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Project Manager (17163)

American University
District of Columbia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Closing date
Jul 27, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Management, Other Business & Management, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Computer Services & Information Technology, Other Business & Administrative Affairs, Technology Administration/Other
Employment Type
Full Time
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This Project Manager is responsible for project managing the planning, execution, and implementation of the approved WAMU Workplace Culture Task Force recommendations. This Task Force, made up of staff from across the station, made strategic workplace culture recommendations to improve WAMU’s organizational practices in the following areas: culture; diversity, equity, and inclusion; cross departmental collaboration and communication; and the connection between WAMU and American University. This position will help implement these recommendations over the next 18-24 months by designing and executing a disciplined project and change management approach that uses best practices and techniques from project management, change management, and a workflow software tool application. This position will work with a diverse array of stakeholders across WAMU and the University on this high-priority and very visible effort. This position is a temporary full-time position with an initial 18-month appointment that may be extended to up to 24 months depending on project implementation needs.

Essential Functions
  1. Manage various Task Force projects and successfully deliver on project/business objectives, working with the WAMU Leadership Team, WAMU managers and AU stakeholders.
  2. Support key leadership team members from across WAMU in identifying, prioritizing, and implementing objectives as part of the approved Task Force recommendations through effective project and change management.
  3. Support the Task Force implementation team and staff groups on implementing the workstreams of the plan, including through development and implementation of various project plans.
  4. Identify issues and use problem-solving skills (including root cause analysis) to resolve issues in a timely manner. Help to break down complex issues into discrete components to analyze, diagnose, assess, and assist in recommending viable solutions.
  5. Document, manage & report on a tightly integrated project schedule across multiple workstreams, always focused on the critical path.
  6. Develop implementation schedule for the entire effort, project schedules, including generating/maintaining project dashboards, reporting KPI’s, risk/action logs and other artifacts.
  7. Generate documentation for necessary meetings, track delivery of follow-ups & outcomes.
  8. Develop written reports and other project updates and presentations.
  9. Facilitate communication between project team members, WAMU leadership and AU leadership.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
  • Full time
  • Team Leader/Consultant A
  • Exempt

Required Education and Experience
  • Bachelor's degree
  • 3-5 years of relevant experience
  • Work experience in project management, business management, finance, accounting, or information technology.

Preferred Education and Experience
  • Master's degree (Master’s Business Administration preferred)
  • 4-6 years of relevant experience
  • Experience supporting complex projects.
  • Experience with project management software and business software (i.e., advanced excel)
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

Management skills

  • Provide guidance to project team members (e.g., set objectives, establish work schedules, develop and implement policies and procedures, help them navigate obstacles)
  • Motivate team members by encouraging them and by building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation
  • Effectively measure performance and hold project team members accountable for meeting goals
  • Deliver timely and honest feedback to team members in a constructive manner

Project management skills

  • Attention to detail, making sure that all aspects of the project (e.g., plans, status reports, execution of the deliverables) are thorough and accurate
  • Develop project plans, including goals, technologies, timelines, budget, and staffing, and use appropriate tools to update project plans
  • Possess excellent knowledge of standard best practices and processes in project management
  • Identify and obtain resources such as materials, staffing, and vendors needed to successfully complete the project
  • Prioritize resource allocation based upon project needs, timelines, and complexity
  • Report progress and promptly update timelines, milestones, and other aspects of projects

Additional Eligibility Qualifications (continued)

Communication skills

  • Listen carefully to others, taking time to understand and ask appropriate questions without interruption
  • Disseminate information, such as project scope, budget, timelines, and deliverables, clearly and concisely
  • Promote effective communication between project team members in writing and verbally
  • Collaborate with key internal and external stakeholders (project team, management, clients, peers, support areas) to achieve goals

Other critical skills, competencies, and abilities

  • Work well under pressure, multi-tasking efficiently to deliver projects on time and within budget
  • Make decisions and solve problems using sound reasoning and judgment (e.g., gets input, analyzes relevant data) within a framework of business priorities
  • Remain flexible and adapt to variety on the job (e.g., effectively handle unexpected situations and demanding stakeholders)
  • Approach the job with confidence and a positive attitude (e.g., respond to project setbacks in a helpful and constructive manner)
  • Demonstrate trustworthiness, honesty, and high personal standards in dealings with others
  • Treat other people, including those of different backgrounds, beliefs, and gender with fairness and respect
  • Act with ethics and integrity

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