.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university and a minimum of five years related experience in project management.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
Project Management courses or certifications (preferred, not required)
OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Must have Office Suite skills (advanced level)
Excellent interpersonal and communications skills
Ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast paced environment
Knowledge of the early care and education landscape in Illinois
Excellent project management skills, both technical (use of planning frameworks and software) and interpersonal (motivating people)
Critical thinking and problem solving skills
Strong database skills and experience
Experience with data and methods used in qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation
Illinois Action For Children is EEO/M/F/D/V employer
About Illinois Action for Children
Illinois Action for Children is a state and national leader in the early care and education community, distinguished by its "Strong Families, Powerful Communities" approach to child development, Pre-K education, and other family and community supports.
Since our founding in 1969 by a group of child advocates, IAFC has worked to ensure that all children in Illinois have access to high quality opportunities, and that parents are supported in their goals of economic self-sufficiency and stability.
Illinois Action for Children is a catalyst for organizing, developing and supporting strong families and powerful communities where children matter most.