What does an Assistant Project Manager do?
Assistant Project Managers are typically employed to support the Project Manager in the planning and execution of a client’s project. They often assist Project Managers on larger, complex projects and ensure the project runs smoothly from start to finish. Assistant Project Managers often complete the day-to-day tasks involved in planning and implementing a project, like coordinating with vendors, monitoring budget spending and collaborating with other departments to find resources and more information for a project.
Assistant Project Manager skills and qualifications
A successful Assistant Project Manager should have some prerequisite skills and qualifications to meet the basic requirements for the job. An Assistant Project Manager applicant should have these skills and qualifications:
- 3+ years’ experience in project management or administrative assistance
- Proficiency in any management software
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Excellent multitasking skills
- Ability to work under pressure with minimal supervision
- Excellent problem-solving skills
- Detail-oriented and highly organized
Assistant Project Manager salary expectations
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Assistant Project Manager education and training requirements
To qualify for the role, a Project Management Professional certification is a good starting point with at least 35 hours of coursework and hands-on application, plus either a written or oral exam. Other valuable certifications include Advanced Project Manager Certification (APMC) and Certified Project Manager (CPM).
A bachelor’s degree in management or a related course is highly favorable for an Assistant Project Manager. An MBA can also work as a substitute for a bachelor’s in management or a business-related bachelor’s degree. At the very least, a high school diploma plus a project management certification with relevant work experience in project management may be sufficient.
Assistant Project Manager experience requirements
Previous experience as an Assistant Project Manager or a similar role is highly desirable. Candidates who have worked under different roles within a project, such as a Project Scheduler, may also be considered. The candidate should also be conversant with project management tools like Gantt Charts and collaboration tools like Asana or Podio.
The candidate should also have demonstrable proof of managing staff, including hiring junior staff. The successful candidate should have leadership abilities with excellent problem-solving and independent decision-making skills. Experience with productivity and communication tools is also desirable.
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