Sr. Project Manager

Fairfield University
Connecticut, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Oct 8, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Computer Services & Information Technology, Other Business & Administrative Affairs, Technology Administration/Other
Employment Type
Full Time
Fairfield University is a co-educational, comprehensive Jesuit university with a 200-acre campus located along the scenic shoreline community of Fairfield, CT. The University is comprised of approximately 3,500 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate students pursuing degrees within 5 schools: The College of Arts and Sciences, The Charles F. Dolan School of Business, The School of Engineering, The Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies, and School of Education and Human Development. As an expression of our Jesuit, Catholic mission and identity, Fairfield embraces a liberal humanistic approach to education, encouraging critical thinking, cultivating free and open inquiry, and fostering ethical and religious values.

Job Description:

DEPARTMENT: Information Technology Services

BASIC FUNCTION: Fairfield University needs a talented project manager to join the Enterprise Computing team within ITS. This person will manage a series of IT projects and provide end to end reporting on project status including dashboards, executive reports, risk updates, and project plans. We provide a fantastic working environment, competitive compensation, excellent benefits, and a fulfilling mission, you bring expertise, hard work, and a commitment to excellence.

The senior project manager will work with a team of other analysts, developers, database administrators, network & system administrators, and our security team to use technology to solve our most pressing business and academic challenges. This person will build out an project intake process, provide project management methodologies, and build project plans. They will also hold other team members accountable to hit deadlines and deliverables. This person must also be willing to roll up their sleeves and do what’s necessary to make these projects successful. Sometimes this means designing and testing a new custom application, sometimes it means researching available off the shelf solutions, and sometimes it means extending the functionality of our student information system (Banner) or our ERP (Workday). It always means providing an exceptional level of customer service, tracking and reporting status accurately, and working effectively in teams and on your own. You should be a self-starter, willing to anticipate the next thing that needs to be done and doing it without having to be told. You are never satisfied with the status quo, believing there’s always room for improvement and you should be naturally curious and eager to learn new skills and suggest new solutions. It is essential that you can take a partially conceived idea with poorly defined requirements and turn it into a finished product that gets delivered on time and on budget.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL, & EXPERIENCE NEEDED: The right candidate for this job has a bachelor’s degree and previous experience juggling multiple projects with competing timelines and priorities. He or she has a working knowledge information systems and enterprise IT. A minimum of 5 years of prior IT experience is required and a graduate degree in IT, Computer Science, or a related field is preferred. The ideal candidate is comfortable communicating up and down the chain of command and is skilled at translating technical jargon for non-technical stakeholders. This person should be a system-oriented thinker capable of seeing how various pieces of a project affect other department priorities. The ability to report the status of each project and the overall portfolio with a strong attention to detail is key.

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree required



Manage multiple projects within ITS while continually assessing project priority, resource availability, budgets, and risks. Work closely with application developers and campus partners to ensure priorities are clear and well aligned, projects are tracking toward completion deadlines, and any roadblocks are cleared or escalated in a timely manner. Ensure that all projects are delivered on-time, within scope and within budget; ensure that project status is tracked and reported appropriately Manage project risks and escalate those risks to management in a timely manner. Develop risk mitigations strategies Create and maintain comprehensive project documentation including design specifications, requirements documents, test plans, and go-live sign-off documentation Create and maintain a dashboard showing the status (scope, budget, timeline, and risks) for all projects in the portfolio Create and deliver training for end users as needed Manage the relationship with all internal and external stakeholders and model a professional attitude on behalf of ITS Perform any other related duties as required or assigned.

This position is based at Fairfield University’s Fairfield, CT campus.

Disclaimer: The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. Duties may be changed and/or be added at any time.


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All offers of employment are contingent upon a satisfactory background check.

Fairfield University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, Veterans, and members of historically underrepresented groups. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to all qualified individuals with a disability.

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