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Program Launch & Continuous Improvement (PLCI) Project Manager II

Company: Western Governors University
Location: Salt Lake City
Posted on: April 10, 2021

Job Description:

*****Internal Candidates: This position will be take off all internal boards on Wednesday, March 31st.******--- In collaboration with the colleges and major university practices/departments, the PLCI Project Manager is responsible authoring the New Program/Offering Launch Charter documents with includes the overall business case for the new program/offering, project timeline, and expected impacts and outcomes. --- Responsible for leading the new program/offering cross-functional project team assembled to execute the new program launch charter using a combination of traditional and agile project management skills. --- Oversees and leads one or more project teams composed of department or practice level project managers and cross-functional individual contributors (the core team) assembled to own the execution of all program lifecycle phase which include market research, program design, program launch, and program sunsetting. --- Directly coordinates with university executive leadership in both the colleges and the practices/departments to communicate future plans, risks mitigation actions, and current status to both internal and external stakeholders.--- Organizes, leads, and manages the bimonthly Program-Level Continuous Improvement Solver Team meetings for one or more groups of programs and or educational offerings.--- Participates in strategy and design events focused on defining and delivering the Next Generation (Education Technology) Platform at WGU in coordination with academic business partners and technology experts.--- Uses problem solving skills based on Lean Six Sigma statistical techniques and problem-solving methodologies (such as DMAIC - Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control) to lead the Program-Level Continuous Improvement Solver Teams forward in their identification of root cause and corrective action.--- Use Change Management skills and tools to best implement the action plans and project plans.--- Utilize the WGU Program Lifecycle Management system and tools to manage the launch, maintenance, and retirement of courses, programs, and offerings. * Collaborates with other professionals both inside and outside of the university to promote a positive, "student-obsessed" work environment.* Consistently exhibits WGU's Leadership Principles.* Responds with urgency to organizational needs and exhibits excellent judgment while delivering results.Required Education and Experience ---- A Masters or Bachelor Degree in Engineering, Quality, Computer Science/Software/Information Management, Business Management, or Higher-Education Leadership. Education must be from an accredited institution. Education is verified.--- Minimum 5 years' professional experience in a role that required extensive Project/Change Management skills in a large organization (5000+ employees).--- Excellent understanding of Project Management theory/techniques and demonstrated execution.--- Strong understand of Lean Six Sigma problem solving tools and techniques.--- Strong understanding and skills in Change Management or the ability to be certified to Prosci ADKAR.--- Project Management qualification (PMP) or equivalent.--- Professional experience in strategic planning, risk management and/or change management.--- Proficiency in project management software tools related to waterfall and or agile methodologies.Required Skills --- Excellent leadership and project management skills.--- Works well in a team environment.--- Ability to influence change and motivate others.--- Strong oral and written communications abilities.--- Ability to stand-up and present results and action plans to large groups at internal meetings.--- Solid technical and problem-solving skills.--- Ability to plan and meet schedules.--- Ability to record and publish meeting minutes, rolling action items, and status reports.--- Ability to use all related computer equipment and applications--- Understanding of statistics and statistical analysis techniques related to continuous improvement.Preferred Qualifications --- Green Belt, Black Belt or Master Black Best certification--- Lean Silver or Gold certification--- Experience working in a university or institution of higher education.--- Experience developing and or launching new educational programs or offerings.--- Experience with program or product lifecycle management systems.Special Position Requirements--- Light travel required, 10% to 15% of time at maximum.--- This role is full-time (5 days a week) in WGU's Salt Lake City office and remote (home) office is not possible.#LI-ML3#AA#D&I

Keywords: Western Governors University, Salt Lake City , Program Launch & Continuous Improvement (PLCI) Project Manager II, Executive , Salt Lake City, Utah

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