Senior Project Manager

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA


Posted: 09-May-24

Location: Los Angeles, California

Salary: Open



Internal Number: 1568

Department Summary
Situated on 419 acres, five miles from the Pacific Ocean, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is enriched by the cultural diversity of the dynamic greater Los Angeles area, as well as the geographic advantages of Southern California. One of the world's preeminent public research universities, UCLA is an international leader in breadth and quality of academic, research, health care, wellness, cultural, continuing education and athletic programs, with more than 5,200 faculty members who teach approximately 47,500 students in the UCLA College and 12 professional schools. UCLA is consistently ranked among the top institutions nationally for research funding, having generated $1.7 billion in research grants and contracts in the last fiscal year alone.
Position Summary

Strategy, Planning, and Operations leads and manages a large and complex portfolio of IT projects and programs while establishing partnerships and stakeholder engagement efforts with students, faculty, staff, and external partners on behalf of the IT organization. The Strategy, Planning, and Operations Office also manages organizational initiatives and efforts, including general administrative functions, financial management and budgeting, vendor management and licensing, billing, internal communications, department human resources, talent management, and culture development. The Enterprise Program Management team operates as a centralized, strategic IT function that works with IT executives and key university decision makers to facilitate the strategic alignment, planning, prioritization, and value realization of all enterprise-wide IT projects, programs, and portfolio planning and management activities.


The Senior Project Manager will lead enterprise program and project delivery within the Enterprise Program Management Office. They will be responsible for executing comprehensive program plans, outlining program objectives, scope, timelines, budgets, and resource allocation for large, multi-workstream IT efforts. They will coordinate with cross-functional teams and stakeholders to ensure seamless execution of complex program activities, while identifying and mitigating potential risks and issues throughout the program lifecycle. Additionally, the Senior Project Manager will track and monitor program progress, ensuring milestones are met, and deliverables are completed on time and within budget. They will implement program management best practices and methodologies, such as Agile, to optimize project efficiency and effectiveness, and will integrate a working knowledge of change management practices to ensure stakeholder and end-user success. The Senior Project Manager will also evaluate program success and performance, identifying opportunities for continuous improvement and ensuring alignment with the university's strategic goals. The Senior Project Manager will positively impact UCLA's operations and culture by enabling IT projects and programs in service of the institution's academic, research and service mission. This team member will advance the University's mission by delivering exceptional information technology services comprehensively and consistently across faculty, staff, and students. This role will execute UCLA's vision while modeling UCLA's culture and values.

Salary & Compensation
*UCLA provides a full pay range. Actual salary offers consider factors, including budget, prior experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business considerations. Salary offers at the top of the range are not common. Visit UC Benefit package to discover benefits that start on day one, and UC Total Compensation Estimator to calculate the total compensation value with benefits.
  • 5 years experience experience working in one or more of the following fields: project management, information technology, data services, application services, IT service management, or related. (Required)
  • Experience participating in activities to advance an inclusive environment that values equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging. (Required)
  • Experience working in a project-based environment using leading project management practices including schedule management, status reporting, and communication. (Required)
  • 7+ years experience working in one or more of the following fields: project management, information technology, data services, application services, IT service management, or related. (Preferred)
  • Experience in complex higher education environments, serving academic and administrative functions of a large public university. (Preferred)
  • Thorough knowledge of project management principles, theories, and concepts. (Required)
  • Effective skill at tracking effort and project progress. Demonstrated highly advanced organization and project management skills. Demonstrated strong conceptual and planning skills to analyze projects of broad and diverse scope. (Required)
  • Demonstrated capacity to anticipate obstacles and plan for contingencies. Understands the cost impact of projects, project tracking tools and metrics. (Required)
  • Demonstrated attention to detail. Demonstrated ability to determine relevance and prioritize tasks. (Required)
  • Demonstrated competency in selecting and implementing project management methods and techniques. (Required)
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate critical information across disciplines. Understands how projects relate to other business strategies and initiatives. (Required)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and is able to communicate complex technical ideas to a diverse community of colleagues and stakeholders. Can relay technical information to audiences of technical and non-technical stakeholders. (Required)
  • Able to establish and advance positive working relationships and a strong rapport with a diverse community of colleagues including team members, stakeholders, and customers. (Required)
  • Advanced organizational skills and is able to balance competing priorities and deliver concurrent projects to various stakeholder types. (Required)
  • Advanced problem-solving skills; ability to uncover root of difficult problems and scope solutions based on knowledge of available resources and timelines as well as awareness of vision and strategy. Seeks information from multiple and diverse sources to inform solutions. (Required)
  • Thinks creatively and introduces innovations such as the incorporation of new technologies or processes. Thrives in an ever-changing, fast-paced environment. (Required)

  • Education, Licenses, Certifications & Personal Affiliations
    • This position is eligible for a hybrid work arrangement that includes regular visits to campus as needed (for those who work remotely, travel/lodging expenses are not eligible for reimbursement).

      The anticipated pay range for this position is $132,298-$154,000, annually; salary is dependent upon the skills and experience of the selected finalist.

      NOTE: This position REQUIRES that a RESUME and COVER LETTER be submitted in addition to the application. Please have these two files ready to upload when applying.  

    • Bachelor's Degree Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of experience/training in one or more of the following fields: information technology, computer science, public administration, business administration, com (Required)
    • Bachelor's Degree Bachelor's degree in one or more of the following fields: information technology, computer science, public administration, business administration, communications. (Preferred)
    • PgMP, PfMP, Agile Scrum, LEAN Six Sigma, ITIL, and/or OCM certification (Preferred)

    Special Conditions for Employment
  • Background Check: Continued employment is contingent upon the completion of a satisfactory background investigation.

  • Schedule
    8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. PT, Monday through Friday and/or variable based upon operational needs.
    Union/Policy Covered
    99-Policy Covered
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    About University of California Los Angeles
    Why work at UCLA? Benefits:UCLA offers a comprehensive benefits package, including an average of three weeks' vacation per year; an average of 12 days per year sick leave; 13 paid holidays per year; health, dental and optical benefits; life insurance; disability insurance; the University of California Retirement Plan with 5 year vesting and various voluntary UC Savings Plans. There are also special programs and privileges available, such as accessibility to cultural and recreational programs, athletic events, and the University Credit Union. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.
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