Senior Project Manager

To apply, email your résumé to:
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Children International
2000 East Red Bridge Road
Kansas City, MO 64131

Title: Senior Project Manager
Reports to: Director of PMO
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 220,000 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 primary purpose of the project management role is to lead, oversee and ensure the successful delivery and management of single or multiple projects within scope, quality, time and cost constraints that may be clearly defined or may require dynamic change management in order to deliver business value. This role supports both business and technology driven efforts.

Responsibilities

  • Analyze project proposals to determine timeframe, budget management and appropriate process for accomplishing projects.
  • Identify and schedule project deliverables, milestones and required activities and tasks.
  • Provide leadership and motivation to project team members throughout the project life.
  • Establish work plan and staffing for project activities, iterations or phases, and arrange for recruitment or assignment of project personnel.
  • Develop and implement project communication plan, including dashboards, project status reporting, schedules, and necessary documentation. Effectively deliver status and mitigation plans to senior leaders.
  • Perform risk assessment, analyzing and developing mitigation plans as appropriate.
  • Ensure adherence to established project management practices; accepted and consistent utilization of standard tools and artifacts.
  • Ensure that project goals are accomplished and in line with business objectives.
  • Assign tasks, responsibilities and drive accountability across multiple functional teams.
  • Direct and coordinate activities across multiple teams to ensure project deliverables are completed on schedule and within budget.
  • Effectively identify risks, escalate issues, and remove obstacles in a timely manner.
  • Ability to handle ambiguity and drive the teams to clarification of open items.
  • Continuously benchmark project management performance to identify improvements and achieve higher capability maturity in PPM.
Specific responsibilities include
Stakeholder Management
  • Project sponsor and/or key stakeholders
  • Project team/staff (including designated users or customers)
  • Business unit (BU) management/executives
  • User/customer product owner and SMEs
  • External service providers'/consultancies' project manager(s)
  • PMO management, project managers, business analysts

Personal Characteristics & Qualifications

Education
  • Bachelor's or master's degree in computer science, information systems or related field; project management and/or general business management, or equivalent related IT experience.
  • PMP certification required; additional Scrum Master certification preferred.
Experience
  • Seven or more years of technology and business project management experience, with sensitivity and commitment to business problem solving
  • A minimum of five years of demonstrated competency involving the execution of medium to large highly complex projects concurrently
  • Five or more years of BU or BU-facing experience, with sensitivity and commitment to business problem solving
  • Demonstrated experience in leading teams
  • Demonstrated experience and ability in successfully utilizing "soft skills" or "people skills" to drive project success
Knowledge and Skills
  • Ability to lead and motivate others, demonstrating empathy and knowledge of varying personality types
  • Ability to manage projects utilizing various methodologies (e.g. waterfall, agile, or hybrid)
  • Demonstrated success in working with international stakeholders, varying cultures, and across multiple time zones
  • Skills to effectively apply utilization of project management tools and methodology
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills; expertise in setting and managing customer expectations
  • Distinctive blend of business, IT, financial and communication skills, as this is a highly visible position with substantial impact
  • Effective influencing and negotiating skills in an environment where this role may not directly control resources
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of business needs, with the ability to establish and maintain a high level of customer trust and confidence
  • Good understanding of current and emerging technologies and how other enterprises are employing them to drive digital business
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and execute a project resource plan that ensures that the right people are in the right place doing the right things at the right time