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Senior Project Manager

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Denver, CO

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University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine – Department of Psychiatry

Senior Project Manager (Business Services Program Manager)

Position # 00796792 – Requisition # 25936

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The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty, and staff of diverse backgrounds.

The Department of Psychiatry has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Senior Project Manager position.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a world-class medical destination at the forefront of transformative science, medicine, education and patient care. The campus encompasses the University of Colorado health professional schools, more than 60 centers and institutes, and two nationally ranked independent hospitals - UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital and Children's Hospital Colorado - that treat more than two million adult and pediatric patients each year. Innovative, interconnected and highly collaborative, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus delivers life-changing treatments, patient care and professional training and conducts world-renowned research fueled by over $650 million in research grants. For more information, visit

The department of Psychiatry has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Senior Project Manager position.

Project Managers are responsible for planning and overseeing projects to ensure they are completed on time and within budget. They plan and designate project resources, prepare budgets, monitor progress, and keep stakeholders informed throughout the life of the project. This is all done within the confines of the department’s vision and goals.  Project managers are utilized on a wide variety and size of projects.  Depending on size and complexity, they may be responsible for a single project or multiple projects.  There are three levels of Project managers in the Department of Psychiatry, Associate Project Manager, Project Manager, and Senior Project Manager. This job description is for the Senior Project Manager.

Senior Project Managers are responsible for exercising discretion, analytical skill, personal accountability, and responsibility in all the department’s mission areas of Education/Training, Research, Clinical Care, and Outreach/Advocacy. 

Senior Project Managers work fully independently and may serve in a mentor or trainer capacity to less experienced members of the team.  They will oversee the work of project team members matrixed to their projects, working with the team member’s functional managers to provide performance feedback and resolve personnel issues.  They may serve as a project program manager, overseeing other project managers’ work for larger projects.

Program Managers are responsible for the day-to-day operation of a program, function, or work unit, including the development and implementation of processes consistent with college, school, or departmental strategies and processes.  These positions typically do not supervise others.  Senior Project Manager positions are part of the Business Services Program Manager Job Family.


Business Services Program Manager - Senior Project Manager responsibilities will vary based on the requirements of the projects.  They may include any of the following responsibilities and others as needed.

  • Determine and define project scope and objectives
  • Predict resources needed to reach objectives and manage resources in an effective and efficient manner
  • Prepare a budget based on the scope of work and resource requirements
  • Track project costs to meet budget
  • Develop and manage a detailed project schedule and work plan
  • Manage contracts with vendors and suppliers by assigning tasks and communicating expected deliverables
  • Utilize industry best practices, techniques, and standards throughout project execution
  • Measure project performance to identify areas for improvement and adjust the plan as needed
  • Manage relationships between clients and stakeholders
  • Perform risk management analysis to reduce project risks
  • Communicate with stakeholders regarding issues, risks, and project status
  • Create and maintain comprehensive project documentation
Position Emphasis:

This position is responsible for managing projects in alignment with Project Management best practices and methodologies, including waterfall, iterative, or agile.  Communication and training will be utilized to effectively inform others of the project management process.  PMs will lead and/or serve on cross-functional project teams which execute strategic objectives, key initiatives, or operational goals.  The overarching goal for the Project Manager is to aid the department in improved effectiveness and efficiency of services delivered via transparent project execution.  This position reports to the PMO Lead and is exempt from the State of Colorado Classified Staff system.

Examples of Work Performed:

    Work with teams, leaders, and project managers throughout the Department of Psychiatry, its five divisions, and partner institutions to create well-thought-out project plans.Lead teams through the execution of project plans resulting in the successful delivery of project outcomes on time and within budget.Use broad knowledge of the department, its initiatives, and subject matter experts to gain efficiencies through thoughtful design and implementation. Identify opportunities for improving the delivery of project management processes; support and/or lead the implementation and change management efforts necessary to continuously improve project management practices.Report outcomes and quality measures, create effective communication structures to keep all project teams and the Department informed of progress, and publicly celebrate successes.Identify and disseminate data as necessary to inform the projects.  This may include financial data, behavioral health billing and collection data, clinical data such as clinical outcomes, and quality data.Create business intelligence tools and systems as needed to report on key metrics.  Gather critical information from meetings with various stakeholders and produce useful reports and recommendations.Cultivate relationships with colleagues—including Directors and Executive teams—across divisions and institutions and work collaboratively and transparently to assist those teams in developing and prioritizing projects.
Minimum Qualifications: 

    A bachelor’s degree in business, business administration, finance, accounting, education, social sciences, healthcare administration, public administration, communications, information systems, or a directly related field from an accredited institution. Substitution: A combination of education and related technical/paraprofessional experience may be substituted for the bachelor’s degree on a year for year basis.The position requires extensive, diverse, and progressively responsible experience, including 2 years of direct responsibility for the management of sponsored large, complex projectsPMP or equivalent comprehensive project management certification recognized by the PMO leadership
  • Must be able to work remotely or in-person at the CU-Anschutz Medical Campus
Required: Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire

Preferred Qualifications:

    Experience in utilizing project management tools such as Microsoft Project, JIRA, Basecamp, Smartsheet, etc.
  • 5 years of direct responsibility for the management of sponsored large, complex projects
  • Experience working in diverse settings, preferably in healthcare, academic medicine, or higher education
Competencies/Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task with patience and composure
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with individuals from across multiple agencies/departments and from many different disciplines
  • A proven track record of forming collaborative and effective working relationships
  • Effective professional communication and presentation skills (both verbal and written)
  • Knowledge, experience, and ability to manage complex information
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Strong planning and organizational skills, including the ability to manage multiple tasks
  • Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion
Candidates will be responsible for travel expenses related to the interview process and any relocation expenses, if applicable.

Salary and Benefits:

    The hiring range for this position has been established at $62,389 - $83,602
The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty, and training.

The above salary range hiring range represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line. 


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Diversity and Equity:

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at [email protected].

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty, and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students, and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

Job Category: Business Services
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: May 11, 2022
Unposting Date: Ongoing
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