University of Washington

Seattle , WA


University of Washington
Seattle, WA Full-time
Posted on January 30, 2019
SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER Req #: 161040 Department: UW INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Appointing Department Web Address: Job Location: Seattle Campus Posting Date: 01/28/2019 Closing Info: Open Until Filled Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and education. Shift: First Shift Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here. As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for five consecutive years.

UW Information Technology (UW-IT) is the central information technology organization for the University of Washington, responsible for strategic planning, oversight, and direction of the UW’s IT infrastructure, resources, and services. UW-IT provides critical technology support to all three campuses, UW medical centers, and research operations around the world. UW-IT partners with the UW community to enable innovation, learning, discovery, and service. The Project Management Office (PMO) oversees UW-IT’s project portfolio, ensuring that the overall collection of projects is aligned with the University’s mission and strategic goals. This unit also provides expert project management support for high-priority projects.

UW-IT has an outstanding full time opportunity for a Senior Project Manager.

The Senior Project Manager in the PMO is responsible for overseeing and bringing to a successful conclusion a broad range of high-profile complex technical projects at the University of Washington and its affiliated organizations. This position utilizes a broad spectrum of skills which include IT knowledge (networking, telecommunications, data center, cloud-based computing, security), problem solving, public relations, contract negotiation, cost structuring, financial management, budgeting and extensive project, and program management skills. The position assists in overseeing the deployment and project management functions of all units within UW-IT, ensuring that staff and management use the appropriate project management practices. The specific deliverables for these functions are: documents and reports from project lifecycle process—initiation, planning, execution, controlling, and closing. The position manages complex implementation projects that involve state-of-the-art technology and multiple groups and organizations throughout the University.

This work includes all phases of the project management lifecycle including initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, closing and continually improving the project and portfolio processes, supporting UW’s governance of information technology, providing visibility for leadership of the health of projects, and working with leadership to define success and ensure project goals and objectives align with organizational priorities.

Additionally, this role will coordinate with and mentor other project managers, and provide training to management, leadership and project managers on project processes.


Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, IT, Computer Science or related field.

Minimum of four years of experience managing progressively more complex IT projects in applications, infrastructure and networking, and comprehensive understanding of the underlying technologies.

Demonstrated advanced project management skills.

Experience with enterprise application development, SDLC processes, re-engineering and process improvement involving broad-based information systems and utilizing tools and techniques to effect business change.

Experience in deploying large, complex systems implementing business process redesign.

Experience in project and software development lifecycles and corresponding tools such as issue tracking systems, configuration management systems, requirements management systems and project management systems.

Demonstrated ability to manage large technical projects within a team environment.

Ability to manage a diverse range of activities in a very visible and pressured environment, exercising independent judgment in resolving problems.

Excellent interpersonal skills.

Expertise in deploying or improving IT Service Management tools and ITIL processes.

Ability to speak and write about technical issues for both technical and non-technical audiences.

Expertise with web publishing, database, spreadsheet and word processing applications.

Understanding of contemporary computing, networking, cloud-based and security technologies, and distributed systems architecture.

Experience communicating with executive management during project charter development, priority setting, status and budget reporting at the Director, VP, and Executive levels.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt

ITIL Foundations training

PMP certification

Experience in a research university or large enterprise.

Experience implementing IT governance process.

Demonstrated excellent communication skills, technical documentation skills, user liaison skills, and personal interaction abilities.


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The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or

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