This position will establish the Kellogg School of Management’s Project Management Office (PMO). With support from the Director of Creative Services, the Project Managers regulate the flow of work within Creative Services. They confirm project objectives are clear and attainable, identify project dependencies and risks, create the project timeline, and manage the three-way tradeoffs between cost, time and scope throughout the delivery of projects. The Project Manager will also close out projects, recording both the results achieved and lessons learned.
Develop the Project Management Office (PMO) for Creative Services group, including appropriate standards of process, guidance, documentation and measurement.
Create initial project briefs via intake meetings with Marketing and Communications Marketing Managers and internal clients. Ensure that project objectives are clear and success can be measured.
Develop project plans including timeline, deliverables, risk mitigation, and stakeholder management plan. Work with Team Leads in Design and Content as well as Web Master to staff appropriate resources for projects.
Follow-up with assigned staff to ensure they have necessary information and resources to complete tasks on time. Communicate project updates, dependencies and risks regularly to team and leadership. Debrief projects for “lessons learned” and success metrics.
Maintain database of projects awaiting resources, in-progress and completed.
Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired.
Minimum 6 years’ experience working in a project management capacity.
Proven track record leading teams and managing clients in a creative environment.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Strong organizational skills.
Excellent verbal, written, and editorial skills.
Ability to maintain satisfactory working relationships with administration and faculty in a team environment.
Ability to successfully manage multiple projects simultaneously.
Experience analyzing submitted design briefs and communicating the required deliverables and deadlines, clearly, and concisely to the Design, Web, and Editorial teams and other constituents.
Ability to learn new technologies quickly.
Ability to work well under deadline pressure.
Exceptional communication skills.
Self-starter with comfort taking initiative when needed.
10+ year’s business experience in a project management capacity.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Skills to use suite of Microsoft applications, including Microsoft Project, Excel and PowerPoint.
Knowledge of website development practices and software
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 37364
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.