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Project Manager

University of Colorado System
Denver, Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jun 14, 2024

Who We Are:

System Administration, which also houses the Office of the President, is located in the uptown neighborhood of Denver with a few smaller offices located on the campuses. Many of our departments support the educational and research missions of the four University of Colorado campuses, but System Administration is not considered a campus. We provide diverse opportunities for professional development, innovation, and collaboration with talented staff and faculty. Learn more about CU System Administration .

The CU System Office of Advancement provides excellent customer service, strategy, expertise, and efficiency to our partners on CU’s campuses and at the University of Colorado Foundation. We support CU’s fundraising and engagement goals through advancement operations that include constituent research and development, data management, business intelligence, technical architecture, annual giving, planned giving, gift administration, marketing and communications, IT, budget and finance, and more. We believe that a healthy office culture is foundational to our success. We create this by bringing together a diverse team of colleagues and infusing our core values—Work Together, Think Big, Be Good and Have Fun—into our work every day. 

Position Summary:

The Project Manager will play a vital role in being responsible for the successful completion of large-scale projects within CU Advancement, ensuring they are delivered on time, within scope, and on budget. As part of the PMO team, the Project Manager will collaborate with the Director of PMO and project sponsors to define project objectives, develop project plans, and supervise progress. They will be responsible for handling changes to project plans, schedules, costs, and scope while identifying critical path decisions and communicating effectively with project partners.

The ideal candidate will have experience leading small projects and supporting larger initiatives, strong interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to efficiently engage and influence cross-functional teams. Familiarity with project management software tools, methodologies, and standard processes is crucial.

System Advancement is looking for a candidate who will help coordinate with other units to ensure all requirements of each project are gathered and compatible. Adaptability, relationship building, and problem solving will be key skills to keep projects on time.

This position reports to the Director of Project Management Office and is exempt from the State of Colorado Classified Staff system.

Where You Will Work:

The CU System Office of Advancement follows a “flexibility first” approach to work that defines how we manage and make use of in-person time. As a fully remote position, this role will work remotely with the exception of four separate callback weeks per year— when all our colleagues are expected to be together in the office. During callback weeks, this role is expected to work from the CU System office at 1800 Grant St. in Denver, Colorado. Any additional in-office time will be determined by this roles manager.

Diversity and Equity:

The University of Colorado System Administration Office is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse workforce. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons within the LGBTQ+ community and all veterans.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:
  • In collaboration with the Director of the Project Management Office and project sponsors, defines project objectives, develops the project plans, and monitors progress.
  • Manages changes to project plan, schedule, cost, and scope.
  • Identifies critical path decisions and communications to project partners.
  • Meets with stakeholders to validate business cases and to gather facts for establishing and gaining agreement on project charters.
  • Crafts project charters to validate and clarify issues, rationalize use of project resources, and anticipate risks.
  • Conducts project management research and studies trends and developments under the guidance of the Director of PMO to support PMO team members and industry colleagues.
  • Uses PM tools to handle project timelines and accuracy, to ensure project resource commitments are met, and to follow activities and variances.
  • Prepares monthly System Advancement Work Plan of projects for distribution to campus leadership and key partners.
  • Ensure vendors deliver according to contractual agreements and project requirements
  • Maintain comprehensive project documentation, including project plans, schedules, budgets, and risk registers
  • Find opportunities for process improvements within the PMO and implement standard methodologies
  • Conduct post-project reviews and document lessons learned to improve future project performance

What We Offer:

Salary: The anticipated hiring range has been established at $73,000- $77,000 .

CU System Administration takes into consideration a combination of the selected candidate’s education, training and experience as it relates to the position, as well as the position’s scope and complexity, internal pay equity and external market value when determining a salary level for potential new employees.

Benefits: With our unparalleled range of benefits, including top-notch healthcare, comprehensive wellness programs, enriching professional development, and a dynamic work-life balance, we ensure your holistic growth and happiness.
  • No-cost or low-cost medical & dental plan options, some inclusive of IVF assistance.
  • Disability, Life, Vision Insurance options.
  • Multiple retirement planning options including a mandatory 401(a) plan where CU contributes 10% of your gross pay, a 401k or 403b plan and a 457 deferred compensation plan.
  • Pre-tax savings plans, such as Health care and Dependent care flexible spending accounts.
  • Embrace a healthy work-life balance with ample sick and vacation leave, along with at least 12 paid holidays. This includes a dedicated week off for winter break.
  • 4 weeks of parental leave to adjust to the joys of parenthood.
  • A tuition benefit program for you and/or your dependents.
  • Free RTD EcoPass and Free Onsite Parking at our 1800 Grant Street Office.
  • Many additional perks & programs with the CU Advantage .
Additional taxable fringe benefits may be available.

For more information on benefits programs, please review our Comprehensive Benefits Guide .

Access our Total Compensation Calculator to see what your total rewards could be at CU. (This position is a University Staff position)


Minimum Qualifications:

Please ensure your resume includes any and all relevant experience to be accurately assessed against these qualifications. You must meet all minimum requirements listed at the time of application to be considered for this role.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education or equivalent professional experience. (The educational requirement may be substituted with professional experience on a year-for-year basis)
  • One (1) years of experience related to project management
Preferred Qualifications:
  • A bachelor's degree in a related field and two years of Project Management experience, OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and/or experience
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification
  • Three (3) years of related experience
  • Experience with similar work in a higher-education, healthcare, non-profit, and/or advancement setting
  • Experience with customer relationship management (CRM) software, particularly Salesforce or other higher education constituent database software
  • Experience working in a tiered service model
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

To be successful in this position, employees will need to know the following:
  • Project Management experience in both leading small projects and supporting larger initiatives.
  • Interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills to address a wide variety of audiences.
  • Ability to efficiently engage and influence cross-functional teams.
  • Demonstrated diplomacy, influence, relationship building, and problem-solving skills in a variety of situations.
  • Experience successfully managing program/project plans to deliver in scope, on time, and in budget.
  • Experience managing programs with multiple program sponsors.
  • Familiarity with project management software tools and standard methodologies.
  • Familiarity with case management or ticking software tools and standard methodologies.
  • Experience seeing projects through the full life cycle.
  • Ability to make sound decisions and solve problems creatively.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively to meet personal and team goals
  • Strong presentation and facilitation skills
  • Deep understanding of project management principles, methodologies, and best processes (e.g., PMI, Agile, Scrum)
  • Ability to think strategically and align project objectives with organizational goals
  • Ability to anticipate and proactively address potential project issues or roadblocks
  • Ability to negotiate and resolve issues constructively
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and project requirements

How to Apply:

For full consideration, please attach the following as separate documents to your application:

  1. A cover letter identifying the job specific minimum qualifications you possess
  2. A resume including any and all relevant experience to be accurately assessed against the qualifications listed in the posting.

Please ensure you check the “Job Specific Attachments” box next to each document on the “Required Documents” page of the application for the appropriate documents to be attached.

When to Apply:

For full consideration completed applications must be submitted by Friday, June 21st. Reference checking is a standard step in our hiring process. You may be asked to provide contact information, including email addresses, for up to five references as part of the search process for this position. *Please note: All application materials must be submitted through CU Careers; emailed materials will not be considered.*

Sponsorship Statement:

We are unable to sponsor applicants for work visas for this position.

Background Check Statement:

The University of Colorado is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial history, motor vehicle history and/or fingerprinting background check. The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that a verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

ADA Statement:

We are committed to an inclusive and barrier-free search process. We provide accommodations for applicants requesting accommodation through the search process such as alternative formats of this posting. Individuals with disabilities in need of accommodations throughout the search process should contact the ADA Coordinator at: .

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