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Project Manager I

COMPANY OVERVIEW

Be a Life Changer!  Grantham University is a nationally accredited online University founded in 1951 by a veteran to serve active duty and retired military service members, along with other non-traditional students. Since our move from Slidell, Louisiana, to the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan area in 2005, we have grown steadily and have added jobs to the community.  If you are looking for a rewarding position with an organization that allows you to positively change lives every day through the power of education, look no further than Grantham University.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

This Project Manager position will plan, execute, and lead projects according to scope, schedule and budget. This position includes working collaboratively with others within the University to acquire resources and coordinate the efforts of team members. The Project Manager will also define the project’s objectives and oversee quality control throughout its life cycle.

The Project Management resides within a fast paced environment, working with creative, involved teams. This individual must be resolution driven when needed, and must be able to manage projects at a high level and at the same time be an active hands-on team member in the day to day project activities.

KEY JOB RESPONSIBILITES

  • Lead and manage project development from beginning to end
  • Define project scope, goals and deliverables that support business goals in collaboration with sponsor and stakeholders
  • Develop project plans, meeting minutes, and status reports. Maintain issues and risks within provided software and ensure conformance to PMO department templates, standards, procedures and processes
  • Effectively communicate project expectations to team members and stakeholders in a timely and clear fashion and liaise with project stakeholders on an ongoing basis
  • Where required, collaborate with other department managers for the acquisition of required personnel from within the company
  • Conduct project post mortems or lessons learned meetings and document findings
  • Set and continually manage project expectations with team members and other stakeholders
  • Work collaboratively with project team to ensure tasks and responsibilities are assigned to appropriate personnel
  • Identify and resolve issues and conflicts within the project team
  • Identify and manage project dependencies and constraints
  • Plan and schedule project timelines and milestones
  • Track project milestones, status and deliverables
  • Proactively manage changes in project scope, identify potential crises, and devise contingency plans
  • Define, document and disseminate project success criteria to involved parties throughout the project life cycle
  • Lead project team members and influence them to take positive action and accountability for their assigned work
  • Other duties as assigned

EDUCATION/ WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS AND DESIRED SKILLS:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Desire and willingness to achieve certification in project management would be helpful and encouraged; or one to three years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and training
  • Experience with project management, leading and facilitating meetings, documenting project status a plus
    • Able to effectively communicate orally ( in person and by telephone) and in writing
    • Able to effectively operate a computer (preferably Microsoft Word, Excel, Visio, MS-Project, Access, email, project portfolio management software and internet skills)
    • Able to multi-task, yet maintain close attention to detail and timeliness of work production
    • Able to maintain the highest level of confidentiality
    • Able to work in a positive team environment with a variety of people (students, faculty, staff, administrators, and members of the public. Experience at working both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment is essential
    • Able to conform to shifting priorities, demands and timelines through analytical and problem-solving capabilities
    • Able to react to, and be flexible with, project adjustments and alterations promptly and efficiently
    • Able to read communication styles of team members and contractors who come from a broad spectrum of disciplines
    • Able to elicit cooperation from a wide variety of sources, including upper management, clients, and other departments
    • Able to bring project to successful completion through political sensitivity
    • Adept at conducting research into project-related issues and products
    • Must be able to learn, understand, and apply new technologies
    • Customer service skills
  • Language Skills: Ability to read and comprehend medium to complex instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write medium to complex correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and project team meeting situation to students, faculty, staff, and members of the public
  • Mathematical Skill: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent to draw and interpret bar graphs
  • Reasoning Ability: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to present facts to faculty for departmental response. Ability to deal with a variety of information presented in oral or written formats. Ability to deal with non-verbal behavior in assisting with problem resolution
  • Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions
    • Frequently required to use hand to finger, handle, or feel (including the use of computer keyboards) and talk or hear (including the use of a telephone).
    • Occasionally required to walk, stand, and reach with hands and arms
    • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 lbs
    • Specific vision abilities include: close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focusGrantham will seek to reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with a disability. Such reasonable accommodation may take the form of making existing facilities readily accessible to or usable by individuals with a disability, restructuring jobs, modifying schedules, acquiring or modifying equipment, adjusting training materials, adjusting employment policies, and the like.

CORE COMPETENCIES

  • Integrity – operates within the highest ethical standards and integrity in all aspects of the position
  • Motivated/Results Oriented – fantastic record of personal drive and the determination to succeed
  • Mission Oriented - passionate about helping others; ownership spirit with a competitive disciplined execution for results
  • Listening Skills – must be an active listener to insure student needs are fully understood and met
  • Influence – skilled at directing and motivating others towards personal, academic and professional success