Director of IT Project Management Office

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Children International,
Attn: Human Resources
2000 East Red Bridge Road
Kansas City, MO 64131

Title: Director of IT Project Management Office

Reports to: Vice President of IT
About Children International

Children International is a nonprofit humanitarian organization working to eradicate poverty around the world. At CI, we believe that every child matters and that it is simply unacceptable that over a billion children live in poverty. The CI approach is to invest in our kids and youth by providing a safe place, a caring team and a path out of poverty through programs in health, education, empowerment and employment. We provide this support for 250,000 children in 13 agencies working in 10 countries around the world.

The work Children International does on behalf of children in poverty is funded primarily through a one-to-one sponsorship model. We are transforming our funding model to dramatically increase the support we provide our kids. Additionally, we are taking our programs from good to great by elevating our people systems and practices worldwide. That’s where you come in.

Position summary

The PMO Director provides the vision, expertise and leadership needed to drive a project management-oriented culture and mindset for delivering project outcomes that support global business needs. The PMO Director is responsible for various methods and practices around provisioning IT into the business, improving the overall PPM maturity across the organization globally, and tracking and reporting the conformance to plans and expectations of IT-oriented initiatives.

As an arm of the overall IT governance function, the PMO Director is responsible for supporting and enabling the organization's projects/programs/portfolios and structured work efforts. The PMO Director ensures that the work of the PMO adds value globally, is relevant to the global strategy of the organization, and meets the goals set for the PMO by executive management.


  • Facilitates among the PMO stakeholders and organizational leadership a consensus around the mission and vision of the PMO organization to foster a project-management-oriented culture and mindset.
  • Engages senior leadership and business partners to ensure the PMO mission, goals and operating model continuously add expected value to the organization.
  • Builds and maintains relationships with senior leadership and key PMO stakeholders, and acts as a trusted advisor.
  • Leads the identification and development of PMO roles, staff, team configuration and recruitment appropriate to deliver the agreed-upon PMO goals and objectives
  • Leads the identification and implementation of project management processes, methods, tools, guidelines and standards to establish a stable framework that supports all project teams and stakeholders to improve the probability of successful project delivery.
  • Leads and enables the Project Management Community of Practice (PM CoP) to facilitate collaboration and best practice sharing among project managers and coordinators in order to achieve higher maturity in organizational PPM.
  • Facilitates the agreed-upon process that develops plans and prioritization by leadership and governance.
  • Defines, manages and directs the needed end-to-end PMO work effort, which includes leveraging best practices and techniques in identifying, quantifying and tracking the realization of expected benefits defined in business cases.
  • Builds consensus and commitment for achieving the organization’s vision.
  • Meticulously manages the transformation involved in maturing/improving PPM global capabilities.
Personal characteristics & qualifications:
  • Bachelor's or master's degree in computer science, information systems, business administration or related field, or equivalent work experience.
  • Project Management certifications such as PMI.
  • 10 or more years of experience in IT and business/industry.
  • Five to seven years of leadership responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading diverse teams.
  • Experience with one or more project management methodologies (for example, PMI PMBOK, PRINCE2 and agile)
  • Program management skills and experience, plus significant knowledge of project planning tools with evidence of practical application.
  • Exceptional leadership skills with the ability to develop and communicate the PMO vision, and inspire and motivate PMO staff.
  • Strong ability to identify roles and responsibilities and develop training plans and performance objectives to ensure continuous improvement of staff and PPM maturity and practices.
  • A distinctive blend of business, IT, financial and communication skills (This is a highly visible position with substantial impact.)
  • Effective influencing and negotiation skills in an environment where resources may not be in direct control of this role.
  • Excellent analytical, strategic conceptual thinking, strategic planning and execution skills.
  • Strong business acumen, including ability to absorb and apply industry, domain-specific knowledge of the enterprise and its business units.
  • Deep understanding of current and emerging technologies and how other enterprises are employing them to drive digital business, and how they may be applied to the enterprise to drive digital business.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and execute a strategic resource plan.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to explain IT concepts and technologies to business leaders, and business concepts to the PMO and Shared Services staff.