Student & Campus Life (SCL) inspires transformation in all Cornell students on their journey of individual, academic and personal evolution. Our division is comprised of leading student affairs experts who support our campus on pressing student life matters including public service, health, wellness, social justice, residential living, food services, sports, recreation, career services, and student activities and organizations including sorority and fraternity life. Our nearly 4,000 staff and student employees who make up SCL embrace the opportunity to represent the division and strive for excellence as we shape the Cornell student experience, one interaction at a time.
As part of SCL, Cornell Dining consists of 28 retail and contract dining services including 10 all-you-care-to-eat operations generating $58 M in annual sales. From holiday-themed meals to chef surprises and dining room special nights, the Cornell Dining team of more than 400 culinary skilled staff members and approximately 600 students work hard every day towards offering a variety of fresh and healthy food options from all over the world. Cornell Dining's overarching mission is a commitment to creating exceptional Dining experiences to the Cornell community by providing best in class Operational Excellence, Organizational Excellence and Food and Nutritional Excellence.
The Organizational Excellence (Org Ex) team is responsible for providing support and framework relating to culinary, wellness, quality assurance, innovation, strategic planning, training, merchandising, and new initiatives along with other programmatic changes that effect Cornell Dining. We uphold and foster the values, mission and priorities of Cornell Dining. By fostering a culture of excellence and championing effective communication, consistent and efficient processes, we enhance the unity and cohesiveness of Cornell Dining and shape the organization for continued future success. This group also plays a key role in ensuring partnerships and strong relationships remain with our supporting departments (IT, HR, Marketing, Finance and Facilities).
As a leader on the Org Ex Team, the Project Lead will manage and drive strategic projects and process improvement efforts for Cornell Dining through the full project lifecycle, from inception to completion, implementation and assessment. In this role, it will be critical to build strategic partnerships at all levels of the organization, as this role works with multiple complex and cross functional teams while simultaneously juggling various competing priorities. This position assists project stakeholders in the development of the business cases to identify appropriate resources, requirements, projected deadlines, and supporting financial metrics. After evaluating appropriate methodologies, the Project Lead will utilize project planning tools (EasyProject, Excel, etc) to regularly report out on project statuses, as well as identify and raise any issues or risks associated with each project to ensure timelines and deliverables are met, and overall success of these crucial developmental efforts.
A successful Project Lead will:
Possess strong analytical and problem solving skills to anticipate needs and proactively identify and remove barriers to ensure project completion on time and within scope and budget
Demonstrate exceptional communication skills that demonstrate the ability to quickly establish effective working relationships at all levels of the organization, and can easily communicate meaningful messages and explanations
Lead courageously and possess strong conflict resolution skills by creating a sense of purpose amongst a group that allows team members to identify with the goal and remain committed through problems and crisis
Show proven leadership, initiative, and negotiation skills to manage multiple responsibilities effectively and provide direction and influence with minimal oversight
Bachelor's degree in business, information technology, project management, and/or related field plus at least 3 years of project/program management experience, preferably in higher education foodservice; or an equivalent combinations of education and experience
Experience with PC-based Microsoft Word products (PowerPoint, Excel, Word, etc.)
Strong interpersonal and communication skills in order to build solid working relationships internally and externally at all levels of an organization
Formal Project Management Training and/or Lean/Six Sigma certifications strongly preferred
Additional education and experience in related fields
Experience with Easy Projects or similar project management software.
Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
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Project Associate II
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