Senior Project Manager for State Assessment Solutions

Portland, OR, US
Oct 07, 2020
Senior Project Manager - State Assessment Solutions

About This Role...

This Senior Project Manager for State Assessment Solutions will work closely with the Director of Product Management, State Solutions, to guide the creation and maintenance of solutions that are customer-centered, comprehensive, and compatible with NWEA's core capabilities and strengths. This position will have deep understanding and experience with both Summative Assessment and product development lifecycles.

The Senior Project Manager for State Assessment Solutions shall provide the following services to the organization: 1) cross-functional project and program management for enterprise-level initiatives; 2) use and promotion of project management best practices and governance across the organization.

Your Next Challenge...

  • Manage large, enterprise-wide projects through the project management life cycle.
  • Provide leadership to and facilitate the work of cross-functional project teams by clarifying project objectives and defining tactics necessary to accomplish these objectives.
  • Establish structure of the project, including identification and allocation of resources and creation of project plans; ensure that plans receive appropriate review, authorization, and funding.
  • Development of project budgets and integration of project costs into the organization-level budget and financial forecast.
  • Track project activity and expenditures against plans; communicate effectively through multiple channels to sponsors and key stakeholders; manage external delivery partners where required.
  • Continuously assess project risk factors and recommend courses of action to mitigate risk.
  • Lead and participate in developing, maintaining and evolving standards, tools, templates and documented processes for process improvement and project governance.
  • Perform other duties as assigned to ensure the success of the team and the organization.
  • Assist teams in evaluating and establishing their capacity to inform project plans as needed.
  • Lead and participate in developing, maintaining and evolving standards, tools, templates and documented processes for process improvement and project governance.
  • Assist Program and Project Managers throughout the company with implementing standard practices on their projects.

Your Skills and Abilities...

  • Strong understanding of the K-12 education assessment industry (e.g. Common Core State Standards, competitors, RFP process) and accepted practices.
  • Deep understanding of and proven experience in a wide variety of project management methodologies, frameworks, tools, and techniques.
  • Strong leadership skills with proven ability to successfully manage and facilitate cross-functional teams; ability to build strong working relationships and work with all levels of an organization.
  • Strong verbal, written and presentation skills
  • Ability to work effectively with team members in different locations
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to travel as required, up to 10%

Your Education and Experience...

  • Minimum 5+ years' experience as Project or Program Manager in the Educational Assessment industry.
  • Experience with Pragmatic Marketing Product Management framework preferred.
  • Experience with standard product management practices preferred.
  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Engineering, or similar discipline required; MBA or other advanced degree or equivalent work experience strongly preferred. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered in lieu of a degree
  • Minimum eight years of practical project and program delivery experience in program/project management with demonstrated results.
  • Experience in vendor relations and contract negotiations for program/project outsourced services and products.
  • Extensive project management process and process improvement experience including project prioritization, estimating, project planning, budgeting, scheduling, risk and issue management.
  • Demonstrated history of high-level writing and presentation skills
  • Experience in an agile software development environment preferred.

About us...

NWEA® is a research-based, not-for-profit organization that supports students and educators worldwide by creating assessment solutions that precisely measure growth and proficiency-and provide insights to help tailor instruction. For 40 years, NWEA has developed innovative pre-K-12 assessments, including our flagship interim assessment, MAP® Growth™; our progress monitoring and skills mastery tool, MAP® Skills™; and our reading fluency and comprehension assessment, MAP® Reading Fluency™. Educators trust our professional learning offerings to accelerate student learning and our research to support assessment validity and data interpretation. Our tools are trusted by educators in more than 9,500 schools, districts, and education agencies in 145 countries.

What W e C an O ffer Y ou...

At NWEA we not only offer a competitive base salary, we offer a 15% contribution of eligible employees' base salary to a defined contribution 403(b) retirement savings plan; career development opportunities; an awesome work culture and environment; we also offer industry leading benefits and perks that are focused on supporting our employees' holistic wellbeing. To learn more about what we can offer more, click here.

NWEA strives to make diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) practices the center of our work. Our organization's mission, Partnering to Help All Kids Learn, is the foundation for our DEIA commitment as we work to reflect, value, and support the educators, students, colleagues, and communities we serve. We seek to empower and engage all stakeholders in the research, services, solutions and products we provide, our organizational culture, and the partnerships we establish with schools, districts, states, and countries.

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