Director, Project Management Office

With world attention on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. By focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches, we tackle urgent threats with practical solutions. We are one of the world’s largest environmental organizations, with more than two million members and a staff of approximately 700 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals around the world. We operate in 22 geographies with unique projects running across four programs. You will be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and results are a way of life.

 

EDF envisions a world in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected to the environmental challenges we face and are engaged in creating durable, equitable solutions. We seek talented candidates who share the Core Values that allow us to experiment courageously in our work while staying true to who we’ve been as an organization for 50 years. Are you a results oriented individual who is passionate about creating environmental solutions that make a lasting difference in the world? Do you respect diverse perspectives, talents and contributions? Do you value innovation and enjoy designing and using a wide range of problem-solving tools? Do you embrace environmental goals with a sense of optimism while taking into account real-world dynamics? If you have integrity and a strong desire to uphold a commitment to science, rigorous analysis, intellectual honesty and ethical action, then EDF is the place for you.

The Director, PMO will be responsible for day-to-day PMO operations. This includes ensuring that the necessary guidance, processes and resources are in place to drive successful business outcomes. This is a position designed to lead the PMO team comprising of business analysts and project managers in managing an expanded portfolio of projects. Principal accountabilities will encompass all elements of a project from planning to execution and closure.  This individual will serve as the champion for organizational change management and develop communication plans throughout the lifecycle of projects while engaging key stakeholders.  The Director will also elevate project management skills throughout EDF through the development and implementation standards and artifacts for project / program execution.  This key role will support and impact EDF’s business transformation and continuous process improvement efforts and requires a diverse set of skills to support special projects as they arise.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Directs and oversees the Project Management Life Cycle (PMLC), which encompasses the planning, organizing, and managing of resources required for the successful completion of specific projects goals and objectives. This includes developing detailed project plans, establishing milestones, defining the resources required, and coordinating all project activities with business owners/stakeholders and technical teams.

  • Evaluates the scope and complexity of Management Information Systems (MIS) projects and programs, and implements the necessary resources to ensure adherence to policies and procedures. Conducts scoping sessions and assists in the creation of work and proposal statements. This may include providing technical approaches, tasks, deliverables, work estimates, assumptions, and dependencies.

  • Oversees the development and review of estimates and estimating assumptions for the project’s schedule, which includes conducting complex research and analysis to determine the effort it will take to achieve a desired result and the cost to produce it using established estimating models and best practices.

  • Makes recommendations to senior-level management on procedures aimed at improving and streamlining processes and establishing best practices.

  • Develops and monitors schedules to ensure that projects are completed within established deadlines. Leads progress meetings, tracks and maintains detailed issues and risks lists, and prepares appropriate status reports. Meets regularly with other related areas to ensure that integration issues are identified and resolved.

  • Provides complex technical IT support for identifying project risks and mitigation strategies and communicates project level status, risks, and issues to stakeholders.

  • Interfaces with all levels of business and technical management staff and project teams to facilitate problem resolution and the resolution of competing priorities. Monitors and manages team progress to ensure that project objectives are met.

  • Manages changes to the project requirements through a formally defined scope change process.

  • Manages and defines direct reports roles and expectations and ensures that the team receives the necessary training and project resources to achieve projected goals.

  • Performs day-to-day management of projects, including requirements gathering and design.

  • Develops business cases and technology sections of RFIs and RFPs, and performs discovery and feasibility studies on new projects under evaluation.

Basic Qualifications

  • 10+ years of experience in business strategy, product development, finance, and/or advanced analytics 7+ years of leading teams of project management and business analysts.

  • Experience working with Global markets (Internationalization/Localization, LatAM/APAC/EMEA)

  • Experience delivering software or online solutions in global enterprise environments.

  • Experience leading and effectively managing a complex platform that is highly reliable and scalable

  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced and rapidly changing environment

  • High degree of organization and ability to manage multiple, competing projects and priorities simultaneously

  • Ability to think strategically and execute methodically

  • Excellent communication (verbal and written) and collaboration skills that will enable you to earn trust at all levels

  • Proven experience of managing products, budgets and justifying resource needs to senior leaders and finance partners

  • Advanced degree preferred in Information Technology or business

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in the IT organizations of non-profit industry a plus

  • Technical experience and product development experience a plus

  • Experience with service oriented architecture and Agile development methodologies

  • Experience using tools to capture user stories, test cases, sign-offs, etc.

  • Experience or use of PMP/Lean

Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

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