Web Project Manager - 74136
Stanford Web Services very well may be looking for you!
You make websites happen
You are a skilled web professional with 3-5 years of experience championing teams who build websites agency/service center settings, which means:
- You are an active listener to client needs, with a penchant for turning those needs into actionable items within the larger vision of their project.
- You leverage industry best practices in design and development to build engaging and successful project strategies.
- Youre comfortable with Drupal, WordPress, or other content management tools.
- You like to learn new things, because lets face it: things just dont stay the same.
- Bonus points if you enjoy public speaking and have a portfolio of presentations to share.
- Even more bonus points if you use Jira.
You can get behind the goal of doing things right:
- You build trusting, successful relationships with clients through strong communication skills.
- You can motivate and energize your team to deliver great work.
- Youre comfortable leading or facilitating challenging conversations and negotiations.
- You pay attention to details and know how to keep track of multiple priorities, getting them done successfully in collaboration with a group of other talented people.
- You are an advocate for universal design and web accessibility.
- You like to zoom out sometimes and think about the larger picture of how you work.
- You never rest on your laurels and instead look forward to improving the next time around.
We are Stanford Web Services
Known as SWS, we are 11 (and growing) topnotch web professionals, many of whom left commercial industries for careers in higher education. We take pride in our work and have a shared purpose of making Stanfords web presence even stronger, because supporting the research and education mission of a renowned university can make a positive difference in the world.
As a part of the Stanford community, we encourage a culture of real work-life balance; going home at a reasonable hour is how life should be. Our group includes musicians, a photographer, a brewer, a master gardener, a rock climber, an ultra marathoner, a lunchtime zumba-enthusiast, and many loving parents. We like what we do and other things, too!
Read more about our team on the Stanford Web Services blog: https://swsblog.stanford.edu/blog-contributors
Heres what we do
Our mission is to build beautiful, mobile-responsive, secure, and accessible websites for Stanford, including engineering.stanford.edu, art.stanford.edu, tedx.stanford.edu, cardinalatwork.stanford.edu, and over 100 more.
We dont build one site at a time: we build the tools to drive faster and better development for ourselves and others. (Yay open source!) We created a Drupal hosting platform called Stanford Sites, use Github to track over 80 features and products, are moving into scalable cloud-based services, and are evolving our product line - Stanford Sites Jumpstart - to empower web communications by our schools and departments.
Everyone in SWS, from designers to developers, works directly with campus clients and partners, and we are committed to problem-solving using friendly and clear communication.
Heres what youll do
As a Web Project Manager, youll take a lead role for the crafting of our websites, including:
Relationship-building and project leadership (85%):
- Youll foster strong relationships with a diverse set of clients across Stanford.
- Youll partner with other team members to define requirements, strategy, and architecture on projects ranging in complexity from single websites to complex web products and services.
- Youll embody the agile spirit through backlog maintenance and leading daily scrum and weekly development sprint meetings.
- Youll write user stories and help others write user stories.
- Youll embrace retrospectives and support your team in their continuous improvement.
Business development and community engagement (10%):
- Youll develop a deep understanding of our products and connect clients with solutions that fit their needs.
- Youll be a resource to the members of the campus community and provide web-related support.
- Youll lead engaging presentations and workshops on digital strategy best practices and our products and services.
- Youll participate in Stanfords Communities of Practice to support an open and sharing environment with our peers.
Professional Development (5%):
- Youll keep your skills sharp through attending conferences and training.
Benefits at Stanford
We work for the greater good. We don't have stock options or free lunches and dinners (though Free Bagel Tuesday is nice!) We'll pay for your Caltrain ticket, offer generous retirement matching contributions, may be able to help with your dependent's tuition, and we provide highly competitive health care plans. Stanford is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, which qualifies for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program with the Dept of Education.
You can also take advantage of Stanfords recreation facilities and libraries, get discounted tickets to sports and events, and more! Check out what makes it pretty sweet to work for Stanford: https://cardinalatwork.stanford.edu/benefits-rewards/sweeteners
The fine print
Human Resources wrote up a common set of core duties, minimum and physical requirements, and standards for everyone at Stanford with this job classification. They're appropriate and applicable, if not particularly sexy. And now, without further ado, the fine print:
Act as the lead point of contact on web design and development projects for Stanford academic and administrative units. Coordinate requirements definition, technical resource allocation, timelines, and budgets for complex Drupal and/or WordPress website projects. Take projects from original concept through final implementation. Work is typically comprised of 50% time contribution towards project leadership and 50% as a technical contributor.
- Perform the full range of project management cycle: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing. Lead projects requiring functional integration.
- Direct development of an action plan, and estimate requirements for resources, including management, labor, materials, and time required to complete project.
- Facilitate discussions and negotiations to drive recommendation consensus within scope of responsibility.
- Develop and help execute comprehensive change management strategy and communication plan relative to project scope and stakeholders on a focused project; actively manage resistance to change.
- These elements typically delineate the project management involved at this level: Charter- charter and scoping involvement or scope definition, identify and shape scope; # of disciplines /stakeholders to manage is contained to localized department or university constituents; risk- manage and report on risks associated with projects to upper management, risk sharing is maintained between management and project manager; project complexity involves straight-forward technology applications to drive decisions; primary university relationship is at the individual faculty, department /director level; cumulative budget/scope from $100k to $250k.
Other duties may also be assigned
Education & Experience:
Bachelor's degree in a related field and three years of related experience in management of projects of moderate size/complexity with limited performance risk, including project planning, scheduling, tracking, and budgeting, or combination of education and relevant experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Polished written and oral communication skills to address a wide variety of audiences.
- Ability to productively engage and influence cross-functional teams.
- Demonstrated project management ability to employ integration, scope time management, cost, quality, human resources, communications, risk, and procurement components.
- Demonstrated resilience, diplomacy, influence, relationship building, and problem solving skills in a variety of situations.
- Depth of knowledge in technical discipline/domain needed to deliver projects.
- Good customer service skills and ability to explain technical features to non-technical customers/clients.
- Clear understanding of web standards and usability methods.
- Good understanding of content management systems, such as Drupal, including the ability to define requirements informed by CMS features and functionality.
- Knowledge of website delivery best practices.
Certifications and Licenses:
Agile Scrum Master and/or Product Owner certified, Project Management Professional (PMP) certified, completion of a Project Management Certificate program, or similar certification in process.
- Frequently sit, perform desk based computer tasks, and grasp lightly/fine manipulation and lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
- Occasionally stand/walk, write by hand.
- Rarely use a telephone, kneel, crawl, climb ladders, twist/bend/stoop/squat, reach/work above shoulder, grasp forcefully.
Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.
Travel locally and cross-university.
- When conducting university business, must comply with the California Vehicle Code and Stanford University driving requirements.
- Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
- Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
- Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu .
Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Job: Information Technology Services
Location: Business Affairs: Administrative Systems (IT)
Job Code: 4072