MISSION: The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will improve outcomes for all public-school students in the state by providing leadership, guidance, and support to school systems.
POSITION OVERVIEW: The Project Manager will report to the Assistant Director of the ITS Program Management Office. This position performs advanced (senior-level) project management work in a cross-functional organization. The work involves all aspects of project management responsibility for the independent development, oversight, and implementation of project deliverables to meet internal and external customer objectives and requirements. The work includes the initiation, coordination, and planning of projects at various levels of completion. Additionally, the Project Manager is responsible for ensuring modifications to existing agency web applications are completed in alignment with customer needs. The Project manager is responsible for monitoring the progress and schedule of their assigned projects and ensuring the project goals are accomplished within the defined time frame and budget. This role requires working closely with project stakeholders, frequent communication with ITS management, and other relevant parties. The Project Manager is responsible for ensuring compliance with the ITS Project Management Framework (PMF) processes, which is based on the PMI process groups. The position is responsible for contract management and ensuring contract deliverables and services are satisfied per contractual agreements and the financial interests of the agency are protected. The contract management work follows the Texas Procurement and Contract Management Guide. The Project Manager may assign, and/or supervise the work of project team members. The Project manager works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Regular attendance and punctuality are an essential function of this position, as the project manager is the leader of the project team and is required to make expeditious decisions and bring team members together quickly to address critical issues. The Project Manager plays a crucial role in ensuring the ITS project teams are delivering high-quality enterprise software applications with a focus on minimizing data reporting requirements on school districts in the state.
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- Process Consistency: Ensures application teams are adhering to procedures consistently and confirms scope and schedule changes are documented, approved, and understood by stakeholders and project team members.
- Deliverable Quality: Plays a critical role in ensuring quality applications are delivered to users and works to identify continuous improvement measures/root cause and corrective actions.
- Customer Satisfaction: Communicates routinely to management, customers, project team members and other stakeholders, actively soliciting and addressing customer and project team feedback.
- Leadership: Responsible for timely problem management and issue resolution, while empowering and motivating the team to have a sense of ownership over the application.
- Vision: Articulates a clear vision (current and future) of the application to executive management team, customers, and project team.
Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university.
Experience: At least seven (7) years of experience in project management and the Project Management Life Cycle (PMLC) that includes delivering full Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) application projects.
Substitutions: Each additional year of related experience above the required minimum may substitute for education on a year-for-year basis.
- Comprehension and appreciation of project management theories and practices applied on complex projects.
- Experience with state contract development, contract management, and cost monitoring.
- A strong customer-service mindset with a focus on meeting needs of both internal and external stakeholders.
- Capacity to motivate and influence others where there is not a direct reporting relationship.
- Assess team member performance and provide regular, targeted feedback.
- Proven ability to show critical thinking abilities by asking, synthesizing, and analyzing to make sound decisions.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Highly organized; ability to manage multiple complex projects at once and meet challenging deadlines.
- A desire to self-reflect, give/receive feedback, and continuously improve.
- Expertise in developing a collaborative, results-oriented team environment and work across multiple stakeholders.
- Willingness and availability to work outside the normal work hours, as needed, to support project needs.
- Work efficiently in a cube environment with potential for significant auditory distractions.
- Willingness to adapt to unexpected tasks, as assigned.
- Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification preferred.
- Certified Texas Contract Manager (CTCM) preferred.
- Experience with agile software development methodologies preferred.
As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, or veteran status, unless an applicant is entitled to the veteran’s preference.
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This position requires the applicant to meet Agency standards and criteria which may include passing a pre-employment criminal background check, prior to being offered employment by the Agency.