• Senior Project Manager, Planning Office

    Job Locations US-IA-Iowa City | US-Remote
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(3 weeks ago)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Program Management
    Up to 25% Travel
  • Overview

    ACT is a nonprofit organization helping people achieve educational and workplace success.  Our programs are designed to boost lifelong learning in schools and workplaces around the world. Whether it's guiding students along their learning paths, enabling companies to develop their workforce, fostering parent, teacher, and counselor understanding of student progress, guiding job seekers toward career success, or informing policymakers about education and workforce issues. ACT is passionate about making a difference in all we do.


    Learn more about working at ACT at act.org!



    The Senior Project Manager is responsible for executing cross-functional, complex projects from design to release/launch. This includes leading a cross-functional team to deliver per the approved project design, and managing the schedule, budget, and scope.




    Typical work-related activities include:

    • Leads a cross-functional teams and is accountable to deliver projects on-schedule, on-budget, and per the approved scope,
    • Defines roles and responsibilities of project team and acquires project resources
    • Proactively follows up with others to ensure commitments are on track and stay on track; works with project team resources to make sure the appropriate approval on deliverables is obtained
    • Create, track and manage project schedules; recognize potential slippage and new dependencies; work with project team to make schedule corrections
    • Manage all change management activities including documentation, obtaining approvals, communication, and changes to schedules and budget
    • Acts as the hub of communication to project team, extended teams, stakeholders, and for escalation purposes
    • Communicate project status and direction to Stakeholders, Epic Owners, and core team members. This includes regularly distributing meeting minutes and status reports
    • Keeps stakeholders proactively informed/consulted with in an environment of no surprises
    • Manage all project risks and issues to close
    • Provides factual representations of project issues and risks, packages the information with next steps, remediation plans, specific support requests of leaders, and appropriate knowledge of the issue to be able to answer predicted questions







    • Bachelor’s degree in technology area, change management or business management or related area required
    • Or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired 


    • A minimum of 5 years of project management related experience with a minimum of 2 years working in an agile or similar environment required
    • Knowledge and experience managing projects using Agile or similar methodology is required
    • Experience with managing complex, cross-functional projects and analyzing data required


    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    • Strong listening as well as effective verbal and written communication skills
    • Strong organizational skills and action-based problem solving abilities
    • Strong facilitation abilities
    • Knowledge of LEAN methodology and knowledge of software development processes within an Agile environment
    • Strong analytic skills
    • Ability to create and proactively manage an accurate project budget
    • Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information
    • Self-motivated with ability to work independently and as part of a high performing team in a fast-paced environment
    • Ability to recognize, manage and mitigate risks; find resolutions and make sure appropriate escalation paths are taken and solutions executed
    • Strong ability to manage change and adversity
    • Ability to lead large sized teams
    • Must be able to build effective teams; proactively handle conflict; handle difficult situations and people
    • Strong relationship management skills are critical
    • Proficiency in use of budget and program management tools


    • This role can be filled remotely, but selected candidate has to be located within driving distance. Required to be onsite two days a week.


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