Senior Director, IT Project Management

San Luis Obispo, CA, United States
Main Location
United States
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The Sr. Director, Technical Project Management (IT PMO) holds both the leadership and management roles in the PMO. This position is also responsible for various methods and practices around successful change management, improving the overall PPM maturity across the organization, and tracking and reporting the conformance to plans and outcome expectations. As an arm of the overall governance function, this position is responsible for supporting and enabling the organization’s projects, programs and structured work efforts, ensuring that the work of the IT PMO adds value, is relevant to the strategy of the organization, and meets the goals set for the IT PMO by executive management.

  • Bachelor’s Degree and 15 or more years of experience in IT and business/industry; Master’s Degree preferred
  • 7+ years of leadership responsibilities and demonstrated experience in leading diverse teams
  • Experience with one or more project management methodologies (for example, PMI PMBOK, PRINCE2 and agile)
  • Program management skills and experience, plus significant knowledge of project planning tools with evidence of practical application
  • Exceptional leadership skills with the ability to develop and communicate the PMO vision, and inspire and motivate PMO staff
  • A distinctive blend of business, IT, financial and communication skills
  • Exceptional ability to drive change management; guide the team with confidence and empathy through a fast-paced, changing environment
  • Effective influencing and negotiation skills in an environment where resources may not be in direct control of this role
  • Excellent analytical, strategic conceptual thinking, strategic planning, and execution skills
  • Strong business acumen, including industry, domain-specific knowledge of the enterprise and its business units
  • Deep understanding of current and emerging technologies and how other enterprises are employing them to drive digital business, and how they may be applied to the enterprise to drive digital business
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and execute a strategic resource plan
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to identify patterns, process information quickly and make decisions in a timely manner
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to explain IT concepts and technologies to business leaders, and business concepts to the PMO staff
  • Facilitates among the PMO stakeholders and organizational leadership a consensus around the mission and vision of the PMO organization to foster a project-management-oriented culture and mindset
  • Engages senior leadership and business partners to define the PMO mission, goals and operating model, and releases this after senior management approval, in the form of the PMO charter
  • Leads the identification and development of PMO roles, team configuration and recruitment appropriate to deliver the agreed-upon PMO goals and objectives
  • Leads the identification and implementation of project management processes, methods, tools, guidelines, and standards in order to establish a stable framework that supports all project teams and stakeholders to improve the probability of successful project delivery
  • Works in conjunction with leadership in refining and improving the Business Steering Committee and Technology Steering Committee to develop plans and prioritization by leadership and governance
  • Defines, manages and directs the needed end-to-end PMO work effort, which includes leveraging best practices and techniques in identifying, quantifying and tracking the realization of expected benefits defined in business cases
  • Provides ongoing coaching and mentoring to PMO staff and project managers
  • Builds and maintains relationships with senior leadership and key PMO stakeholders, and acts as a trusted advisor
  • Regularly reviews and evaluates opportunities to improve the project management best practices in order to achieve higher maturity in PPM
  • All other duties as assigned
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