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Project Manager III, IT

Western Governors University
Job Location:
Salt Lake City, Utah
IT Manager/Director

Job Type: Full time

Job Number: JR-010221

Location: Home Office

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Job Profile Summary

The Senior Project Manager will stay informed on projects within assigned team and ensure best practices are used across the functional team, mentoring and developing project managers and associate project managers in their work. This individual manages projects from inception through completion within WGU's IT Project Management Team. The Senior Project Manager monitors and reports project status-including risks, issues affecting project schedules, and milestone achievements-to stakeholders and leadership. The individual develops project plans and schedules and ensures projects meet departmental requirements, standards, policies, and deadlines. The Senior Project Manager is expected to keep fully informed of departmental strategies and priorities and effectively influence the work of project team members in line with those priorities.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Manages all phases of assigned projects (i.e., initiating, planning, executing, monitoring/controlling, and closing).

  • Keeps stakeholders and leadership informed of project statuses, including, but not limited to, milestone achievements, toll gate progress, risks, and any issues that may adversely affect project schedules.

  • Keeps project management records and systems accurate and up to date.

  • Produces timely and accurate reports as directed.

  • Develops realistic project plans and schedules by analyzing organizational process assets, enterprise environmental factors, task dependencies, resource requirements, work breakdown, and departmental strategy and priorities.

  • Ensures projects meet organizational standards and are managed in accordance with applicable policies, processes, and procedures.

  • Documents project deliverables, outputs, and notes that capture why key project decisions were made.

  • Understands departmental strategic priorities and influences the actions and work efforts of team members in line those priorities.

  • Provides input to Project Management Office (PMO) manager to develop or refine project management procedures and processes for the purpose of improving efficiency.

  • Provides thought leadership, mentorship, and training support to project managers and associate project managers.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skill and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge and application of Agile methods.


Organizational Impact:

  • Works to achieveoperational targets withsignificant to majorimpact on department,Function, or Officeresults. May beresponsible for managinglarge projects orprocesses within thedepartment, function, oroffice.

  • Performs work as directed with limited oversight.

Problem Solving & Decision Making:

  • Responsible forleveraging a systems-thinking approach,making moderate tosignificant improvementsof processes, systems,and plans within thedepartment, Function, orOffice.

  • Problems and issuesfaced are numerous andchallenging, will requiredetailed informationgathering and analysis.Problems typically affectmultiple areas orspecialties.

Communication & Influence:

  • Collaborates cross-functionally with employees within and outside ofthe department. Typically hasresponsibility forcommunicating withparties external to theUniversity.

  • Works to influenceparties within andoutside thedepartment, Function, orOffice regarding policies,procedures, andpractices.

Leadership & Talent Management:

  • Isresponsible forproviding guidance,coaching, and training toother employees in thedepartment, Function, orOffice. Responsible for managingprojects involvingdelegation of work andreview of others' workproducts.

  • Demonstrates the WGUleadership principles inall aspects of service tostudents, employees, andpartners of WGU.

Job Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Information Technology, Information Systems, Management, or related field.

  • 7-10 years of experience in Project Management.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification.

  • Experience in a technology and/or higher education.

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.

  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.

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