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Job Description

NorthShore Resources has a local Minnesota based client looking for a Sr. Level Program Manager. The goals of the engagement would be to facilitate and lead the efforts necessary to build a program plan and put into place the systems and structures necessary to alleviate the challenges that are preventing the team from meeting district expectations and various program milestones. 

At a high level, the resource will provide leadership for the program/project including:

  • team coordination and program facilitation
  • a roadmap for setting up and implementing program level structures
  • definition of key stakeholder management activities
  • coordination of risk management and mitigation strategies
  • documentation of program scope, schedule, and milestones
  • facilitation of the team to ensure the program remains within defined boundaries

Program Manager –
              Provide leadership for the program/project
  • Create, execute, and control the Program Plan.
  • Plan, execute, and control the Program Schedule.
  • Create, execute, and control the Vendor Management Plan.
  • Create, execute, and control the Communication Plan.
  • Create, execute, and control the Resource Plan.
  • Create, execute, and control the Issues and Risk Management Plan.
  • Create, execute, and control the Stakeholder Management Plan.
  • Facilitate the collaborative efforts to define program objectives, goals, benefits and milestones.
  • Manage program/project constraints of cost, time, and scope.
  • Form relationships with team members and stakeholders.
  • Provide a weekly status report on project progress.
  • Provide knowledge transfer to State staff as required and necessary.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Five (5) years’ experience in Program/Project Management role
A Master’s degree substitutes for three years of experience, or a Bachelor’s degree substitutes for two years, or an Associate’s degree substitutes for one year.
  • PMP certification
  • Two (2) engagements lasting more than six months in Program/Project Manager role

Desired Skills

  • Team motivation toward successful outcomes
  • Five (5) years’ experience with government work
  • Ability to lead a large team in learning and implementing project work within a non-project environment
  • Demonstrable leadership ability
  • Ability to communicate program/project plans, expectations, updates, progress, issues, and successes in a timely and clear fashion, when necessary
  • Ability to manage changes in program/project scope, identify potential crises or issues, and devise contingency plans, as appropriate
  • Ability to direct and manage program/project development from beginning to end
  • Ability to define program/project scope, goals, and deliverables in collaboration with project sponsors and stakeholders
  • Ability to estimate program/project resource requirements and participants needed to achieve goals
  • Ability to identify and manage program/project dependencies and critical path
  • Ability to establish program/project timelines and milestones using appropriate tools and tracking such milestones and deliverables
  • Experience with a technical modernization effort within the last five years
  • Experience in executive level coaching and team mentoring for program level efforts


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