The Project Manager is part of the Academic and Instructional Technology team. The incumbent has strong project management skills and experience leading large e-learning course development projects. The project manager has expert communication and leadership skills with the ability to interface across all departments within academics and with outside vendors. This role takes responsibility and accountability to deliver projects on time, on budget and within scope. The project manager reports to the associate vice president of academic and instructional technology.
Leads and manages e-learning course development projects using agile project management methodology.
Develops all pertinent project management documentation including project management plan, Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), resource utilization charts, schedules, budget plans with burn down rates and statements of work for third party contractors.
Manages all third party contracts and communicates directly with vendors on quality and progress of work.
Manages all invoices and determines payment authorization.
Communicates regularly with academic leadership and maintains stakeholder relationships.
Produces regular reports on progress, schedule, and budget.
Acts as the scrum master in scrum meetings and maintains the backlog.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Strong analytical and project management skills.
Experience with agile/scrum development methodology.
Ability to identify, coordinate and manage stakeholders and resources for project and be perceived as a strong project leader.
Ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with end-users and resources to drive initiatives to a timely conclusion with an emphasis on quality.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to interact professionally with diverse groups, including executives, managers, and subject matter experts.
Ability to articulate ideas to both technical and non-technical audiences.
Must be comfortable working independently as well as a role player or leader in a team environment.
Ability to motivate in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.
Experience in budgeting, resource allocation and administrative operations.
Experience leading in a high-performance, customer-centric culture focused on service, innovation, efficiency and productivity.
Ability to successfully handle large projects.
Proven project management and leadership ability.
Ability to set and manage priorities judiciously.
Exceptionally self-motivated and directed.
Keen attention to detail.
Superior analytical, evaluative, and problem-solving abilities.
Experience with Microsoft Office products, including Project, Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Visio.
Bachelor’s degree in field of management, distance education, business administration or equivalent.
At least 5 years of experience in instructional design in a higher education setting required.
Demonstrated project management experience in instructional design required.
PMP certification and/or an advanced degree in one of these fields preferred.