IT Project Manager
Montana State University 43 reviews - Bozeman, MT

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In support of the Montana State University’s mission of education, research, and public service, the Information Technology Center empowers the faculty, staff, researchers, and students to take full advantage of information technology to transform and benefit the MSU community and the citizens of the State of Montana. The ITC manages Montana State University's multilevel, distributed computing infrastructure and information systems across four campuses, serving the university with a robust environment that ensures the reliable and safe use of information resources.

Under general direction of the Director of Business Administration, plan, initiate, and manage complex information technology (IT) and enterprise programs from design and development to production and closure. Plan stages, assess business implications for each stage, forecast and manage risk. Monitor progress to assure deadlines, standards, cost targets, and business outcomes are met. Serve as liaison between business, stakeholder, and technical aspects of programs and projects. Assists in the development and operations of the Program Management Office including the development of policies and practices related to project and program management.

Duties and

Work with functional area stakeholders and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to define requirements and plan program and project deployment.

Plan and schedule program phases, deliverables, goals, and milestones using PMI standards and related tools such as Gantt charts and Work Breakdown Structures.

Develop, vet, and obtain approval on program and project plans and deliverables including information such as common goals and benefits, objectives, technologies, systems, information specifications, schedules, funding, and staffing.

Manage project execution to ensure adherence to budget, schedule, and scope; coordinate and oversee activities of program and project personnel.

Identify and solve present and potential issues. Forecast risk; create and execute strategies for risk mitigation and contingency planning.

Prepare status reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends, prepare and maintain project documentation.

Establish and execute communication plans.


Bachelor’s degree or higher in business, technology or related field.

Experience in project management of complex projects.

Experience in managing or implementing information systems or application development.

Demonstrated knowledge of PMI project management standards and best practices.


Advanced degree in business, technology, or related field.

PMI project management certification.

Advanced experience managing information systems projects.

Experience in the higher education industry.

Experience with Banner or equivalent ERP development or integration projects.

Experience managing programs or organizational initiatives.

The Successful
Candidate Will

Strong organization and planning skills with demonstrated follow-through and results orientation.

Strong public speaking, written and oral communication skills.

Strong interpersonal relations and collaboration skills including the ability to direct team work and achieve results through influence and persuasion, having no direct authority, and the ability to successfully navigate social systems.

Ability to predict, analyze, troubleshoot and mitigate complex technical, business, and organizational problems.

Ability to apply project management standards and practices to a variety of IT/IS implementations without specialized expertise.


In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Must use a monitor, keyboard, and mouse for extended periods of time with or without accommodation.

Occasional travel required.


Screening of applications will begin on October 4, 2012 and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.


To apply, submit the following :
(1) a letter of application addressing all of the above required and preferred qualifications, and

(2) a current resume or curriculum vita, and

(3) the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three (3) current professional references.

An application packet addressing all of the above listed items is highly encouraged. Missing materials and/or information may not be requested and may result in your application not being considered for the position.

Electronic submissions in PDF format are preferred, and must have the applicant's signature on the letter of application. For electronic submittals, please indicate "Applicant - Search #12236-3" in the subject line of the email.

Submit materials to:
Michelle Larsen

HR Administrator

Information Technology Center

Montana State University

PO Box 173240

Bozeman MT 59717-3240


In order to receive Veterans Preference during the application review process, it is highly recommended that the required forms are included at the time you submit your application materials. Click here for the forms and information regarding Veterans Preference. Important note : Your preference form is submitted to a different location than your application materials. A DD214 is not a required document.

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Founded in 1893, Montana State University - Bozeman has a national and international reputation for its excellence in undergraduate and...