Manager of Special Projects

University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

The Department of Surgery

Manager of Special Projects / (Business Services Program Manager)

Position #00796762 – Requisition #25964                    

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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 Surgery has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Manager of Special Projects 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

Jobs in this career family provide general business operations of the organization or a combination of operational responsibilities covering multiple career families.  Functions include institutional research, statistical analysis, policy development and review, strategic planning and broad unit business operations such as parking and transportation services, risk management, childcare services, real estate and property management, retail services or job responsibilities that combine fiscal, HR and operational management responsibilities.

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.

Position Emphasis:

The Special Projects Manager will provide project support to the Director of Strategy & Innovation and other executives within the Department of Surgery. The position is expected to provide strategic thought leadership to cross functional project teams, stakeholders, and senior leaders while demonstrating a keen eye for the tactical elements of projects. The position partners with the executive leadership team to identify and evaluate opportunities for efficiency and growth, through pro-active seeking out, prioritizing, and development of initiatives. This position will also work hand in hand with the Director of Strategy & Innovation to assess the operational support needs of the department and collaborate on the development of a business intelligence program.

Projects in the current pipeline include but are not limited to; enterprise level strategic planning/implementation, enterprise level onboarding and acculturation program for faculty and staff, revenue cycle improvement project to reduce controllable allowances, and the development of a coaching/mentorship program for both faculty and staff.

The position will provide end to end project leadership (concept to completion), fully owning the mechanisms which ensure successful project delivery using a creative, focused, and synergistic project development process to include internal stakeholders and external strategic partnerships. This position will also provide supervision to a department business intelligence analyst, project coordinator, and project manager with opportunity to grow a robust and comprehensive team.

Minimum Qualifications:

    A bachelor’s degree Healthcare Administration, Business Administration or a directly related field from an accredited institution. A combination of education and related technical/paraprofessional experience may be substituted for the bachelor’s degree on a year for year basis.Minimum of 5 years’ work experience with at least 1 year in a lead role demonstrating management of progressively more complex projects and initiatives.Minimum of 2 years’ supervisory experience.
Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:

    3-5 years of professional level experience in project management. Experience with large-scale project management, strategic planning and/or consultingExperience in healthcareMaster of Business Administration (MBA) or other related advanced degree.
Essential Duties:

    Serves as a liaison with executives and program leaders, to ensure that organizational goals are met.Serves as supervisor for a business intelligence analyst, project coordinator, and project manager.Monitors and assists in drafting schedules for implementation of long-range/short-range plans and proposals Monitors project portfolio progress, drafting and distributing periodic progress reports for leadership and stakeholders in the form of dashboards.Outlines the tasks involved in the project and delegates accordingly.Conducts cost analysis, estimating expected costs for the project.Prepares and implements a budget based on estimates.Conducts risk assessments; reports identified risks to management; provides recommendations for mitigation of risk (including termination of the project if appropriate).Addresses questions, concerns, and/or complaints throughout the project.Provides training to department leaders in the project management framework.This description is a summary only and is describing the general level of work being performed, it is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may change from time to time and/or based on business need. We reserve the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the supervisor and/or hiring authority.

    Strong project management skills with a self-directed, results oriented aptitude.Must have demonstrated analytical/problem-solving, project management/task planningResponsible to ensure project plans are robust, maintained, and access is available to all necessary.Organization agility, demonstrating ability to influence across levels and functions of the organization.Project portfolio management on an enterprise or strategic planning levelDemonstrated experience in management and building out teamsProven leadership in project management demonstrating flexibility, creative problem solving, conflict resolution and drive for results.Solves extremely complex, multi-faceted problems requiring ingenuity, creativity and resourcefulness.Regularly exercises independent judgment in developing new methods, techniques and evaluation criteria to obtain results for complex assignments.
Candidates will be responsible for travel expenses related to the interview process and any relocation expenses, if applicable.

Salary and Benefits:

    The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at $62,389 - $79,359
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 (or hiring range) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

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, persons within the LGBTQ+ community, 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 12, 2022
Unposting Date: Ongoing

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