Additional Salary Information:Includes a full state health benefits package, retirement program and generous leave policy.
Applicant Pool:If another department
vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may
be used for the selection.
The complete job profile for this position is available at http://sos.mt.gov/Employment/index.asp.
Submit all required application materials (State of Montana employment application, cover letter and resume) through the State Online Job Application System or by mail, fax or e-mail to the contact information in this listing. Application screening will begin on approximately Jan. 10, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.
Any job offer is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.
The Secretary of State's Office is located in beautiful Helena, Montana, cradled in the foothills of the Montana Rockies. At SOS, our employees are our most valuable asset. The Information Technology team empowers its members to exercise professional judgment in carrying out their duties, and both team effort and individual employee expertise are supported and sustained.
If you are passionate about technology that keeps business moving forward, enjoy working with an innovative team, and want to use your IT project management skills in a customer-driven environment, then consider joining us. We hope your expertise and drive will align with the vision of our organization.
The project manager is responsible for the direction and management of the Secretary of State's (SOS) Information Technology (IT) projects through a framework of initiation, planning, execution, control, and closure activities. The project manager assists in defining project goals and objectives, and establishing methods and means of accomplishing those objectives.
In addition, the project manager will: Direct and review the project work plan, monitor workflow, and ensure performance measures and program standards are met. Partner with management staff to estimate project deliverables, create staffing plans, and build project schedules. Coordinate with project leads to manage change control processes, including risk assessments, identification, and mitigation. Establish and maintain a working enviornment within the project conducive to positive morale, quality, creativity, and teamwork. Provide regular and timely feedback throughout the project life cycle to SOS management, project team members, advisory committee members, legislators, State Project Management Office, and other project stakeholders. Seek innovative ways to resolve significant and controversial issues.
This position manages IT projects by planning and managing internal projects using best practices in project management outlined in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) methodology.
This position reports to the IT Manager, and does not directly supervise other agency personnel.
This position requires: Practical and successful experience as an IT project manager using (PMBOK) project management methodologies. Project Management certification is preferred, but not required. Comprehensive knowledge of the principles, methodologies, and practices of IT project management. A skilled communicator and negotiator since SOS and public awareness and interest may be high and related strategies, standards, and architectures are undergoing frequent change. The ability to integrate sometimes conflicting information from diverse and unrelated sources. An innovative problem solver who can balance conflicting demands and limited resources to deliver comprehensive solutions to problems. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writting, including giving effective presentations to a variety of audiences. The ability to prioritize, multi-task and balance muliple tasks and projects; exercise sound technical, interpersonal and organizational judgment when appraising, evaluating, and solving complex problems; and to effectively meet deadlines, including preparing written products on short notice. Direct IT line management experience is preferred but not required.
Behaviors required to perform the duties are:
Verbal Communication: Keeps appropriate individuals informed. Listens to others respectfully, understand or seeks clarification, and responds appropriately demonstrating tact and diplomacy. Expresses thoughts and ideas clearly. Maintains a positive work atmosphere by behaving and communicating in a manner that promotes cooperation with customers, clients, co-workers, and managers.
Written Communication: Writes clearly, logically and effectively using proper style, tone, grammar, spelling and punctuation. Written work products are appropriate to the intended audience.
Flexible at Work: Responds positively to changes in direction, priorities, responsibilities, personnel or assignments. Works effectively in a variety of situations and with a variety of individuals or groups. Maintains composure and displays restraint when faced with opposition, stress, or hostility from others.
Working with Others: Relates to others in an open and accepting manner; is approachable. Offers and accepts opinions constructively. Adjusts to how individuals and the work unit will react. Treats others with respect. Constructively resolves disagreements. Is open to others' ideas and gives credit and recognition to others. Strives to create a positive work climate and energizes and inspires others to do their best.
Responsive to Work Needs: Willing to perform different jobs, cross train, or assist wherever needed. Is aware of co-worker workload and responds accordingly.
Initiative: Suggest improvements and new ideas, technologies and approaches to the work flow and Division needs. Willing applies new and evolving ideas, methods, designs and technologies as changes arise in the office.
Efficiency and Focus: Uses time effectively and prioritizes tasks. Is aware of workload and makes appropriate adjustments to meet deadlines and complete tasks. Handles interruptions or distractions and stays on task. Achieves goals.
Accuracy: Ensures accuracy of work and makes corrections in a timely manner. Is conscientious and monitors own quality of work. Attendance: Arrives on time for work and demonstrates good attendance record.
Organizational Awareness: Understands and follows the rules, policies and laws that govern work. Identifies key decisions-makers; understands and respects the balance of authority. Acts in an ethical manner. Represents self and the office in a professional manner.
This position requires education and experience equivalent to a 4 year degree in Computer Science and minimum 3 to 4 years job related experience. PMI Certification is preferred, but not required. Alternate combinations of education and IT experience equivalent to the above will be considered.