Technical Project Manager (12-month term)
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Princeton, NJ - Princeton, NJ
Technical Project Manager (12-month term)

Princeton University Press (PUP) seeks an experienced technical project manager to join the Technology team in Princeton, NJ for a 12-month term position. The Technical Project Manager will support the Technology team in a variety of departmental and companywide initiatives, as well as various administrative management functions. They will work with both internal and external parties to manage projects and process improvements. The Technical Project Manager will provide analytical support; ensure effective management of assigned projects, track progress and results of programs and projects.

 

The Technical Project Manager must be able to adapt to the evolving landscape of the publishing industry and rapidly changing technology. The abilities to capture requirements from stakeholders, communicate an understanding of the requirements, organize work breakdown structures and keep stakeholders clearly apprised of project status are paramount. The most rewarding aspect of the position is the opportunity to be involved in many aspects of the Press’s business and to collaborate across departments.

 

Position Responsibilities

  • Organizing projects and activities in accordance with the mission and goals of the organization.
  • Facilitate the communication and interaction among the functional representatives for all projects.
  • Ensuring goals are met in areas including customer satisfaction, quality and team member performance.
  • Implementing and managing changes and interventions to ensure project goals are achieved.
  • Meeting with stakeholders to make communication easy and transparent. regarding project issues and decisions on services.
  • Producing accurate and timely reporting of project status throughout its life cycle.
  • Analyzing project risks.
  • Identify the project scope and objectives, involving all relevant stakeholders and ensuring technical feasibility.
  • Prepares internal work and project timelines in accordance with technical, operational and stakeholder requirements.
  • Run kick-off meetings on new projects to review expectations, identify requirements and to create a written project implementation plan with WBS, milestones and deliverables.
  • Ensures projects are captured in JIRA and prioritized accordingly with the product owner.
  • Monitors every step of the implementation process and project progress; anticipates potential issues and proactively manages details; communicating risks and dependencies to the Director regularly.
  • Coordinates all aspects of project implementation, working closely with the stakeholders and internal project team.
  • Communicates project status and disseminates project information to client and internal project team on a regular basis.
  • Work with team to create and ensure project documentation is maintained.
  • Communicate effectively with clients and internal teams to identify needs and evaluate alternative business solutions.
  • Report and escalate to management as needed.
  • Advocate and drive continuous process improvement.
  • Participate in business process analyses of Technology functional areas to improve quality and achieve efficiency.
  • Support change management of processes with recommendations, documentation and training.
  • Manage, or participate as team member, in cross-functional projects team’s task assignments, participate or lead task resolution, timeline management and internal communication.
  • Perform financial analysis for assigned projects.
  • Identifies, tracks, and reports on Key Performance Indicators.  Develops reporting standards to help make reports more accessible press-wide. Coordinates with both internal and external parties to obtain necessary data and works to ensure accuracy of reports and underlying data.
  • Collaborate with Technology functional areas to facilitate continuous process improvement and best practices.
Position Requirements
  • Proven experience in project management with a minimum of five (5) years’ experience running projects independently.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience working in an IT environment.
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • A minimum of 1 year of prior experience using JIRA. At least 2 years preferred.
  • A minimum of 1 year of SharePoint, integrated within job responsibilities. At least 2 years preferred.
  • Highly organized, results-oriented and detailed individual with the ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritize competing business demands. 
  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office, especially Excel, Access and PowerPoint.
  • Sensitivity to confidential matters and excellent judgment.
  • Enthusiasm for collaboration, and commitment to professional codes of conduct which the Press’s may be accessed at https://press.princeton.edu/about/mission-values
  • Capacity for problem solving.
  • Agile Project Management Certification (AIGE) preferred but not required.
  • Project Management Certification (PMP) preferred but not required.
  • Demonstrated background in performing and presenting financial/cost-benefit-analysis to stakeholders preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred but not required. Relevant work experience may be substituted for academic degree.
  • While the Princeton, NJ office is currently closed due to the pandemic, once the office reopens, interested candidates need to be able to work from the Press’s NJ office for networking and professional development. Flexibility with in-office days will be permitted.

 

PUP is a strong advocate for greater diversity, equity, and inclusion in the university press community. Individuals who are members of groups underrepresented in academic publishing (which is, according to research by Lee & Low, historically a majority white, straight, cisgender, and nondisabled industry) are encouraged to apply. The Press provides a comprehensive and affordable benefits package and is located in a historic building on Princeton University’s campus that is walking distance from downtown Princeton with easy car access to Route 1 and walking distance from the Princeton train station.

 

Application Instructions: Interested candidates should send a cover letter with salary requirements, and a résumé via PUP's application system.

 

Due to application volume, only finalists will be contacted. For more information on Princeton University Press, visit http://press.princeton.edu/.

 

EOE/AA/M/F/D/V

 

Princeton University Press is an equal opportunity employer and employs individuals based on their abilities. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

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