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
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.