Senior Specialist, Projects

Washington D.C., DC, USA
negotiable Expires in 1 week

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Summary

The Strategy and Transformation Delivery department within the Office of the President works across the Agency to align, enable and support the development and implementation of our strategy. The team is responsible for the delivery of large and complex, transformational projects. It builds capacity to help our people lead and navigate change and focus our resources on the most important work.  The Strategy and Transformation Delivery department partners with divisions and SCI/A to advance our breakthroughs and optimize SCUS’ contribution to the movement.

The Senior Specialist, Projects will be responsible for driving global transformation projects and/or SCUS transformation projects such as Coding, PPM Prime, Global HRIS, and Source to Pay, the objectives of which is to ensure successful project delivery across SCUS.   The successful deployment of global projects will result in operational efficiencies and the ability to deliver more and better quality programs for the children we serve. In this role, the Senior Specialist, Projects will also be responsible for defining the required interventions and deploying the changes across our organization.

 

The Senior Specialist, Projects provides expertise on the business objectives, their priorities and expected benefits. The role will coordinate multiple work streams to ensure that the project is planned, resourced and then driven to a successful conclusion. The Senior Specialist, Projects is the main point of contact for any questions on the status of the project and will be responsible for establishing project management practices, managing relationships with key stakeholders and driving continuous improvements.

 

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

Project Management (70%)

  • Responsible for the day-to-day management and coordination of the project according to project plan and schedule.  Monitor progress throughout to ensure that the project is delivered on time, within budget, and that it meets or exceeds business expectations.

 

  • Drive the delivery of the project, where appropriate, using agreed upon project management methodology.
  • Review and assess all the data, design and implementation to date to define and validate the associated benefits and the feasibility of the plan.
  • Review and define the structure of the project so that the objectives for each workstream are clear and resources can be identified for successful delivery.
  • Establish and manage ambitious but achievable, committed plans for each workstream and for the overall project, taking into consideration business deadlines, dependencies, resources, and costs.
  • Identify opportunities for consolidating activities across workstreams for economies of scale or simplified implementation.
  • Monitor workstream activity, manage adherence to plan and resolving obstacles to delivery. Coach and support workstream leads (business SMEs) in driving the activities within a workstream.
  • Execute on project controls such as the plan, resource spreadsheet identifying what resources required each month, risks/issue management, interdependencies and scope management in place.
  • Maintain the project controls and use them to drive the delivery of the project, proactively identifying and managing project risks and issues, driving actions to mitigate or resolve.
  • Set up and maintain the repository of documentation for each stage of project lifecycle, ensuring that all documentation has a clear purpose in driving the project forward.
  • Work with the Specialist, Change Management assigned to the project to ensure all change activities are incorporated into the plan and that there is a communications plan that includes channels to stakeholders in geographically disperse locations.

 

Stakeholder Management (20%)

 

  • Manage stakeholder identification, mapping and engagement for the project.
  • Facilitate the engagement of relevant SC staff and stakeholders, encouraging a culture of taking responsibility for both resolving issues and celebrating successes.
  • Ensure communications developed are fit for purpose and meet the needs of the project.
  • Provide regular status reports that support effective decision making with the project, at the Management Review Group (MRG) and across the portfolio of projects, with clear escalation and decision-making.

 

Capacity Building (10%)

  • Implement best practices and procedures in project management within the project and contribute to the continuous improvement of the project management tools.
  • Train and coach staff in the methodology for Project Management, Continuous Improvement, Change Management and Accelerated Delivery and Improvement.
  • Perform other duties as may be required.

Required Qualifications

  • You have a minimum 5-7 years’ experience in managing projects
  • Bachelor degree or equivalent relevant experience with project management
  • Proven and demonstrated experience leading complex enterprise projects
  • Very strong leadership skills; able to make independent decisions quickly and effectively with the ability to determine impact on project
  • Exceptional written and oral communications skills sufficient to effectively and accurately communicate with both technical and non-technical stakeholders and staff through all levels of the Agency
  • Must be self-directed and results-driven with a strong customer focus
  • Successful in handling multiple competing priorities and working well within tight timelines
  • Be able to manage relationships and possess an ability and comfort to influence others without authority
  • Be organized, proactive, self-starter, internally motivated, results-oriented, thrive in hands-on working environment with excellent story-telling and problem solving and planning skills

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Continuous Improvement Green Belt
  • Accelerated Delivery and Improvement certification

 

 

Why you should join the Save the Children Team…

Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, pet insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave, family leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, dress for your day, and much more.

Click here to learn more about how Save the Children US will invest in YOU!

 

About Save the Children

 

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.

Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom Save the Children is in contact. All Save the Children representatives are explicitly prohibited from engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of child abuse. In addition, it is Save the Children’s policy to create and proactively maintain an environment that aims to prevent and deter any actions and omissions, whether deliberate or inadvertent, that place children at the risk of any kind of child abuse. All our representatives are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation. Any violations of this policy will be treated as a serious issue.

We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws. The Strategy and Transformation Delivery department within the Office of the President works across the Agency to align, enable and support the development and implementation of our strategy. The team is responsible for the delivery of large and complex, transformational projects. It builds capacity to help our people lead and navigate change, and focus our resources on the most important work.  The Strategy and Transformation Delivery department partners with divisions and SCI/A to advance our breakthroughs and optimize SCUS’ contribution to the movement.


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