Project Manager for Academic Innovation and New Ventures
The George Mason University Office of the Provost invites applications for the position of Project Manager for Academic Innovation and New Ventures. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
George Mason University is on the move to be a leading higher education innovator in 21st century education. This includes the development of online programming and the delivery of personalized, customized education and student services to students who wish to attend Mason at our three campuses in northern Virginia, our campus in South Korea, and/or online. As the largest public institution of higher education in Virginia, we are envisioning new ways of providing students with access to a Mason education.
New Ventures is building a team of individuals that can help launch and manage new initiatives that will take the university into the future specializing in project management, strategic analysis and operations.
The Project Manager reports to the Executive Director of Academic Ventures and is responsible for managing and supporting the launch of new university-wide projects and initiatives that innovate the delivery of educational services. The incumbent is expected to design and manage new and transformative efforts from inception to launch through program oversight, while working with campus stakeholders and key external partners to promote and ensure operational success. This position will work closely with administrative units such Information Technology Services, Mason Learning Solutions, Enrollment Management, Academic Units, the Office of Digital Learning, the Budget Office, and partner universities and companies. Duties include:
Work with academic leadership, Budget Office personnel, instructional designers, Information Technology Services staff, enrollment service managers, and external strategic business partners to launch, plan, develop, and deliver Academic Innovation and New Ventures projects;
Ensure a focus on student success and establish a clear value proposition for the university for new initiatives;
Ensure that all appropriate project management standards are met from project inception to completion;
Maintain high standards for project quality control and customer service on all programs and projects;
Ensure and implement sound project business plans; funding opportunities are identified; statements of work are current, accurate and followed; timelines are defined and deadlines are met; and key performance indicators (KPIs) are identified and used;
Maintain consistent and accurate status information, data, documentation, and an audit trail for each project; and implement and use a standard communication protocol for keeping university leadership and stakeholders informed of progress;
Identify opportunities and risks, and develop contingency plans to mitigate potential risks or critical path delays;
Incorporate opportunity and risk information into the communication protocol;
Assist with proposal writing as appropriate; and
Implement a continuous improvement program for project management by incorporating best practices in "postmortem" review, project delivery assessment, root cause analysis, etc.; and incorporate changes as appropriate.
Advanced degree such as an M.B.A., or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
Demonstrated experience in project, program, or product management experience in a business and/or higher education environment;
Demonstrated experience in two or more of the following: client development, staff development, customer relations, process design, innovation management, and/or change management;
Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
Excellent analytical skills;
Excellent skills in establishing priorities and managing resources;
Demonstrated organizational and time-management skills;
Ability to work with a diverse population of faculty and staff;
Proven ability to self-motivate in team-oriented, high-pressure environment; and
Passion to innovate, solve problems, and meet the challenges and opportunities of higher education.
Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification;
Experience managing multiple successful strategic external partnerships; and
Work experience that involves higher education and or technology.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
Criminal Background Check: Standard Background Check
Mason Ad Statement:
Great Careers Begin at Mason!
George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report “Up and Coming” spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.
Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.
If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at jobs.gmu.edu/!
George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA51Ez at http://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.
George Mason University is Virginia's largest public university located in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, public policy, economics, visual and performing arts, life sciences and biotechnology, Mason prepares its alumni to succeed in the workforce and meet the needs of the region and the world.