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University of Colorado Project Manager in Aurora, Colorado


University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

Department: Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives

Job Title: Project Manager for Strategic Initiatives

Position #778250 – Requisition #19118

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  • The University of Colorado Denver l 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.

Who We Are:

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a public education, clinical and research facility serving 4,500 students, and a world-class medical destination at the forefront of life-changing science, medicine, and healthcare. CU Anschutz offers more than 42 highly rated degree programs through 6 schools and colleges, and receives over $500 million in research awards each year. We are the single largest health professions education provider in Colorado, awarding nearly 1,450 degrees annually. Powered by our award-winning faculty, renowned researchers and a reputation for academic excellence, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus drives innovation from the classroom to the laboratory to the delivery of unparalleled patient care. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here at .

The Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Project Manager position.

This position falls within the University structure at the Program Manager level. 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.

Department Summary:

It is a transformational time at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, with strategic efforts to build on the strengths of our university and position the campus for greater impact and visibility. The Office of the Chancellor has expanded opportunities for growth and change by investing in leadership to identify, design, and implement strategic initiatives that are critical to the future success of the campus.

Job Summary:

The Project Manager of Strategic Initiatives is a unique opportunity that will be responsible for managing various high-level projects within the Office of the Chancellor at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. This role will report directly to the Associate Vice Chancellor of Strategic Initiatives with the primary focus of supporting various initiatives and projects developed through the campus strategic planning process. The Project Manager will champion projects of varying scope and complexity, with an emphasis on agility and maintaining a cadence that builds momentum for effective strategic planning development and implementation. This person will help to organize and prioritize critical issues and required information to facilitate efficient decision making.

In collaboration with the Associate Vice Chancellor, the Project Manager will bridge all stakeholder units, establish project tasks/dependencies/deadlines, allocate resources, identify and mitigate risks, gather requirements, hold review meetings and provide status updates. In order to execute project work successfully with the faculty, staff, students, administration, and community involved in these processes, the person within this position is required to have experience and knowledge in both waterfall and agile methodologies. The Project Manager may participate in key constituent meetings to support strategic effectiveness and help facilitate communications regarding strategic decisions. This position calls for an individual with very strong organizational, communication, relationship-building, facilitation, negotiation, analytical and problem-solving skills.

Overall, the Project Manager will engage collaboratively with the development and ongoing efforts of a team that will design, develop, and implement initiatives for the prosperity of the campus. The Project Manager will help build organizational capacity to maximize our strategic impact. The Project Manager will be accountable and help provide the necessary supports to stakeholders as they embark on the activities aligned with the strategic priorities.

This position is located at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO. Remote work will be acceptable during the pandemic and will be re-evaluated when it is safe to return to work.

Examples of Work Performed:

  • Collaborates with faculty, staff, students, administrators, and the community on strategic initiatives and deliverables to ensure success

  • Supports the execution of the university’s project management infrastructure including risks & issues reporting, project timeline template creation, and communication plan development

  • Provides insights and strategies to enable teams to deliver results that meet strategic objectives and outcomes

  • Creates, drives and communicates project plans, schedules and project budgets

  • Defines and produces actionable deliverables with each project, assuring that all goals are met and deliverables are completed from stakeholders in a timely manner

  • Exemplifies effective stakeholder management and developing the correlating cadence to support stakeholders needs and expectations

  • Facilitates the redesign of existing centralized processes to enhance efficiency and quality for the stakeholders involved in existing or new strategic initiatives

  • Collaborates with operations and the various functions on strategy for executing projects focused on the campus’s strategic priorities and goals

  • Develops a consistent rhythm of follow-up with project teams, assessing and reporting on team status, escalating problems as needed and aiming towards completion

  • Creates the project documentation necessary to facilitate the work and outcomes required for every project’s scope including resource allocations

  • Understands when obstacles or challenges need to be discussed and/or escalated

  • Identifies risks and issues for reporting and works with the necessary stakeholders to develop mitigation strategies and tactics

  • Facilitates a high-performing, collaborative, and functional team by promoting transparency and adaptation

  • Intentionally measures the effectiveness and efficiency of projects to quantify the impact on the University’s mission, revenues, costs, etc.

  • Proactively shares ideas, insights, lessons learned and best practices with colleagues

  • Participates in on-going project management training and development

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.

Salary and Benefits:

  • The starting salary range for this position has been established at $55,000 to $80,000 and is commensurate with skills and experience.

  • 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

  • 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.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in a field of study directly related to this position, such as business, higher education, communications, psychology, learning technologies, or similar.

  • Candidates with Bachelor’s degrees in other non-related fields may also be considered if they have applicable project management credentials such as certifications in one or more of the following:

  • PMI-CAPM (Certificate Associate in Project Management)

  • PMI-PMP (Project Management Professional)

  • CSM or CSPO (Certified Scrum Master or Certified Scrum Product Owner)

  • Minimum of 4 years of project management experience as a project manager and/or project lead.

  • Minimum of 2 years of experience working in (or in consultation with) higher education or academic industries.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree from an accredited college or university in the above-named fields of study

  • Experience in digital education, change management, and/or strategic planning

  • Agile project management experience is strongly preferred

  • Experience utilizing data analysis tools for basic data manipulation and reporting

  • Extensive experience with project management systems


  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and positive working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution

  • Focus, accountability, flexibility, and willingness to have an active, collaborative role

  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, including comfort working on/with a diverse team

  • Knowledge of project management methodologies and facilitation tools to deliver on project documentation and management needs

  • Proven ability to plan, organize and manage projects successfully under various constraints

  • A highly resourceful and trustworthy individual with strong emotional intelligence, self-motivation, and strong analytical skills, including critical thinking and problem-solving skills

  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, team-oriented, highly visible environment where many complex situations need to be handled simultaneously and tasks are often sensitive and confidential in nature

  • Strong ability to communicate effectively and directly, both in writing and orally, as well as possessing specific communication skill-sets:

  • Excellent interpersonal and collaborative communication skills

  • Proven ability to build and foster relationships with key faculty and administrators

  • Group meeting/facilitation skills

  • High emotional intelligence

  • Resilient and tenacious with a propensity to persevere; forward looking and solutions-focused

  • High-energy, agile-minded, strategic, proactive, highly organized and committed to the vision and values of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

  • A sense of humor, positive attitude, and strong work ethic

Job: Business Services

Primary Location: Aurora

Job Category Business Services


Schedule Full-time

Posting Date Sep 18, 2020

Unposting Date Sep 23, 2020, 11:59:00 PM

Posting Contact Name Sean McBride

Posting Contact Email

Posting Number 00778250

Req ID: 19118

The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, pregnancy, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.