Project Manager III, IT

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  • Post Date: May 18, 2022
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Job Overview

Job Type: Full time

Job Number: JR-010221

Location: Home OfficeIf you’re passionate about building a better future for individuals, communities, and our country-and you’re committed to working hard to play your part in building that future-consider WGU as the next step in your career.

Driven by a mission to expand access to higher education through online, competency-based degree programs, WGU is also committed to being a great place to work for a diverse workforce of student-focused professionals. The university has pioneered a new way to learn in the 21st century, one that has received praise from academic, industry, government, and media leaders. Whatever your role, working for WGU gives you a part to play in helping students graduate, creating a better tomorrow for themselves and their families.

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 achieve operational targets with significant to major impact on department, Function, or Office results. May be responsible for managing large projects or processes within the department, function, or office.
  • Performs work as directed with limited oversight.

Problem Solving & Decision Making:

  • Responsible for leveraging a systems-thinking approach, making moderate to significant improvements of processes, systems, and plans within the department, Function, or Office.
  • Problems and issues faced are numerous and challenging, will require detailed information gathering and analysis. Problems typically affect multiple areas or specialties.

Communication & Influence:

  • Collaborates cross-functionally with employees within and outside of the department. Typically has responsibility for communicating with parties external to the University.
  • Works to influence parties within and outside the department, Function, or Office regarding policies, procedures, and practices.

Leadership & Talent Management:

  • Is responsible for providing guidance, coaching, and training to other employees in the department, Function, or Office. Responsible for managing projects involving delegation of work and review of others’ work products.
  • Demonstrates the WGU leadership principles in all aspects of service to students, employees, and partners 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.

As an equal opportunity employer, WGU recognizes that our strength lies in our people. We are committed to diversity.

As an equal opportunity employer, WGU recognizes that our strength lies in our people.
We are committed to diversity.
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