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Associate Project Manager

Company: Western Governors University
Location: Salt Lake City
Posted on: February 24, 2021

Job Description:

Current WGU employees must submit their internal application before 2/26/2021 to be considered for the position. Position Summary The associate project manager analyzes data to ensure the correct tasks are prioritized within projects. This individual also manages projects from inception through completion within WGU's Program Development Department. The associate project manager monitors and reports project status-including risks, issues affecting project schedules, and milestone achievements-to stakeholders and departmental leadership. The individual develops project plans and schedules in order to ensure projects meet requirements, standards, policies, and deadlines. The associate 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 department priorities. Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Manages all phases of assigned projects (e.g., initiating, planning, executing, monitoring/controlling, and closing)
  • Keeps stakeholders and departmental 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
  • Ensures project management records and systems are accurate and up to date
  • Produces timely and accurate reports as directed
  • Analyzes project data to ensure the effective prioritization of tasks
  • 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 Knowledge, Skill and Abilities
    • Project management
    • Strong oral and written communication skills
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
    • Ability to use project management systems and tools
    • Problem Solving Skills: Investigates appropriate resources and involves partners when appropriate; future-oriented; assesses what will help/hinder achieving goals; focuses on what is important.
    • Interpersonal Skills: Deals with others in a considerate, respectful, and unbiased manner; approaches conflict proactively; solicits and shares feedback openly; listens with empathy and maintains composure.
    • Accuracy: Draws on factual information garnered from careful cultivation of a broad knowledge of WGU's goals and processes; investigates beyond assumptions.
    • Adaptability: Course corrects behaviors and communication style to meet the needs of a wide range of situations; tackles obstacles appropriately; is comfortable with ambiguity.
    • Reliability: Accountable to others; does what it takes to get the job done; actions are consistent with words; follows through on commitments; exhibits exceptional integrity.
    • Attitude: Displays commitment to the organization and to personal growth; self-motivated and able to motivate and inspire others; asserts self appropriately to champion ideas; tells the truth in a direct and constructive manner.
    • Initiative: Self-directs with a strong bias for action; leads the way in improvement of performance or processes; displays keen interest in students and organization. QualificationsMinimum Qualifications:
      • Bachelor's degree
      • Experience managing projects and resources Preferred Qualifications:
        • Project+ or CAPM certification preferred
          • Understanding of higher education, WGU, and program development preferred

Keywords: Western Governors University, Salt Lake City , Associate Project Manager, Executive , Salt Lake City, Utah

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