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IT Project Manager

Date Posted: Nov 2, 2022

Job Description

Job Title

Position Title: IT Project Manager  

Location: Technology Division

Salary Range: $55,000.00 - $80,000.00 

Reports to: Senior Executive Director of Technology Division 

Bargaining Unit: N/A 

Benefits Eligible: Yes  

 

Position Summary: 

As a critical member of the DPSCD’s Technology Division, the IT Project Manager is responsible for managing technology projects from concept to completion using general project management principles aligned to the district’s way of work. The IT Project Manager will develop best practices and strategies to ensure project scope, budget, resource, communication, and project plans are developed with project leads and endorsed by executive sponsors prior to implementation. The IT Project Manager is an assertive, collaborative, and highly organized individual focused on the inputs and outputs necessary for the success of all projects.  
 
Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, Business Administration or related discipline. 

  • Advanced degree in Information Technology or Project Management is preferred or successful completion of certification or courses in PMP or business analysis a plus.  

  • Minimum of three (3) years project management experience. 

  • Previous experience in information technology operations or project management required. 

  • Evidence of strong, effective verbal and written communication skills with the ability to convey technical information to a non-technical audience. 

  • Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision.

  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills. 

  • Ability to multi-task and flexibility to adapt to changes quickly. 

Essential Functions:

  1. Manage and direct project teams to realize set goals and objectives.  

  1. Represents the Technology Division as a key resource for district initiatives including project planning and consultation.  

  1. Develop and implement IT strategies effective in delivering projects within set budget and time constraints across the division.  

  1. Ability to provide IT specific consultation and solutions to address the business or productivity needs of the organization, including development of project charters and scopes, or recommendations for change orders.   

  1. Develop and refine project management best practices, processes, workflows, templates, and tools to ensure projects are managed well while aligning to the district’s way of work and compliance with policies, procedures and standards.  

  1. Design, schedule and facilitate kick-off and project meetings to advance project teams to task completion and successful outcomes. 

  1. Develop agendas, meeting minutes, presentations, executive briefings, knowledge articles, user guides, training materials, and other artifacts to build context, understanding, and communicate key messages related to projects to keep stakeholders and targeted audiences informed on progress.  

  1. Manage vendor relationships and contracts according to district policy, including development of RFP/RFQs, regular vendor meetings, completing vendor assessments, and arranging quality assurance and testing as required.  

  1. Conduct risk assessments to identify factors capable of minimizing project success; providing root cause analysis and/or recommendations for mitigation or resolve.  

  1. Responsible for developing tools to keep project lead and team, business partners, stakeholders, and executive sponsors accountable for tasks and deliverables for projects; including meeting expectations and targeting on-time completion.  

  1. Conduct post-project evaluation identifying successful outcomes and areas for improvement with final close out to executive sponsors.  

  1. Implement and maintain data and reporting systems to provide real-time displays of project portfolios across teams. 

  1. Build and maintain effective relationships across the district for collaboration and peer feedback to inspire collaborative work opportunities across teams, and to gain support and buy-in for projects before implementation.   

  1. Monitor the implementation of policy, processes, and procedures, and serve as an agent to inform, advocate, and administer new policies, procedures, and change orders.  

  1. Provide sound judgment for solving complex technical issues. Including effectively communicating the problem to management with recommendations for action to resolve the issue. 

  1. Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor. 

Security Clearance: 

Internal Applicants 

If you are a current Detroit Public Schools Community District employee, you do not have to submit to a new security clearance, unless your new role requires a different type of criminal background check. 

External Applicants 

In alignment with Michigan law, if you are hired to fill a position, you will be required to submit to a Detroit Public Schools Community District criminal background check. Information regarding required background checks will be shared at point of hire.  

Method of Application: 

Applicants must apply through the online application system. Only applications submitted through the online application system will be considered for any posted position and all applications require a resume to be considered.  

Successful candidates are required to submit official transcript(s) at point of offer to hire. Teaching service outside of the Detroit Public Schools Community District must be verified by the applicant's prior employer(s) prior to hire. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide all documentation (including copies) as requested.  

Applicants requesting assistance during the application process should contact the Office of Human Resources via email at [email protected] or phone at (313) 873-6897. 

DPSCD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, transgender identity, disability, age, religion, height, weight, citizenship, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category, in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admissions opportunities. Contact the Civil Rights Coordinator for more information at (313) 240-4377 or detroitk12.org/compliance.

 

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