Senior Project Manager - Cancer Center

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Position description
The Senior Project Manager (PM) works independently, assuming primary responsibility for planning, directing, coordinating and delivering project activities through the entire project life cycle (from initiation through handoff to customer) that are major/complex/business critical. The Senior PM is responsible to lead project objectives and completion on time, on budget, and in conformance to Mayo Clinic project management methodologies and standards.

The Senior PM will operate within the Planning & Strategy Unit within Research Administrative Services and will independently lead large projects supporting strategic priorities as outlined by the Research Executive Management Team. Project work has high to very high risk and risk interdependencies, multiple interrelationships, and may have major costs associated. Responsible for managing established budget. Leads and provides direction in the development and tracking of project budgets. Position requires strict adherence to budget management and guidelines of both the assigned department and the institution. Independently leads problem-solving and decision making activities, within the scope of the project and change management process, taking reasonable and prudent actions to accomplish agreed upon project objectives. Leverages many years of experience to manage extensive projects, and is highly competent in the implementation of project results. Uses advanced negotiations skills that are characterized by innovative thinking.

The use and application of Agile methodologies is important to this role. Many of the items important to an Agile process are not unique to Agile. This individual may be responsible for monitoring scrum processes and scrum meetings. They may work to increase efficiency, motivate the team, and advocate for changes that will ensure quality and timeliness. Leading project teams may include the following not already specified above:

(A) Guiding teams on Agile practices and values to implement critical projects
(B) Assessing maturity of the team and organization and coaching the team to higher levels of maturity, at a pace that is sustainable
(C) Removing impediments and blockers or guiding the team to do so; escalating to management when appropriate
(D) Building a trusting and safe environment where problems can be raised and resolved
(E) Facilitating getting the work done without coercion, assigning, or dictating the work
(F) Facilitating discussion, decision making, and conflict resolution
(G) Supporting and educating the Product Owner, especially on creating the product backlog and ongoing backlog refinement

May have direct and indirect reports, and be in a position to employ and guide the project staff in a goal-oriented way within projects. The Senior Project Manager leads and demonstrates project-focused culture at Mayo Clinic, and also advises/provides mentorship to other staff regarding project management practices, methods, and standards.

Performs additional job-related functions as detailed by immediate supervisor.
Bachelor's degree with 10 years’ experience in Project Management and business related activities
Master's degree with 7 years’ experience in Project Management.

Active (unexpired) Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is required.
Additional qualifications
Education preference: project management, business administration, agile/scrum, management.

Candidates should also include any certifications they have, which may include but are not necessarily limited to Certified Product Management, Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Advanced Certified Scrum Master (A-CSM), PMI Agile Certified Practitioner, and/or Certified Scrum Professional (CSP).
License or certification
Active (unexpired) Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is required.
Exemption status
Compensation Detail
Education, experience and tenure may be considered along with internal equity when job offers are extended.  The minimum salary every 2 weeks is approx $3809.60, based on a full-time position.
Benefits eligible
Full Time
Hours / Pay period
Schedule details
Generally Monday through Friday with some telework and on campus presence.
Weekend schedule
Uncommon, when project needs require.
Site description
Mayo Clinic is located in the heart of downtown Rochester, Minnesota, a vibrant, friendly city that provides a highly livable environment for more than 34,000 Mayo staff and students. The city is consistently ranked among the best places to live in the United States because of its affordable cost of living, healthy lifestyle, excellent school systems and exceptionally high quality of life.
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