Job Description

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Portland , OR

Title: Project Manager - 1 (Two Positions)
Portland, OR
Duration: 12 Months

Our client is seeking a Project Manager to join their team in Portland, OR. This position will focus on small projects facilitating initiatives generally less than $250,000 in budget, generally less than 6 months in duration, and limited to one or two cross-functional groups. In addition, the position will provide support to Portfolio Managers in developing integrated schedules across a portfolio of projects along with other coordination duties as listed below. This Project Manager will play a supporting role in helping to meet business, schedule, and budget objectives.

Responsibilities of the Project Manager
- Facilitate manager assigned information technology (IT) projects from inception to conclusion and in accordance with PMI-based methodology, industry standards, best practices, and internal skill development:
- Provide recommendations and guidance to technical staff and serve as a liaison between business and technical aspects of projects. This includes planning project stages and assessing business implications for each stage.
- Facilitate a defined original project scope and obtain authorization for changes to the project cost, schedule, or performance.
- Monitor the project schedule.
- Alert the Manager to any changes to or delays in the schedule.
- Support the project team through the project management process (assisting Management in creating and implementing the project plan).
- Schedule and facilitate team meetings and coordinate activities of sub-teams.
- Plan, and coordinate activities for a designated project (may include multiple projects) to verify that goals or objectives of the project are accomplished within the prescribed time frame and funding parameters.
- Review the budget for the project (monitor project funding and budget).
- Alert the Manager of any budget concerns.
- Actively engage with the business and IT teams to facilitate the tasks and activities of the team, properly understand the business needs, dependencies on other initiatives, and assist Management in deploying the solution.
- Alert the Manager of obstacles or work with the project sponsor or project resource's performance managers to remove obstacles so that the team can complete the project.
- Assist the manager in building and coordinating an effective team and allocating team members to project tasks. Alert the Manager of any resource allocation issues and recommend solutions.
- Allocate time in the project plan for the project team to attend all recommended training.
- Project Manager must take a pro-active stance on risk management:
- Analyze and identify areas of risk and obtain appropriate guidance from the manager or Contracting Officer.
- Maintain issue, risk, and/or action logs.
- Draft and recommend contingency plans to minimize/eliminate risks on an ongoing basis.
- Draft regular status reports final reports or deliverables, generates and act on lessons learned. With the approval of the manager, issue final reports and act on lessons learned.
- Maintain consistent communication with the project sponsor, project resource's performance managers, and stakeholders on the progress of the project versus the plan.

Qualifications of the Project Manager
- Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Business Administration or a closely related technical discipline is preferred. (Bachelor's Degree in a specific or directly-related field may be substituted for 4 years' required experience see below.)
- This is a Level 1 position: 5 years of experience in Project Management is required (1 year with an applicable Bachelor's Degree as specified above). Experience should typically reflect responsibility for small-sized projects (less than $500K life cycle cost)

Required Technical Skills & Experience
- 1 years of project management experience on technology projects using industry standard methods and tools for managing schedules, dependencies, resources, funding and developing technical specifications and project plans.
- 1 years' experience successfully coordinating or running multiple projects simultaneously.
- 1 years working knowledge of System Life Cycle (SLC) principles.
- Experience in project planning for assigned work streams, managing priorities, deliverables, and milestones; identifying and tracking project issues, risks, decisions and action items.
- Experience with Microsoft Project, including familiarity with the fundamental operation, function, and workflow of Microsoft Project in regard to timelines, dependencies, deliverables, milestones, and resources.
- Experience with Visio flowcharts.
- Ability to write and understand functional and technical IT specifications.
- Ability to accurately assess and estimate project costs.
- Working knowledge of software development planning, functional and technical specifications, and life-cycle management.
- Working knowledge of software testing from test plan development to reliable and verifiable test case development and results.
- Experience using Team Foundation Server for agile project development/project management.

Preferred Skills & Experience
- Experience in iterative development (e.g. Agile, Scrum, Lean, Six Sigma).
- PMP certification.
- Change Management experience.
- Experience in a government or utility organization.

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