Project Manager

Chicago, IL, US
Aug 14, 2019
The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has set ambitious goals to ensure that every child - in every school and every neighborhood - has access to a world-class learning experience from birth, resulting in graduation from high school college- and career-ready. Over the past five years, CPS has made incredible progress toward this goal, increasing graduation rates and ACT scores to record levels.

The Project Manager will serve as the primary point of contact for assigned projects in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Digital Learning, ensuring that deliverables are met across a variety of stakeholders. The Program Manager will leverage his/her experience and expertise in the areas of project management, progress monitoring, data analysis, and strategic planning to facilitate the implementation of the district's Curriculum Equity Initiative (CEI). Primary duties will include coordinating the activities of a project team, building and maintaining project plans, identifying appropriate budgetary resources needed, developing schedules to ensure the timely completion of projects by identifying project risks, and providing timely recommendations for risk avoidance, and providing regular communication with department leadership and other key stakeholders regarding the status of specific projects.

The Project Manager reports to the Director of Academic Operations in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Digital Learning and must fulfil the following responsibilities:

  • Defining project scopes, initiating and managing small to midsize business critical areas of project work

  • Creating and executing project work plans and revising as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements

  • Planning, directing and implementing complex projects on time, within budget and with desired functionality.

  • Producing project reports and performance metrics

  • Using influence to eliminate bottlenecks and potential resource alignment problems

  • Managing programs within standard project management methodologies to time, quality and budget

  • Initiating and managing multiple projects in parallel and with multiple dependencies

  • Identifying resources needed and assigns individual responsibilities

  • Managing through all stages of the project life cycle

  • Managing stakeholders and stakeholder expectations

  • Building strong project teams across multiple CPS departments

  • Providing excellent service to clients (internal and external).

  • Effectively managing vendor relationships in accordance with CPS and department strategies and directives.

  • Providing project status and other deliverables at each stage of a defined project management methodology.

  • Demonstrating a willingness to collaborate and support department peers and leadership.

  • Performs related duties as required.

In order to be successful and achieve the above responsibilities, the Project Manager must possess the following qualifications:

Type of Education Required:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree preferred.

Type of Experience and Number of Years:

  • Minimum of five (5) or more years of professional experience preferred, including at least two (2) years of experience in Project Management. Experience in a large organization, driving complex projects requiring significant cross-functional collaboration required. Experience supervising teams preferred.

  • Experience in public sector organizations is a plus, but not required.

Type of Certification:

  • Certified with industry certifications (e.g., PMP, CAPM, ITIL, Agile or Scrum frameworks) preferred.

  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Exceptional project management and time management capabilities, including ability to establish long-term vision and goals, and experience aligning and managing activities to drive cross-functional success on-time and to desired outcomes;

  • Self-starter with ability to conduct multiple projects concurrently, both independently and as a member of a collaborative team

  • Superior analytic and critical thinking skills and strong ability to analyze data, define problems, and outline valid conclusions and action steps

  • Excellent leadership skills, including the ability to build high-performing teams, trusting relationships and identify and leverage the value and skills others bring to the work; Strong delegation skills necessary

  • Unflinching attention to detail with proven ability to meet and exceed expectations

  • Strong facilitation and communication skills, in writing and verbally; able to present information to audiences at all levels of the organization.

  • Ability and willingness to learn and adapt quickly amidst new and shifting priorities.

Residency Requirement:

As a condition of employment with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), employees are required to live within the geographic boundaries of the City of Chicago within six months of his or her CPS hire date and maintain residency throughout their employment with the district.

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