Sr. Project Manager
Douglas County, CO - Castle Rock, CO

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Douglas County Information Technologies is seeking a Senior Project Manager with extensive Agile and Scrum experience. Our PMs manage multiple team-oriented projects simultaneously. Douglas County projects cover an extremely broad and interesting range of government functions and technologies. Our varied project mix keeps life interesting and also requires strong analytical and organizational skills. Broad experience in previous IT roles including business analysis, software development, and operations is important.

To be successful our PMs need excellent communications and interpersonal skills, solid risk analysis and decision making abilities, contract and negotiation skills, and a genuine customer service attitude.

The successful candidate needs to demonstrate a history of success in managing challenging technical projects along with an ability to adapt to change and new environments.

If you are interested email your resume to .

Examples of Duties:

The Senior Project Manager is responsible for the coordination and delivery of assigned Douglas County Information Technology (IT) projects using the approved project management methodology.

The Project Manager also works with key client and IT stakeholders to establish clear business and project goals. The Project Manager works with the assigned teams and business side experts to deliver solutions that meet those goals. This position is responsible for ensuring full client engagement, establishing and communicating solid release plans, monitoring and reporting progress, managing issues, and managing change.

In addition to monitoring and reporting project progress, Senior Project Managers are responsible for performance assessment and coaching teams and clients regarding project best practices.

This position is a primary project liaison between the IT Department and client Douglas County departments.

The Senior Project Manager contributes to the advancement of the discipline and capability of IT project management, including the direct mentoring of other project managers new to the discipline.

The position reports directly to the IT Program Manager, Sr.

Key duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the items listed below.
  • Ensure project teams are using proper and sufficient process, focusing on collaboration and customer involvement to deliver business value.
  • Work with project teams and a wide range of stakeholders to eliminate impediments that could affect the ability of the team to deliver. Participate in inter-project status meetings to identify and resolve project interdependencies.
  • Develop high level release plans and timelines in adherence to standard IT Project Management processes.
  • Communicate regular project status based on direct input from the project team and stakeholders.
  • Use the appropriate project tracking and communications mechanisms, using IT software and tools. Examples include Product Backlogs, Sprint Backlogs, Burndown Charts, risk and issue management tools, websites, forums, reports, and other mechanisms.
  • Track and maintain financial information and status for projects.
  • Ensure project compliance to existing Douglas County policies and standards for architecture, process, software development, quality assurance, and product support.
  • Perform retrospectives, identifying lessons learned and best practices to improve IT processes, standards, and methodologies.
  • Manage direct and indirect elements affecting the project such as equipment or software deliverables, vendor relationships, contracts, and other factors.
  • Perform other duties related to project delivery, business analysis, customer management, vendor management, and production support as needed.
  • Take personal initiative to identify, analyze, resolve and deliver solutions for problems and opportunities concerning project management practices, tools, and processes.
  • Mentor other Project Managers new to the department or to the discipline of project management.

Minimum Qualifications:

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: A Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Project Management or a closely related field and 6 years of experience in project management and an in-depth knowledge of project management processes is mandatory. Experience in an Agile development environment is mandatory. Experience with Scrum in the Scrum Master role is extremely valuable. General technical computing knowledge and experience is required. Hands-on technical experience and software development and testing experience are a plus.

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze, develop, and interpret complex technical documents including project requirements, design documentation, burn down charts, project timelines, project contracts, and other related documentation. The ability to communicate in a clear, straightforward manner with a variety of customers, departmental managers, and other Douglas County personnel is required. Ability to establish positive, effective working relationships at all levels and varying personality types is mandatory.

REASONING ABILITY: The ability to analyze business problems, identify business needs, formulate valid conclusions and objectively present those conclusions to any audience is required. The ability to assess, prioritize and apply the simplest process or solution to meet the business need is necessary to be successful.

OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES: The ability to work effectively independently and with a project team is necessary. The ability to successfully manage multiple projects in parallel is necessary. The ability to create and enhance a positive, productive team environment for users and project teams is essential.

Supplemental Information:

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities outside of the project teams. The Senior Project Manager is responsible for supporting project teams and has the responsibility to evaluate performance and resolve issues impeding the team.

CONSEQUENCE OF ERROR: Work involves comprehensive project management and coordination responsibilities throughout Douglas County. Consequence of error may result in projects delays, budget overruns, or project failure with negative impact to Douglas County business and systems. Project Managers are responsible for identifying the root cause of these project issues and for seeing that those issues are appropriately resolved. Further, the Senior Project Manager also identifies and resolves issues at the department and county level to improve the capability and performance of entire IT department.

CONTACTS: Requires direct collaboration with all members of IT and is a crucial interface to county clients and partners within other Douglas County departments. Managing individual and organizational interrelationships is a primary function of the Senior Project Manager.

INDEPENDENT JUDGMENT: Work is performed independently and as an integral part of a team. Incumbent is given broad terms and format with specific responsibilities allowing a great amount of latitude and individual judgment to accomplish goals and achieve desired results.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed in a typical office environment. A valid Colorado driver’s license is required. A Sheriff’s Office background check, including finger printing, is required.

Douglas County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and an E-Verify Employer.

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