Position Summary: Reporting directly to the Director of PMO, the Project Manager role is responsible for overseeing the planning, development, and implementation of project efforts that utilize information technology solutions, principles, standards, and best practices. The PM develops, establishes, and maintains project management standards and procedures. Throughout the project lifecycle, the PPM obtains feedback to ensure that project efforts meet customer expectations for contracted time, cost, and performance.
Executes project processes pertaining to the initiation, planning, execution, and closure of medium to large information technology projects. Develops and maintains project management plans, sub-plans and project documents. Monitors project performance in accordance with predetermine timelines, budgets and project objectives. Proactively manages project risks, issues and communications to ensure project objectives are met. Responsible for developing and maintaining positive rapport and productive working relationships with project sponsors, executive leadership, senior managers and key stakeholders throughout the project life cycle. Provides guidance and direction to project leads, project team members.
Essential Functions: This posting is currently accepting internal applicants only. Internal applicants are active Middlebury College employees and their spouse or partner.
Earliest anticipated start date is April 22, 2020.
Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.
Creates project initiation documents in that will include (but not limited to) an outline of the project scope, strategic goals, project objectives, major deliverables, estimated resources, budget, timeline and project manager authority levels. Develops and executes project plans for identifying and managing both project management and product work to include (but not limited to) procedures for requirements management, project and product change management, configuration control of project artifacts and the creation of work breakdown structures. Develops and executes plans to ensure all project tasks, milestones and resource requirements pertaining to project management and product work are integrated into a master project schedule; procedures are developed to ensure accurate schedules are maintained; and work authorization processes are created. Develops and executes project plans to formulate and manage project budgets in accordance with established accounting procedures. Leads the project team through the process of identifying project risks and development of risk mitigation strategies. Ensures approved risk monitoring and management strategies are documented and executed. Develops and executes project communication plans that will convey project status, risks, expectations, timelines, milestones and other key project metrics to project stakeholders, sponsors, team members and governance committees. Develops and executes quality management plans to ensure project deliverables conform to documented business requirements and project objectives. Fosters teamwork among project team members, sponsors and stakeholders by working cooperatively and effectively to set goals, resolve conflicts and positively influence the accomplishment of project objectives. Develops and executes project procurement and vendor management plans in accordance with established procedures. Leads project teams in the development of technical work plans and strategies to include (but not limited to) systems analysis, technical design, coding, testing, user acceptance and implementation of IT systems and/or applications; ensures technical approach is documented in project documents and artifacts; and monitors execution of technical work plans as part of the project performance management plan. Monitors project performance in accordance with project management plans, leads the development of corrective action strategies, executes change management procedures and ensures approved corrective actions are implemented and documented. Organizes, conducts and facilitates project team meetings and management reviews. Fosters continuous process improvement by capturing and documenting lessons learned and assisting the program/portfolio management office in the development of project portfolio and program management processes, procedures and tools. Maintain a thorough working knowledge of Middlebury operations and an in-depth knowledge of current and emerging applications, technologies and industry best practices.
General Responsibilities: Use ITS Mission (http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/technology/its/mission), Vision and Strategic Direction (http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/technology/its/vision) as guiding principles to shape your activities and objectives. Use ITS Values (http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/technology/its/values) as guiding principles to shape how we work and conduct ourselves as a member of ITS. Identify opportunities for professional development and continually seek to add value to Middlebury by enhancing your skills and expertise. Must demonstrate a willingness and proficiency for learning new project management environments, tools, frameworks, and languages. Must be able to work cooperatively with other technical and functional users and accept direction from supervisors. Key Relationships With Supervisor With members of work group and team(s) within ITS With workgroup managers and key staff within ITS With faculty, staff, students and other customers and partners of ITS Performs other related duties as assigned.
Qualifcation Education: Bachelors degree in technology field or equivalent experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Demonstrated leadership and organizational skills. Excellent interpersonal, communication and conflict resolution skills. Strong writing skills with the ability to author business and technical documents. Strong collaborative skills with a demonstrated ability to work with a diverse group of information technology professionals. Knowledge of best practices for testing and quality assurance. Strong technical aptitude and analytical skills. Strong verbal communication skills. Knowledge of generally accepted best practice project management skills, business analysis, requirements gathering, and consultative engagements with customers. Familiar with best practice security protocols and safe computing practices.
Experience: 6-10 years of progressive experience with demonstrated success in providing project management is required. Experience in the design, implementation and hands-on management of substantial and complex IT projects is desired. Experience working under the direction of a project or program management office.
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