Technical Project Manager (Information Technology Consultant - Expert) (10601)

  • San Francisco
  • San Francisco, California
  • Oct 01, 2020
Full Time Information Technology and Communication Services Project Management

Job Description

Working Title
Technical Project Manager
SF State University
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Information Technology Services
Appointment Type*
Temporary: Position will end on or before 09/20/2021. Permanent status cannot be earned in this position.
Time Base*
Full-Time (1.0)
Work Schedule*
Monday to Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Anticipated Hiring Range*
$6,250.00 - $7,500.00 Per Month ($75,000.00 - $90,000.00 Annually)

Salary is commensurate with experience.
Position Summary*
Reporting to the Manager of the Project Management Office, this position will work under minimal direction to independently coordinate, plan, support, and execute enterprise-wide and division information technology projects. The incumbent will manage the Project Management Life Cycle from beginning to end, establish multidisciplinary stakeholder and project team buy-in, apply his or her knowledge and understanding of industry accepted methodologies (i.e., Project Management Body of Knowledge [PMBOK]) and lessons learned from past experience to facilitate project success.

The Technical Project Manager will provide imaginative, thorough, and practicable solutions to a wide range of problems. Using technical experience and training, the incumbent works with all the Information Technology Services departments and functional divisions during the course of managing projects, with an emphasis on projects incorporating technology to support student success, teaching, learning, and research.

The incumbent will also work with the Manager, other project managers, and ITS colleagues to develop and implement maturing project management policies and procedures. This incumbent will develop a thorough understanding of Information Technology services and how they each support projects.

Work hours are typically Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM; other hours as required.
Position Information
Plans Projects

Under minimal direction:
- Consults with project sponsors to clarify project scope, deliverables, timelines, and analyze risk.
- Interacts with users and other stakeholders (administration, faculty, staff, students, vendors) to further understand requirements.
- Develops the project plan as needed to identify and organize project resources, assigning and clarifying roles and responsibilities, establish project schedule, plan for communication, risk, budget, and quality assurance.
- Uses presentation and communication skills and tools to communicate project vision and plans to team and stakeholders.
- Works with Information Security, Networking, Operations, Identity Management, and other information technology departments to plan for proper system and security design, best practices, and service transition.
- Works with Service Desk and IT Training and Communications Coordinator to plan project communications to the users and campus community.
- Documents project planning in the project and portfolio management tool.

Executes Technical Projects
- Applies certified PM tools and methodologies to achieve project milestones, maintain scope, and execute project plans.
- Observes project team dynamics to ensure effective team member synergies and to resolve
team issues.
- Creates progressive milestones to recognize successes, provide feedback, and motivate the project team.
- Gathers and analyzes project metrics to evaluate project performance and to manage
issues, risk and changes of scope.
- Coordinates with technical managers and resources from Information Security, Networking,
Operations and other information technology departments to execute the plan, utilizing
past experience and knowledge to look for gaps or risks.
- Communicates with stakeholders, senior management and project leaders to discuss issues and resolutions and to authorize scope changes.
- Maintains project status and appropriate documents such as requirements, issues, and risk
in the project and portfolio management tool.

Monitors and Controls Projects
- Utilizes PM tools to manage project timelines and accuracy, ensure project resource
commitments are met, and track activities and variances.
- Performs assessments throughout projects to identify risks and their potential impact and to
develop response strategies for managing and mitigating risk factors.
- Using email, Word, Visio, Excel, and the project software as appropriate, interacts with
project customers to verify completion dates, review milestone expectations, and to
manage Information Technology Services f ITS) personnel resource schedules.
- Interacts with Functional Managers to manage resources and to meet project commitments
and avoid delays and conflicts.
- Offers sponsors solutions to problems with imaginative, thorough, and practicable solutions.

Closes Projects
- Evaluates project achievements and facilitates the ¿lessons learned¿ process to provide
documented historical information for future projects.
- Obtains formal approvals for closing project plans to ensure deliverables met requirements
and expectations.
- Works with the Service Desk and the Applications Manager on formal handover.
- Surveys customers, stakeholders, sponsors, and team members to gather input on project
quality, metrics performance and recommendations for improvement.
- Stores documents, creates final status, finalizes project plan, and formally closes the project
in the project and portfolio management tool.

Project Governance
- Assist with implementation and improvement of Project Governance process and
Project Management processes.
- Reviews project requests and works with requestor and team to get estimates.
- Assists with periodic resource planning.

Other duties as assigned
Minimum Qualifications*
To enter this classification, a basic foundation of knowledge and skills in technical information systems and application program packages is a prerequisite. This foundation would normally be obtained through a bachelor¿s degree in computer science, information systems, educational technology, communications, or related fields, or similar certified coursework in applicable fields of study. Foundation knowledge and skills for the Information Technology Consultant, depending on the nature of the position assignment, may include working knowledge of common software application packages, equipment platforms, reference database systems and sources, and training methods and a basic understanding of networks, data communication, and multimedia systems.

Expert: Incumbents at the expert level work almost completely independently on the most complex problems and work assignments. They possess an advanced and comprehensive knowledge of the technical specialty and a working knowledge of related specialties and are able to apply this extensive expertise as a generalist or specialist. Experts are proactive and understand problems from broad, interactive perspective and are able to develop solutions that combine information and ideas in new, unprecedented ways. Incumbents at this level are capable of leading teams and implementation efforts for assigned projects using advanced communication and listening skills.
Preferred Qualifications
Education/Work Experience
- Bachelor's degree in related area such as Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Information Technology, Business, or related field from an accredited university.
- Three years of experience and proven ability to independently plan and manage complex projects with a technical component and with broad division or university impact.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
- Working knowledge of an ability to apply the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).
- Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively with users at multiple levels of the organization.
- Excellent communication skills including writing, speaking, facilitation, and presentations.
- Demonstrated experience successfully working with Information Security, Systems, Networking, Service Desk and other IT departments to plan for proper system and security design and best practices during project planning, execution, and transition.
- Demonstrated personal accountability and creative problem solving skills.
- Demonstrated experience and commitment to providing excellent service to diverse faculty, staff, and students.
- Demonstrated experience with effectively completing assignments, prioritizing based on strategic goals, and meeting deadlines.
- Experience using project and portfolio management software (such as Jira/Confluence, etc.) for documenting, storing, and sharing project charter information, plans and schedules, team information, issues, risks, and communications.
- Experience leading projects in a matrixed IT environment that involve aspects of IT Governance such as web governance, data governance, etc.
- Experience implementing process improvement and process automation.
- Experience working with users, leaders, and decision makers to ensure strategic and effective decision making occurs in process and project work.
- Demonstrated understanding and applicable experience of higher education organizational structures and mission.
- Project Management Professional (PMP) certification preferred.
- Familiarity with Agile (Scrum) concepts preferred.
- Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Office products (e.g. Excel, Word, Visio etc.).
- Ability to effectively present process improvement ideas, alternative solutions, and workflow concepts in applicable written or presentation formats such as Context Diagrams, Use Cases, Workflow and Swim Lane Diagrams.
- Ability to use consultative and facilitative skills to gain consensus on specific outcomes and requirements.
- May need to work weekend and/or early morning / night hours for special projects.
Pre-Employment Requirements
This position requires the successful completion of a background check.
Eligibility to Work*
Applicants must be able to provide proof of US Citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, within three business days from their date of hire.
Threaded through our Total Compensation package is a commitment to Bridging Life's Transitions. SF State is committed to providing our employees with a comprehensive program that rewards efforts that are appreciated by your colleagues, students and the customers we serve.

We offer a competitive compensation package that includes Medical, Dental, Vision, Pension, 401k, Healthcare Savings Account, Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, Vacation and Sick Leave as well as State Holidays and a dynamic Fee Waiver program, all geared towards the University's commitment to attract, motivate and retain our employees.
CSUEU Position
Eligible and qualified on-campus applicants, currently in bargaining units 2, 5, 7, and 9 are given hiring preference.
How To Apply

Submit an online application and upload in one file attachment your resume, cover letter, describing your specific qualifications for each position AND three (3) professional references who can comment upon your education and/or job related experience.


The Human Resources office is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and can be reached at (415) 338-1872.
Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

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