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Cornell University, a nationally ranked Ivy League institution, is looking for an IT Project Manager within the Alumni Affairs & Development (AAD) division in Ithaca, NY.
In the role of IT Project Manager for AAD, you would be accountable for overall management, from inception to planning and bringing the projects to closure according to plan. AAD's IT projects are varied and diverse in size and intricacy and will reflect the range of activity within the organization. You will generally be focused on technology implementations and enhancements that improve AAD's effectiveness, efficiency, and services to our customers. You would be accountable for overall project management methods and premier practices to improve project results, ensuring successful fulfillment of customer expectations. You will often lead multiple projects simultaneously.
The IT Project Manager is a member of the AAD Information Technology Services (ITS) team as part of AAD Operations and reports to the Director of IT for AAD. ITS oversees, implements, maintains, and supports the technology ecosystem for AAD including endpoints, infrastructure, and various information systems unique to AAD's mission. AAD ITS partners with Cornell Information Technology (CIT) on delivery and assistance of centrally supported technologies.
This is a great opportunity to work in a division that is consistently one of the top fundraising programs in the nation, focused on building and maintaining relationships with alumni, parents, and friends, and offering a supportive and forward-thinking community.
AAD is devoted to cultivating an inclusive culture that values each staff member's unique perspective, qualifications, and experience, which results in creating a culture of belonging that reinforces a respectful and non-discriminatory workplace. If you are excited about being a part of such an organization, this role could be for you!
As the IT Project Manager, you will oversee all phases of assigned projects and specifically be responsible for leading and handling the following when assigned to a project:
Project Initiation - Facilitating project proposal efforts and submission to appropriate decision-makers.
Project Planning - Working with program areas to identify project team members, working with project team and stakeholders to create and gain agreement on project plans including scope (business and technical), schedule, budget, resource needs, communication planning, risks, transition to operations planning.
Project Implementation - Overseeing the completion of project tasks according to plan, stewarding change, budget, issues, and risks, execution of communication and transition plans, facilitating problem resolution.
Project Closure - Completing transition to operations, conducting lessons learned, confirming stakeholder satisfaction with outcomes.
You will also play a key role in:
Communications, including project status reporting and forecasting, and stakeholder communications, communicating about technology initiatives and projects and ensuring cross-functional involvement, awareness, and perspective are considered.
Partnering with program areas to assess and address the organizational impact of projects.
Procurement planning, facilitating vendor selection, and contract negotiation as required.
Facilitating technology governance and technology procurement processes.
To be successful in the role, you will:
Be highly organized and detail oriented.
Be a thoughtful leader, influencing through example, including making timely and informed decisions, demonstrating integrity and honesty, and openness to new ideas and ongoing learning.
Work as a team member seeking solutions and sharing successes.
Identify and build effective work teams through practicing and teaching fundamentals of teamwork.
Be a strong communicator, able to convey technical information related to the project with both technical and non-technical audiences.
Bachelor's degree; minimum 5-7 years of experience or equivalent combination of work experience and knowledge about information technology projects.
A minimum 5-7 years of managing information technology projects involving cross-functional teams.
Experience using a structured project management methodology and aptitude to tailor the methodology and process to meet the needs of the project and stakeholders.
A broad background in business management concepts with proven leadership and business management skills.
Strong background in technology either as a programmer, analyst, or project manager in software development or system implementation projects.
Experience with standard computer productivity and project management tools.
Proven record of establishing credibility rapidly to enable your effectiveness establishing critical relationships with stakeholders, directors, managers, and project team members from various parts and levels of the organization.
Excellent leadership, relational, written, and oral communication skills including facilitation, conflict management, change management, negotiation, and teambuilding.
Strong analytical and critical thinking experience and experience in budgeting and estimating are required.
Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, coursework and familiarity with the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK).
Experience utilizing a structured software system lifecycle implementation methodology is preferred.
Knowledge of or expertise in technologies in use within higher education.
This position is based in Ithaca, NY. Hybrid and remote work arrangements will be considered based on candidate location.
The starting pay range for this position is $88,769.00-$114,132.00.
Rewards and Benefits
Cornell receives national recognition, as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives. Benefits include:
Comprehensive health care options.
Access to wellness programs.
Employee discounts with local and national retail brands.
Generous retirement contributions.
Leave provisions including three weeks of vacation and 12 holidays.
Impressive educational benefits including tuition-free Extramural Study and Employee Degree Program, Tuition Aid for external education, and Cornell Children's Tuition Assistance program.
For full consideration, please submit your cover letter and resume with your application.
Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
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