Project Manager (BSS)

Job description

Job Category: Academic Professional Academic Professional
Location: Urbana

Description: University of Illinois System

Office of Business & Financial Services

Business Solutions & Support

Project Manager

Urbana Campus

The system office seeks a Project Manager to, direct and manage operations related to projects administered by Business Solutions & Support to achieve established objectives and goals including monitoring progress to ensure completion of project production schedules, and overseeing financial activities to ensure expenditures are in compliance with budget appropriations. Additional responsibilities include:


1. Review proposals/plans to facilitate operations related to project management including: developing strategies to achieve success with established objectives and goals; implementing an effective work production schedule through completion that can reasonably meet deadlines; assessing funding availability/limitations; determining staffing requirements; and allotting available resources needed to accomplish various phases of projects.

2. Develop work plans/staffing proposals to accomplish each phase of projects, which requires consulting with the Office of Business and Financial Services (OBFS) and other University officials to confirm the availability of staff for assignment to specific phases of projects to ensure deadlines are met.

3. Provide direction and guidance to project officials/staff to outline the strategy for project completion, and to clarify the scope of authority of assigned duties and responsibilities.

4. Coordinate and direct staff production schedules, and monitor progress to ensure timely completion of each phase of projects. Review status reports submitted by project officials to assess overall progress of projects, and implement modifications to schedules and/or plans as needed to meet established objectives and goals.

5. Manage project expenditures to ensure compliance with budget appropriations.

6. Prepare reports for review by managerial and other officials to provide status updates and other information related to projects.

7. Consult with project officials/staff to provide technical advice, address issues related to project objectives/goals, and direct a course of action to resolve problems.

8. Coordinate project activities with government, regulatory, and other external agencies as needed.

9. Develop and maintain a collegial, productive work environment that promotes positive morale, and encourages initiative and self-motivation to improve the overall efficiency of project operations.

10. Serve on University and Business Solutions & Support committees/teams as assigned.

11. Perform other duties as assigned appropriate for a Project Manager.


Candidates must possess a bachelor's degree in a related field and three years of relevant experience and/or training. Other requirements include: ability to review, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, and/or governmental regulations; demonstrated writing skills to prepare reports, business correspondence, procedure manuals, and other documents that provide complex, detailed information in a format that is clear and user friendly; excellent interpersonal skills to develop and maintain effective working relationships; strong managerial skills to establish and encourage a productive, teamwork environment; experience with budget development/oversight; ability to analyze and resolve issues for which only limited standardization exists (including a variety of technical instructions presented in mathematical or diagram form), and to integrate numerous abstract and concrete variables in directing an appropriate course of action; ability to interpret a variety of instructions presented in written, verbal, diagram, or schedule form; excellent problem-solving skills that require the ability to identify problems, gather data, establish facts, and present valid conclusions in response to problems; proficiency with Microsoft Office programs/applications (including Word, Excel, Access, Project, Outlook, and Internet Explorer).

Preferred qualifications include: PMP certification; experience acquired in higher education environment, preferably at the University of Illinois; and working knowledge of Banner.

This is a full-time, 12-month Academic Professional position. For full consideration, candidates must apply and submit a letter of application, resume, and names/addresses/phone numbers of three professional references by May 30, 2018 at

The system office conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer of employment. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

System Human Resource Services

(217) 333-2600

[email protected]

The system office is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer dedicated to building a community of excellence, equity and diversity. The System Offices welcome applications from women, underrepresented minorities, individuals with disabilities, protected veterans, sexual minority groups and other candidates who will lead and contribute to the diversification and enrichment of ideas and perspectives.

Close Date: 05/30/2018





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Posted: 5/15/2018
Application Due: 5/31/2018
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