Director of Strategic Initiatives (Project Management Leader)
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
Location: Bloomington, Indiana,
Internal Number: 302137
THE O'NEILL SCHOOL - BL SPEA (BL-SPEA-IUBLA)
Founded in 1972 as SPEA, the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs is a world leader in public and environmental affairs and the largest school of public administration and public policy in the United States, boasting an alumni network of more than 36,000.
The O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs works to build a better world by helping people solve complex problems at the crossroads of policy, management, and science. We promote sound decisions, well-managed organizations, just and healthy societies, and a sustainable environment through education, scholarship, and civic engagement. We give our students the knowledge and skills to have a significant impact in diverse settings around the globe.
Our Guiding Values
Our commitment is shaped by these shared and guiding beliefs:
All people deserve to live in thriving and sustainable communities.
Strong, healthy communities depend on well-educated, innovative and ethical leaders, and informed and engaged citizens.
Creative, current, and rigorous research informs sound decision-making.
Leaders need both relevant information and the skills necessary to interpret and use information and data effectively.
Successful leaders must be able to bridge public, private, and nonprofit sector boundaries.
Conversation and collaboration among individuals with diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and skills leads to more vibrant ideas and solutions.
We seek to foster a welcoming and inclusive workplace environment at O'Neill and in our team, ensuring all individuals are valued and recognized for their contributions, talents, and unique perspectives. Diversity information found here.
The O'Neill School is beginning to implement our 2022-27 Strategic plan, Stewarding Social Betterment and Environmental Sustainability, with goals of catalyzing essential research; providing innovative education; advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion; fostering a connected and engaged School; and pursuing strategic investments and improving our operations. To assist us in these endeavors, O'Neill seeks a Director of Strategic Initiatives/Project Management Leader. Reporting to the Dean's Office, this position will work with O'Neill School leadership to set project goals and timelines, and identify resource requirements and constraints.
Provides project management leadership and support, to ensure that projects are effectively moving to completion.
Builds relationships with staff directors and faculty to ensure the relevant stakeholders are engaged in each project.
Undertakes new projects related to strategic initiatives of the school, in addition to projects aimed at improving operations of the school.
Establishes milestones and measurement criteria.
Accesses and analyzes data in support of decision making.
Communicates regularly with leadership the status of activities.
Provides day-to-day operational management of project management staff.
Establishes short-term operational objectives.
Manages projects to ensure on-time completion according to specifications and within budgeted costs.
Identifies operational issues and/or areas of improvement and implements solutions to improve processes and/or operational efficiency; provides oversight for continuous integration, testing, quality assurance and quality control efforts.
Analyzes, monitors, and evaluates performance of assigned staff; establishes work priorities, conducts performance reviews, and provides corrective action as needed.
Ensures adequate staffing and effective scheduling; participates and informs employment decisions for assigned staff.
Provides direct supervision and oversight of assigned staff and activities; impacts, and is held accountable for, the performance of team/or assigned staff.
Ensures and provides training to assigned staff to improve project management operations; researches and identifies development opportunities for assigned staff.
Bachelor's degree in related field
2 years of related experience
Combinations of related education and experience may be considered
Ability to lead/manage others
Proficient communication skills
Maintains a high degree of professionalism
Ability to drive multiple projects to successful completion
Demonstrated project management skills
Excellent organizational skills
Instills commitment to organizational goals
Ability to work within tight time frames and meet strict deadlines
Working Conditions / Demands
This role requires the ability to effectively communicate and to operate a computer and other standard office productivity equipment. The position involves sedentary work as well as periods of time moving around an office environment and the campus. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential functions with or without an accommodation.
Indiana University offers a wide array of benefits including:
Multiple plan options for medical insurance
Health Savings Account with generous IU contribution
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be differences in the working conditions as advertised in our standard job postings (e.g., the ability to travel from one campus to another, etc.). If you are invited for an interview, please discuss your questions or concerns regarding the working conditions at that time.
This posting is scheduled to close at 11:59 pm EST on the advertised Close Date. This posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University, but will remain open for a minimum of 5 business days. To guarantee full consideration, please submit your application within 5 business days of the Posted Date.
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About Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
IUPUI, a partnership between Indiana and Purdue universities, is Indiana’s urban research and academic health sciences campus.
IUPUI’s mission is to advance the state of Indiana and the intellectual growth of its citizens to the highest levels nationally and internationally through research and creative activity, teaching and learning, and civic engagement.
By offering a distinctive range of bachelor’s, master’s, professional, and Ph.D. degrees, IUPUI promotes the educational, cultural, and economic development of central Indiana and beyond through innovative collaborations, external partnerships, and a strong commitment to diversity.