This is a fully benefited, full-time Harvard University position that has been funded until June 30, 2020. There is the possibility of renewal, contingent on funding, university priorities and satisfactory job performance.
Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) is a community of Information Technology professionals committed to understanding our users and devoted to making it easier for faculty, students, and staff to teach, research, learn, and work through the effective use of information technology. We are recruiting an IT workforce that has both breadth in their ability to collaborate and innovate across disciplines – and depth in specific areas of expertise. HUIT offers opportunities for IT professionals to learn and work in a unique technology landscape and service-focused environment. If you are a technically proficient, nimble, user-focused and accountable IT professional who also connects with the importance of collaborating well in a team environment we are looking for you!
Reporting to the Managing Director, Project and Vendor Management within Harvard University Information Technology ("HUIT"), the Senior Project Manager ("Sr. PM") serves as an advisor, consultant and program/project manager for the University community's business and IT needs – specifically, around business enablement through the application of technology.
Within this context, the Sr. PM is responsible for designing, planning, implementing, managing, and measuring / tracking success for a portfolio of strategic, complex projects often involving multiple information technologies that serve to enable a variety of business strategies and goals, which can span across the entire University or major portions of it. The strategies and implementations of each project will adhere to University-wide standards and processes. As such, the Sr. PM is responsible for supporting the development and ongoing refreshment of portfolio, program, and project management approaches, processes, tools, and templates that serve as the University-wide standard, and integrate well with other related University-wide governance processes (e.g., budgeting and financial management).
Project Management Responsibilities:
Responsible for designing, planning, implementing, managing, and measuring / tracking success for a portfolio of strategic, complex projects often involving multiple information technologies that serve to enable a variety of business strategies and goals, which can span across the entire University or major portions of it. The strategies and implementations of each project will adhere to University-wide standards and processes.
The successful candidate is a seasoned strategic thinker with deep experience in developing and implementing practical options for and "solving" complex business challenges through IT enablement in a highly disciplined and collaborative manner across multiple stakeholders (i.e., clients and "customers"). The successful candidate is also well versed in current industry leading practices for strategy development, execution, portfolio / program / project management, and change management.
The successful candidate is exceptionally well-organized, action-oriented, an excellent listener, and thoughtful communicator with a record of demonstrated success communicating effectively across all levels of an organization from entry level staff to University executives and in both technical and nontechnical, business languages.
Please note: Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background screening.
Harvard University Information Technology is unable to provide work authorization and/or visa sponsorship.
This position has a 180-day orientation and review period.
Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services.
Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
Join Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) to assure Harvard's leadership in IT!
More about HUIT:
Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) is responsible for the strategy, planning, and delivery of information technology across the University.
To make it easier for students, faculty and staff to learn, research, teach, and work through the effective deployment and use of information technology.
Salary Grade: 059
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
In order to be considered for this position, candidates must meet the following basic qualifications:
BA or BS required
5+ years of experience in strategic planning and execution, as well as complex IT project management and change management across large, diverse stakeholder groups (including the development and implementation of new standards and redesigned processes)
2 years' experience working on agile teams with demonstrated gains in transparency, alignment, and velocity
The following qualifications are preferred but not required:
Significant exposure or experience working directly on any portion(s) of large complex enterprise wide transformations
Advanced degree in a field related to business or IT highly desirable
MBA/MPA/MPP or degree in an advanced degree field related to business or IT management highly desirable
Prior, hands on operational experience as an IT manager beneficial.
12+ years of senior management experience either influencing cross organizationally or; directing, managing, mentoring, and developing individuals in a team based environment
IT Strategic project scoping and management skills for both large and small efforts, including, specifically: visioning, goal setting, current state assessments, gap and impact analyses, options /hypotheses development and analyses, high level and detailed design and implementation planning, actual implementation (including proactive schedule management, risk / issue management, and budget /cost management), and integrated performance management and benefits tracking where needed
Problem solving skills, including specifically: the ability to develop and analyze options / hypotheses objectively, develop comprehensive and mutually exclusive criteria / hypotheses to support strategic decision making, apply industry leading prioritization methods, and facilitate negotiations / discussions involving groups of large diverse stakeholders;
Communication skills (both written and verbal), including specifically: the ability to succinctly articulate business impacts, translate technical information into layperson and business terms, concisely 'storyboard' complex problems, solutions, and approaches in a manner appropriate for senior executives, develop strategic frameworks, templates, and high quality pragmatic deliverables that can be carried forth and executed by project teams, and articulate and demonstrate that IT strategy improves value to the University community;
Leadership skills, including specifically: the ability to lead internal change effectively and sensitively, attract and retain talent, build rapport across teammates and clients / customers, develop / mentor /motivate others, demonstrate and foster genuine and meaningful collaboration, share knowledge effectively, respect others, and live the global values of the University's new IT organization.
Experience with broadcast communication tools and technology is a plus.
Knowledge of Harvard University community and technology is a plus.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. T...he University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.