Senior Project Manager at Everspring

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Are you looking to get to the next level in your career journey?

Would you like to work with the world’s best problem-solvers, pioneers, and out-of-the-box thinkers?

Does the prospect of being in a key role towards project delivery excite you?

 

If this sounds like you, then there is an opportunity you should know…

There is an exciting role possibly waiting for you as an experienced Sr. Project Manager.

We are looking to add a new Sr. Project Manager to support our Technology Team. As our Sr. Project Manager, you would play a significant role in building our project management practice and build upon our operational capabilities. You would be leaned on as a subject matter expert in the project delivery lifecycle.

 

Who are we?

Everspring partners with leading universities to create a new standard of excellence in online education. Our dynamic and innovative team shapes the culture of our company and powers our university partners’ success. We are not a typical online education company – Everspring’s unique approach influences everything we do.

 

Description:

The Sr. Project Manager is a senior member of the Technology Team that reports to the VP of Technology. This role functions as the key point-person for managing project collateral (ie. project charter, work breakdown structure, logs, tollgates,...etc.) and ensuring projects are executed on time and within scope. There would be multiple projects occurring sometimes at a program level that would need tracked and resource sharing managed. In addition, this role would work with our Scrum Master in the delivery workflow as we have a hybrid software delivery cycle (think WaterScrum, ScrumFall). The person in this role would be knowledgeable in project lifecycles and be familiar with the interworking of a software engineering organization. The Sr. Project Manager will manage projects from inception, initiation, and be able to hand-off the project to a Scrum Master. They will be responsible for tracking/reporting on various projects across technology and play a key role in capacity planning along with assisting in the management of the project pipeline.

 

Core responsibilities:

  • Is adept in simultaneously managing multiple short and long-term technology projects.
  • Leads project meetings as necessary and works with product management to kick-off projects or close them as needed.
  • Manages key project information in a project management tool such as Monday.com, Asana, Basecamp, Clarizen, etc., to provide the latest in our active project portfolio.
  • Partner with key stakeholders, product management, scrum master(s), and engineering management to help keep the delivery team focused on rapidly shifting priorities, and outlining next steps.
  • Ability to manage ad-hoc project requests as they arise from stakeholders and minimize delivery risks to existing work in progress.
  • Obtains and compiles all necessary project specifications and requirements at the onset of the project.
  • Develops project timelines, contingency plans, and manages timeline based on scope changes, business and client priorities and resource allocation
  • Identifies potential risks and scope creep; proactively works to mitigate these risks and communicate and accommodate changes when needed
  • Proactively communicates project status, project milestones and obstacles to team leadership on a regular basis
  • Initiating, coordinating, and enforcing policies and procedures to ensure appropriate staff are being engaged throughout the various stages of the project
  • Assists with training team members in the department workflow process
  • Project manages client implementations, directly with clients and with other departments within Everspring.

 

Required qualifications:

  •  5-7+ years professional work experience in technology project management.
  • Able to self-manage and prioritize daily work with limited direction
  • Deadline-driven, with the ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines
  • Exceptional organizational skills and a strong attention to detail
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong familiarity with PMI PMBOK (proj management body of knowledge)
  • PMP certification or equivalent PMI training preferred but not required
  • Familiarity with Agile methodologies and working with an Agile software development team.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate effectively between different disciplines (development, creative, marketing, admissions, etc.) and personality types
  • Experienced power-user with a project management software such as Monday.com, Asana, Jira, or Smartsheets
  • Experience with identifying project work versus support work.
  • Experience working collaboratively with a Marketing team to establish and maintain systems and their requirements

 

Preferred qualifications:

  •  Experience with Monday.com, Confluence, Google G-Suite, Trello, Smartsheets, Jira, and BitBucket
  •  Experience working with team collaboration tools such as Slack
  •  Experience simultaneously managing multiple projects for a large portfolio of clients
  •  Experience working with capacity planning and demand management
  •  Experience working with web and software development teams
  •  Experience working with new business development teams or new product development teams
  •  Bonus experience: 3+ years professional work experience in higher education

 

Position is full-time and located in our offices in the Chicago Loop.

Everspring is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Location

Experts at staying connected, our offices are in the Loop, steps from the river, public transit and the best food in the West Loop and River North.

An Insider's view of Everspring

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The vibe in the office is casual and collaborative. There is a lot of teamwork cross-functionally. You're exposed to a wide range of operations that don't only focus on your specific role, but the business as a whole. There are many opportunities to learn from your colleagues in marketing, learning design, and technology!

Aggie

Client Engagement Manager

What does your typical day look like?

What excites me about working in Admissions is that you never know what you're getting yourself into each day. I live for the challenging questions thrown at me and overcoming their obstacles or objections. At the end of the day, I'm honored to be a part of their journey...my goal is to leave them with an impression they'll never forget.

Jeffrey

Team Lead - Admissions Advisor

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I have been given the opportunity to go from managing a few projects on a handful of technologies to managing the product strategy for over three dozen products with multiple projects running concurrently. Everspring has given me the opportunity to gain my stride by providing me the freedom to exercise my creativity and technology domain knowledge.

Abuzar

Director of Product Development

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Growing up, my father always used to sit me down and talk to me about life. My biggest takeaway from those talks is that I should always surround myself with good people.
Good people are the most important asset an organization can have, and Everspring definitely has this asset. Our culture promotes creativity, collaboration and personal growth.

Michael

Admissions Advisor II

What are Everspring Perks + Benefits

Everspring Benefits Overview

We understand that our employees are our success. We are dynamic, curious, passionate and collaborative problem solvers who push the boundaries of innovation on a daily basis. Our growth is a direct result of their investment in us. That’s why we offer a competitive and comprehensive benefits package that includes health coverage, a 401K plan, company-paid life insurance, work-life balance benefits and much more. We also know that our employees understand the spirit of Everspring better than anyone. We offer a generous referral bonus when employees help us identify the mix of talent, drive and personality that results in a successful hire.

Because our employees invest their talents and efforts in us, we strive to invest in them and their needs. We understand that time off is important, so we provide both paid company holidays and a generous PTO accrual policy, allowing our employees to take time off and recharge based on their unique, individual needs.
Wellness is an important part of our company culture, so we cover the majority of the cost for our in-building gym, allowing our employees easy access to fitness, wellness and peace of mind. We also participate in the annual Chase Corporate Challenge, allowing our employee community an opportunity to take part in collective fitness, fun and celebration.

In our downtown location on the Chicago River, our offices occupy the 22nd floor, offering our employees an expansive view of our beautiful city and a daily display of the beating heart of the Loop. And in our spacious, luxurious 30th floor coffee lounge, employees can take a midday beverage break, lead collaborative sessions at communal work tables or just get some heads down time on the regular.

Because we work hard, we play hard as well. Everspring offers a wealth of unique socialization outlets for its employees, ensuring that our dynamic, innovative culture is upheld through connection and camaraderie. Explore a few of the ways we stay connected:

- Culture committee dedicated to cross-company collaboration, education and community engagement
- Regular social events including game nights, happy hours, team and company outings, corporate races,
summer and holiday parties, and potlucks
- Endless coffee, soft drinks and sparkling water to suit anyone’s taste bud needs
- Casual and open office environment

Culture
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Everspring is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to and celebrates diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
The confidential Employee Assistance Program can help you with things like stress, anxiety, depression, chemical dependency, relationship or legal issues. This is a free service to employees.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Starting in the 1st quarter of 2021, Everspring will provide employees with a 401(k) employer match. As a company, we'll be matching dollar-per-dollar up to 4% of an employee’s deferral into the 401
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Our remote work program includes work from home one day per week after 6 months of employment.
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
We offer between 15 and 30 days of paid time off per year based on years of service.
Paid Volunteer Time
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Stocked Kitchen
Everspring offers a variety of coffee, tea, soda and those delightful flavored seltzer waters.
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
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