IT Project Manager III - Public Safety
City of Mesa, AZ - Mesa, AZ

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The current assignment manages IT projects for the Police and Fire Departments by applying the IT Department’s Project Management Standards. The IT projects often involve both public safety agencies. This position reports to the IT department’s Project Management Office Manager.

An Information Technology (IT) Project Manager III is responsible for performing a variety of advanced professional-level work in planning, coordinating, and managing one or more large-scale or highly complex projects, which may have a Citywide or multiple department impact through the project's lifecycle and implementation. Duties include: developing, implementing, and training staff on project management standards, strategic planning and related activities; managing large-scale projects using the IT Department's Project Management Standards; ensuring accuracy, timeliness, and completeness of all project processes and documentation, management reports and project status reporting according to IT Project Management Standards; organizing, planning, and directing all project activities throughout the project's lifecycle and implementation (e.g., research/analysis, requirements gathering, risk assessments, technical alternatives, development and implementation planning); acting as primary contact for each project; developing project proposals which include business justification, return on investment, risk assessment, and goals/objectives; facilitating meetings with customers, staff, and contractors in support of project activities; facilitating resolution of project issues; scheduling and tracking resource needs and activities (including City staff, contractors, and outside agencies) in order to meet project objectives and to ensure overall quality of work; ensuring all work is done in alignment with City and IT long-term strategies; monitoring, evaluating, and providing performance appraisal feedback on City staff's quality of work; managing the procurement processes which includes defining the technical and business requirements, and writing, evaluating, and managing the selection of Request for Bid proposals; managing and authorizing project budgets to ensure projects remain on-time and on budget; and performing related duties as required. This class is FLSA exempt-administrative.

About the Ideal Candidate:
The ideal candidate will have experience in managing projects within a Public Safety environment. Acquainted with a variety of Project Management methodologies and techniques, such as Agile, SCRUM, Waterfall, and Iterative. Ability to guide stakeholders with competing priorities to outcomes that are optimal for the enterprise by using top-level verbal communication, written communication and presentation skills. Demonstrated ability to navigate a complex political environment. Possess excellent problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

Qualifications & Requirements:

Minimum Qualification(s) Required. Any combination of training, education, and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Business Administration, or related field. Extensive (5+ years) experience in project management of large-scale systems or services, preferably in IT.

Special Requirement(s). For this position, an individual receiving a conditional offer of employment from the City of Mesa must pass a background investigation through the City of Mesa Police Department, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, and Federal Bureau of Investigation prior to commencing employment with the City of Mesa. Because of the confidential, sensitive nature of information handled, successful completion of a background investigation and polygraph is required (by assignment).

Substance Abuse Testing. Due to the safety and/or security sensitive nature of this classification, individuals shall be subject to pre-employment or pre-placement alcohol, drug and/or controlled substance testing as outlined in City policy and procedures (PD assignment only).

Preferred/Desirable Qualification(s). Experience in budgeting functions and Microsoft Project, along with certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP) are highly desirable.

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