Senior Project Manager

Michigan, United States
05 Dec 2018
End of advertisement period
10 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The Senior Project Manager role reports up through the Michigan Medicine Program Management Office (PMO) in the Quality Department. The position will support specific area initiatives focused on improving organizational performance and value. The ideal candidate is a self-starter and has demonstrated experience with healthcare processes and practices involving strategic thinking to further innovative solutions that yield measurable results to operations, patient satisfaction, and outcomes. 


Deliver Strategic Projects and uses Project Management tools to do so (50%) 

  • Establishes specific Project or Program strategy, defines and manages scope and objectives while mitigating risks and issues. 
  • Maintains effective and transparent documentation by developing detailed work plans, schedules, project estimates, resource plans, status reports, etc.
  • Under general direction, responsible for the management, performance, and completion of multiple concurrent projects
  • Provides strategic implementation guidance to the project team.
  • Conducts effective project meetings.  Prepares documented communication planning and presentations for a variety of audiences including senior leadership.
  • Prepares and manages project budgets by forecasting requirements, tracking expenditures.  Initiates pre-emptive corrective actions for anticipated budget variances
  • Identifies and assesses issues, risks, and interdependencies, determines root causes, and recommends sustainable improvements
  • Manages the integration of team-members' tasks and deliverables.

 Support Quality Department values and principles (25%)

  • Establishes and maintains a collaborative relationship with project teams and with interdepartmental colleagues.  Coordinates and collaborates with analytical and performance improvement resources as needed.
  • Ensures teams are practicing principles of collaboration, prioritization, and team accountability.
  • Ensures adherence to Quality Department project standards and requirements

Develop (and teach if Senior level) PMO Standards (15%)

  • Develop and/or improve PMO tools 
  • Use standard project management methodologies
  • Share with and learn from other colleagues
  • Conduct short training sessions of the PMO knowledge base

Other Duties as Assigned (10%)

  • Other duties as assigned dependent on project and departmental needs

Required Qualifications*

  • At least 5 years of considerable and progressively responsible experience in project management.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead all project management processes from project planning to closeout.
  • Proven experience in strategic planning, risk management, and change management.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead teams and achieve results, on time, on budget, within scope, and with high quality results
  • Strong relationship-building skills, including the demonstrated ability to build consensus among a decentralized stakeholder base. Strong team orientation and ability to manage up and down in complex organizations.
  • Demonstrated initiative, problem solving, influence, and conflict resolution skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and demonstrate adaptability and commitment to embracing change within ambiguous environments.  
  • Highly analytical and has the ability to translate analyses into actionable and clear information for decision making at all levels within Michigan Medicine

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree in business administration, higher education administration, public administration, or engineering.
  • 6-12 years of experience in a project management role in a consulting setting, academic medical center, major teaching hospital, or health insurance company.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI). 
  • PROSCI Change Management Certified or other demonstrated knowledge of Change Management
  • Broad understanding of current trends in the health care (e.g., regulatory environment, payment systems, etc.) and higher education industries.
  • Lean training/certification and knowledge of lean thinking concepts in planning and operations analysis, and/or Six Sigma training and
  • experience.
  • Demonstrated experience with data analysis, key performance indicators, Experience with statistical packages and other advanced analytic tools and dashboard development.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.