Senior IT Technical Project Manager

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, MA

Job posting number: #7064900

Posted: February 25, 2020

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

The Senior IT Technical Project Manager is responsible for managing technical project execution for IT teams by developing, implementing, and enforcing schedule, scope and budget, managing vendors, managing and coordinating with other project managers, staff and vendors; maintaining efficient work flow on active IT projects; delivering the project on time commensurate with business requirements; and is accountable for ensuring project management efforts remains consistent with the IT strategic plan. The Senior IT Technical Project Manager is responsible for monitoring and documenting progress and risks with status reports and other communications, and alerting appropriate managers and executives when a project is off track.

This position requires time and people management skills in directing a variety of activities, in addition to an understanding of the ways in which information technology affects the business operations of the enterprise, and aligning the strategic goals of the enterprise. The position requires supervisory and management experience with the flexibility to deal with people at a variety of levels both within and external to the enterprise.

Essential Functions

Prepares project plans and makes scheduling decisions for IT projects; manages active, pending and proposed projects for IT; reviews the status of all assigned projects. Works closely with managers and directors to set priorities, coordinate work efforts, and report project activities.
Facilitates the orderly and efficient capture, storage, processing and dissemination of information regarding ongoing or upcoming projects; communicates status of key projects. Prepares regular reports on the status of deployment and implementation projects to which they are assigned; presents to various groups on status and implications of the implementation and deployment processes. Assesses and manages risks, and makes recommendations to keep projects on track.
Assures proper documentation and communication of necessary controls; creates metrics and measurements that will be used in the implementation and deployment process to validate the achievement of objectives on a per-project basis.
Develops and manages effective working relationships with other departments, groups and personnel with whom work must be coordinated or interfaced. Provides consulting support to enterprise and IT customers (both internal and external) to maximize project implementation effectiveness. Interfaces with vendors for purchasing, support, and consulting services as needed.
Assists in developing long range information technology strategy. Works with managers and directors to develop departmental project budgets based on forecasted human resources, software and hardware requirements.
Prepares, documents and maintains UMass IT workflows, design processes and checklists for projects to ensure accurate tracking and adherence to UMass IT standards architecture as well as UMass IT staff accountability for successful project completion.

Other Functions

Implements and deploys enterprise’s IT infrastructure installations, modifications, upgrades and improvements.
Develops and supports the virtual IT PMO with collaboration and input from IT managers.
Contribute at a design level to project efforts as appropriate, bringing in necessary talent to evaluate changes and proposals.
Provides technical leadership as needed.
Provides mentorship and guidance to project team leaders and members.
Stays familiar with new technologies, processes and techniques for project management and be prepared to guide their introduction into the teams.

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